Immerse yourself in the magic of Winter at North with white-blanketed nature that conveys calmness and harmony, while giving space for enjoyable activities. Experience the quietest time of the year in Iceland and enjoy the wonderful winter activities. The sun casts its golden light over the flat snowy landscape and at night often the Northern Lights are dancing across the sky- it's an enchanted world of silence which radiates at a great deal of power. When it's really cold outside, the warm pools give their full blessing.
During this retreat, you will stay in private or shared accommodations. Inspiration Iceland offers five bright and spacious apartments in the charming town of Akureyri. Modern art is at home here in the cozy atmosphere of this spacious apartment. You can also enjoy the fresh Icelandic air by sitting out on the terrace, having a barbecue, playing in the garden, or relaxing in the hot tub.
Pearl of the North is located in a quiet residential area and yet only a few steps away from the charming town center, the swimming pool, the playground, and the shopping mall. This is an ideal location for those who like privacy, comfort, lots of space, art, and uplifting surroundings.
This lifestyle apartment combines Icelandic architecture of the forties with a completely refurbished house in which all details have been thought of with great care. The apartment sleeps up to six persons, and has a Jacuzzi for your use.
The apartment is designed with a touch of modern art and with care to detail. You will spend your time in an oasis of peace close to the city. It sleeps four people divided in two bedrooms.
This completely refurbished house from 1920 is a real treasure. Once a revered local shop, it has now been turned into a unique, precious studio apartment. It sleeps up to four people: two people in a bedroom with a king size bed, and two people in two beds separated by a screen folder from the living room.
It is a bright, spacious apartment with a private hot tub, terrace, and garden. It offers views over Eyjafjördur, and a large living and dining room. It sleeps up to five people in three bedrooms, and it also has a Jacuzzi.
It is a bright, spacious apartment overlooking Eyjafjördur. It features fine silk curtains, Icelandic art, and a large, modern kitchen. It sleeps up to six people in three bedrooms.
Depending on your arrival, you can relax in the accomodation, or perhaps enjoy a first visit to the swimming pool of Akureyri. It has three different 'heitir pottur' (hot pots) and a steam bath. In the evening, Inspiration Iceland invites you to take a short city tour to show the city that will be your home for the next week. As an introduction to the time you are going to spend together, Inspiration Iceland welcomes you here in the North with a dinner in a retro restaurant.
In the morning, you will start out with a yoga session at the new yoga and spa center. Then, you will drive north to Tröllaskagi, the peninsula of the trolls. Here, you will turn into one of the most beautiful valleys in the North: the Svarfaðadalur. You will drive far into this world of mountains until you reach the old farm, Skeið, shortly before the end of the valley. This time of the year, the valley is usually dipped in a thick winter dress and it almost looks like the mountains are covered with cream. The hostess Myriam welcomes you in her cozy renovated barn with a wonderful Icelandic lamb lunch alongside with other local delicacies. There are vegetarian options available here. Afterwards, you will snowshoe through the idyllic valley up to a small mountain lake. You might do some yoga in the quietude amongst magnificent pyramid mountains.
In the morning, you will start out with a yoga session at the new yoga and spa center. You are going to have lunch at the retro café or a restaurant in Akureyri.
In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to meet Inspiration Iceland's charming huskies and malamutes, and have an experience of dogsledding. After the doglsedding and time spent with dogs, you are going to soak in the spa and relax in the swinging spa lounges.
In the morning, you will start out with a yoga session at the new yoga and spa center. Then, you will have lunch in town. Afterwards, you will begin the journey to one of the most exciting areas of Iceland: Lake Mývatn. Here, you will experience the fantastic world within an active volcanic area with its hot springs and the steaming and bubbling mud pools. Shortly after you reach Mývatn, your first stop is at Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. You will explore the diverse landscapes on different short hikes: the pseudocraters of Skútustaðir, the mystical Lava towers in Dimmuborgir, and the geothermal area at Námaskarð. Then, it's time to relax in the wonderful warm water of the Nature Baths, the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North. Let yourself be enchanted with the breathtaking landscape. With clear skies and cold temperatures, you have a very good chance to experience the dance of the Northern Lights on your way back to Akureyri.
In the morning, you will start out with a yoga session at the new yoga and spa center. You are going to have lunch at Inspiration Iceland's retro café or a restaurant in Akureyri. Then, you will head out for a new adventure. You will drive along the west coast of Eyjafjörður to the north before you reach the Sævar ferry. This ferry takes you to the small island Hrísey located in the Fjjord. A short walk takes you to a spectacular view point. This place is considered as one of the most energetic spots in Iceland - a perfect location to rest and enjoy a yoga unit. Then, you will snowshoe onward across the island and marvel the amazing views. Back to the village, you will soak in the warm local pool. For the more corageous one, you can enjoy a jump into the sea which is just a step away.
In the morning, you will start out with a yoga session at the new yoga and spa center. After a warm soup at Inspiration Iceland's center, you will leave for a last snowshoe hike straight from the yoga and spa center. You will gradually gain height on the eastern shore of the fjord, and then once again opens up a wide view over the Eyjarfjörður: a good point in time to say farewell to the North of Iceland. Then, Inspiration Iceland will bring you back to Akureyri where you can enjoy the charming town before departing back to Reykjavik.
The hikes go through the diverse landscapes in North Iceland. The duration varies between 3-5 hours and all walks are at a technically simple level. A guide will accompany you on all tours. You will hike in and around:
Swiss Yoga Association (Yoga)
Ulrica Seiler is a certified yoga teacher and a doctor of traditional Chinese or Oriental medicine. She received her first yoga instruction in the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal. Upon her return to Switzerland, she continued her yoga studies and received certification as a yoga teacher from the Swiss Yoga Association in 2001. In the following years, Ulrica continued her training in the US, India, and England and was awarded the Inspired Anusara Yoga Teacher in New York. Ulrica graduated in the five pillars: acupuncture, herbology, tuina massage, Qi Gong, and nutritional science.
This retreat will take place in Akureyri, Iceland. Akureyri is not only a charming town in the north of Iceland but a selected top one-travel destination of Europe by Lonely Planet. It is the perfect location for exploring the north of Iceland. Akureyri in the summer means that you get the full midnight sun experience. It offers as well cultural life, lovely cafés and restaurants, and invites for relaxing walks in the botanical garden or along the fjord.
Four lunches and two dinners are included in this retreat. Breakfast can be prepared in the well-equipped kitchen in each apartment. You need to bring along a packed lunch or sandwich or snack on the Myvatn day.
There are so many options of things that you can do in your free time, such as:
Please book your flight to arrive at Akureyri Airport (AEY). Inspiration Iceland will pick you up at the airport. They will start with pickup at Akureyri Airport at 16:55 and 19:40.
You can travel by bus to Akureyri either on the ring road with bus 57, or via highland. Transfer from and to the bus station is included. Inspiration Iceland will pick you up from the bus station.
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