6 Days Winter Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Akureyri, Iceland

  • Inspiration Iceland, Knarrarberg, 601, Akureyri, Iceland

6 Days Winter Hiking and Yoga Retreat in Akureyri, Iceland

  • Inspiration Iceland, Knarrarberg, 601, Akureyri, Iceland

Hiking and Yoga Retreat Iceland

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.

Highlights

  • Dogsledding
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Guided walks or snowshoe tours
  • Hikes through the diverse landscapes in North Iceland
  • Transportation for excursions and airport transfers
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Use of private Jacuzzi
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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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.

Pearl of the north 1

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.

Pearl of the north 2

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.

Pearl of the north 3

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.

Pearl of the north 4

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.

Pearl of the north 5

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.

Sunday: Arrival in Akureyri

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.

Monday: Yoga in the mountains of the Trolls

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.

  • Walk: 2 to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yoga: 2 hours

Tuesday: The power of sleddogs

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.

  • Dogsledding
  • Yoga: 2 hours

Wednesday: Yoga on hot ground

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.

  • Walk : 1 hour
  • Yoga : 2 hours

Thursday: Yoga on the island - a powerful spot!

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.

  • Walk: 2 hours
  • Yoga: 2 hours

Friday: A farewell with panorama

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.

  • Hiking time: 2 to 3 hours
  • Yoga: 2 hours

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:

  • Dogsledding around Akureyri
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Snowshoe hike around Eyjarfjörður
  • Trip to Hrísey Island
  • Tröllaskagi
  • Ulrica Seiler

    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.

Nearby places

  • Akureyri - 5 minutes
  • Fjord, 100 meters

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:

  • Abhyanga oil massage
  • Acupuncture
  • Day tours
  • La Stone - luxury massage
  • Medical, relaxation, and sport massage
  • Nutrition consulting
  • Pamper yourself with a massage treatment
  • Raindrop therapy
  • Relax in a beautiful surrounding
  • Self-drive tours to the east and west fjords
  • Soak in the private Jacuzzi
  • 4 lunches and 2 dinners with vegetarian or vegan alternatives
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily 2 yoga sessions
  • Encounter with huskies and a guided dogsledding tour
  • Excursion to the famous Goðafoss waterfall
  • Excursion to the Island of Hrisey "Pearl of the North" with an experienced guide, a nature reserve in Northern Iceland, including ferry ticket as well as entrance to the swimming pool
  • Excursion to Tröllaskagi, the "Troll Mountains", with an experienced guide
  • Guided walks or snowshoe tours
  • One time access to the spa area of ​​the yoga studio including towels (sauna, spa, relaxation area, outdoor jacuzzi, teas, water)
  • Tour to the famous Myvatn area (including visit at the famous Goðafoss waterfall) with an experienced guide, including admission to the "Myvatn Nature Baths"
  • Towels and linen
  • Transfers according to program within Akureyri, and airport transfer toor from Akureyri airport
  • Use of private outdoor Jacuzzi in the apartments
  • Breakfast, 1 lunch, and 3 dinners
  • Additional activities
  • Drinks at dinner

Arrival by airplane

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.

Arrival by bus

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.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Amazing week!

    2017-Sep-19 13:43:36

  • G
    Review by Gianna Reccavallo from Switzerland

    PROS Pros: Eine tolle Woche mit vielen Highlights. Das Programm war super, diesen Retreat werde ich nicht mehr vergessen - eine wunderschöne Erfahrung. Ein grosses Dankeschön an Ulrica und Andreas.

    Organizer response: Heartfelt thanks for reviewing us. We had a wonderful group together to explore the North and explore ourselves. We are very happy to see that our brandnew yoga centre gets fantastic reviews and feedback. It is such a wonderful spot on Earth - until we meet again. Grazie mille a te!

    2017-Jun-28 04:44:31

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    Review by Janet Evans from Great Britain

    Iceland break

    CONS Cons: The weather was cloudier and wetter than expected - but Andreas did his best to work around it. The hikes were a little too fast to really enjoy every aspect of the view, geology, flora and fauna.

    PROS Pros: The group leaders were very friendly and welcoming. The yoga room was enviable and scenery spectacular.

    Organizer response: Thank you very much for reviewing us. We just spent another yoga & hike week with temperatures over 20 Celsius (68 F) and endless sunshine. So the weather is whatever it is - but the great news is that North Iceland is the driest part of Iceland. So we are ideally located - additionally we are undertaking off the beaten track excursions in enchanting land and are having lunch in hidden or not pubblicly accessible "restaurants". In each group we are aiming at balancing yin & yang, activity & relaxation and of course this is a fine line. So whilst some may perceive the speed of the hike slow, others may perceive it as fast - and yeah it is of course true - we should just endlessly marvel at the beauty of nature. Feel welcome again and again and inspired by the spirit of the North!

    2017-Jun-27 13:35:22

  • Review by Luba from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "It was an extraordinary experience that exceeded all my expectations and was so very satisfying on both a physical and emotional level. Discovering Iceland was magnificent and meeting the people at my retreat was a profound and healing experience. The organizers, Andreas and Ulrica, are very professional and go beyond the call of duty to make sure everyone is taken care of in all ways. I cannot say enough good things about Inspiration Iceland and the experience they offer."

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    "It is no wonder Inspiration Iceland gets such consistently high ratings and reviews as they provide a remarkable experience for their guests. My expectations for this yoga retreat and tour were high, but they exceeded all of them and left me wishing I could have stayed longer."

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    "Andreas and Ulrica are a dynamic duo whose combination of gifts are rare and exceptional. Andreas can converse fluently in a multitude of languages, and as a tour guide, he is animated and profoundly knowledgeable - he seems to know every nook and cranny of northern Iceland, including hidden gems of locations that most tourists would not have an opportunity to explore or encounter. We were consistently dazzled by the wondrous sites and landscapes to which we were introduced or hiked through."

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    "Ulrica, who leads the yoga retreat component, is an authentically joyous spirit with a wide breadth of knowledge about yoga and meditation. Her innate teaching skills result in a yoga practice that is meaningful, healing, gentle or challenging as needed, and suitable for all levels, whether an absolute beginner or a seasoned advanced practitioner. Although we experienced profound moments, there was also a lot of laughing involved."

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    "Both the studio/spa and the apartments where retreaters are lodged were of a superior quality. The yoga studio looks out onto a mountain and its gardens are full of beauty and whimsy. The spa's facilities have been constructed with great attention to detail and comfort and with creating an atmosphere of tranquility and luxury. And the Pearl of the North apartments were superb accommodations. Convenient to central Akureyri, bright and spacious, well-laid out, and with all the conveniences one could ever need, they were a great home-away-from-home for even the most finicky of travelers."

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    "Andreas also made sure that we were all well taken care of as far as meals. He has sourced out the best restaurants in the area whose mandate is to provide fresh, healthy and very delicious menus. I was a bit concerned before arriving due to a number of food sensitivities, but Andreas went out of his way to check in with me to make sure I had options. I did and more - thank goodness for all the hiking and physical activity!"

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    "Overall, I cannot say enough about what a well-planned and complete adventure this was. But aside from all the physical aspects of the retreat, it was wonderful to spend time with international guests who helped expand my world view. It's going to be very difficult to surpass this retreat experience."

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Testimonials

  • Review by Dave and Nancy Batchelor from Canada

    "The retreat centre where the yoga was run each day was quite special. Everything was top notch, bright, a beautiful view of the mountains. And the special relaxation room was such a quiet retreat. And, not to forget the most amazing sauna I have been in, plus the spectacular outdoor hot tub with a view of the countryside. It really doesn't get much better than this."

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  • Review by Ann Marble from United States

    "How can you beat a yoga studio that looks out on the mountains of Northern Iceland? It was the nicest studio I have ever been in, complete with spa, relaxation room, jacuzzi, sauna."

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  • Review by Veronica Bautista from Florida, USA

    "Wonderful tour guide Andreas who was patient, kind, and a wealth of knowledge. The yoga studio & surrounding area was clean, warm, inviting, and of good high quality. Tours were enlightening. "

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  • Review by Angela Morris from Tennessee, USA

    "The retreat center was serene and lovely. It captured a view of the mountains that was captivating and calming. Not only was the yoga space this way, but the entire center was beautiful and relaxing. Every tour we did, both our individual and group needs were met, and it was such a blast. The meals were delicious and nourishing, the tour guides were knowledgeable and fun, the scenery of the town was breathtaking, the yoga was freeing, fluid and healing, the northern lights excursions were magical, the dog scootering and horse riding was magnificent! "

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  • Review by Will Stewart from Texas, USA

    "The Inspiration Iceland facilities and tours were absolutely top of the line! Andres and Ulrica's attention to our comfort and enjoyment went above and beyond all expectations. They have cultivated a spirit of warmth and togetherness that felt less like visiting a retreat center, and more like spending a week with close friends. "

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  • Review by Mary Farrelly from United States

    "Andreas is so amazing! He has a gift that allows him to create the ultimate experience for all by trusting his knowledge and intuition. The trip to Iceland was well planned and everything, I mean everything was well thought out and went off like clock work! Each day built in momentum. The tours allowed all to learn about the culture and beauty of Iceland."

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  • Review by Rosa McAllister from Hawaii

    "OMG! Inspiration Iceland has such a beautiful , warm, & peaceful yoga center.... with Ulrica & Andreas the most amazing hosts. They provide not just the perfect place to come together to deepen your yoga practice but also offer incredible spa services & tours of the area that inform & delight. Thank you, for an unbelievable experience in northern Iceland!"

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  • Review by Manuela from Switzerland

    "This trip to Iceland left me with a stunned mind, a full and rich heart and a deep connection to the beauty and the sources of mother nature. Andreas and Ulrica, both have -within this short time- showed us, of how to put the passions and love, we carry in our hearts, with a lot of courage into forms or manifestations in daily life, so that others get the chance to share it with us. A true inspiration!"

    "The whole trip was extremely rich in giving us the chances to experience Iceland in many different & creative ways and it seemed to flow very smoothly & organically at any time. Even we were aware, that a big group Retreat like we had, needed to be planed within the smallest details, it kept the character of being authentic and natural. A wonderful gift you made to me and I'm sure, the Universe will take care, that the flow continues."

    "Thanks from the bottom of my heart to both of you for committing to this (life?!) in such a profound away! A true blessing on the northern sky."

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  • Review by Linda Kligman from Pennsylvania USA

    "Thank you for a truly wonderful experience! and sharing your passion for Iceland, it's people, energy and natural wonders. It was a gift to see the geothermal wonders, the moss & rocks through your eyes, and you certainly took us off the beaten tourist-path to places we would have never found on our own. We definitely benefited from your curiosity, sensitivity, and well-thought through itineraries. Thank you!"

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  • Review by Ingrid Groenen from Netherlands

    "Inspiration Iceland is a very reliable and professional travel agency. Adventure and spirit in one! Travelling in small groups, yoga and a personal touch complete their offers. I highly recommend Andreas and Ulrica and will come again to Iceland again myself!"

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  • Review by Wilma Baker from Netherland

    "Andreas has left his secure life in Switzerland behind to follow his passion: Iceland. He leads you off the beaten track: to the moon and back. He showed me pure, beautiful and inspiring places which have left me in awe and touched my heart. His passion has rekindled my own. It has been a truly healing journey for which I am grateful."

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Akureyri, Iceland

Inspiration Iceland arranges open and private yoga retreats in beautiful Akureyri, North Iceland, the land of true Midnight sun and Northern lights.

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6 days / 5 nights

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Arrival: Sunday March 11, 2018
Departure: Friday March 16, 2018

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