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8 Days Women's Retreat in Akureyri, Northern Iceland
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Pearl of the North Apartments - Möðruvallastræti 5, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Magical Yoga Retreat Iceland

You’ll move, breathe, and experience mother nature in all of her powerful unbound glory as you tune into the voice of our deeper intuition. You’ll use yoga, writing exercises, and nature herself to assist you in revealing your fullest expressions of yourselves. You don’t need to be a “yogi” or a “writer” to experience the magic that happens when you get quiet enough to listen to the words, phrases, and narratives that move your minds and uplift your spirits. Your guides for this week to North Iceland are Melanie C. Klein, M.A., and Jennifer Kreatsoulas, Ph.D. Both leaders in their fields of women’s work, yoga, and positive body image, Melanie is a successful writer and Professor of Sociology, Jennifer a yoga therapist, inspirational speaker, and author. They look forward to co-creating a week that will offer life-affirming renewal and inspiration. All women are welcome.

Meet the instructors

Melanie & Jennifer
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Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • A walking tour in Akureyri
  • Full day adventure in the amazing Myvatn region
  • Transportation from airport, to classes, and excursions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and five dinners
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Your home base in Akureyri will be in some of the most modern apartments in the city, or in a centrally located hotel. The apartments provide comfort and privacy, and they are just a short walk from the city center. Each apartment has several rooms, some with a shared bath and some with a private bath, and each has a kitchen, living space, and backyard geothermic water Jacuzzi.

One Yoga Global will place female travelers together and couples together. When you reserve, One Yoga Global will be in contact with you directly to confirm your housing placement. A limited number of private hotel rooms are also available for those who desire this option.

Apartments

Double occupancy room (shared bathroom)

Larger private room in a three-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. Family bathroom shared with four to five persons total in the apartment.

  • There is one room that can be shared by two registering together.

Single occupancy room (shared bathroom)

Private room in a three-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. The family bathroom shared with four persons total in the apartment.

  • There are two single rooms still available.

Double occupancy room (private bathroom)

Shared room in a two-room apartment with private bath, kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. There are only two rooms with the private bath option.

  • There is one female in need of a roommate!

Program

Vacation details

For your week together, you’ll head North to Akureyri, one of the planet’s true gems and Iceland’s best-kept secrets. With a population of only 18,000, a mild climate on the longest fjord in the country, and close proximity to the Arctic Circle, Northern Iceland is truly the place to visit. Enjoy your daily yoga practice in a newly-built, one-of-a-kind studio with majestic views of the fjord and soaring mountains that will warm your body and soul.

This wellness center is complete with massage rooms, dry sauna, Jacuzzi, showers, changing rooms, and all the amenities, and the friendly and knowledgeable guides live on-site, giving this space a personal touch. You’ll have the choice of staying in local private apartments complete with geothermal Jacuzzis or at a local hotel in the city center. These comfortable and modern accommodations serve as a launching point for exploring some of the most powerful places in Iceland and diving into the island’s rich traditions.

During your week, there are several special excursions planned for you including hikes to some of the power places of the North, and exploring the lava landscapes of the Myvatn region. You’ll visit Godafoss - the majestic Waterfall of the Gods and have a soak in volcanic mineral-rich hot springs. Winter is one of the best times to experience the northern lights (mother nature permitting, of course!).

You will also have plenty of downtimes for you to explore the artisan market and independent bookstore in the heart of Akureyri’s town square, engage in optional husky sledding, enjoy a massage, or soak in your apartment’s outdoor hot tub. This special week in Northern Iceland is open to all and offers the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and unique geography of Iceland while experiencing some of the most magical sights of this amazing country. Each day will be accompanied by a professional guide who will share details of each site along with local folklore and personal stories.

The itinerary

Each morning, after breakfast, you will all have the option to participate in an all-levels group yoga/movement class. The hosts will pick you up at each domicile (all within a few blocks) and you’ll be transported across the fjord to your beautiful yoga and wellness center that overlooks the mountains and water.

Classes will be welcoming to all, and if you prefer, the center has a relaxation room, beautiful views, a dry sauna and jacuzzi available to the group. After class, you will be transported to lunch, and after this, you will head out for group activities, an additional workshop, or free time. If you decide any morning to sleep in and skip a class, you can simply meet One Yoga Global at lunch which is just a couple of blocks walk from your home.

The afternoon and evening adventures together will include:

  • Hrisey Island - A lovely ferry ride to spend an afternoon picturesque exploration and hike of Hrisey Island. Situated at 66 degrees North, just a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, Hrisey is considered one of the “Power” places in Iceland. This can’t be easily explained, so you’ll offer some moments of pause to sit and feel this special planetary vortex energy.
  • Special hikes (on snowshoes as needed!) to various spots around Akureyri and the fjord, including hidden waterfalls and other surprises.
  • A full day adventure to Myvatn - an amazing geothermic region that will take you from the fjord, through the mountains, to the lava fields. You’ll experience the rolling fields of Icelandic sheep contrasted with the barren lunar landscapes that the astronauts used to train for the first lunar landing in the ’60s! The day concludes with a visit to the thermal baths of the North. In this front is a modern cafe, showers, and lockers when you exit the back, you enter large natural pools of geothermic waters bubbling from mother earth herself. With a high concentration of natural minerals, Icelanders often credit these waters with their health and longevity that is much higher than the norm. You will watch the sun set, and the galaxies of stars arise. A sight to behold!
  • The Northern Lights! This is a great time of year to witness the dance of lights, but of course, Mother Nature has her own agenda. However, with a timeframe of seven days, the odds of sightings are high and our skilled hosts are experts at tracking the best times and locations! Be prepared on any evening at dinner for our hosts to offer a pickup time to go chasing the lights! Perhaps, you will even get show while lounging in the backyard Jacuzzis or floating in the hot springs in Myvatn!
  • Three afternoons of workshops and optional activities. On these afternoons, some special workshops will be scheduled and / or One Yoga Global will offer some additional add on activities. You may decide to explore the town on your own, have a massage, or walk to the Fjord and take a boat to see the humpback whales. Also, the hosts have a beautiful pack of huskies (the only ones in Northern Iceland) which includes one of the country’s champs). These beautiful pups live for dogsledding in the winter and it’s an experience not soon forgotten!

Each evening after the excursions, you will return to Akureyri for dinner, then relax in your apartments and the backyard Jacuzzis to enjoy the fresh air and excellent company.

Note

You do not need to bring a yoga mat or any yoga supplies, the center is fully stocked. The apartments also have perfume-free soap and shampoo plus laundry machines and laundry powder. Snowshoes will be provided as needed for hikes. One Yoga Global recommends ice treads for walking around town in case of ice on the streets (especially walking to and from apartments). You may also consider “hot hands” for hands, feet, and toes. You can find these items online (ex. on Amazon).

Requirement

This retreat is open to people at various levels of fitness, with the understanding that some group activities require snowshoeing and hiking.

Instructors

Melanie Klein

Jennifer Kreatsoulas

Retreat location

North Iceland

In contrast to the more touristy city of Reykjavik in the South (and home to close to 80% of the population), the city of Akureyri, North Iceland (population 18,000) has been one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. Now the secret is out: in 2015, Akureyri was voted the number one destination in Europe by Lonely Planet. Akureyri’s mild climate on the longest fjord in the country and its close proximity to the Arctic Circle make it a must-see destination.

During your week, you’ll stay in private apartments complete with geothermal jacuzzis or at a local hotel. Classes will be held each morning in the private yoga space at the only wellness center in Akureyri - complete with sauna, Jacuzzi, massage, and an exceptional view of the fjord and nearby mountains.

After lunch on most days, you will explore the island’s incredible landscapes, venturing on breathtaking hikes, visiting frozen waterfalls, and taking a starlit soak in the famous Myvatn Nature Baths. And of course, when conditions are best, you will chase the Northern Lights! Because of the high demand for this destination and limited accommodations, and since we book inland flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri for participants, these retreats are typically organized 8-16 months in advance. Early registration is encouraged.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Massage
  • Sauna

General

  • Kitchen

Food

During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and five dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation in Akureyri
  • Transportation from airport, to classes, and excursions
  • Daily classes
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and 5 dinners in Akureyri
  • Group excursions

What's not included

  • Flights to Akureyri
  • Optional extras (massage, special excursions)
  • 2 dinners in Akureyri

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Most of you will depart your home city on Friday to arrive Saturday early morning in Reykjavik (KEF = Keflavik International) then take a smaller flight from the Reykjavik smaller domestic airport to Akureyri. Your return will be the following Saturday morning from Akureyri - Reykjavik domestic, then a transfer to the International airport (Keflavik) and back home.

Some of you will choose to add extra days on your own in Reykjavik before or after the retreat dates. Everyone will need to book two tickets to get to Akureyri, Northern Iceland (unless you decide to rent a car in Reykjavik and enjoy a picturesque 6-hour drive to Akureyri!) The first flight will be from your hometown to Reykjavik (Keflavik International). From here, you will either drive or book an easy 45-minute flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri.

This is a different and smaller airport than Keflavik International. If you add extra days on the front or back end in Reykjavik, the city center is only 10-15 minutes to the domestic airport for the shorter inland flight. For those of you arriving and departing on Saturday and flying all the way to Akureyri and then home on the last Saturday (no extra time in Reykjavik) - The international airport (KEF) is 45 minutes away from the smaller inland airport (RKV), so you will need a minimum of 3.5 hours between the flights to ensure you make it through customs, luggage and take the transfer to the domestic airport.

For this: Arrivals the first Saturday - Look at the overnight flights that depart on Friday night and arrive Saturday morning. Departures on the last Saturday - Most flights (ex. Iceland Air is recommended) leave between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you are flying home on Saturday, do not book a flight that leaves KEF before 2 p.m. Most of you will book times similar to Akureyri: 12:15 p.m. - 1:35 p.m. from Akureyri: 9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Upon arrival at Akureyri, you will be transferred to apartments or hotel rooms (available between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.), settle in, then enjoy dinner together at a local cafe in the town center.

The apartments will be stocked with breakfast foods so each participant can manage their own breakfast routine before you head to daily morning yoga classes. Lunches and five group dinners are also included (2 dinners in Akureyri are open for the group to explore). The hosts do their best to accommodate various dietary restrictions (such as dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegetarian needs); please let One Yoga Global know these needs in advance if possible.

Each morning at a designated time, you’ll be picked up from your apartment or hotel and transported just a few minutes across the fjord to the beautiful yoga studio and wellness center. After class, you will head to lunch and then out on your daily adventures to experience the majesty of your surroundings. Once you are registered, One Yoga Global will be in touch about your travel plans!

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