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Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Iceland.
Join Kathy Parsons in the land of fire and ice for an adventure of a lifetime! The spectacular Icelandic spring season offers lush volcanic earth that is alive and blooming. The sheep and horses are having babies and the skies are filled with light, a backdrop that provides a magnificent other-worldly setting to explore the north. Each day, an all-levels yoga class will be offered followed by lunch and the day’s adventures! You’ll have the opportunity to ride the Icelandic horses, say hello to the humpbacks that live in the fjord, wander the lava fields, and soak in volcanically heated mineral hot springs.
One Yoga Global is in an exclusive partnership with the only yoga and wellness center in Northern Iceland. 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.
Guests of the retreats have a 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. 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.
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.
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.
Shared room in 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.
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.
Each morning, after breakfast, you will all have the option to participate in an all-levels group yoga/movement class. The hosts will pick us up at each domicile (all within a few blocks) and you’ll be transported across the fjord to the 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’ll be transported to lunch, and after this, you’ll head out for your day’s activities! If you decide any morning to sleep in and skip a class, you can simply meet at lunch which is just a couple of blocks walk from your home. The afternoon and evening adventures together will include:
Each evening after the excursions, you will return to Akureyri for dinner, then relax in the apartments and the backyard Jacuzzis to enjoy the fresh air and excellent company. Side note: Weather in Iceland is more temperate this time of year than you might expect! It is not uncommon for temperatures to be 50 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
Kathy is a Toronto-based yoga teacher and meditation guide who specializes in helping people connect to themselves through movement and breath. Kathy’s teaching specialty is Vinyasa flow, and her classes incorporate creative movements that strengthen and lengthen the body while staying connected to the breath. She also teaches pranayama (breathing exercises), moving meditation, Restorative and Yin yoga, and mindfulness meditation. Classes are tailored to the students and include gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, inspirational music and an aromatherapy savasana massage.
Iceland is one of the planet’s true gems. With a total population of only 330,000, Iceland has struck a perfect balance between a warm, welcoming culture and the raw, untamed beauty of its vast mountainous landscapes. While most tourist groups and cruise lines visit the southern capital city Reykjavik (where the majority of the population is), you’ll be heading to 66°North Iceland to the town of Akureyri - one of Iceland’s best kept secrets.
The cultural capital of Iceland, Akureyri has been voted the number one destination in all of Europe by Lonely Planet on more than one occasion. With a population of only 18,000, a mild climate on the longest fjord in the country, and close proximity to the Arctic Circle (meaning amazing Northern Lights!), Northern Iceland is truly the place to visit.
During this retreat, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and five dinners.
You’ll have the opportunity to ride Icelandic horses, see the humpback whales that live in the fjord, visit a nearby island and hike its mountaintops, work with a team of champion Huskies, and experience the midnight sun.
Keflavík International Airport
Transfer not provided
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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