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8 Days Adventure Yoga Retreat with Rachael Hunter and Kristin Page in Akureyri, Northern Iceland

Pearl of the North Apartments - Möðruvallastræti 5, 600 Akureyri, Iceland

Meditation and Yoga Retreat Iceland

Join Kristin and Rachael in Northern Iceland to explore one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth. This trip-of-a-lifetime will be both an inner exploration through yoga and meditation, and an outer exploration of a wonderland of moonlike lava fields, snow-capped volcanic peaks and geothermal hot springs at 66 degrees North, just south of the arctic circle. Fairytale Icelandic winter whites will be the backdrop for this spectacular week with the sun during the day and bright moonlit nights providing fascinating light shows–including a possible mystic dance of the Northern Lights. The cold outside is balanced beautifully by the hot geothermal baths and Jacuzzis, a national past-time of the warm and adventurous Icelandic people. In this majestic and tranquil landscape, morning yoga classes will be followed by group excursions and explorations.

Meet the instructors

Kristin & Rachael
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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
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

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. 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 possibly even experience the Aurora Borealis.

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.

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.

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.

Hotel room

Private hotel room with a private bath in the city center (Hotel KEA or equivalent).

Program

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 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 will head out for the 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:

  • 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 One Yoga Global will offer some moments of pause to sit and feel this special planetary vortex energy.
  • Special hikes (on snowshoes as needed!) to various panoramic vistas around Akureyri and the fjord
  • A tour of Akureyri, learning about the history, architecture, and folklore. You will drive along the fjord and make several stops including visits to some special places and hidden waterfalls, You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time, or onto the most spectacular movie set designed by mother nature herself!
  • 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 sunset, and the galaxies of stars arise. A sight to behold!
  • The GeoSea - You will spend an afternoon visiting the picturesque fishing town of Husavik in North Iceland and then soak in the mineral-rich healing Geothermal Sea Baths.
  • 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 the 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!
  • 2-3 afternoons of optional activities. On these afternoons, your teachers may offer additional yoga classes, you may decide to explore the little town on your own, have a massage or walk to the Fjord and go take a boat to see the humpback whales. If weather permits, horse-riding may also be an option. 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. During the fall, they get exercised with dog scootering! This experience is also an option!

Note

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.

Instructors

Kristin Page

Rachael Hunter

Retreat location

You’re heading North! 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), we’ll be heading to 66 degrees 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 (including 2015). 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.

Unique features

Activities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Services

  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Food

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

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
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

  • International Flight to Reykjavik (KEF) and domestic flight 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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Arrival: Tuesday November 24, 2020
Departure: Tuesday December 1, 2020

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