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Join this relaxing yoga retreat to discover the secrets of deep restoration, transformation, and inspiration in the land of fire and ice, Iceland. This very special adventure is "marrying" the practice of yoga with the creative spirit of North Iceland with RYT-500 yoga instructor and award-winning poet, Susan Somers-Willett. You will enjoy daily yoga classes, various fun adventures, delicious meals, and stay in a comfortable accommodation. Come restore and transform yourself through yoga here.
You will have a choice of staying in some of the most modern 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 most powerful places in Iceland and diving into the island’s rich traditions.
The apartments provide comfort, privacy, and they are just a short walk from the city center. Each apartment has several rooms, some with a shared bathroom, some with a private bathroom, 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.
There is a larger private room in the three-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi, and access to washer / dryer. A family bathroom that can be shared with the total of four to five persons in the apartment is also available in this accommodation.
There is a private room in the three-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi, and access to washer / dryer. A family bathroom that can be shared with the total of four persons in the apartment is also available in this accommodation.
There is a private room in the two-room apartment with private bathroom, kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi, and access to washer / dryer.
Note: The apartments also have perfume-free soap and shampoo plus laundry machines and laundry powder.
A limited number of private hotel rooms are also available for those who desire this option. You will stay in Hotel Kea in Akureyri or equivalent. Breakfast will be included. The hotel is located in the city center.
This special week in Northern Iceland is open to all and it offers you 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, you will be accompanied by a professional guide who will share details of each site along with local folklore and personal stories.
You will relax and recharge at Akureyri’s only wellness center and spa and soak in the healing volcanically-heated waters of Mývatn's nature baths with the winter whites as the backdrop. You will find your inspiration as you go on an adventure to local waterfalls and tune into the transformative energy of North Iceland’s power center close to the Arctic Circle, Hrísey Island. Winter is one of the best times to experience the northern lights (if Mother Nature permits, of course) and you’ll have a resident photographer on hand to teach you how to take your best long-exposure pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime natural phenomenon.
Furthermore, you’ll also have plenty of downtimes 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 luxurious outdoor Jacuzzi, or hunker down on your newest creative project in this retreat setting. In addition to daily Hatha or Yin yoga practices and excursions to Icelandic landmarks that inspire and heal, Susan will offer optional writing prompts and private writing consultations for those who wish to get their creativity flowing, work through writing blocks, or work on a current writing project. No yoga or writing experience is necessary to join in what you need only have a willingness and sense of adventure to participate.
Upon arrival to Akureyri, you will be transferred to the apartments or hotel rooms (available between 14:00 and 16:00), settle in, then enjoy dinner together at a local cafe in the town center. Moreover, each morning after breakfast, you will 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 your group. After class, you'll be transported to lunch and then you’ll head out for the day’s activities and to experience the majesty of the surroundings. If you decide to sleep in and skip a class in any morning, you can simply meet the group for lunch which will be held just a couple blocks walk from your home. Furthermore, you will have afternoon and evening adventures together and 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: This retreat is open to people at various levels of fitness with the understanding that some group activities require snowshoeing and hiking. On top of that, you do not need to bring a yoga mat or any yoga supplies because the center is fully stocked.
You will visit an amazing geothermic region that will take you from the fjord through the mountains and to the lava fields. You’ll experience the rolling fields of Icelandic sheep contrasted with the barren lunar landscapes that the astronauts used to be trained for the first lunar landing in the 60s. Your day will conclude with a visit to the thermal baths of the north. On the front, it is a modern cafe, showers, and lockers but when you exit the back, you will 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. Later, you'll watch the sunset and the galaxies of stars arise. It is truly a sight to behold.
You will spend your afternoon with a lovely ferry ride followed by a picturesque exploration and hike to Hrísey Island. Situated at 66 degrees north and just a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, Hrísey is considered one of the “power” places in Iceland. This can’t be easily explained, so you'll be offered with some moments of pause to sit and feel this special planetary vortex energy.
You will hike wearing snowshoes as needed to various spots around Akureyri and the fjord including hidden waterfalls and other surprises.
This will be a great time of the year to witness the dance of lights but of course, Mother Nature has her own agenda. With a timeframe of seven days, the odds of sightings are high and the skilled hosts are experts at tracking the best times and locations. Please be prepared for any evenings at dinner for the hosts to offer a pickup time to go chasing the lights. Perhaps, you'll even get the show while lounging in the backyard jacuzzis or floating in the hot springs in Mývatn.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Alliance RYT 500
Susan Somers-Willett is a poet, teacher, and yogini specializing in body-appropriate movement, relaxation, and helping students through a physical and emotional transition. She encourages her students to pursue a diverse and inward practice that balances challenge with restoration. Her Hatha-based, Flow, and Yin yoga classes emphasize alignment and modification based on individual anatomy. Her enthusiasm for incorporating different approaches to yoga shows in her instruction which ranges from slow and lyrical flow to deep relaxation.
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 66 degrees in North Iceland to the town of Akureyri which is 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.
The apartments will be stocked with breakfast foods so you can manage your own breakfast routine before you head to daily morning yoga classes. Lunches and five group dinners are also included while the two other dinners in Akureyri are open for the group to explore. The hosts will 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.
You may have afternoon optional activities as follows:
Please book your flight to arrive at Akureyri Airport (AEY). Transfer from the airport is included. One Yoga Global will pick you up from the airport.
Most of you will depart from your home city on Friday to arrive on Saturday early morning at Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavík, then take a smaller flight from Reykjavík Airport (RKV) to Akureyri Airport (AEY). Your return will be on the following Saturday morning from Akureyri Airport (AEY) to Reykjavík Airport (RKV), then continued with a transfer to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and back home.
Some of you might choose to add extra days on your own in Reykjavík before or after the retreat dates. You will need to book two tickets to get to Akureyri Airport (AEY) in Northern Iceland unless you decide to rent a car in Keflavík International Airport (KEF) and enjoy a picturesque six-hour drive to Akureyri. The first flight will be from your hometown to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavík. From there, you will either drive or book an easy 45-minute flight from Reykjavík Airport (RKV) to Akureyri Airport (AEY).
Reykjavík Airport (RKV) is a different and smaller airport than Keflavík International Airport (KEF). If you add extra days on the front or back end in Reykjavík, the city center is only 10 to 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 fly home on the last Saturday (no extra time in Reykjavík), Keflavík International Airport (KEF) is 45 minutes away from Reykjavík Airport (RKV), so you will need a minimum of three and a half hours between the flights to ensure you make it through customs, luggage, and take the transfer to the domestic airport.
For arrivals on the first Saturday, please look at the overnight flights that depart on Friday night and arrive Saturday morning. For departures on the last Saturday, most flights (Iceland Air is recommended) leave between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. If you are flying home on Saturday, please do not book a flight that leaves Keflavík International Airport (KEF) before 2 p.m. Please book a flight to Akureyri that is arriving between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. From Akureyri, please book a morning flight that will arrive by 11 a.m. You can send an inquiry for more detailed advice, links, and details on booking travel.