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7 Days Explore Yoga Retreat in Iceland

  • Akureyri, Iceland

Overview

Jivamukti Yoga Holiday in Iceland

Iceland is made for exploring so your holiday will combine world class yoga with four carefully selected trips to discover the very best of the beautiful nature here. You will hike to some waterfalls, visit a nature reserve on an island and spend an afternoon at world famous Lake Mvatn, soaking in the hot springs known as the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North. You will also head out on a night time adventure into the wild to see the Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • Daily Jivamukti yoga classes
  • Daily Pranayama or meditation sessions
  • An afternoon island excursion and night time Northern Lights tour
  • Waterfall hike and Myvatn volcanic nature spa excursions
  • Return domestic flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri
  • 3 daily vegan meals and soft drinks
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Reclaim Your Self has five bright and spacious apartments in the charming town of Akureyri. The apartments have private terraces and share jacuzzis between them. Some have views of Eyjafjrdur.

This location in Northern Iceland is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for exploration, so Reclaim Your Self has created a program to enable you to get out and about with four excursions to immerse yourself in all that Iceland has to offer. Emma Henry will offer a Jivamukti yoga class each morning and either a second class, pranayama or meditation practice in the afternoon. Each Jivamukti class offers a vigorous and dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. A class presents classical yoga teachings in a way that is relevant to ones life on and off the mat, supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing Vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation, and meditation. You will use the unique experience of wild Icelandic nature to enhance your practice.

Island excursion

You will spend an afternoon on the Island of Hrisey. It is a short drive and then a 15-minute ferry ride from the retreat location. On the island you will hike through a nature reserve and enjoy one of the most energetically powerful places in Iceland.

Myvatn Spa

You will head out for the afternoon and evening to the world famous Lake Mvatn. All that makes Iceland so unique can be experienced within a few hours; from powerful waterfalls, characteristic volcanoes, geothermal activity, to a nature spa.

On the way to Mvatn, your first stop will be the beautiful Goafoss the waterfall of the gods; which played an important role in the adoption of Christianity in Iceland. In Mvatn you will visit the pseudo craters, where the American astronauts trained; and the dark cities, full of unique lava-pillars and the home of Yule Lads.

You will glance at a cave filled with warm streaming water right at the continental rift, one foot on the North American plate and the other on the Eurasian plate. Afterwards, you will move on to the high temperature field where you can see bubbling mud pools and fumaroles, and smell sulphur all around.

Krafla is the one active volcano in the north and its crater is your next destination. The day culminates in a relaxing dip in the nature baths of Mvatn, the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North, with a great view of the lake.

Northern Lights

North Iceland offers the ideal setting to watch Northern Lights. This fascinating phenomenon arises from an interplay of many natural factors such as cold temperatures, cloudless skies, and high solar activity. To see the dance of lights is a gift of the northern winter and not a 100% guaranteed excursion.

You may even see them in Akureyri but their real beauty can only be seen far away from any unnatural light sources in total darkness. To try and ensure a successful tour Reclaim Your Self will check in advance the weather and aurora forecast, maps, and also the forecast for Northern Lights and choose the best night during the holiday to optimize your chances of seeing them. You will head out in a bus to a quiet wilderness from around 10 p.m.

Waterfall hike

There are many hidden waterfalls around Akureyri so you will head out one afternoon to explore a few of them with a local guide, who will take you to some undiscovered places in the area.

  • Emma Henry

    Emma was introduced to yoga in the mid 90s and has been teaching since 1998. Her background in dance and martial arts is evident in her dynamic, innovative and playful choreography, and understanding of anatomy and the subtle body. Her yogic path has led her to Mysore from practicing Ashtanga with Sri K Pattabhi Jois to advanced certification in the Jivamukti method. She is an advance certified Jivamukti teacher and facilitates the Jivamukti teacher trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life. Her continuing education is shared with her students through her love of yogic texts and chanting.

You will be based in Akureyri, a charming town in the north of Iceland that is perfectly located for exploring wild nature. Iceland in the autumn means peace, tranquility, and mystic light. With the famous dance of the Northern Lights, the flat daytime sun, and the bright moonlit nights you can be sure of an unforgettable experience. When it is cold outside, the hot springs and baths provide their full blessing.

Activities
  • Hiking
  • Hot spring nearby
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Spa
Services
  • In-room dining

All meals are included in the price. Your meals will be prepared by the expert chef Bettina Campolucci who will prepare you delicious, nourishing, and healthy vegan meals with a wow factor. You can expect tasty meals that are gluten and sugar free as well as low in dairy. You will have plenty of fresh herbal teas and your drinking water is included. Please note that this retreat is alcohol free and you are encouraged to minimize or eliminate caffeine on this holiday.

Enjoy sauna sessions in Akureyri

Pamper yourself with a massage treatment

Relax in a beautiful surrounding

Soak in the private jacuzzi

It will be possible to book a massage or sauna session at the nearby wellness center at an extra cost.

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • A night time Northern Lights tour
  • All your meals and soft drinks
  • An afternoon and evening excursion to Myvatn volcanic nature spa
  • An afternoon island excursion
  • An afternoon waterfall hike
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • Return domestic flights Reykjavik to Akureyri
  • Sauna and massage treatments in Akureyri
  • Transfers to and from Keflavk International Airport (KEF)

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Keflavk International Airport (KEF)

Return domestic flights from Keflavk International Airport (KEF) to Akureyri Airport (AEY) are included in your retreat package, departing in the afternoon at 17:50 p.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016 and returning in the morning at 11:10 a.m. on Friday October 28, 2016.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Reclaim Your Self an inquiry.
  • Review by Jo from Montastruc, France
    10 out of 10

    "From the start until the end, the yoga retreat was very well organized. Great communication from Jools and Amber, no question too mundane to answer. Arriving at the retreat, the house and location in southwest France were lovely, and I was made to feel very welcome. The food was fabulous, without exception due to the brilliant chef, Emma Fountain and her great assistant Terri (the best herb tea maker in the West). Yoga taught by Faye Riches was inspirational and fun, I learnt so much. The other guests were varied and diverse and I loved every day of the seven-day retreat and feel healthier than I have done in years. I can't wait to book again! Thanks to Jools and her amazing team."

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  • Review by Gillian from Molan-sur-mer, France
    10 out of 10

    "The venue for the Reclaim Your Self in Gascony was superb in its location and its use for a yoga retreat. The food prepared by the chefs was very tasty as well as being carefully thought out for nutritional needs."

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  • Review by Lydia from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The entire retreat was flawless, right from the initial booking up to our departure. The yoga weekend was very well organized and I felt well taken care of. I was after a quiet weekend where I was able journey into myself, develop my yoga practice, and meet some inspiring like - minded individuals and this is what I got. I would definitely recommend Reclaim Your Self to anyone."

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  • Review by Tracy from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful weekend. Such a wonderful venue and the kirtan were beautiful. Jools and the team are amazing, Lisa Sanfilippo is a great inspiration."

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  • Review by Jane from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "After a decade of going on retreats there are many reasons why I rate Reclaim Your Self as being in a league of their own. Jools and Lisa create an atmosphere of authentic intimacy and support from the outset, the organization is superb, venues always carefully selected, and the food delicious. The retreats will always leave you wanting more."

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  • Review by Diane from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "The Reclaim Your Self team were well organized, caring and friendly during my weekend retreat in Bedford. It was my first time travelling on my own and had booked the retreat as a reward for qualifying as a yoga teacher. Special thanks to Jools and her team for welcoming me and made me feel instantly at ease, and with the other guests, felt we were a family who bonded other the weekend through yoga, meditation, and chanting. The accommodation and food was exceptional (impressed with staff caring about my special dietary requirements). It was an amazing experience and helped me both physically and mentally so felt more grounded, relaxed, and keen to do another in the future. I would recommend anyone to try it!"

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  • Review by Jane Calder from Thailand
    10 out of 10

    "Jools and the team, you have done it again! A great place and the mix of yoga, nature, wonderful food (truly amazing), trips out, and an interesting group of people worked really well."

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  • Review by Tracy Falle from Hong Kong
    10 out of 10

    "Jools does an amazing job at organizing and looking after her guests. She met my every need and Mongolia was an amazing experience. I look forward to joining another retreat in the future."

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  • Review by Imelda Staunton from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "You prepared this retreat with such care, love, ability, and brilliance. You gave us support and nourishment. You have given us more than you will ever know. May your souls always sing."

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  • Review by Kathleen Andon from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "What a great week in France. I feel so much better and I got my mojo back. The retreat was pretty perfect; the house, the team, and a great group. Well done Jools, you got it right again!"

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  • Review by Miriam McGrath from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "I'm a beginner and I didn't know anyone before I came to Tuscany but I am so happy I did. The yoga with Lisa Sanfilippo was fabulous and the team was so supportive and kind, it really made the whole week. I will never forget it."

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  • Review by Jan Holden from Essex
    10 out of 10

    "If you are thinking about coming on a Reclaim Your Self retreat all I can say is do it! Beautifully organized, lovingly prepared, a delicious and deeply fulfilling experience. I will be back for second helpings."

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  • Review by Tessa Bartholomew from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Reclaim Your Self has set the bar high. The care and thought that Jools and Lisa put into our experience of healing, health, and discovery was felt throughout the entire weekend. I feel extremely lucky to have been part of an unforgettable weekend."

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  • Review by Michelle Pugh from London, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "To be a yogi in one of the remotest locations on this earth has been one of the best experiences of my life (and there have been a few)."

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  • Review by Marcia Brophy from Sri Lanka
    10 out of 10

    "The Reclaim Your Self team is a magical bunch of people. Their caring, nurturing, and calm approach is embodied in their yoga, food, treatments, and everything they do."

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  • Review by Nicky Needham from Essex, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful relaxing weekend away. The whole team was incredible, friendly professionals who created a very high standard of care and support over our weekend."

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  • Review by Gavin Rebello from Essex, United Kingdom
    10 out of 10

    "Jools and her team are organized, passionate, and experts at getting people to feel fantastic again. This is my third holiday with them and there will be more."

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