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A JOURNEY THROUGH THE
CHAKRAS - ICELAND

October 06 - October 12, 2019

This retreat on the Chakras, their qualities and effects.  The idea of Kundalini and how it works is also explained.  A yoga practice follows that introduces asana/poses directly connected with each Chakra.              

 
 
 
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Iceland will Take Your Breath Away

Famous for its raw beauty, unique climate, geothermal energy and vibrant culture, your Iceland yoga retreat adventure is calling.

Whether enjoying the epic midnight sun in the long days of summer or Iceland hiking in the quiet of fall or hush of winter, what better place to escape, explore, and expand your daily yoga practice.              

 

What's included

 

  • Morning vinyasa and/or evening chill out yoga practice

  • Foodie walking tour of Reykjavik
  • Three nights in a luxury hotel in Reykjavik
  • Three nights at our country inn in the south of Iceland
  • Full guided tour (with secret extras) of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
    • Gullfoss’ natural gorgeousness
    • Geysir natural spring (time-able eruptions and a good indication of what’s going on below!)
    • Thingvellir’s cultural and historic past
    • Photo op at Faxi waterfall
    • Folklore fun at Haukadalur
    • Science, history and more natural beauty than you can shake an elf at (Icelandic “ha”)
    • Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport (on arrival and departure days)
    • Free wifi
    • Head to the Blue Lagoon for a long soak
      • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon with extras
    • Full day south coast explorations
      • Exact adventure locations will be determined by the season and weather
    • Full buffet breakfast daily

 

  • Reykjanes Peninsula day trip
    • Visit Hafnarfjördur (and the elves!)
    • Cross the ‘bridge’ and the continental divide between the American and Eurasian plates – walk from America to Europe (ha)
    • Check out the beautiful blue clay and bubbling hot spring of Seltún
    • Watch the steam escape from the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver
    • Nighttime sky gazing in the perfect dark of nature to spy the Northern Lights (winter & spring trips)
      • Two chances in the south to see the lights – jump into the on-property Viking Pool or separate jacuzzi with a hot (or cold) drink and wait for the show
      • Summer trips can jump in the Viking Pool and bask under the midnight sun
      • One country lunch
      • Five full dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
        • Included in the dinners is a night out in Reykjavik at a local restaurant (yum)
 

What’s not included

Airfare to Iceland

Lunches (except the one included lunch in the country)

One dinners

Additional excursions

Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs

Travel insurance (recommended)

Gratuities


 

Accommodation & Rates

Double Occupancy - From $3595.00 / Per person

Atrium RoomAtrium rooms are comfortable and clean-lined-Scandinavian style.  All rooms have an en suite bathroom and can be either two twin beds or one queen bed.  Each of these rooms overlook the inner atrium of the hotel.  Our country hotel rooms are comfort-basic rooms (two twins or one queen) with en suite bathrooms and perfectly placed for stunning countryside wandering.

 

Single Occupancy - FROM $3895.00 / Per Person

Atrium RoomAtrium rooms are comfortable and clean-lined-Scandinavian style.  All rooms have an en suite bathroom and can be either two twin beds or one queen bed.  Each of these rooms overlook the inner atrium of the hotel.  Our country hotel rooms are comfort-basic rooms (two twins or one queen) with en suite bathrooms and perfectly placed for stunning countryside wandering.

 

 

itinerary

Yoga retreat schedules will vary slightly based on weather and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a weeklong yoga retreat in Iceland will look like:

Day One

  • Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland
  • Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1hr) and drop bags off at our hotel
  • Rejuvenate with a full breakfast (coffee!) and take a few moments to relax
  • Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik
    • Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country
  • Play in downtown or stroll back and check in to your room
  • Evening de-plane and welcome yoga class
  • Group welcome dinner

Day Two

  • Morning yoga and group buffet breakfast
  • Today we’re heading out to visit the homes of the elves, Vikings (only kinda kidding) and the stunning Reykjanes Peninsula
    • Day trip down to Hafnarfjördur (for the elves)
    • Visit Kleifarvatn for a view of the seismic-ly beautiful Kleifarvarvatn and walk the “bridge” between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates
    • Check out the geo-thermal epicenter of Seltún; blue clay and bubbling hot spring included
    • Wander out among the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver… watch out for Gunna the ghost!
  • After a day of exploring we’ll head over for a soak in the warm-zen-goodness of the Blue Lagoon
    • You’ll have a few hours to relax in the waters and chill.  Entrance with us includes:
      • a pre-treatment in-water silica mud mask
      • a drink of your choice from the swim-up bar in the Lagoon
      • skin smoothing-tightening-glowing-allaroundawesome in-water algae mask
  • Head back for an evening yoga class and dinner on your own tonight

Day Three

  • Up early today for breakfast and packing for our Iceland nature adventure
  • Today we head out of town and head south into the great Icelandic wilds
    • We’ll trek out to the Sólheimajökull glacier’s natural and massive gorgeousness
    • Drive out to Dyrhólaey Island
    • Stroll the black sand beach of Reynisfjara
    • Check out Vík and maybe squeeze in some secret-surprise stops
  • Arriving in the late afternoon/early evening near the base of the Hekla volcano we’ll check in and roll out our mats for yoga
  • Dinner tonight is in a room with floor to ceiling views of Hekla and the stars
  • Our first night out in nature is a fantastic time to watch for the Northern Lights (Nov-April only)
    • jump in the Viking Pool on-property for some natural spring warmth while you light spy

Day Four

  • Our morning yoga class takes in Hekla’s beauty from the practice space
  • Fill up with breakfast and get ready for a day of natural exploration
    • Heading out today we put on our walking shoes (or hiking boots) and head out to explore the highlands and countryside
    • We’ll build in enough time at our exclusive location to allow time with the Icelandic horses that roam the property for those who’d like to ride in the afternoon
    • In the winter our days will change as our more adventurous spots are weather-permitting
  • Head in for early evening yoga and dinner
  • Our second night in nature will, hopefully, bring our second night of light sightings (during the light season)
  • In the summer months we will extend our day-tripping and push yoga and dinner all thanks to the midnight sun

Day Five

  • Early morning yoga and a fuel-up breakfast
  • Today is a “foss” day as we’re hitting up some spectacular waterfalls
  • On our drive back we’ll hit up the remaining half of the Golden Circle
    • Take a stroll behind (yes, behind) the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
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    • The waterproof and the brave can walk through Gljúfrabúi
    • Hit up Skógafoss
    • A little water break at Drangurinn
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    • And all the sneaky spots that we’ll fill you in on on the road…
  • Head back for evening yoga
  • And fill up with another amazing dinner and beautiful mountain views (for the midnight sun crew)

Day Six

  • Good morning, and final, yoga class and breakfast
  • Today we’ll be heading back to Reykjavik while doing the Golden Circle with our own special twist…  Stops will vary slightly based on weather and crowds (the sights are cool but certainly touristy so we work the angles) but expectations can run along the lines of:
    • Checking out Geysirand Stokkur’s eruptions
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    • Strolling Thingvellir – Iceland’s national shrine and World Heritage Site
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    • Enjoying Gullfoss’ (the Golden Falls) natural and massive beauty
    • And our own secret-sauce stops
  • We’ll arrive back in Reykjavik and check back in and come together for a night out on the town
  • Our awesome foodie crew are taking you all out for some Icelandic beer tasting (non-alcoholic drinks totally supplied) and a fun farewell dinner in a local restaurant
  • Say goodbye to Iceland and the new adventure travel friend-crew in a fun and tasty pub and then head back for some shut eye or stay out and enjoy Reykjavik nightlife

Day Seven

  • Depending on your flight time it’s up for breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to KEF and shuffle through a week’s awesome memories while waiting to board!
 

 

prepare for your retreat

What airport do I fly into?

You will be traveling Keflavik (KEF) airport.  The airport is about an hour outside of Reykjavik and our transfers will pick you up and whisk you into town.  You can arrive at any time, though arriving by 9am is best, and transfers are for the scheduled day of arrival and departure only.

Do I need a passport/visa?

US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Iceland, but no visa is required at this time. Passports will need to be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry and will need at least two blank pages.  Iceland reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 3 month mark after arrival.  As entry requirements can change, please visit the State Department’s website for up to date information.

Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.

What should I expect to see?

Iceland is a land of contrast… oceans and mountains, volcanoes and glaciers and cool winds and warm people.  Expect to learn a lot about the geology of the ever shifting island and expect ‘ooh’ and ‘aaaah’ pictures of waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, beautiful Reykjavik and the famous Icelandic horse (just don’t call them ‘ponies’…ha).

Will I definitely be able to see the Northern Lights?

Mother Nature is a wonderful but irresolute hostess.  While we watch the signs and our guides are expert spotters, there is no guarantee.  We’ll have two nights dedicated to looking for the lights far away from ambient light and a whole week to keep our eyes peeled.

What is the electrical currency/outlet situation in Iceland?

Iceland utilizes the same plug and currency as Europe (220V).  If you are using North American plugs, an adapter and converter will be necessary.  Some plugs will not accept the third ‘grounding’ pin so a back-up adapter is recommended.

Is there internet on property?

Yes!  Wifi is readily available on property and can be accessed in most easily in the communal areas.

Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks or straps?

We’ll supply the yoga mat goodness. Our locations are not yoga retreat centers, so if needed, please do remember to pack a block or strap.

What do I need to bring?

You will need a good sturdy pair of walking shoes as well as layers for the excursion days.  Other than that, bring your yoga clothes, casual wear, a swim suit and plenty of charge on your camera!

Do I need travel insurance?

All trips are a big investment of time, energy, imagination and funds.  We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises.  You will also want to know that you are covered medically in case a puffin bites off a finger (kidding!!).

After I book and pay my deposit, can I make payments on my yoga retreat?

Yes!  Of course.  Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice.  You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date.

Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.