the travel yogi yoga retreat

august 25 – 01 september

iceland

2018

 

The raw beauty of Iceland nature will awe and amaze and the quirky Iceland culture will charm you (like it charmed us!).  We’ve got your Iceland adventures in the bag regardless of whether you choose to experience the beautiful midnight sun or majestic northern lights.   The volcanic power that continues to form this island is palatable in the hum of Reykjavik and in the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers.  In all its seasons and facets, an Iceland yoga retreat is an extraordinary adventure.

This adventure is for the adventurous… bring your open mind and heart and The Travel Yogi will take care of the rest…

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 1

  • 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 2

  • 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 3

  • Up early today for breakfast and packing for our Iceland nature adventure
  • Today we head out of town cover half-ish of the Golden Circle and secret-surprise stops in the process
    • Photo opts at Gullfoss’ (the ‘Golden Falls’) natural and massive gorgeousness
    • Education time at Thingvellir- Iceland’s old parliment and UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Watch Strokker (geyser) explode
    • And maybe, maybe a secret stop for you Game of Thrones fans (ha)
  • 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 4

  • 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
    • In the winter our days will change as our more adventurous spots are weather-permitting
    • Any season we will head to the black sand beach and crazy nature-cut rock formations on the coast
    • 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
  • 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 5

  • Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
  • Pack up and say goodbye to the south as we head back to humming Reykjavik
  • On our drive back we’ll hit up the remaining half of the Golden Circle
    • Hit up Kerid crater
    • Wow at Faxi waterfall
    • The ‘good troll’ burial site at Haukadalur
    • Vígda laug historical site (Icelandic ‘Holy Pool’)
    • Sneaky spots…
  • Rock back into Reykjavik in time for evening yoga
  • Trip into town for some city-vibes and dinner

Day 6

  • Good morning yoga and breakfast
  • Today is your last day in Iceland and your one free day.   Spend your time nabbing your last photos or souvenirs or checking out any of the following:
    • Harpa Concert Hall
    • Icelandic Phallological Museum (yup, seriously)
    • An Icelandic cooking class
    • Head to elf school
    • Enjoy a spa day
    • Hit up a local pool
    • Troll the awesome art galleries
    • Hop on a glacier hiking tour
    • or or or… there’s never a shortage of options in Iceland
  • Early evening yoga class and closing circle
  • Final group dinner and a happy goodbye to the week

Day 7

  • 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