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Daily yoga practice in the global heartland of geothermal energy, meditation, hot spring soaks, glacier hikes and northern lights serve as the backdrop for this inspiring journey of inner and outer exploration. You’ll get a diverse overview of this magical land as we travel to three different amazing hotels in three different locations, starting in south to explore glaciers and waterfalls, then we’ll move to a new hotel in the cultural center of Reykjavik and finish at a favorite destination and what many Icelander’s call the most magical place in Iceland. Plenty of free time and optional trips make this escape customizable to all levels and interests.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?
This trip is designed for people with all levels of yoga and adventure experience. Men, women, couples, best friends, old friends and soon to be new friends. Our goal is to connect as deeply as possible to nature and to the cultural core of this beautiful place. I mean how often do you get to go to Iceland with a group of people that are passionate about such similar things?! This means we’ll be outside as much as possible, hiking to hot springs, walking in mossy fields, following rivers to see where they take us, climbing glaciers etc. Nothing we do is mandatory but everything we have planned is irresistible. This is not a “luxury yoga retreat” by any means, that’s not why we go to Iceland, but don’t be surprised if you fall in love with all of the charming places we stay, or the healthy food we work hard to find in a country known most for it’s fermented shark meat and puffins.
IMPORTANT: When booking flights be sure to arrive September 3rd, between 6am-9am (or meet us at airport at that time) and depart after 4pm on September 10th. Please email us with any flight questions!
A Day in the life of a yoga retreat to Iceland:
“Yesterday we listened. It was one of those days that is marked by such a unique fullness that you no longer need to search for anything. After a morning yoga class and wonderful lunch we hiked along the coast, swam in the North Atlantic on a black stone beach, played in a singing cave and ran down a mountain through lava fields filled with soft moss and as many wild blueberries as we had time for. Time stopped and life started beating by the ripeness of blueberries and the speed of our feet. Our destination was a blurry line of direction and distraction. After a delicious meal and restorative yoga class we were gifted an hour of the most spectacular show I’ve ever seen, the Northern Lights. We spread out in a hay field and instead of finding cows, quite literrally I began to hear a series of “wows”, over and over and over again until the lights died down and it was time for bed.” – Ben Crosky, Guide, 2012
Gina’s passionate and inspirational style of teaching is a balanced fusion of informed, vinyasa flow yoga with attention to holistic alignment, personal evolution and humor. Always with a nod to Hatha Yoga’s austere roots and intelligence, she feels its essential for our yoga practices to feel less like busy work and more like a powerful, embodied celebration. She came to the mat from the office chair so has a keen ability to really speak to the modern-day householder yogi and encourage the dissolution of the self-construed storylines that do nothing but hinder our continued growth. She’s a rousing, empathetic teacher known for her clear and playful style of encouraging you to fearlessly navigate your edge, open your heart to what’s possible and boldly dive in!
Gina is the Founder and Director of the Colorado School of Yoga in Boulder, CO with affiliate locations throughout the state. She has a deep and sincere passion for yoga education and empowering teachers to make their unique offerings far and wide.
We’ll spend 3 days/2 nights exploring the geothermal area of Hvergardi. Hike to Hot Springs, discover waterfalls, eat bread baked in the ground, search for blueberries and more!
> Hot Springs > Glaciers > Waterfalls > Fishing Villages > Hot pots
We’ll spend 3 nights in Reykjavik! Here we’ll soak in the magic of this unique city. We’ll practice yoga at the local Yoga Shala, eat delicious food, take day trips and explore the music and night life that is so abundant in this fantastic city. This is your time to explore on your own and do any optional excursions of your liking.
From Reykjavik will journey to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula to spend our last three nights. Here we’ll be surrounded by the beauty of the ocean, national parks, a gorgeous glacier and simply one of the most magical places on earth!
> Black rock beaches > Blueberry + mossy lava rock hikes > Hot Springs > Pure Magic > Visit town/musuem
Most of the food we’ll eat is organic and local. Delicious vegetarian options as well as fresh, local fish and meat for those that eat it will be available. Breakfasts are usually buffet style featuring cheeses, fruits, skyr(icelandic yogurt), cereals, juices and coffee/tea. We can accommodate most food requests as long as we know in advance!
In Reykjavik you’ll be going out for lunch and dinner. Because we will not always be eating together people expect to to pay for 2 meals a day while we are in Reykjavik. There are a few delicious vegetarian restaurants and one raw food restaurant near the studio. There are a lot of international options including a delicious Indian restaurant that we ate at last year.
We offer three payment options based when you sign up! We encourage those that can’t afford the full price option to sign up early for the lowest price. We strive to maintain a balance between offering our programs to the widest range of participants and running a sustainable and thriving company so that we can continue to create and share our experiences with you. Please inquire about payment plans. We can split up your payments however final payments are due at least 45 days prior to the start date of your retreat.