The country of Iceland provides the outstanding opportunity to see the world – and our world – in a whole new way. Iceland is a country known for its astounding natural beauty, lush wildlife, and abounding natural hot springs, giving us a dramatic and inspirational back drop to explore.
We are going to be in Iceland during the most opportune time to see the Aurora Borealis. Both inwardly, through the daily yoga and meditation practices and outwardly, during our daily adventure encounters, we will be looking up, out and beyond a great deal taking in this natural and magical beauty within us and around us. We will explore waterfalls, and case the city, we’ll relax in the Blue Lagoon. We’ll escape to multiple unrivaled natural beauty, and we’ll look up A LOT! You will return from this journey restored, rejuvenated and inspired.
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:
- 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
- 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
- You’ll have a few hours to relax in the waters and chill. Entrance with us includes:
- Head back for an evening yoga class and dinner on your own tonight
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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!
Our home base in Reykjavik at the Grand serves as our retreat-home as well as our practice space. A beautiful hardwood floored studio awaits morning and evening practice while their kitchen turns out delicious vegetarian and non-veggie meals to nourish and nosh on.
Executive rooms offer comfort with Scandinavian luxury. Clean, crisp rooms with large bathrooms lull each yogi to sleep. Bask in the thoughtful extras of heated towel racks (a welcome luxury), long tubs and deep, comfortable beds.
Atrium rooms offer many of the same comforts of the Superior Executive room with a few slight differences. Atrium rooms will look in towards the spacious and natural-light filled lobby area and will be slightly smaller than their Executive cousins. All of these rooms can accommodate two beds for roommates and are a wonderfully comfortable alternative to the Executive rooms.
Atrium Room: $3195 per person
Executive Room: $3395 per person
Atrium Room: $3695
Executive Room: $3895
- Morning vinyasa yoga
- Evening chill out yoga practice
- Foodie walking tour of Reykjavik
- Four nights in a luxury hotel in Reykjavik
- Two nights 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”)
- 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
- 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
- Head to the Blue Lagoon for a long soak
- Elevated 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
- Four full dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
- Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport
- Free wifi
What’s Not Included
- Airfare to Iceland
- Two dinners
- Additional excursions
- Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
- Travel insurance (recommended)
Between yoga, the full days of included excursions and chilling with new friends there is a ton to do on this amazing island. Plug the locals for fun excursions and check out below for additional awesome adventures. Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions so yogi flexibility (pun always intended) is always appreciated.
All but two dinners are included so that you can get out and enjoy Reykjavik’s culinary scene which ranges from the traditional to ‘new’ traditional to international and to raw. We highly recommend popping into Glo. These guys to raw, vegetarian, chicken and soup organic every day and pride themselves on sourcing locally. All locations are walkable from our home base and definitely worth the stroll.
The options below would be at an additional cost but there is more than enough fun and quirky adventure to be had by strolling Reykjavik or hopping on a bike from the hotel. In particular, a trip to the top of the Hallgrímskirkja offers unbeatable views and can help you spot your next destination: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, also known as ‘the best hot dog in town’. Hot dogs are something of a national obsession, so if you’re willing, it’s definitely something to scratch off your ‘to do’ list…
South Coast (glacier hiking & snowmobiling option)
Set out for a day of adventuring and unbelievable sightseeing. Get up close and personal to Sólheimajökull glacier (you can choose to glacier hike or snowmobile depending on the weather) and climb up, around and above the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Cruise by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and climb and wonder at the amazing basaltic rock pillars on the black sand beach near Vik. Starting at $110 per person with Iceland Guided Tours.
Snæfellsnes National Park
Spend the day touring through Icelandic history and the gorgeous scenery of Snæfellsnes. Whether photographing the scenery, gathering the folk lore and visiting historic Icelandic spots, the best of this national park will be in your camera and your heart. Starting at $130 per person with Iceland Guided Tours.
Icelandic Horse Ride
Enjoy a ride on the unique and endemic Icelandic horse. Ride to the hot springs, the mountains, the beach… take a short ride or spend the day. You’re guaranteed to leave with a respect for this unique breed (and when you see them don’t call them ponies!) and memories of the countryside you’ll never forget. Contact Eldhestar for tour options and pricing.
National Museum of Iceland
Explore the culture and history of Iceland through their permanent and traveling exhibitions. Entrance fees $13 per person. Click here for hours and exhibits.
Iceland Phallological Museum
Yes, it is a real museum. The Iceland Phallological Museum is a collection of penis’ and penis parts from all manner of mammals on the island. From polar bears, whales and walruses to legally acquired human specimens. And the gift shop is certainly worth a stroll… Click here for hours and information.
Imagine Peace Tower
Created by Yoko Ono and dedicated on October 9th, 2007 (John Lennon’s 67th birthday), the Icelandic Imagine Peace tower is a beacon of light from the depths of a wishing well. The light from the tower is constantly in flux due atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland. Click here for hours and visitor information.
What airport do I fly into?
You will be traveling Keflavik (KEF). The airport is about an hour outside of Reykjavik and our transfers will pick you up, regardless of flight arrival time, and whisk you into town.
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 6 months from the date of entry. Iceland reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark.
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 (and DON’T call them ‘ponies’).
Will I definitely be able to see the Northern Lights?
Mother Nature is a wonderful but irresolute hostess. While we have picked a moon cycle that will allow for the least amount of light (i.e., the new moon), we cannot guarantee that the clouds will be in our favor. Our night out to spot the Northern Lights will have one redo if no lights are spotted. We’ll do our best, but we can’t guarantee a full sighting.
What is the electrical currency/outlet 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 access on property?
Yes! Wifi is readily available on property and can be accessed in most easily in the communal spaces. Wifi can be spotty in the rooms farther away from the center lobby.
Can I drink the water?
Fresh, fresh, fresh water is in abundance, as is fresh hot (really hot) water right out of your tap.
Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
Our home base is not a yoga retreat center so yes, please do remember to bring your mat and any props you need.
Should I book any other activities/massages ahead of time?
There is so much to do that we highly suggest you wait until you arrive to book extra excursions. You may not have thought about hitting a volcanic-rock beach or heading up north to spot a Blue Whale, but these are just a few of your options in Iceland! Then, of course, there’s always relaxing in the spa… We can help you book extras ahead of time, but our advice is to wait.
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!!).
What is the weather on the island?
While it is late winter in March, don’t let Iceland’s name scare you. You’ll want to pack your winter gear and layers, but you’re not headed to the Arctic. Days will generally be in the mid to high 30s and snow is most frequently encountered outside of Reykjavik. A rain jacket is a good idea and, if you don’t have a good winter coat, Iceland has some of the warmest and best looking winter jackets this yogi has yet seen.
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