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Epic Iceland Yoga Retreat

A week of meditation, yoga, hot spring soaks, and glacier hikes in the heartland of the northern lights.

Iceland
August 27 - September 2 2019

$3,695 Per Person
August 27 - September 2 2019

only 13 spots left at this price

$3,695 per person | August 27 - September 2 2019
only 13 spots left at this price

The Magic

Experience Iceland’s most iconic sights hiking to hot springs, walking in mossy fields, following rivers to see where they take us, climbing glaciers etc. on this eight day retreat that combines yoga with an Icelandic adventure. After arriving in Keflavik you'll head straight to the Blue Lagoon, and then return to Reykjavik for three nights to soak in the magic of this unique city. You’ll practice yoga at the local studio, eat delicious food, take day trips and explore the abundant music and night life. You'll have plenty of time to explore on your own and do any optional excursions you'd like. From Reykjavik you'll head to the Snaefellsness peninsula, where you'll hike the magical mossy coastline and revel in the place sought out for its mystical nature and healing power.
Epic Iceland Yoga Retreat

A day on retreat

Retreat Itinerary

Day One

To you settle in and start your Icelandic journey off right we head for a soak the stunning Blue Lagoon Hot Springs. We then have the afternoon to settle into the hotel, have lunch, enjoy Reykjavik and have our first yoga class & Dinner. Stay Icelandair Marina.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Two

After a gentle morning yoga session, you'll spend the day touring the south coast, doing a glacier hike, exploring waterfalls and more! Stay Icelandair Marina.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Three

Unless you want to go off on your own adventure or hang around Reykjavik today, we'll head out for an early morning hot spring hike to beat the crowds. An evening yoga class followed by dinner will seal a beautiful day. Stay Icelandair Marina.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Four

Start the day with an invigorating morning yoga session then drive to Snaefellsness. We'll stop at our secret waterfall hike with a glacier cold pool dip (optional) and then make our way to our favorite place in Iceland, Snaefellsness. Stay at Hotel Hellnar.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Five

You'll start the day with a lively and centering morning yoga session. Then you'll head out for a beautiful hike along the coast and have the rest of the day free to soak in the magic of our hotel between the glacier and the sea. Stay at Hotel Hellnar.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Six

After a morning yoga session, you'll have another day free to explore Snaefellsness. We'll have an optional trip to a local fishing village with some stops along the way including a last chance to dip in some healing hot springs and a cave that makes any singing voice sound angelic. You'll regroup with a balancing afternoon yoga session and delicious dinner. Stay at Hotel Hellnar.

Retreat Itinerary

Day Seven

After a morning yoga session, and breakfast, you'll depart for the airport or back to Reykjavik for more adventure.

Our Teacher
Devon Sweeney

Devon Sweeney (e-ryt 500, yacep) is a student of inner ritual. Her work is offered with the intention of redefining the way the healing power of awareness is accessible in every body. She is a facilitator of the interplay between deep release and the process of building resiliency. She helps to create a setting for students to recognize their intrinsic capacity to evolve and support themselves. Devon’s vinyasa classes are delicately balanced experiences of rhythm and flow, subtle cueing and unique somatic patterning. Asanas become dynamic containers to explore the healing effect of breath and remember our essential guiding intelligence. She is a senior teacher and affiliate trainer for the Samudra Global School of Living Yoga with her teacher Shiva Rea.

Devon Sweeney Retreat Teacher
Retreat Venue

The Venue
ICELANDAIR MARINA HOTEL & FOSSHOTEL HELLNER

You'll spend your first three nights at the Icelandair Marina Hotel, located by the port with easy access to bustling central Reykjavik. You'll also enjoy the hotel's convenient fitness center, happy hour, movie nights with Icelandic movies, and in-house bar and restaurant.

Then you'll head to the magical Fosshotel Hellner, just near Kirkjufell mountain. The hotel is located right beneath Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which is said to be one of the seven great energy centers of the earth.

Premium Double Room

Two luxuriously dressed twin beds or one double in a bright, beautiful, and extra spacious room. Premium rooms come with an en-suite bathroom and a superior view.

Premium Double Room

Single Bed in a Premium Twin Room

A sumptuous, spacious shared twin room. Premium rooms have extra lovely views and en-suite bathrooms.

Single Bed in a Premium Twin Room

Twin or Double Room

These airy, cosy and comfortable rooms come with either two twin beds or one double.

Twin or Double Room

Single Bed in a Twin Room

A clean and cosy shared twin room with chic decor and lots of natural light.

Single Bed in a Twin Room

FAQ

Do I need to book my own flight to Iceland? What flights do I purchase?

You are responsible for booking your own plane flight. Here is the important arrival and departure information:

ARRIVALS

Airport: Reykjavík, Iceland – Keflavik Intl (KEF)
Arrival Date: August 27th, 2019
Arrival Time Range: The retreat starts with a morning visit to the Blue Lagoon on August 27th. Please arrive to KEF Airport on time for the 7:30 am  shared shuttle. We will meet at the Joe & The Juice outside of customs, and you may hang out there for a while if you have a very early flight. If you arrive to the airport later or are coming from Reykjavik, you will be responsible for your own transfer and we can help you arrange it.

Fill out the Traveler Details Form and we’ll arrange transport just before the retreat.

DEPARTURES

Departure Date: Sep 2nd, 2019
Departure Time Range: IMPORTANT – Please book your flights for anytime after 5pm on Sep 2nd. There will be one shared shuttle going back to Reykjavik and then to the Keflavik Airport on Sep 2nd 2019. Guests will responsible for the cost of any alternative transfers/special arrangements.

AUG 27
7:00 am Meet at Joe & Juice
7:30 am Depart for Blue Lagoon Hot Springs
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 28
Morning Yoga
Glacier Tour
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 29
Morning Yoga
Free Day in Reykjavik
Stay in Reykjavik

AUG 30
Morning Yoga
Drive to Snaefellsness
Waterfall Hike
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

AUG 31
Morning Yoga
Explore Snaefellsness
Afternoon Yoga
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

Sept 1
Morning Yoga
Explore Snaefellsness
Afternoon Yoga
Stay at Hotel Hellnar

Sept 2
Morning Yoga
Depart for Airport

What is the currency in Iceland and where do I get it? How much cash will I need?

All of the activities highlighted on the trip page are included in the price. However, we will have free time for you to explore on your own. If you choose to go on any optional excursions you will be responsible for the costs but we will definitely help you arrange anything.

Can I arrive early to the retreat and stay late?

You will need to purchase your flights in order to arrive/depart by given dates and time ranges for your specific trip. If you choose to arrive earlier or later than given day/time you will be responsible for the cost of transportation needed to join up with the group. We will transfer you to the airport on the day of departure however if you choose to stay longer you will be responsible for all costs after the day of the group departure.

Depending on your arrival time you may arrive the night before the start date of the trip. If this is the case we are not able to cover the costs of accommodation but we are happy to help you with your planning. If you would like to stay at our last resort longer please contact us so that we can help you arrange this. Because we know these areas so well, we are also happy to help you plan your trip if you decide to stay longer or come early.

Can I use my phone? Is there internet?

We suggest unplugging and tuning in to the current of the beautiful nature we’ll be surrounded by. However, there is service most places in Iceland and wi-fi in all of the hotels.

What is the weather like?

Iceland’s weather is unpredictable.

In June weather is typically very nice but still more like a hot fall day than a typical summer day.  Some days call for short sleeves while others call for light down jackets and always be prepared for rain although its much less this time of year.

In September it’s generally between 45-60 degrees. We love going in September because it’s blueberry season, most of the tourists are gone, the stormy weather hasn’t yet arrived and, with luck, we’ll see the spectacular show of the Northern Lights.

Is travel insurance mandatory for this yoga retreat? How do I purchase it?

Travel insurance for all of our international yoga retreats is mandatory. Unfortunately we cannot allow participation unless proof of travel insurance is sent to us before. Purchase your travel insurance within a week of purchasing your plane flight.

We highly recommend that you add “cancel for any reason” to your policy. Although normal trip cancellation will cover you for illness or injury, or for a travel companions illness, injury or death, it is limited to these. With “cancel for any reason” you will receive a percentage (usually 75%-100%) of all pre-paid costs. With this coverage if something comes up, a wedding, a new job opportunity, etc. or if Solyoga has to cancel due to weather, staff injury or illness or other unforeseen reasons, you will be covered. *This option needs to be purchased within 15 days of your trip deposit.

We suggest this policy from Travel Guard or similar:

Travel Guard – Gold(Protect Assist) w/ Cancel for any reason http://www.travelguard.com/

For more information please contact the Insurance provider you are looking to purchase with or contact us

What food can I expect?

We will provide almost all of the meals during your trip (2-3 daily), however, there will be days where we schedule meals for you to go off on your own or in groups and those will not be included (4-5 meals). Please let us know as soon as you sign up for the trip or before you sign up if you have any special needs; food allergies or other allergies, or any other special needs or conditions, dietary or medical.

What voltage and plugs do I use?

Electricity in Iceland uses the Europlug/Schuko-Plug (CEE types), which has two round prongs, so a universal adapter will be necessary to use your appliances.

Is there anything special I need beside the general packing list?

Please pack comfortable hiking shoes and rain gear.

Where does the yoga take place and how often?

Although each trip is unique, you can expect yoga at least once a day and sometimes twice a day. On some trips, depending on the length and intensity of activities, we will have one or two days off to recover and re-energize.

Do I need a passport and Visa to visit Iceland?

For almost all of our trips you will need a valid passport and possibly a tourist visa in addition. Because it takes from 2 to 6 months to get your passport and visa it is important to start this process as early as possible.

To obtain a tourist Visa (again, only need for specific locations), please contact the appropriate consulate or embassy and/or visit their website to obtain application forms. In some locations you will need to have 6 months of validity on your passport, so please make sure your passport will be valid for at least 6 months after arrival date of your trip just to be safe.

We will give you more specific information regarding visas for certain trips that require them. For any more specific questions please contact your local travel agency, embassy or consulate.

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

We will provide all necessary transportation throughout the duration of the trip, from arrival at the airport to departure. However if you choose to do an optional excursion you will be responsible for associated costs if we are not able to use our vehicles. Driving in Iceland is easy and there are plenty of rental options in Reykjavik.

If I sign up alone, how do you organize roommates?

We’ll arrange roommates based on gender, age, region and interests.

How many people will be on this yoga retreat?

There will be a maximum of 16-20 people on the trip.

How much free time do we have?

The beginning and end of the retreat are more structured and the middle of the trip in Rekjavik there is plenty of free time to do optional activities. You can find more details under the trip itinerary.

Tipping

Please budget about $10 per day for tipping. We will collect tips from guests for activities on the day of the activity or you can tip directly. We will collect tips for the retreat center as a group so that they can be distributed equally to staff.

Travel Insurance

If international: Yes, YOGASCAPES requires each trip member to purchase individual travel insurance for their trip. We suggest that you include “cancel for any reason” with your policy. You must purchase travel insurance that includes medical coverage.

ANYTHING ELSE?
When are final payments due?

Final balances are due 60 days before the departure date of the trip. If final payments are not received by 60 days prior to departure, YOGASCAPES reserves the right to cancel your reservation and accept new reservations for your space. If you do not think you can pay in time please contact us via email.

Passport (check that it will be valid) and copy that you keep separately
Yoga mat!
Yoga & exercise clothing- (multiple pairs)
Comfortable walking shoes/lightweight hiking boots
Slip on shoes/Sandals for around hotels
Comfortable socks (warm!)
Swimsuit (multiple pairs)
Casual Clothing & Warm layers (long sleeve, jacket, sweats)
Journal and Pen
A good book or two
Rain jacket/poncho & Plastic bags for packing
Rainpaints
Snacks – Bring anything you know you’ll want to be snacking on so that if the food doesn’t sit well with you you’ll have some back up. Always good to have some granola bars etc.
Water bottle to refill
Sunscreen & Hat & Sun Glasses & Lip Balm
Moisturizer / Coconut Oil
Camera & Chargers
Digital Alarm Clock or Watch
Quick dry towel
Small day backpack (highly recommended)
Hat/Cover up
Hair ties
Ear plugs
Toiletries (bring soap/shampoo etc.)
Mini personal first aid kit
Credit Card, Debit Card, (check foreign transaction fees – Capital One usually is good)
Cash for gratuities, purchases, optional excursions and treatments. We suggest about $10/day.
Open heart & sense of adventure

// What’s included //

1-2 yoga & wellness sessions each day
5 dinners, 4 lunches & all Breakfasts
Glacier Tour (weather permitting)
Visit to Blue Lagoon
Transportation During the retreat (for included activities)
Airport pick-up and drop off (at designated times)

// What’s not included //
International Airfare
Early or late arrival transfers
Massages or spa treatments
Alcohol or Drinks at meals
Tipping ( budget about $10/day )
Meals outside of group meals (1 dinners & 2  lunches)
Optional Excursions

Iceland is one of the most expensive countries on earth. Yes you can get good flight deals and layover deals, but they are few and far between and if you really want to experience Iceland you'll end up spending A LOT of money. For example, in Nicaragua we might budget $25/day per person for meals. In Iceland some days we are spending $125-150 just for meals. Transport in Nicaragua might costs $100 person for the whole week, while in Iceland we spend close to $500/person or more just for transportation. We stay at pretty nice and tasteful hotels to give our guests a great experience, so while you might see some cheaper options for a yoga retreat in Iceland, they probably arent' staying at the best hotels or having delicious food every day.