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NORTHERN LIGHTS YOGA RETREAT

Float through the ethereal beauty of Iceland with a wondrous week of yoga, hot springs, glaciers and Northern Lights.

Iceland
February 9 - 15 2020

$3,895 Per Person
February 9 - 15 2020

only 19 spots left at this price

$3,895 per person | February 9 - 15 2020
only 19 spots left at this price

The Magic

Dive into the most magnificent places in Iceland and the most powerful parts of the human spirit during this eight day retreat. You’ll start by exploring Reykjavik then head north into an enchanting winter wonderland, with the ultimate goal of seeing the Northern Lights. While your head is tilted up to the sky, your body will stay grounded with daily, centering yoga classes. You'll sink into the healing and waters of the hot springs and awe-inspiring glaciers.
NORTHERN LIGHTS YOGA RETREAT

A day on retreat

Retreat Itinerary

RETREAT LIFE

Our Iceland Yoga Retreat in February 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?!

There’s no where else in the world where the culture and the people are such clear reflections of the magnificent nature that surrounds them. As Iceland embraces you it teaches that we are not just trying to be one with nature, but that we are nature itself. The beauty of a yoga retreat is the attention given this concept of embodying our own nature and there’s no better teacher than the young but wise, Iceland.

On this journey we’ll pulse between diving deeply into the most magnificent and powerful parts of Iceland and the most magnificent and powerful parts of the human experience.  We’ll start by exploring Reykjavik, and journey south, then head north into the enchanting winter wonderland with the ultimate goal of seeing the Northern Lights and joining together as a small supportive community coming from around the world. While our heads will be tilted up to the magic of the sky our bodies will begin to ground in the earth with wonderful yoga classes.  We’ll take it a step further and sink into the healing and unique waters of the hot springs and awe inspiring glaciers.

Our Teacher
Coming Soon

At the heart of Yogascapes is our dedication to only working with experienced, genuine and inspiring teachers that lead the way both on and off the mat. While all of our teachers are unique, each lives for the intersection of yoga and travel. Our teachers have invested their lives in creating safe and beautiful spaces for their students to grow, heal and have fun. We work with each teacher to create a unique, in depth and inspiring program that allows students to dive deep into their body, mind and spirit, while setting the stage for a deeper connection to the land, the people and the culture everywhere we go and beyond.
Coming Soon Retreat Teacher
Retreat Venue

The Venue
REYKJAVÍK AND RAVEN HILL

After arriving in Keflavik and visiting the Blue Lagoon, you’ll spend three nights in in Reykjavik in hand-selected private apartments. Practice yoga at the local studio, eat delicious food, and explore the night life of this dazzling city.

You'll then stay at the Raven Hill for three nights. Surround yourself in the serene Icelandic windernes while you hike to hot springs and discover waterfalls at this magnificent locale.

PRIVATE TWIN OR DOUBLE ROOM

In each location, these rooms will include either two twin beds or one queen bed in a private room with an en-suite bathroom.

 PRIVATE TWIN OR DOUBLE ROOM

SINGLE BED IN A SHARED TWIN ROOM

A bed in a cosy, comfy shared twin room. Each room comes with two twin beds and an en-suite bathroom.

SINGLE BED IN A SHARED TWIN ROOM

PRIVATE SINGLE ROOM IN REYKJAVIK | SHARED UP NORTH

Private room in Reykjavik | Shared Cabin at Ravenhill with 1 bed upstairs loft and 1 bed downstairs.

PRIVATE SINGLE ROOM IN REYKJAVIK | SHARED UP NORTH

PRIVATE SINGLE | SHARED KING + DOUBLE

During the first half of the trip, you'll stay in a private room with a single bed. Then, you'll stay in a split level shared room with one other person, with one king and one double bed.

 PRIVATE SINGLE | SHARED KING + DOUBLE

FAQ

You’ll be flying into Keflavik Airport which is about 45 minutes south of Reykjavik. Most flights arrive in the morning and so we will begin our journey with you then. Don’t worry, everyone will have pretty much taken the same overnight flight and need a day to catch up on sleep!

We will be taking a domestic flight on the 12th up north, and returning on the 15th with plenty of time to catch the evening flight from Keflavik. We do suggest staying an extra night if you would rather take one of the morning flights home on the 16th depending on your destination.

ARRIVALS: There will be a shuttle departing Keflavik Airport around 7:30 am on the 9th and we will determine exact departure as the trip gets closer and we get everyone’s travel info. Our bus will also be providing transportation back to Keflavik Airport on February 15th and we require that you book flights after 5pm on the 15th so we can bring everyone together. 

Airport: KEF – Keflavik

Group Arrival Time on February 9th  –  before 7am. 

Departure Time: After 5pm on February 15th

Transfer Cost Outside of designated times: A LOT (it's Iceland)

February 9th - Reykjavik
7:00am - Meet at Airport Joe & Juice
7:30am - Depart for blue lagoon
12 pm Depart Blue Lagoon
1pm - Drop off bags at Icelandair Marina Hotel. Change, walk to Glo, lunch w/ group
2 pm Check into Rooms
5:00pm - Meet to walk to Yoga
7:00pm - Dinner Together

February 10th - Reykjavik
8:00am – Breakfast
8:30- Depart For Hike
9:00 am - Drive to Solhemajokul Glacier Hike 10:10 am Arrive
Stop at Skogafoss for Lunch (lunch on own)
5:00 - Evening Yoga
7:00 - Dinner on own

February 11th- Reykjavik - FREE DAY
8:00am - Morning Yoga
9:30 - Breakfast
Free Day - (museum, church, harpa)
Lunch on your own
5pm - 6:30 pm - Yoga
7:30 pm - Dinner at Snaps

February 12th - North
8-10am - Breakfast
10:00 am - Depart from Marina
11:30 Flight
12:15 Arrive in Aukeyeri
Lunch w/ Group at Cafe
2pm - Settle in
5:30-7pm - Yoga
7pm - Dinner

February 13th- Raven - Myvatn Day  / Or stay back
8:00am - Morning Yoga
9:30am - Breakfast
Depart for Myvatn
Lunch on own at Myvatn
5:30p - Yoga
7:00pm - Dinner

February 14th- Raven - Day of Rest
8:00am - Morning Yoga
9:30am - Breakfast
10:30am - Optional trip to Beer Spa ($65 pp or $123 per couple. YS covers transport)
Lunch on own (not included) or at Ravenhill (included)
5:30p - Evening Yoga + Closing Circle
7:00pm - Dinner

February 15th - Raven
7:00am - Morning Yoga
8:00am - Breakfast
9:45am - Flight to Domestic
10:30am - Arrive in Reykjavik
Drop offs in Reykjavik or Transfer to airport

// What’s included //

1-2 yoga & wellness sessions each day
5 dinners, 3 lunches & all Breakfasts
Glacier Tour (weather permitting)

Visit to Blue Lagoon
Domestic Airfare

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 (2 dinners & 3 lunches)
Optional Excursions

The Beer Spa (lunch not included if you go to beer spa)

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 February, weather is cold and can include clear skies, rain or snow in a matter of hours…. or minutes! Come prepared with cozy layers and outer rain protection so you keep yourself comfortable. This is why we are obsessed with hot springs all week!

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, warm layers and rain gear. See below for more full packing list.

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 18 people on the trip.

How much free time do we have?

The beginning of the retreat is in Reykjavik, with one open day for extra activities. We recommend just walking around and exploring but there are many options. We will share our personal favorite sites, cafes, bars, etc… upon registration.

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.

PACKING TIPS:

Winter Packing List:

Passport (check that it will be valid) and copy that you keep separately
Yoga mat!
Yoga & exercise clothing – (multiple pairs)
Comfortable hiking shoes (water proof for rain/snow)
Waterproof/resistant walking shoes with tread (snow)
Slip on shoes/sandals for around hotels
Warm socks
1-2 swimsuits
Casual clothing & warm layers! (thermal pants/fleece leggings, long underwear, warm pants, winter jacket)
Rain jacket and rain pants
Mittens and winter gloves
Hand and toe warmers if you’d like
Plastic bags for packing
Journal and pen
A good book or two
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 & sun glasses & chapstick
Moisturizer / coconut oil
Camera & chargers
Plug adapter for Europe (two prong)
Digital alarm clock or watch
Quick dry towel
Small day backpack (highly recommended)
Headlamp for up north
Beanie
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 $5-$10/day.
Sense of adventure!

Whenever someone asks why this trip is so expensive, we tell them, when you get back from Iceland, you'll be wondering why we aren't charging more! Other tour operators of a similar quality itinerary have trips over $5000.

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.