Iceland Yoga Holiday

13-18 October 2017

Teacher: Emma Henry

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
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£100£1,650

Sorry – this retreat is sold out.  But we do sometimes get cancellations so please mail us if you would like to go on the wait list. 2018 is now open for booking if you would like to be sure of a place.

Advanced Certified Jivamukti yoga teacher Emma Henry leads our 5 day yoga holiday in Iceland in October.  We’ll be based in the wild and peaceful Skíðadalur valley on the Troll Peninsula in Northern Iceland. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, our lodge includes a traditional farmhouse, yoga barn, bath house, sauna and outdoor hot tub.

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Summary

A 5 day Jivamukti yoga holiday, exploring the mountains and geothermal wilderness of north Iceland with Emma Henry. Time seems to stand still here and practising yoga and meditation in the Icelandic wilderness can be a liberating and powerful experience.

North Iceland in October is the ideal setting to watch the Northern Lights and our remote location with no light pollution means that if they happen, we’ll have a fantastic show!

Your yoga holiday will include 12 hours of yoga and meditation classes with Emma Henry. Your yoga holiday meals will be prepared by our expert chef Saba Rahbar, who will prepare you delicious, nourishing and warming vegan meals.

Iceland is made for exploring: From our lodge you can head out on foot or horseback to explore the valley and nearby waterfalls. We are also offering a day hiking to the glacier with our local guide and we’ll spend an afternoon in the traditional fishing village of Siglufjörður.  A trip to this part of Iceland would not be complete without a day out at the world famous Lake Mývatn geothermal region, where all that makes Iceland so unique can be experienced within a few hours, from powerful waterfalls, characteristic volcanoes, geothermal activity and a nature spa.

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Programme

Jivamukti yoga: Emma Henry will offer 12 hours of yoga and meditation classes, with a Jivamukti yoga class each morning and either a second class in the afternoon or meditation or relaxation practice in the evenings.

Each Jivamukti class offers a vigorous and dynamic asana practice that is infused with inspiring teachings derived from the ancient yogic texts. A class presents classical yoga teachings in a way that is relevant to one’s life on and off the mat – supported by chanting, breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation. You’ll use the unique experience of wild Icelandic nature to enhance your practice.

Thermal baths, hot tubs and sauna: These are a must do in Iceland and the perfect compliment to the dynamic yoga and exploring focus of this yoga holiday! We have a an outdoor hot tub with views down the valley and a sauna at our retreat centre. We will also visit the local thermal pools in Akureyri and spend a few hours soaking at the Myvatn natural spa at the of our day our exploring the area.

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Exploring

Exploring on your yoga holiday: Our location in Northern Iceland is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for exploring so we have created a programme that combines yoga with lots of exploring, so that you can truly immerse yourself in all that Iceland has to offer. Some of these are included in your package and others are optional, so that you can choose whether to do everything or take time out and chill when you need to.

Mountain hike and Icelandic horse riding: Skiðadalur Valley is a great area for hiking and horse riding and its the only way to experience the beauty of the valley, as there are no roads here!  There are numerous paths and routes to explore from our retreat house, including a short walk to the nearby waterfall. We will also offer a full day hiking to the glacier with our local guide, Anna Dóra Hermannsdóttir. If you are keen on horse riding you can opt to explore the valley on horseback, in the company of our expert guide and local horseman Simbi. 

Mývatn geothermal wilderness: We will head out for the day to the world famous Lake Mývatn. Our first stop will be the beautiful Goðafoss – the ‘waterfall of the gods’ and then we will visit the pseudocraters where the American astronauts trained, the dark cities full of unique lava-pillars and the home of our yulelads. Afterwards we move on to the high temperature field, an exhilarating place with bubbling mud pools and smelly suplhar fumaroles! The day ends in a relaxing dip in the nature baths of Mývatn, the ‘Blue Lagoon’ of the North, with a great view of the lake.

Akureyri: Iceland’s capital of the north is a pretty town set on the fjord Eyjafjörður and surrounded by mountains. It is around 45 minutes from our retreat house, so we will spend an afternoon there where you can do some shopping and visit the local hot pools.

Siglufjörður is a small, traditional fishing town in a narrow fjord on the northern coast, right at the top of Iceland. Our afternoon there will include a visit to the herring era museum, we will take a walk in the beautiful harbour area, have some tea in a cafe and head out for a forest walk.

Northern Lights: North Iceland offers the ideal setting to watch Northern Lights. They happen when the interplay of many natural factors, such as cold temperatures, cloudless skies and high solar activity combine perfectly, so to see the dance of the lights is a gift of the northern winter and not a 100% guaranteed!

We very much hope to see them in our valley and we will check in advance the weather/aurora forecast, maps and also the forecast for Northern Lights. If needs be we will head out in our minibus to find them!

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Food & accommodation

Food on your yoga retreat: During your yoga retreat you’ll be served a delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner every day prepared by our expert retreat chef Saba Rahbar.

Our menus are designed to support your yoga practice, so you can expect tasty and sustaining plant-based meals. You can read more about plant based food in our FAQ section. 

You’ll have plenty of herbal teas, infusions and drinking water, and it’s a great idea to power down by having less caffeine while you are with us. We don’t serve caffeine or alcohol but there are local cafes and bars in our nearest town which we will visit a couple of times during the retreat.

Accommodation on your yoga holiday: We have 4 beautiful cottages that are made up of 2 separate “apartments”.  All apartments have mountain views.  Each apartment has an upper loft with a double bed and a single bed on the main floor. There is a bathroom with a shower in each apartment. We also have 3 private rooms in the farmhouse.

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What's included

What’s included in your yoga holiday:

  • 5 nights accommodation in our remote lodge
  • Return transfers from Akureyri airport
  • 12 hours of yoga and meditation classes
  • All your meals and soft drinks
  • A day out exploring the geothermal wilderness of Myvatn
  • A afternoon at the fishing town of Siglufjörður
  • An afternoon shopping and soaking in the hot pools in Akureyri
  • Unlimited use of the sauna and hot tub

What’s extra:

  • Flights to Reykjavik and domestic flights/minibus to Akureyri
  • Spa entry costs in Akureyri (£8) and Myvatn (£20)
  • Glacier hike guide fees (£40)
  • Horse riding (£35 an hour)

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Travel

Travel to your Iceland Yoga Holiday from UK (mail us if you’d like advice on travel options from another location)

Flights to Iceland

The nearest airport is Keflavik (KEF) in Reykjavik and you can fly direct from UK with IcelandAir, Easyjet, British Airways and Wow Air.

You have 2 choices for travelling to our retreat:

1. The fast route: Fly to Keflavik on Friday 13th October with WOW or Iceland Air, arriving in the afternoon. Transfer from Keflavik to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (approximately 1 hour bus ride) and then take a domestic flight to Akureyri early evening. Flights from UK are around £200 return and domestic flights £150 return if you book early.

2. The explorers route: If you have a bit more time, fly to Keflavik on Thursday 12th October with any airline, stay overnight in Keflavik (to visit the Blue Lagoon) or in Reykjavik itself and join our minibus drive north the next morning. Journey time is around 6 hours and the landscape is stunning. If you take this option you will arrive at the retreat in the afternoon and have an extra yoga class. Note: the minibus will depart from Keflavik only – if you stay in Reykjavik centre you will need to make your own way there and back which is a 1 hour bus ride each way.

If you want additional time to explore Reykjavik we recommend doing this on return from the retreat as your domestic flight will take you back into the city centre.

All the timings and details will be given when you book.

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Payment options

All prices quoted are per person. If your booking is made 10 or more weeks in advance of the departure date, a deposit payment of 50% of the room cost is required to secure a place AND your room choice.

Alternatively, 20% can be paid to secure a place and request a room choice.  Your room will be allocated when you make your balance payment.

Where a deposit has been paid, a final request will be sent to you approximately 12 weeks before your departure date and payment of the balance of the price of the holiday will become due 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

If you prefer to spread the cost, monthly payment plans can be arranged for most holidays. The final payment is due no later than 10 weeks prior to your departure date. 

For bookings made within 10 weeks of the date of departure, the full payment is required. 

If the balance of the price of your holiday is not paid in time or you do not make your monthly payments as agreed, we reserve the right to cancel your place, retain your payments and apply the Cancellation Charge set out in our booking terms.

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FAQ

Is this yoga holiday suitable for yoga beginners and people with no yoga experience? Modifications and progressions are given so that students of all levels will find these yoga classes rewarding but we do recommend you have previous experience of a flow class and enjoy being challenged by a dynamic style of yoga. Please contact us if you have injuries, health conditions or questions about the yoga style.

What is the group size? We have space for 15 guests on this yoga holiday.

What do I bring with me? A comprehensive packing list is included in your welcome pack, which you receive 8 weeks before departure. If you want to plan further in advance just ask us and we’ll send it to you.

I need to bring any yoga equipment? We supply yoga mats, cushions and blankets. Please bring a yoga belt with you.

What is plant-based food and why do you serve it? Plant-based foods include fresh vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, beans and legumes. It does not include meat or dairy products. There is a focus on using minimally processed foods, keeping as close to the foods’ natural form as possible. In keeping with this ethos we also avoid using gluten or refined sugar and focus on using natural sugars. 

We like to ensure that the food is organic and locally sourced, which means you get the freshest and most nutritiously dense food on your plate.  Our aim is to serve you the best quality food that fills you with goodness and fuels your yoga practice and healthy holiday activities. The food we serve is non-challenging to the digestive system, enabling you to maximise the benefits of your retreat.  Plant-based food works very well with yoga and we are proud of creating healthy, well-balanced and filling meals that make you feel fantastic.

Are your holidays a detox? Can I drink alcohol? It is not a detox although it is an alcohol and caffeine free retreat. We will serve you tasty and nutritious food and we will encourage you to embrace our healthy approach as it’s there to help you maximise the benefits of your healthy weekend. We can adjust menus to suit dietary needs and we are not a bootcamp! We do encourage you to talk to us and let us know what you need as we want to be sure you feel well fed and happy. Plenty of drinking water, infusions and herbal teas will always be available. However, when we are out and about it’s fine to have the odd glass of wine or a treat. A hot chocolate in town after a dip in the hot pools is pretty good!

Smoking on retreat? We don’t expect you to give up smoking to come on one of our yoga retreats or holidays but recommend cutting down before you come and keeping your smoking to an absolute minimum while you are with us. We do expect that you are mindful of others who do not smoke please.

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Schedule

Arrival: If you are arriving on 12th, you’ll stay overnight in Reykjavik or Keflavik. We depart at 7am on 13th for our road trip to the north which will take around 6-7 hours with stops. We will arrive around 2pm at our retreat venue and you’ll have a gentle yoga class to help unwind from your travels and then we recommend you relax in the hot tub and take in the views until dinner at 8pm.

If you are flying up on 13th, we will pick you up at Akureyri airport at 8.15pm and we will be at the retreat lodge ready for a late dinner by 9.30pm.

Day by day: On Saturday you’ll have a 2-2.5 hour yoga class, followed by a big breakfast and then time to relax. We have an optional guided hike or horse ride into the mountains with packed lunch, followed by evening yoga, dinner and time to relax by the fire or to use the sauna/hot tub.

On Sunday you’ll have a 2-2.5 hour yoga class, followed by a big breakfast and then time to relax. We have an optional trip to the traditional fishing village of Siglufjörður with packed lunch followed by evening yoga, dinner and time to relax by the fire or to use the sauna/hot tub.

On Monday you’ll have a 2-2.5 hour yoga class, followed by a big breakfast and then time to relax. In the afternoon we will head into the town of Akureyri where you can shop and head to the hot pools before heading back for dinner. You’ll have a yin and relaxation class before bed.

On Tuesday we head out for the whole day to explore the geothermal wilderness of Myvatn, including a packed lunch and soup dinner. We will end the end the day at the nature baths, hopefully having a dip under the stars and fingers crossed we will have a Northern Lights show too.

On Wednesday we will have breakfast and then head off!  Please note that because of the unpredictable weather in Iceland we may change the order of the days out.

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2 reviews for Iceland Yoga Holiday

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    My week in Iceland with Reclaim Yourself in October 2016 was simply amazing. The combination of intensive yoga classes, nourishing food and magical scenery made for the most awesome and unique holiday. To top it off, we got to see the Northern Lights, which was the icing on the cake. I’d highly recommend Iceland as a destination, and Reclaim Yourself as the hosts to give you the best, most unique experience.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Visiting Iceland with Reclaim Yourself was a fabulous experience. Jools, teacher Emma and the whole team are caring, attentive and their experience in running retreats is evident. I loved all aspects of the retreat, the location, the yoga and the healthy food. A perfect balance of yoga and adventure in a wild and remote corner of the world. And as this was my second retreat with Reclaim Yourself (first was to Mongolia!) I highly recommend going to Iceland. You will come away feeling happy, healthy and full of wonder.

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I had a FANTASTIC experience on the Iceland retreat. It was so much more than I expected. The yoga classes were perfect, I felt challenged but never intimidated. The setting was absolutely beautiful and the people amazing. I hope to come on another retreat soon.

- Grace, October 2016