22-28 October 2016, £1650 - £1950
Teacher: Emma Henry

Iceland Yoga Holiday

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I highly recommend the retreats of Reclaim Your Self. I had an amazing experience in one of the most remote places on Earth in total comfort
Sandra Carvajal, Hong Kong

Advanced Certified Jivamukti yoga teacher Emma Henry and top vegan chef Bettina Campolucci Borde for a yoga holiday in Iceland in October.

We'll be based in Akureyri, a charming town in the north of Iceland that is perfectly located for your yoga holiday, exploring wild nature. Iceland in the autumn means peace, tranquility and mystic light and the famous dance of the Northern Lights. When it is cold outside the hot springs and baths provide their full blessing.

Time seems to stand still here and practising yoga and meditation in this remote location can be a liberating and powerful experience. By its very nature a remote place takes time and effort to reach. Once you land in Iceland you'll take another flight to the north of the island. Once you are there we will head out into the wild every day where you can expect silence, stillness, space, emptiness and big dramatic skies.

Your yoga holiday will include daily yoga and meditation classes with Emma Henry. Jivamukti yoga involves a vigorous asana practice and has a distinct style that weaves together the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of yoga to form a deep and holistic experience on the mat.

Your yoga holiday meals will be prepared by our expert chefs Bettina Campolucci and Emma Fountain, who will prepare you delicious, nourishing and healthy vegan meals with a wow factor.

Iceland is made for exploring so your yoga holiday will combine world class yoga with four carefully selected trips to discover the very best of the beautiful nature here.  We will hike to some waterfalls, visit a nature reserve on an island and spend an afternoon at world famous Lake Mývatn, soaking in the hot springs known as the 'Blue Lagoon' of the North. We will also head out on a night time adventure into the wild to see the Northern Lights.

There will be time to relax and enjoy your private jacuzzis at home or take a sauna and book a massage treatment.

We will be running a Jivamukti yoga and health weekend package in Reykjavik on 29th and 30th October. You can add this to your retreat or finish on 28th. Please click here for more details.

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Yoga: Emma Henry will offer a Jivamukti yoga class each morning and either a second class, pranayama or meditation practice in the afternoon.

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.

Emma is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Teacher and facilitates the Jivamukti Teacher Trainings with Sharon Gannon and David Life. Her continuing education is shared with all her students through her love of yogic texts and mesmerising chanting.

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.

Vegan meals: You’ll be served healthy vegan meals that will be created by our expert chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi. You can expect tasty meals that are gluten and sugar free as well as low in dairy. You’ll have plenty of fresh herbal teas and your drinking water is included.

Thermal baths, massage and sauna: There is a local thermal pool in Akureyri a few minutes walk from your accommodation.  It will also be possible to book these at our nearby wellness centre at an extra cost.

 

Our location in Northern Iceland is an inspiring wilderness, perfect for exploring so we have created a programme to enable you to get out and about with five excursions to immerse yourself in all that Iceland has to offer.

Island excursion: We will spend an afternoon on the Island of Hrisey, a short drive and then a 15 minute ferry ride from our retreat location. On the island we will hike through a nature reserve and enjoy one of the most energetically powerful places in Iceland.

Waterfall hike: There are many hidden waterfalls around Akureyri so we will head out one afternoon to explore a few of them with our local guide, who will take us to some undiscovered places in the area. 

Northern Lights: North Iceland offers the ideal setting to watch Northern Lights. This fascinating phenomenon arises from an interplay of many natural factors, such as cold temperatures, cloudless skies and high solar activity. To see the dance of lights is a gift of the northern winter and not a 100% guaranteed excursion! We may even see them in Akureyri but their real beauty can only be seen far away from any unnatural light sources in total darkness. To try and ensure a successful tour we will check in advance the weather/aurora forecast, maps and also the forecast for Northern Lights and choose the best night during our holiday to optimise our chances of seeing them. We will head out in our bus to a quiet wilderness from around 10pm.

Myvatn Spa: We will head out for the afternoon and evening to the world famous Lake Mývatn. All that makes Iceland so unique can be experienced within a few hours, from powerful waterfalls, characteristic volcanoes, geothermal activity and a nature spa.

On the way to Mývatn our first stop will be the beautifull Goðafoss – the ‘waterfall of the gods’ – which played an important role in the adoption of Christianity in Iceland. In Mývatn we will visit the pseudocraters where the American astronauts trained, the dark cities full of unique lava-pillars and the home of our yulelads. We will glance at a cave filled with warm streaming water right at the continental rift, one foot on the North American plate the other on the Eurasian plate. Afterwards we move on to the high temperature field where we see bubbling mud pools and fumaroles, and smell sulphur all around. Krafla is the one active volcano in the North and its crater is our next destination. The day culminates in a relaxing dip in the Nature Baths of Mývatn, the ‘Blue Lagoon’ of the North, with a great view of the lake.

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.

Domestic transfers Reykjavik to Akureyri 

Return domestic flights are included in your retreat package. The flight will be departing at 17.50 on Saturday 22nd October and returning at 11.10 on Friday 28th October.

 

Accommodation:  We have five bright and spacious apartments in the charming town of Akureyri. The apartments have private terraces and share jacuzzis between them. Some have views of Eyjafjördur.

Costs:

  • Studio apartment twin beds shared bathroom £1650 FULLY BOOKED
  • Twin room with a shared bathroom £1750pp
  • Studio apartment private room shared bathroom £1850 FULLY BOOKED
  • Small private room with a shared bathroom £1850
  • Twin room with an ensuite bathroom £1850pp
  • Private room with a shared bathroom £1950 

If your first room choice appears to be booked please contact us anyway as sometimes more rooms become available.

Local resident rates are also available please mail us for more info.

What’s included:

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga and meditation classes
  • All your meals and soft drinks
  • Return domestic flights Reykjavik to Akureyri
  • Transfers from Reykjavik international airport to the domestic airport
  • Return transfers from Akureyri airport
  • An afternoon island excursion
  • An afternoon and evening excursion to Myvatn volcanic nature spa
  • An afternoon waterfall hike
  • A night time Northern lights tour

What’s extra:

  • Transfers to and from Reykjavik domestic airport
  • Sauna and massage treatments in Akureyri