Last month we ran our first yoga retreat in Norway and it was epic! Here are some words and pictures that capture our midnight sun adventures.
We spent our first day sailing on the famous Hurtigruten ship, cruising along watching the most amazing scenery as we passed through the Trollfjorden. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and glorious blue skies. What a brilliant start to our yoga retreat..
We docked in Lofoten late evening (it was still completely light) and drove for another hour along the coast, crossing bridges between the small islands that make up the Lofoten archipelago and enjoying glimpses of the midnight sun along the way. We finally reached our yoga retreat destination and settled into our fisherman cabins around 1am. We had made it to Reine – the remote and tiny last island right at the bottom of the Lofoten archipelago – have a look on a map and you will see how far away it is!
For the next 4 days we settled into our yoga retreat routine. Our days began with a 2 hour Jivamukti yoga class with Emma Henry followed by a beautiful breakfast created by chef Bettina Campolucci Bordi and Kate Lewis.
Days were spent hiking through the majestic scenery to secret beaches or to the mountain tops for unending views along with some exhilarating kayaking on the fjords. As expected we had pretty much all kinds of weather (apart from snow – phew!) but it didn’t stop our lively yoga group from exploring. Blissfully the forecast was again great for our last day leading to late night beach excursions and the most magical midnight sun experience.
Evenings were spent practicing more yoga and then a hearty evening meal (well earned by an very energetic group of yogis) and a few late nights. The 24 hour daylight does make it hard to drift off and there was plenty of laughter coming from our fisherman cabins well after midnight!
We hope you enjoyed the pics and if you feel inspired come to our Norway yoga retreat in July 2019 here is a link. We loved Lofoten but it is one of those bucket list destinations, meaning there are plenty of tourists around. It didn’t make our time any less magical but in 2019 we will be travelling away from the crowds to a remote, peaceful, wild and extraordinary yoga retreat location.