Akureyri, NORTHERN ICELAND
an inner and outer exploration
with Rachael Hunter and Kristin Page
November 5-12, 2016
enrollment is now closed
Join Kristin and Rachael in Northern Iceland to explore one of the most beautiful and peaceful places on earth. This is a trip-of-a-lifetime will be both an inner exploration through yoga and meditation, and an outer exploration of a wonderland of moonlike lava fields, snow capped volcanic peaks and geothermal hot springs at 66 degrees North, just south of the arctic circle.
Fairytale Icelandic winter whites will be the backdrop for this spectacular week with sun during the day and bright moonlit nights providing fascinating light shows–including a possible mystic dance of the Northern Lights. The cold outside is balanced beautifully by the hot geothermal baths and Jacuzzis that is a national past-time of the warm and adventurous Icelandic people.
In this majestic and tranquil landscape, morning yoga classes will be followed by group excursions and explorations.
Please plan to take the overnight flight to Reykjavik on Friday, November 4 that will arrive on Saturday, November 5th between 6am and 8am. Please plan your departure from Reykjavik to leave in the late afternoon to early evening of Saturday, November 12th. There are direct overnight flights on Iceland Air from many U.S. cities including NYC airports, Newark, Washington, D.C., and Boston.
A shuttle will transport the group on Saturday to the regional airport for our short, picturesque flight to Akureyri in the afternoon. One Yoga Global books this regional flight for you as part of your retreat. Try to keep your eyes open, as this flight across the island is a gift–we will have a birds eye view of the glaciers and craggy landscapes of this volcanic country where the fire, quite literally, has met ice.
Upon arrival to Akureyri, we will be transferred to apartments or hotel rooms, settle in, then enjoy dinner together at a local cafe in the town center. The apartments will be stocked with breakfast foods so each participant can manage their own breakfast routine before we head to daily morning yoga classes. Lunches and 4 group dinners are also included (one dinner in Akureyri and the last dinner in Reykjavik are not included). Our hosts do their best to accommodate various dietary restrictions (such as dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian needs); please let us know these needs in advance if possible.
Each morning at a designated time, you will be picked up from your apartment or hotel and transported just a few minutes across the fjord to the beautiful yoga center. Rachael and Kristin will lead mindful yoga and meditation accessible to all. After class we will head to lunch , then out to our daily adventures experiencing the majesty of our surroundings.
As nature permits, our plans for Icelandic adventure include:
- A ferry trip to Hrisey Island, considered one of the power places in Iceland. Snowshoes will be provided for this gentle hike.
- An evening Northern Lights tour. This is a great time of year to witness the dance of lights, but of course, there is never a guarantee with Mother Nature. With a timeframe of 7 days, the odds of lights sightings are high and our skilled hosts are experts at tracking the best times and locations!
- An excursion to the world-famous Myvatn geothermic volcanic region with nature spa.
- A special waterfall tour on snowshoes.
- An optional excursion / exploration / massage day – several options will be provided including dogsledding, skiing or snowboarding, or perhaps you’ll prefer a massage and soak in the Jacuzzi. (Extra fees apply for these optional excursions. We will ask for an commitment in advance for those who desire to go dogsledding, as this is a special excursion that often sells out in advance.)
- A last night in the capital city of Reykjavik.
Each evening after our excursions, we return to Akureyri for dinner, then relax in our apartments and the backyard Jacuzzis to enjoy the fresh air and excellent company.
When deposits are received, we will be in contact with each participant individually to book the inland flights.
Please feel free to email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Please plan to arrive in Reykjavik on Saturday morning, November 5th between 6 and 8am. Both Iceland Air and Delta offer overnight flights (leaving November 4th) from various hubs including NYC.
For your November 12th departure, Iceland Air offers late afternoon departure (4-5pm), which allows for a morning in Reykjavik. Delta offers departures in the morning, if you need to return earlier in the day.
If you plan to arrive earlier than November 5, or stay extra days after the 12th, this is always an option. In this case, you will be responsible for your transportation to or from the appropriate airport.
If you arrive earlier than November 5 and explore Reykjavik on your own, please plan to meet the group at the Reykjavik regional airport time TBD (15 minutes from the city center). If you plan to stay extra days after the retreat, you will be responsible for getting yourself back to the Keflavik International Airport (about a 45-minute drive from Reykjavik). On the last night in Reykjavik, we will likely be staying in a KEA hotel in the city center (KEA Storm, Skuggi or Reykjavik Lights). This is one option for those who arrive early.
On November 5th, we’ll be heading North to stay on the fjord in Akureyri, just a handful of miles away from the Arctic Circle. The climate is surprisingly temperate on the fjord, rarely less than 28°F. However, when we venture out and go on hikes, be prepared for varied winter weather.
What to Pack:
- winter clothes and several layers
- thermals (top and bottom)
- winter pants (wind- and/or water-resistant are recommended)
- winter gloves / socks and waterproof boots / hiking shoes
- an outer shell that is warm, and wind- and rain-resistant
- warm headgear
- a buff or balaclava for the neck and face
- in case of icy streets, slip resistant ice treads you can strap onto you walking shoes / boots
- a bathing suit for the Jacuzzis and springs
- yoga clothes (compression pants make for a nice underlayer)
- Adapters for electronics (Iceland uses the round 2-pin style common throughout Europe)
As we get closer to the vacation, we’ll post a more detailed schedule, but here are some of the basics:
Reykjavik morning arrivals will meet for transfer to the regional airport as soon as we have everyone (likely between 8am and 9am).
When you arrive, before picking up your bags, you will pass an area with food, coffee, etc. You might like to pick something up here as the regional airport has less to offer. After picking up your bags, exit customs and head straight forward towards the exit doors. I suggest gathering to the LEFT of those doors. There will be a driver on the lookout for your group, and we’ll provide some contact details for Rachael / Kristin so you can all be connected.
Upon arrival in Akureyri, you will be greeted by your hosts. You will be taken to your apartments and hotels where you’ll each receive a map and orientation to the town, where you are, and where meals will be (everything is very close, all within a few minutes walk). You’ll rest and then meet in the city center for our first group meal–and who knows, if it’s a good night, maybe we’ll go chasing the Northern Lights afterwards!
Each morning in Akureyri, a pick-up time will be designated (between 8:30 and 9:30am) and all will be transported to the beautiful and warm yoga space across the fjord. After class, you will be transported to lunch, after which we’ll head out for the day’s adventures with our hosts! If you decide to skip a morning class, you can simply meet for lunch and start your day there. You will have private guides and your hosts who run the yoga center are available to the group throughout the week. Optional massages at the yoga center are available for an additional fee.
On Friday, after yoga and lunch, you’ll head to the airport and back to Reykjavik. This evening can be spent walking the streets, enjoying the food, and checking out the night life. The following morning is also open for shopping and explorations. Did you know that Reykjavik has a penis museum? Well, now you do!
Don’t let tales of fermented shark fool you–Icelandic food is delicious! The fish comes from some of the cleanest oceans and the lamb and chicken are raised on the nutrient-dense organic earth by local farmers. Our carefully prepared buffet meals always come with 2 soups (one dairy free, and one with dairy), hot dishes, freshly baked breads and a selection of vegetables. There are several specialty restaurants in Akureyri (you’ll have one night free to explore), and Reykjavik is known to be a foodie heaven!
This retreat is open to people at various levels of fitness, with the understanding that some group activities require snow shoeing and hiking. All activities are optional, including the morning yoga classes.
If you have any burning questions, please email us at email@example.com. There will be several group communications along the way as well.
Kristin is passionate about living life to the fullest. She inspires others to live fully and passionately through her teachings of yoga, meditation and her unique ability to create and cultivate community. Kristin works with individuals, private and public corporations, sports teams, and leads transformational international yoga and meditation retreats. She was named “Best Yoga Teacher” on the Main Line and is a regular contributor to the online magazines MindBodyGreen and WomenForOne. Kristin is also the founder of Dan’s Down Dog and Dash, a local yoga and run community event that raises money for families dealing with cancer. Dan’s Down Dog and Dash draws over 700 participants and has been named one of the top 10 things to do in Philly by Philadelphia Magazine. (read more about Kristin)
A former scientist, and now full time yoga teacher Rachael loves to travel with her husband and kids, to hike with her dog and to seek out the best coffee wherever she lands. Born in the United Kingdom and now based in suburban Philadelphia, she is grateful to share the openness, focus and clarity that yoga provides, and the calmness and stillness it inspires.
Using mindful movement and breath awareness to explore body mind and soul, Rachael emphasizes clear instruction to build a proper foundation of alignment for “every” body, empowering students to dive deeper into their own practice and discover the elements that speak to their heart. Teaching and practicing a range of styles from hatha and vinyasa to yin and restorative, she is passionate about guiding students to find their own path on this lifelong journey.
Since completing a 200h teacher training and Yin Yoga training, Rachael continues to study with local and national teachers and is currently completing her 500h-RYT training with Yoganand Michael Carroll and the Pranakriya School of Yogic Healing Arts.
Your home base in Akureyri will be in some of the nicest apartments in the city, or in a centrally located hotel. The apartments provide comfort and privacy, and they are just a short walk from the city center. Each apartment has several rooms, some with a shared bath and some with private bath, and each has a kitchen, living space, and backyard geothermic water Jacuzzi. We will place female travelers together and couples together. When you reserve, we will be in contact with you directly to confirm your housing placement.
A limited number of private hotel rooms are also available for those who desire this option. For all of us, our last night will be in a comfortable hotel in Reykjavik, allowing an experience of the city life and time to explore before heading back home the following day.
Double Occupancy Room (shared bath)
Larger private room in a 3-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. Family bathroom shared with 4 persons total in the apartment. SOLD OUT
Cost: $3295 per person
Single Occupancy Room (shared bath)
Private room in a 3-bedroom apartment complete with kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. Family bathroom shared with 4 persons total in the apartment. SOLD OUT
Cost: $3495 per person
Double Occupancy room (Private Bath)
Private room in 2-room apartment with private bath, kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. SOLD OUT.
Cost: $3495 per person
Hotel KEA Akureyri or equivalent in the city center.
Double Occupancy Room: $3795 per person
Single Occupancy: $4195 per person
7 nights accommodation in Akureyri, 1 night in Reykjavik
Inland flight to and from Akureyri – Reykjavik
Breakfasts, Lunches and 4 dinners in Akureyri
Flight to Reykjavik
Optional Extras (massage, special excursions)
2 dinners in Akureyri and last night dinner on Reykjavik
RESERAVTIONS, PAYMENTS AND POLICIES:
Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($595) before June 1, 2016. No refunds after June 1, 2016. In case of cancellation, you may transfer your deposit or your reservation to another person as long as you notify One Yoga Global 14+ days in advance. Additional fees may apply for transfer of inland flight tickets. In case of cancellation by One Yoga Global, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Global. Due to arrangements made with our vacation hosts, there can be no exceptions to this policy. We highly recommend you consider travel insurance. All participants will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate on this trip,
After the deposit is received, the remaining balance will be set up in equal monthly payments starting the following month through September 1, 2016. If you would like to request a customized payment plan, please contact Laura@oneyogaglobal.com.
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