Akureyri, NORTHERN ICELAND

a seriously magical adventure awaits you … are you ready?

with Dr. Deb Kern and Laura Forsyth

October 1-8 and 8-15, 2016

From the moment I saw Laura’s video images of Iceland I knew I had to lead a group there!   Although I lead retreats around the world – and love every location I choose – Iceland offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience “power spots” which are like geological nerve centers that enhance the work of transformation.  Each morning I’ll be offering a balanced practice of gentle stretching types of asanas, breathing practices and meditation to help us all feel great in our bodies and be prepared for enjoying each day to its fullest.  I feel certain this will be an adventure of a lifetime and I look forward to sharing the experience with you….
– Dr. Deborah Kern

 

We’re heading North! Iceland is one of the planet’s true gems. With a total population of only 330,000, Iceland has struck a perfect balance between a warm, welcoming culture and the raw, untamed beauty of its vast mountainous landscapes. While most toursist groups and cruise lines visit the southern capital city Reykjavik (where the majority of population is), we’ll be heading to 66°North Iceland to the town of Akureyri–one of Iceland’s best kept secrets.The cultural capital of Iceland, Akureyri has been voted the number one destination in all of Europe by Lonely Planet on more than one occasion (including 2015). With a population of only 18,000, a mild climate on the longest fjord in the country, and close proximity to the Arctic Circle (meaning amazing Northern Lights!), Northern Iceland is truly THE place to visit.One Yoga Retreats is in an exclusive partnership with the only yoga and wellness center in Northern Iceland. Enjoy your daily yoga practice in a newly-built, one-of-a-kind studio with majestic views of the fjord and soaring mountains that will warm your body and soul. This wellness center is complete with massage rooms, dry sauna, Jacuzzi, showers, changing rooms, and all the amenities, and our friendly and knowledgeable guides live on site, giving this space a personal touch.Guests of our retreats have a choice of staying in local private apartments complete with geothermal Jacuzzis or at a local hotel in the city center. These comfortable and modern accommodations serve as a launching point for exploring some of most powerful places in Iceland and diving into the island’s rich traditions. You’ll have the opportunity to ride Icelandic horses, see the humpback whales that live in the fjord, visit a nearby island and hike its mountaintops, work with a team of champion Huskies, and possibly even experience the Aurora Borealis.Because of the high demand for this destination and limited accommodations, and since we book inland flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri for participants, these retreats are typically organized 8-16 months in advance. Please register early for your chosen dates, or contact us directly if you are interested in leading your own retreat in the future.

Vacation Details

This special week in Northern Iceland is open to all and offers the opportunity to learn about the culture, history and unique geography of Iceland while experiencing some of the most magical sights of this amazing country.  Each day will be accompanied by a professional guide who will share details of each site along with local folklore and personal stories.

OUR ITINERARY:

Each morning, after breakfast, we will all have the option to participate in an all levels group yoga / movement class. Our hosts will pick us up at each domicile (all within a few blocks) and we’ll be transported across the fjord to our beautiful yoga and wellness center that overlooks the mountains and water.  Classes will be welcoming to all, and if you prefer, the center has a relaxation room, beautiful views, a dry sauna and jacuzzi available to our group. After class, we’ll be transported to lunch, and after this, we’ll head out for our day’s activities!  If you decide any morning to sleep in and skip a class, you can simply meet us at lunch which is just a couple blocks walk from your home. Our afternoon and evening adventures together will include:

  • Hrisry Island-A lovely ferry ride to spend an afternoon picturesque exploration and hike of Hrisey Island. Situated at 66 degrees North, just a stone’s throw from the Arctic Circle, Hrisey is considered one of the “Power” places in Iceland. This can’t be easily explained, so we’ll offer some moments of pause to sit and feel this special planetary vortex energy.
  • A walking tour of Akureyri, learning about the history, architecture and folklore. We’ll drive along the fjord and make several stops including visits to some special places and hidden waterfalls,  You’ll feel like you’ve been transported back in time, or onto the most spectacular movie set designed by mother nature herself!
  • Icelandic Horseriding!  the Icelandic Horse is truly unique to Iceland and even boasts a unique gait called the “tolt”.  Beginner riders will be in one group and enjoy a breathtakingly beautiful experience of the autumn fields of Iceland.  More experienced riders will have the opportunity to trot, canter and tolt through the countryside!  We’ll learn about these beautiful animals and be treated to hot beverages and Icelandic treats afterwards.
  • A full day adventure to Myvatn – an amazing geothermic region that will take you from the fjord, through the mountains, to the lava fields.  You’ll experience the rolling fields of Icelandic sheep contrasted with the barren lunar landscapes that the astronauts used to training for the first lunar landing in the 60’s!   Our day concludes with a visit to the thermal baths of the North.  In this front is a modern cafe, showers and lockers  … when you exit the back, you enter large natural pools of geothermic waters bubbling from mother earth herself.  With a high concentration of natural minerals, Icelanders often credit these waters with their health and longevity that is much higher than the norm.  We’ll watch the sun set, and the galaxies of stars arise.  A sight to behold!
  • The Northern Lights! This is a great time of year to witness the dance of lights, but of course, Mother Nature has her own agenda. However, with a timeframe of 7 days, the odds of sightings are high and our skilled hosts are experts at tracking the best times and locations!  be prepared on any evening at dinner for our hosts to offer a pick up time to go chasing the lights!  Perhaps we’ll even get show while lounging in our backyard jacuzzis or floating in the hot springs in Myvatn!
  • An afternoon of optional activities.  On this afternoon, you’ll be given several options. You may decide to explore the little town on your own, have a massage or walk to the Fjord and go take a boat to see the humpback whales.  With enough interest, a small group can be taken on a jeep tour to Detifoss – the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe.  Also, our hosts have a beautiful pack of huskies (the only ones in Northern Iceland) which includes one of the country’s champs) These beautiful pups LIVE for dogsledding in the winter.  During the fall, they get exercised with dog scootering!  This experience is also an option!
  • A last night and morning will be in Reykjavik.  Our hotel will be centrally located, walking and cab distance to sights, shops and restaurants.  Suggestions will be offered for this last night, and participants can easily break up into smaller groups as they like.  Reykjavik is the larger, international city  – a foodie’s heaven with nightlife and plenty of shopping.

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. Side note: Weather in Iceland is more temperate this time of year than you might expect! It is not uncommon for temperatures to be 40-50°F during the day.

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 info@oneyogaretreats.com with questions.

Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s

Please book your travel to arrive in Reykjavik (KEF) on the morning of the Saturday that your retreat starts. You may be able to find a convenient overnight flight, or you may choose to arrive in Reykjavik a day or two early and meet us for our short, picturesque flight to Akureyri in the afternoon. We recommend Iceland Air because flights arrive between 6am and 7am, AND your return flight on your last day will depart Reykjavik between 4 and 5pm which offers a morning in Reykjavik. 

Upon arrival, a shuttle will transport the group 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 (two dinners 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’ll be picked up from your apartment or hotel and transported just a few minutes across the fjord to the beautiful yoga studio and wellness center. After class, we’ll head to lunch and then out on our daily adventures to experience the majesty of our surroundings.

Once you are registered, we’ll be in touch about your travel plans!

What to Pack:

  • winter clothes and several layers
  • thermals (top and bottom)
  • winter pants (wind- and/or water-resistant are recommended, jeans that work with thermals are usually fine this time of year.)
  • winter gloves / socks and waterproof boots / hiking shoes
  • an outer shell that is warm, wind- and rain-resistant
  • warm headgear
  • a buff or balaclava for the neck and face
  • a bathing suit for the Jacuzzis and springs
  • yoga clothes
  • 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. We suggest gathering to the LEFT of those doors. A driver will be on the lookout for your group, and we’ll provide some group leader contact details in advance.

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 haven!

This retreat is open to people at all levels of fitness, with the understanding that some group activities require light hiking. All activities are optional including the morning yoga classes.

If you have any burning questions, please email us at info@oneyogaglobal.com. There will be several group communications along the way as well.

 

Teachers

Dr. Deb Kern

Deb Kern, Ph.D. is a teacher of vision, a sought-after intuitive guide, health scientist, author and speaker. She has studied with medicine women in Costa Rica, shamans in Bali, and Ayurvedic masters from India to California. A former nurse, health educator, and scientist, Deb conducted a groundbreaking study proving that mind/body integrated approaches to exercise were more effective at reducing anxiety than conventional approaches to exercise. Deb is also a yoga therapist, NIA black belt teacher, and creatrix of PranaShakti–a mind/body movement form.

Laura Forsyth

Laura Forsyth is the founder of One Yoga Global. She began her yoga studentship two decades ago and began teaching in 2005. An E-RYT, Laura specializes in Hatha yoga for all levels, yoga for stress management, yin yoga, restorative yoga and iRest yoga nidra. She leads workshops and trainings on special topics such as yin yoga, and she serves as guest faculty in various teacher training programs. She is deeply grateful to all her teachers including Dr. Richard Miller, Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi, Leslie Kaminoff and so many more.

Accommodations

Your home base in Akureyri will be in some of the most modern 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. This accommodation will also be single or double based on your reservation choice.

WEEK ONE October 1-8, 2016

Apartments

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.
PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY.
Cost: $3195 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.PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT POSSIBLE AVAILABILITY.
Cost: $3495

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 Room

Hotel KEA Akureyri or equivalent. Breakfast included. In the city center. PLEASE ENQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY.

Double Occupancy: $3695 per person

Single Occupancy: $3995

INCLUDED:
6 nights accommodation in Akureyri, 1 night in Reykjavik
Inland flight to and from Akureyri – Reykjavik
Breakfasts, Lunches and 4 dinners in Akureyri
Group Excursions

NOT INCLUDED:
Flight to Reykjavik
Optional Extras (massage, special excursions)
2 dinners in Akureyri and last night dinner on Reykjavik

WEEK 2 – October 8-15, 2016

Apartments

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.
Cost: $3195 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. 2 single rooms still available.
Cost: $3495

Double Occupancy room (Private Bath)

Private room in 2-room apartment with private bath, kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer.
Cost: $3495 per person
SOLD OUT.

Hotel Room

Hotel KEA Akureyri or equivalent. Breakfast included. In the city center. 2 hotel rooms still available.

Double Occupancy: $3695 per person

Single Occupancy: $3995

INCLUDED:
6 nights accommodation in Akureyri, 1 night in Reykjavik
Inland flight to and from Akureyri – Reykjavik
Breakfasts, Lunches and 4 dinners in Akureyri
Group Excursions

NOT INCLUDED:
Flight to Reykjavik
Optional Extras (massage, special excursions)
2 dinners in Akureyri and last night dinner on Reykjavik

RESERVATIONS, PAYMENTS AND POLICIES:
A $595 deposit will hold your spot and we can divide your payments through July 1, 2016. OYG will contact you regarding your payment plan.

Refunds and Cancellations: Refund less deposit ($595) before April 1, 2016. No refunds after April 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 in advance. Or, if we are able to fill your space from a waitlist, your fees (less your deposit) will be refunded to you. In case of cancellation by One YogaGlobal , 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.

All participants will be required to sign a liabilty waiver to participate on the trip.