Akureyri, NORTHERN ICELAND
with Deb Kern and Laura Forsyth
October 1-8, 2016
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.
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.
Upon arrival, a shuttle will transport the group to the regional airport for our short, picturesque flight to Akureyri in the afternoon. One Yoga Retreats 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’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.
As nature permits, our plans for Icelandic adventure include:
- A ferry trip to Hrisey Island, considered one of the power places in Iceland.
- 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.
- An optional excursion / exploration / massage day. Several options will be provided including dogsledding / dogscootering, skiing or snowboarding, or perhaps you’ll prefer a massage and soak in the Jacuzzi. (Extra fees apply for these optional excursions.)
- 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.
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 email@example.com with questions.
Travel, Additional Information & FAQ’s
Please plan to arrive in Reykjavik on the Saturday morning that your retreat starts. Departures the following Saturday late afternoon / early evening.
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)
- 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
- 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. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be several group communications along the way as well.
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 is the founder of One Yoga Collective. 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.
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.
Single or 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.
Double Occupancy Room: $3195 per person
SPECIAL: $2895 (register by March 15, save $300)
Double Occupancy Room: $3495 per person
SPECIAL: $3195 (register by March 15, save $300)
Private Room (private bath)
Private room in 2-room apartment with private bath, kitchen, living room, backyard jacuzzi and access to washer/dryer. 2 twin beds that can be made into 1 King Bed.
6 nights accommodation in Akureyri, 1 night in Reykjavik
Inland regional flight to and from Akureyri and Reykjavik
Breakfasts, lunches, and 4 dinners in Akureyri
Flight from U.S. 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. OYC 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 Collective 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 Yoga Collective, you will receive a full refund of all funds received by One Yoga Collective. 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.