THE TRAVEL YOGI

Iceland Yoga Adventure

Trip in One Word: Breathtaking

What You’ll Experience in Iceland

From the volcanic power that continues to form this island to the big-little-city hum of Reykjavík, this island is alive. On our yoga retreat in Iceland, explore waterfalls and geysers, taste test your way around the city, rest in the south surrounded by Icelandic horses, see its out-of-this-world terrain, and chillax in the Blue Lagoon. This yoga retreat in Iceland will truly take your breath away. 

How You’ll Experience Iceland

You’ll witness the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers on this yoga retreat in Iceland. You’ll be inspired by Iceland’s use of geothermal energy and its focus on sustainability. You’ll be charmed by the quirky warmth and hospitality of its culture. You can experience the epic midnight sun in the long days of summer or the gorgeous aurora borealis in the hush of winter. From vibrant Reykjavik and our hidden horse farm accommodation gem in the south of the island, you’ll explore the raw beauty of Iceland with a daily yoga practice to help you integrate. 

How You’ll Feel When You Return Home

You’ll bring home a reinforced sense of awe and wonder at the natural world, a newfound respect for the term “at a glacial pace,” hope for an environmentally conscious future, and maybe even a blossoming belief in magic. 

Woman overlooks an icy river on this yoga retreat in Iceland with The Travel Yogi.

Iceland Yoga Retreat Details

Reykjavík

Reykjanes

Hekla

Iceland Yoga Retreat Upcoming Dates

JUNE 26-JULY 2, 2022

Your Instructor: KRISTIN CORK

NOVEMBER 13-19TH, 2022

What's Included

  • Morning vinyasa and/or evening chill-out yoga practice
  • Foodie walking tour of Reykjavik
  • Three nights in a luxury hotel in Reykjavik
  • Three nights at our country inn in the south of Iceland
  • Full guided tour (with secret extras) of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle
    • Gullfoss’ natural gorgeousness
    • Geysir natural spring (time-able eruptions and a good indication of what’s going on below!)
    • Thingvellir’s cultural and historic past
    • Photo op at Faxi waterfall
    • Folklore fun at Haukadalur
    • Science, history and more natural beauty than you can shake an elf at (Icelandic “ha”)
  • Nighttime sky gazing in the perfect dark of nature to spy the Northern Lights (winter & spring trips)
    • Two chances in the south to see the lights – jump into the on-property Viking Pool or separate jacuzzi with a hot (or cold) drink and wait for the show
    • Summer trips can jump in the Viking Pool and bask under the midnight sun
    • Reykjanes Peninsula day trip
    • Visit Hafnarfjördur (and the elves!)
    • Cross the ‘bridge’ and the continental divide between the American and Eurasian plates – walk from America to Europe (ha)
    • Check out the beautiful blue clay and bubbling hot spring of Seltún
    • Watch the steam escape from the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver
  • Head to the Blue Lagoon for a long soak
    • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon with extras
  • Full-day south coast explorations
    • Exact adventure locations will be determined by the season and weather
  • Full buffet breakfast daily
  • One country lunch
  • Five full dinners (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options)
    • Included in the dinners is a night out in Reykjavik at a local restaurant (yum)
  • Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport (on arrival and departure days)
  • Free wifi

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to Iceland
  • Lunches (except the one included lunch in the country)
  • One dinner
  • Additional excursions
  • Alcohol or items of a personal nature/souvenirs
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Gratuities

Accommodations

ReykjavÍk Room Options

Executive rooms offer comfort with Scandinavian luxury. Clean, crisp rooms with large bathrooms lull each yogi to sleep.  Bask in the thoughtful extras of heated towel racks (a welcome luxury), long tubs and deep, comfortable beds.

Atrium rooms offer many of the same comforts of the Superior Executive room with a few slight differences.  Atrium rooms will look in towards the spacious and natural-light filled lobby area and will be slightly smaller than their Executive cousins.   All of these rooms can accommodate two beds for roommates and are a wonderfully comfortable alternative to the Executive rooms.

South Iceland Rooms

Our rooms in the south are all clean and neat country-comfort with en suite bathrooms.  They are smaller and more basic than the city hotel rooms but with unrivaled views. Gaze out onto the surrounding fields dotted with the property’s host of Icelandic horses or towards the museum building beautifully constructed, in part, with volcanic rock.  Rooms will be configured with either two twin beds or one king based on your initial room request.

Itinerary

Iceland yoga retreat schedules will vary slightly based on weather and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule below gives you an overall picture of what a weeklong wellness and yoga retreat in Iceland will look like:

1

DAY ONE

  • Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland
  • Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1hr) and drop bags off at our hotel
  • Rejuvenate with a full breakfast (coffee!) and take a few moments to relax
  • Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik
    • Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country
  • Play in downtown or stroll back and check in to your room
  • Evening de-plane and welcome yoga class
  • Group welcome dinner

2

DAY TWO

  • Morning yoga and group buffet breakfast
  • Today we’re heading out to visit the homes of the elves, Vikings (only kinda kidding) and the stunning Reykjanes Peninsula
    • Day trip down to Hafnarfjördur (for the elves)
    • Visit Kleifarvatn for a view of the seismic-ly beautiful Kleifarvarvatn and walk the “bridge” between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates
    • Check out the geo-thermal epicenter of Seltún; blue clay and bubbling hot spring included
    • Wander out among the fumaroles and hot springs of Gunnuhver… watch out for Gunna the ghost!
  • After a day of exploring we’ll head over for a soak in the warm-zen-goodness of the Blue Lagoon
    • You’ll have a few hours to relax in the waters and chill.  Entrance with us includes:
      • a pre-treatment in-water silica mud mask
      • a drink of your choice from the swim-up bar in the Lagoon
      • skin smoothing-tightening-glowing-allaroundawesome in-water algae mask
    • Head back for an evening yoga class and dinner on your own tonight

3

DAY THREE

  • Up early today for breakfast and packing for our Iceland nature adventure
  • Today we head out of town and head south into the great Icelandic wilds
    • We’ll trek out to the Sólheimajökull glacier’s natural and massive gorgeousness
    • Stroll the black sand beach of Reynisfjara
    • Check out Vík and maybe squeeze in some secret-surprise stops
  • Arriving in the late afternoon/early evening near the base of the Hekla volcano we’ll check in and roll out our mats for yoga
  • Dinner tonight is in a room with floor to ceiling views of Hekla and the stars
  • Our first night out in nature is a fantastic time to watch for the Northern Lights (Nov-April only)
    • jump in the Viking Pool on-property for some natural spring warmth while you light spy

4

DAY FOUR

  • Our morning yoga class takes in Hekla’s beauty from the practice space
  • Fill up with breakfast and get ready for a day of natural exploration
    • Heading out today we put on our walking shoes (or hiking boots) and head out to explore the highlands and countryside
    • We’ll build in enough time at our exclusive location to allow time with the Icelandic horses that roam the property for those who’d like to ride in the afternoon
    • In the winter our days will change as our more adventurous spots are weather-permitting
  • Head in for early evening yoga and dinner
  • Our second night in nature will, hopefully, bring our second night of light sightings (during the light season)
  • In the summer months we will extend our day-tripping and push yoga and dinner all thanks to the midnight sun

5

DAY FIVE

  • Early morning yoga and a fuel-up breakfast
  • Today is a “foss” day as we’re hitting up some spectacular waterfalls
  • On our drive back we’ll hit up the remaining half of the Golden Circle
    • Take a stroll behind (yes, behind) the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
    • The waterproof and the brave can walk through Gljúfrabúi
    • Hit up Skógafoss
    • A little water break at Drangurinn
    • And all the sneaky spots that we’ll fill you in on on the road…
  • Head back for evening yoga
  • And fill up with another amazing dinner and beautiful mountain views (for the midnight sun crew)

6

DAY SIX

  • Good morning, and final, yoga class and breakfast
  • Today we’ll be heading back to Reykjavik while doing the Golden Circle with our own special twist…  Stops will vary slightly based on weather and crowds (the sights are cool but certainly touristy so we work the angles) but expectations can run along the lines of:
    • Checking out Geysirand Stokkur’s eruptions
    • Strolling Thingvellir – Iceland’s national shrine and World Heritage Site
    • Enjoying Gullfoss’ (the Golden Falls) natural and massive beauty
    • And our own secret-sauce stops
  • We’ll arrive back in Reykjavik and check back in and come together for a night out on the town
  • Our awesome foodie crew are taking you all out for some Icelandic beer tasting (non-alcoholic drinks totally supplied) and a fun farewell dinner in a local restaurant
  • Say goodbye to Iceland and the new adventure travel friend-crew in a fun and tasty pub and then head back for some shut eye or stay out and enjoy Reykjavik nightlife

7

DAY SEVEN

  • Depending on your flight time it’s up for breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
  • Transfer to KEF and shuffle through a week’s awesome memories while waiting to board!

TESTIMONIALS

ADVENTURE WELL(NESS)

ADVENTURE WELL(NESS)

ADVENTURE WELL(NESS)

ADVENTURE WELL(NESS)

Frequently Asked Questions

You will be traveling Keflavik (KEF) airport.  The airport is about an hour outside of Reykjavik and our transfers will pick you up and whisk you into town.  You can arrive at any time, though arriving by 9am is best, and transfers are for the scheduled day of arrival and departure only.
US citizens will need a valid passport to visit Iceland, but no visa is required at this time. Passports will need to be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry and will need at least two blank pages.  Iceland reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 3 month mark after arrival.  As entry requirements can change, please visit the State Department’s website for up to date information. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
 
Iceland is a land of contrast… oceans and mountains, volcanoes and glaciers and cool winds and warm people.  Expect to learn a lot about the geology of the ever shifting island and expect ‘ooh’ and ‘aaaah’ pictures of waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, beautiful Reykjavik and the famous Icelandic horse (just don’t call them ‘ponies’…ha).
 
Mother Nature is a wonderful but irresolute hostess.  While we watch the signs and our guides are expert spotters, there is no guarantee.  We’ll have two nights dedicated to looking for the lights far away from ambient light and a whole week to keep our eyes peeled.
Iceland utilizes the same plug and currency as Europe (220V).  If you are using North American plugs, an adapter and converter will be necessary.  Some plugs will not accept the third ‘grounding’ pin so a back-up adapter is recommended.
 
Yes!  Wifi is readily available on property and can be accessed in most easily in the communal areas.
 
We’ll supply the yoga mat goodness. Our locations are not yoga retreat centers, so if needed, please do remember to pack a block or strap.
 
You will need a good sturdy pair of walking shoes as well as layers for the excursion days.  Other than that, bring your yoga clothes, casual wear, a swim suit and plenty of charge on your camera!
 
All trips are a big investment of time, energy, imagination and funds.  We highly recommend that you buy travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises.  You will also want to know that you are covered medically in case a puffin bites off a finger (kidding!!).
 
 

Yes!  Of course.  Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice.  You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Stacey Rosenberg

Stacey Rosenberg is passionate about educating people on how to be a student of their own bodies and applying the spirit of yoga to their everyday lives. She is a teacher of both the art and technique of yoga — weaving both wisdom and play into the practice.

Stacey offers a fresh perspective on each posture and gives alignment cues and pose modifications that will help you get stronger and move more freely. Her style of yoga blends practical knowledge honed over years of study and experience, a deep spiritual awareness rooted in the everyday sacred and a street-wise sense of humor. She has been teaching public and private classes, workshops and teacher trainings in San Francisco since 2000 as well as retreats and adventures all around the world.

Melissa Pieciak

Melissa is a yoga, meditation and reiki teacher based out of Hartford, CT and has been sharing these beautiful healing modalities since 2012. Melissa loves helping others live authentic lives filled with love and connection through yoga, meditation and reiki.

Years ago Melissa found herself in a rut struggling with anxiety, insomnia and chronic neck pain. Going through the motions of life frustrated and unhappy, one day she asked herself “is this as good as it gets?” The universe seemed to respond quickly as she soon found herself in a yoga class breathing, twisting and turning without a clue as to what she was doing. After that yoga class, the light bulb went off as she walked out blissful and hopeful! Melissa had no idea that she had just taken her first steps onto a new path that would completely reshape her life. Melissa was hooked, and that feeling has been bringing her back to her mat every day! Melissa began practicing yoga and meditation regularly and could see that her life was changing, she was sleeping better, was less anxious and her neck pain disappeared. In a short amount of time, she was feeling fantastic and truly enjoying life.

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Jennifer Prugh

Jennifer Prugh is passionate about guiding students toward discovering what is possible in life when we bring our whole selves to each moment. She is the founder of Breath Together Yoga, a yoga studio, tea house and wellness center that offers over 100 classes a week for every level of practice, as well as the founder of  the Joy of Yoga 200 and 300/500 hour teacher trainings.

Jennifer leads yoga adventures and retreats all over the world. A professional artist with a master’s degree in Art and Consciousness Studies, she was an associate professor for eight years at Cogswell College where she taught storytelling, mythology and creativity. She began practicing yoga in 1989, and teaching yoga after in 1999 following the death from cancer of her greatest mentor, her father.

Jennifer left higher education to teach yoga exclusively, in the words of Joseph Campbell, “ to follow her bliss.” Her online classes can be found on yogaanytime.com. Jennifer is a member of the board of the Tibetan Children’s Education Foundation, and because education changes the world, she enthusiastically encourages people to sponsor the education of Tibetan children and children of refugees from neighboring countries who live in India. She lives with her husband Will, their son Liam, and their golden retriever, Hobbes.

Lori Head

Lori was born in Elko, Nevada, loving the western traditions and wide open space. Idaho has been home for many years, in fact she was Miss Idaho in 1979!!! Lori’s education began at Boise State, continuing on with Masters from Arizona State and a doctorate from the University of Idaho. Her entire education and research is centered around mind/body development through education, kinesiology, physical education, dance, and movement based techniques.

Lori is the northwest certifying teacher for floor, equipment, circular, and standing pilates. She is a Feldenkrais practitioner, gyrokinesis instructor, in addition to NETA yoga certification, restorative certification. She is the co-owner and director of Mind Your Body Health studio in Pocatello, Idaho, as well as completing 18 years of teaching at Idaho State University.

Dr. Head feels a comfort in the travel based industry working for Educational Foundation and GoAhead tours for the past 24 years, touring most of Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.  A few side notes… she will feed all stray animals along the way…..