The raw beauty of Iceland nature will awe and amaze and the quirky Iceland culture will charm you (like it charmed us!). We’ve got your Iceland adventures in the bag regardless of whether you choose to experience the beautiful midnight sun or majestic northern lights. The volcanic power that continues to form this island is palatable in the hum of Reykjavik and in the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers. In all its seasons and facets, an Iceland yoga retreat is an extraordinary adventure.
We are excited to share with you the highlights of what makes this island tick both from the vibrant capital of Reykjavik and from our hidden accommodation gem in the south. We’ll explore waterfalls and geysers, case the city, rest in the south surrounded by Icelandic horses, check out some out-of-this-world terrain and chillax in the Blue Lagoon.
This adventure is for the adventurous… bring your open mind and heart and The Travel Yogi will take care of the rest…
Jennifer Prugh - Iceland | February 19 – 25, 2017
Starting at $3195 **Sold Out**
Rocky Heron & Micah Walters - Iceland | March 19 – 25, 2017
Starting at $3295
Mia Togo - Iceland | April 2-8, 2017
Starting at $3195 **Sold Out**
Melissa Smith - Iceland | June 4-10, 2017
Starting at $3195
Ame Wren & Rebecca Ketchum - Iceland | Oct 29 – Nov 4, 2017
Starting at $3195
Alice Hong - Iceland | November 19-25, 2017
Starting at $3195
Amber Shumake - Iceland | Jan 28 – Feb 3, 2018
Starting at $3395
Our home base in Reykjavik at the Grand serves as our retreat-home and practice space while we’re in the city. Beautiful hardwood floored studio space awaits morning and evening practice. When we head out into nature all of the rooms are in the same category so Reykjavik rooms are the initial choice.
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.
Our rooms in the south are all clean and neat with en suite bathrooms. They are smaller 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.
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 yoga retreat in Iceland will look like:
Between yoga, the full days of included excursions and chilling with new friends there is a ton to do on this amazing island. Plug the locals for fun excursions and check out below for additional awesome adventures. Please note that weather does play a part in some of the excursions so yogi flexibility (pun always intended) is always appreciated.
All but two dinners are included so that you can get out and enjoy Reykjavik’s culinary scene which ranges from the traditional to ‘new’ traditional to international and to raw. We highly recommend popping into Glo. These guys to raw, vegetarian, chicken and soup organic every day and pride themselves on sourcing locally. All locations are walkable from our home base and definitely worth the stroll.
The options below would be at an additional cost but there is more than enough fun and quirky adventure to be had by strolling Reykjavik or hopping on a bike from the hotel. In particular, a trip to the top of the Hallgrímskirkja offers unbeatable views and can help you spot your next destination: Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, also known as ‘the best hot dog in town’. Hot dogs are something of a national obsession, so if you’re willing, it’s definitely something to scratch off your ‘to do’ list…
South Coast (glacier hiking & snowmobiling option)
Set out for a day of adventuring and unbelievable sightseeing. Get up close and personal to Sólheimajökull glacier (you can choose to glacier hike or snowmobile depending on the weather) and climb up, around and above the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Cruise by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano and climb and wonder at the amazing basaltic rock pillars on the black sand beach near Vik. Starting at $110 per person with Iceland Guided Tours.
Snæfellsnes National Park
Spend the day touring through Icelandic history and the gorgeous scenery of Snæfellsnes. Whether photographing the scenery, gathering the folk lore and visiting historic Icelandic spots, the best of this national park will be in your camera and your heart. Starting at $130 per person with Iceland Guided Tours.
Icelandic Horse Ride
Enjoy a ride on the unique and endemic Icelandic horse. Ride to the hot springs, the mountains, the beach… take a short ride or spend the day. You’re guaranteed to leave with a respect for this unique breed (and when you see them don’t call them ponies!) and memories of the countryside you’ll never forget. Contact Eldhestar for tour options and pricing.
National Museum of Iceland
Explore the culture and history of Iceland through their permanent and traveling exhibitions. Entrance fees $13 per person. Click here for hours and exhibits.
Iceland Phallological Museum
Yes, it is a real museum. The Iceland Phallological Museum is a collection of penis’ and penis parts from all manner of mammals on the island. From polar bears, whales and walruses to legally acquired human specimens. And the gift shop is certainly worth a stroll… Click here for hours and information.
Imagine Peace Tower
Created by Yoko Ono and dedicated on October 9th, 2007 (John Lennon’s 67th birthday), the Icelandic Imagine Peace tower is a beacon of light from the depths of a wishing well. The light from the tower is constantly in flux due atmospheric conditions unique to Iceland. Click here for hours and visitor information.
What airport do I fly into?
You will be traveling Keflavik (KEF). The airport is about an hour outside of Reykjavik and our transfers will pick you up, regardless of flight arrival time, and whisk you into town.
Do I need a passport/visa?
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 6 months from the date of entry. Iceland reserves the right to refuse entry if passports expire before the 6 month mark.
Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
What should I expect to see?
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 (and DON’T call them ‘ponies’).
Will I definitely be able to see the Northern Lights?
Mother Nature is a wonderful but irresolute hostess. While we have picked a moon cycle that will allow for the least amount of light (i.e., the new moon), we cannot guarantee that the clouds will be in our favor. Our night out to spot the Northern Lights will have one redo if no lights are spotted. We’ll do our best, but we can’t guarantee a full sighting.
What is the electrical currency/outlet in Iceland?
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.
Is there internet access on property?
Yes! Wifi is readily available on property and can be accessed in most easily in the communal spaces. Wifi can be spotty in the rooms farther away from the center lobby.
Can I drink the water?
Fresh, fresh, fresh water is in abundance, as is fresh hot (really hot) water right out of your tap.
Do I need to bring my own mat, blocks, straps, etc?
We’ll supply the yoga mats. Our home base is not a yoga retreat center, so if needed, please do remember to pack any additional props.
Should I book any other activities/massages ahead of time?
There is so much to do that we highly suggest you wait until you arrive to book extra excursions. You may not have thought about hitting a volcanic-rock beach or heading up north to spot a Blue Whale, but these are just a few of your options in Iceland! Then, of course, there’s always relaxing in the spa… We can help you book extras ahead of time, but our advice is to wait.
What do I need to bring?
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!
Do I need travel insurance?
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!!).
What is the weather on the island?
While it is late winter in March, don’t let Iceland’s name scare you. You’ll want to pack your winter gear and layers, but you’re not headed to the Arctic. Days will generally be in the mid to high 30s and snow is most frequently encountered outside of Reykjavik. A rain jacket is a good idea and, if you don’t have a good winter coat, Iceland has some of the warmest and best looking winter jackets this yogi has yet seen.