Skíðadalur glacier Iceland

26th – 31st October 2020

Icelandic Adventure

A unique and exceptional adventure to experience the wilderness, in one of the world’s last unspoiled environments, whilst enjoying the delights of a yoga retreat.

The retreat space has been created by Anna, a yoga teacher, who’s family have both owned and farmed the land for generations, living by the natural cycles of the seasons, gathering and harvesting berries and mushrooms and assisting the community in bringing the sheep down from the mountains at the end of each Summer. Situated on a remote ancient sheep farm, on Iceland’s northern Troll peninsula nestled at the foot of the Skíðadalur glacier.

Icelandic Cabins Yoga Retreat
Icelandic Cabin Inside Yoga Retreat
Cabins in the Snow

Accommodation
The accommodation consists of four traditional Icelandic cabins, split into two apartments, each containing two bedrooms, set against the backdrop of the wild mountainside and in the shadow of the glacier.
Each apartment has a double bed upstairs under the eaves and a large single bed downstairs.
The two rooms share a bathroom, which is off the downstairs bedroom.
There is space for up to sixteen guests.
Non yoga partners welcome, please enquire for details.

Yoga Shala
The Yoga Shala is spacious and well equipped and has large windows in the gable end with views reaching up the valley towards the glacier.

Facilities
A large, rustic, indoor space with comfortable cosy seating and big wood burning stoves. A beautifully appointed sauna and dedicated massage treatment room. There is also a hot tub for a luxurious soak, whilst star gazing or even seeing the northern lights!!

‘I have rarely been so moved by a location. The minute I arrived I felt my consciousness expand as I tuned in to the complete silence, gazed at the wild mountainsides and breathed in the pure prana. I actually was moved to tears as I felt my heart expand with joy. An amazing and deeply touching experience.’ Jane (Huzur Vadisi Yoga Retreats)

Cabin Bedroom
Snowy Trek Excursion Yoga Retreat
Shala Class

Activities
There are many activities locally, which can be booked in advance, although it is recommended not to undertake too many off-site activities, as it is also important just to relax and enjoy the practice, take in the beautiful scenery, experience the Northern Lights, walk, have a sauna and rest in the natural great peace. The retreat programme will create perfect balance between doing and being.
One can walk freely in the environs of the valley or choose to have a guided walk of up to 2 – 3 hours.

Recommended Day Trips
Myvatn Day Trip & Geothermal Baths. This trip is about a 1.5hr drive one way and beautiful. We will stop on the way to see Godafoss Waterfall. After that we will spend time exploring the volcanic landscape, steam vents, mud pools and walk amongst the lava fields finishing off with a long hot soak in the Geothermal pools.

Whale Watching
The whale watching trip is truly a fun sea adventure you won’t forget. The whale watching takes place in the picturesque landscape of Eyjafjordur followed by sea fishing inside the majestic mountains of Tröllaskagi, just short of the Arctic Circle. We end the day with a barbecue of the freshly caught fish.
In Dalvík, you have an exceptionally good chance to encounter the great humpback whale and often we spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, the small harbor porpoises and sometimes even the majestic blue whale, fin whales or killer whales.

Our retreat programme is set out below

Day 1 –   Depart Reykjavik on 11:05 flight
Arrive Akureyri 12:00
Transfer 12:20
Arrive at Lodge 13:20
Lunch at 14:00
Yoga and Meditation 18.00 – 19.30
Dinner at 19.45

Day 2 –  Morning Sadhana 07.00 – 9am
Breakfast 9:15
Depart at 12:00 for half day whale watching trip with packed lunch.
Return Home 17.00
Evening Yoga and Meditation 18.00 – 19.30
Dinner 19.45

Day 3 – Morning Sadhana 07.00 – 9. 00
Breakfast 9:15
Optional Guided Walk
Lunch 13.30
Evening Yoga and Meditation 18.00 – 19.30
Dinner 19.30

Day 4 –  Breakfast 8:00
9:00 Full day trip to Myvatn & Geo Thermal Baths
Arrive Home 19.00
Dinner 19.30

Day 5 –   Morning Sadhana  7.00 – 9.00am
Breakfast 9.15
Free Time
Lunch 13.30
Evening Yoga and Meditation 18.00 – 19.30
Dinner 19.30

Day 6 – Morning Sadhana  7.30 – 9.00am
Breakfast 9.15
Depart at 11:30
Arrive at Akureyri Airport 12:30
Depart 13:55
Arrive Reykjavik 14:40

Iceland Nature Baths
Humpback Whale Breaching
Godafoss Waterfall

Your Investment
Single room in shared apartment (with shared bathroom)
Five nights Accommodation and Food £1325.00 (£265 pp per night)
Teaching fee £300 pp
Total £1625.00pp

A deposit (non-refundable) of £400 is required to book your place on this retreat and balance payments to be made no later than the end of August 2020.

Included
Accommodation in double/twin/single apartments
All Tuition
All meals: breakfast buffet, lunch/packed lunch, snacks, 3-course dinners/buffet. Vegetarian, vegan and special diets catered for.
Exclusive use of fully equipped yoga shala, hot tub, sauna, dining rooms and lounge areas.

Not Included:
Flights
Transfers
Transportation to and from activities
Activities

Travel to Reykjavik and Akureyri
Flights to Reykjavik – carriers from most large UK regional airports.
Icelandair.
British Airways.
Thomson Airways.
EasyJet.

Flights can start from as little as £65 pounds during the winter months, however can go up to and start from £159 during the summer months.
Once in Reykjavik we need to take a domestic flight to Akureyri
Domestic flights from Reykjjavik to Akureyri with Air Iceland   https://www.airicelandconnect.com/ prices start at €90

Walk Through Travel Suggestion…..
Because it is necessary to take a domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri and then back again on the return, and given the unpredictable weather patterns in Iceland, it is essential that participants on this retreat, arrive a day early (Sunday 25th) and spend a night in Reykjavik. This allows us to take the 11.05 flight on Monday 26th to Akureyri together as a group and then depart from the retreat on the 31st to take the 13.55 flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik and again spend the night before departing on the 1st November from Reykjavik back to your destination.

From London or your departure airport, take a flight to Reykjavik (Keflavic International)
If you fly Icelandic Air you can purchase a ticket from the cabin crew for a bus to Reykjavik. If you are flying with BA, you can purchase a bus ticket at the airport.The journey from the airport to Reykjavik is around 45 minutes.It is then a short walk from the bus station into the City Centre or there are taxis.Please note that the Icelandic people are really friendly and helpful and all speak perfect English.

There are lots of Airbnb places and Hotels on Booking.com for around £60 – £70 per night and they are all pretty good standard.Look for places in the centre of town.
Reykjavik is so small, it’s easy for everyone to book their own accommodation and then meet up.
On the morning of the 26th we will then need to take a short taxi ride to the domestic Reykjavik airport to catch the 11.05 flight to Akureyri. The flight is around 45 minutes.

We will then be collected on the transfer to the venue, which is also around 45 minutes.
Please note that the transfer from the domestic airport in Akureyri to the venue will cost around £48 per person return (this is based on 16 people sharing, if there are less, then the cost will be slightly more)
When booking your flights, please be aware that it is absolutely essential that your return flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik on Saturday 31st October is at 13.55, this will then allow the whole group to travel together and there are no exceptions!!!!

Pricing of Transfers & Activities
Transfer between Akureyri Domestic Airport and the lodge: £765 Return (£48 pp based on 16 guests)
Myvatn Day Trip Bus Hire £756 Return (£48 pp based on 16 guests)
Myvatn Geothermal Baths Entry Fee £28pp
Whale Watching Bus Hire £220 Return (£14 pp based on 16 guests)
Whale Watching Trip £62pp
Guided Walk 2-3hrs £45pp based on 8 people minimum group size.
*Activities need to be booked in advance

To book or for more details please contact me.
carolmacartneyyoga@gmail.com
http://carolmacartneyyoga.co.uk
Thank you.