Skíðadalur glacier Iceland
26th – 31st October 2020
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.
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.
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.
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)
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 just exist in nature. An example programme is set out below, to create a 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.
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.
Day 1 – Depart Reykjavik on 11:05 flight
Arrive Akureyri 12:00
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
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
Day 3 – Morning Sadhana 07.00 – 9. 00
Optional Guided Walk
Evening Yoga and Meditation 18.00 – 19.30
Day 4 – Breakfast 8:00
9:00 Full day trip to Myvatn & Geo Thermal Baths
Arrive Home 19.00
Day 5 – Morning Sadhana 7.30 – 9.00am
Depart at 11:30
Arrive at Akureyri Airport 12:30
Arrive Reykjavik 14:30
Single room in shared apartment (with shared bathroom)
Five nights Accommodation and Food £1325.00 (£265 pp per night)
Teaching fee £300 pp
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.
Accommodation in double/twin/single apartments
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.
Transportation to and from activities
Travel to Reykjavik and Akureyri
Flights to Reykjavik – carriers from most large UK regional airports.
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
Air Iceland Connect has not yet scheduled flights for October-November 2020. But here is what they are planning on offering in late September 2020, just to give you an idea:
Mondays: 11:05, 15:35 and 18:20 departures.
Saturdays: 09:20, 13:30 and 17:45 departures.
Please note that this is just an idea, as the flights for your dates 2020 are unfortunately not bookable yet. We will therefore have to wait to see the actual flight departures for our dates. They should be launched shortly.
Ultimately this is a retreat to be organised and booked in advance, as the whole group need to book the same flights, so we share transfer costs to and from the venue.
NB Please note that all prices may vary slightly according to currency exchange.
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
Carol will be out of reach on a retreat in India for the whole of January, so please contact Rowan on firstname.lastname@example.org for booking enquiries until further notice. Thank you.