Yoga Retreat – A Practice to be Present : An Icelandic Introduction 26Nov – 2Dec 2017 (Twin Occupancy)
Iceland, a Nordic island nation that sounds familiar yet seemingly remote. This juvenile land is still in her growing phase, the volcanoes, glaciers, raw landscape, harsh elements, constantly reminds us how it is to feel alive.
This winter, Arctic Advanced and international yoga teacher Andrea Wingelaar are connecting your yoga practice with what Iceland’s nature has to offer.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
We will explore the geyser, spectacular waterfalls and dramatic black beach and some pampering time at the Blue Lagoon. Setting our base in both Reykjavik and a country hotel well tucked in on the South Coast of Iceland, this retreat gives you a well rounded experience to unravel in the spacious countryside (and a chance to catch the northern lights!), without losing touch with the northernmost capital in the world.
In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible (in line with our practice?), taking weather conditions into account.
Our driver guide would make changes where needed as your safety is very important to us.
The Northern lights is a natural phenomenon and is weather dependent, sighting is therefore not guaranteed.
Minimum size of the retreat is 12.
Key Facts of the Retreat
Date: 26November – 2December 2017
Twin / Double Occupancy: ISK 345,240 (Early Bird Price ISK 328,800 , reference USD price $3,098 per exchange rate on 1May. Valid until 31Jul2017)
Single Occupancy: ISK 391,440 (Early Bird Price ISK 372,800, approx. reference USD price $3,521 per exchange rate on 1May. Valid until 31Jul2017)
Deposit Amount: ISK 55,000 (non-refundable and non-transferrable)
About The Teacher
Andrea Wingelaar focuses on mindful, creative and intelligent movement practices. Trained from an early age as a competitive dancer, classical singer and theatre performer, her practice is rooted in the depth of feeling into the body and the liberation of energy through movement and self study. As a yoga teacher she is known for her purposeful sequencing that is both intelligent and fun, she herself practices to support this crazy and beautiful life. Her yoga mat is her favorite place to be, seeing her through so many transitions and adventures.
With well over 500 hours in trainings including studies that began in Ashtanga, and then expanded towards Restorative and Yin, Andrea is most moved by her discovery of Prana Vinyasa Flow with her core teacher Shiva Rea, and recently by Tiffany Cruickshank’s Yoga Medicine. Andrea artfully weaves her deep knowledge of traditional yoga practices with contemporary biomechanics awareness, and therapeutic applications of holistic movement. Off the mat her greatest passions are music and movement, which she has translated into a performing career that has taken her across the globe. With a grounded education in opera and classical music studies her yoga training and teaching mirrors the same; a practice that is based in a solid foundation and respect for the roots of yoga complemented by “the improvisations of life”; yoga that is in rhythm with our own individual lives, the seasons, nature as well as a style that blurs the boundaries of technique and play. Her students have been as varied as performers, physicists, at risk youth, and with a very special place in her heart, newbies of all backgrounds.
A Canadian girl at heart she currently makes her home in Seattle, Washington with her partner and love Ryan, her son James, and their furry beast Seamus the golden retriever. She isn’t sure which of the three is her greatest teacher.
- Morning vinyasa practices
- Evening restorative practices
- Six nights of accommodation (3 nights in Reykjavik, 3 nights in the South of Iceland)
- Three chances to catch the elusive northern lights from the on-property hot tub on the south coast
- Guided tours to the Golden Circle, South Coast and Reykjanes Peninsula
- Blue Lagoon Comfort Entrance Package
- Daily Breakfast
- Four dinners
- Roundtrip group transfer to Keflavik (KEF)
- Airfare to Iceland
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Individual airport transfer
- Two dinners
- Drinks & beverages
- Additional excursions
- Gratuities (optional)
Welcome to Iceland
Add Itinerary DescriptionGood morning and welcome to Iceland’s Keflavik (KEF) Airport! we will have a group pick-up at the airport (around 7:30am) and head straight on an approximately one hour ride towards Reykjavik. After dropping off our bags at the hotel, we will power up with some hearty breakfast and very importantly, some coffee too!
When we are done refueling the body, we will head out for a short tour around Reykjavik City. After that we will come back to the hotel for check in.
We will have a sweet restorative practice in the late afternoon to smooth out the kicks from a long day of travel, finishing the day off with a group welcome dinner.
Relaxing Day in Reykjavik
We start the day with a morning vinyasa practice, followed by a hearty breakfast.
This is a day where you will have a lot of free time to further explore Reykjavik and it’s quirky shops, cafe and museums at your leisure.
We will have a late afternoon restorative practice back at the hotel.
The Golden Circle
After breakfast and hotel checkout, we will head straight on an excursion around the Golden circle, one of the most popular routes in Iceland.
We will start off at Thingvellir National Park, which was not only where one of the world’s first parliament were found, but also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are ever so slowly drifting apart. We then head on to Geysir geothermal area, where Strokkur the fountain geyser would show us its power. From there we will move on to Gullfoss (Golden) Waterfall, a spectacular two-tier waterfall.
After that we will head towards our second base on the South Coast, wrapping up the day with a restorative practice in the late afternoon and group dinner.
Out on the countryside we are away from the the city’s light pollution, and that improves our chances of catching the northern lights! Our country hotel is equipped with an outdoor hot tub, hop in and you may even catch the aurora there!
Free Day for the Adventurous
We start the day with a morning vinyasa practice, followed by a hearty breakfast.
This is a day for an adrenalin rush if you are up for some optional adventures. There are the options of taking a 2-hr glacier hike on Solheimajokull, or snowmobile ride on top of Myrdalsjokull glacier. Of course you also have the option of staying in at the country hotel and enjoy the amenities and nature in the area.
We will have a late afternoon restorative practice back at the hotel, followed by group dinner.
South Coast Waterfall & Black Beach
After morning vinyasa practice and breakfast, we will be back on the road to explore the South Coast. Starting off at Reynisfjara, not only we will get to set our feet on the black beach, but also admire the basalt rock columns, sea stack and watch the waves crash up on the cliffs.
We then head on to Skogafoss Waterfall and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Skogafoss is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. Also measures around 60m in drop, it boasts a width of 25m. On sunny days it’s not unusual to to see double rainbow through the spray created by the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is just over 60m surrounded by beautiful cliffs and slopes. There is a footpath behind the waterfall where depending on road conditions we can actually take a walk behind the waterfall for a different view.
In the late afternoon we will be back at the hotel for a restorative practice, followed by a group dinner.
Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon
We start off our last full day in Iceland with a morning vinyasa practice and breakfast, then we will proceed to check out of the hotel and begin our excursion to Reykjavik Peninsula. Our first stop is Kleifarvatn Lake, the largest lake in Reykjanes Peninsula. After that we will move on to Seltun Hot Spring, where we will see mudpots and hot springs of different colors from minerals and thermal algae. From there we will move on to some long anticipated pampering at the Blue Lagoon.
We will head back towards Reykjavik for our final restorative practice at the hotel in the late afternoon.
See you soon, Iceland
On this lazy morning you are free to have a later breakfast and a stroll around Reykjavik. We will have a group pick up from the hotel in the afternoon (around 1:00pm) and take you to Keflavik Airport for departure.
Our hotel partner in Reykjavik is eco-friendly, situated in the surroundings of Öskjuhlíd Hill’s quiet woods Reykjavik city center is only a short walk away, the hotel also provides free public transport passes upon request. So you get to choose your balance between quietness and happenings.
All standard rooms are tastefully decorated and with modern colors and offer all the amenities you would expect. Wifi and gym access are available to all guests. An in-house spa is also available for beauty and massage treatment if you would like to add a little bit more pampering for yourself.
Our base on the South Coast is cozy country hotel set on an Icelandic horse farm. Far away from the city’s light pollution, there is a greater chance that you can catch the northern lights right at the hotel. The hotel is equipped with an outdoor hot tub, perfect to go outside in the cold winter of Iceland and relax in the geothermal hot water. It’s hard to find a northern lights hunt that is more relaxing than that!
The validity of passport must exceed 3 month of the proposed stay. Travel between countries participating in the Schengen cooperation is allowed without formal passport control. For information on passport and visa requirements see Icelandic Directorate of Immigration website http://www.utl.is/index.php/en/
Thanks to the gulf stream, the climate here is more temperate than would be expected for its latitude, with the southerly lowlands averaging 32F in the winter. That said the weather here is notoriously variable, it is not an exaggeration that it can change from a calm sunny moment to blistery snow storm in matter of minutes. It is therefore important that you are well dressed for the ever changing elements. See packing list for more details.
The Icelandic currency is the Krona (ISK or Kr.). Most shops, restaurants and service providers (including us) accept payment in local currency only. Major credit cards (e.g. Visa, Master) are very widely accepted. Money exchange can be done at the Airport, banks and currency exchange. ATMs (Hradbanki) can be found in most banks if you wish to have some spare change for emergencies.
Travel insurance is not included in the tour price. It is important for clients to arrange this ahead of travel.
The minimum size of the retreat is 12 and capped at 14. So it is a pretty intimate group size, enough to have some group fun and not too many names to remember!
With the harsh weather conditions in Iceland, a local’s meal is usually more protein based. A typical main dish would be fish like trout and cod, lamb, pork or chicken. And a desert would usually be dairy based. We do provide vegetarian meals upon request, if you are not sure just drop us a note and let us know.
The electric current in Iceland is 220V. Electrical plugs are of the rounded, European two-pin type.
While this list is not exhaustive, it is a good reference to start with
- Mat: As it is a personal item and most yogis would prefer to practice on their own, we only have a very small number of mats available for rent, so it is advised to bring your own mat.
- Waterproof and windproof outer layer (both jacket and pants)
- Insulated Jacket
- Warm and comfortable base layers
- Warm mid layers
- Scarf, beanies / ear warmer, gloves and socks
- Walking shoes with sturdy soles, waterproof hiking boots are great
- Swimwear for hot springs like the Blue Lagoon
- Valid travel document
- Valid driver license for snowmobile if you are going on one
- Camera, with tripod too if you are into night (aurora!) photography
- Charger / adapter for your camera and gadgets