Please note that the schedule will vary slightly. The final itinerary will be sent about a month prior to departure. The sample itinerary below provides an overall picture of what your yoga retreat in Iceland will be like.
Day One — 11.10.19
Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland
Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1 hour) and drop bags off at hotel
Rejuvenate with coffee and a full breakfast
Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik:
Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country at the same time
Play downtown or stroll back and check-in to your room
Evening yoga and welcome dinner
Day Two — 11.11.19
Morning yoga and buffet breakfast
Today we’re heading out to visit the homes of the elves, Vikings, 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
After a day of exploring we’ll head over for a soak in the Blue Lagoon — entrance includes:
Pre-treatment in-water silica mud mask
Drink of your choice from the swim-up bar in the Lagoon
In-water skin smoothing algae mask
Head back to hotel for evening yoga and dinner on your own
DAY THREE — 11.12.19
Wake up early for breakfast and to prepare 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
Drive out to Dyrhólaey Island
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 evening yoga
Dinner 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 — soak in the Viking Pool on-property for some natural spring warmth while you light spy
DAY FOUR — 11.13.19
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:
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
Head in for early evening yoga and dinner
Our second night in nature will hopefully offer more light sightings
Day Five — 11.14.19
Early morning yoga and 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
Stroll behind (yes, behind) the Seljalandsfoss waterfall
The waterproof and the brave can walk through Gljúfrabúi
Hit up Skógafoss
Take a little water break at Drangurinn
Check out all the secret spots that we’ll fill you in on later
Head back for evening yoga and dinner
Day Six — 11.15.19
Morning yoga and breakfast
Today we’ll be heading back to Reykjavik while exploring the Golden Circle — stops will vary slightly based on weather and crowds 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 stops
Check-in to hotel in Reykjavik and come together for a night out on the town
Our awesome foodie crew is taking the group out for Icelandic beer tasting (non-alcoholic drinks are also available) and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant
Say goodbye to Iceland and your new friends at a local pub, then head back to rest or stay out and enjoy Reykjavik nightlife
Day Seven — 11.16.19
Breakfast and goodbyes
Transfer to KEF
Morning Vinyasa flow and evening Yin or restorative yoga
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, plus more science, history and 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
Two chances in the south to see the lights and jump into the on-property Viking Pool or separate jacuzzi with a hot (or cold) drink and wait for the show
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), 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 includes lots of extras
Full day south coast explorations — exact adventure locations will be determined by the 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
Transportation to and from Keflavik (KEF) airport (on arrival and departure days)
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
Airfare to Keflavik (KEF)
Travel insurance (recommended)
Lunches (except the one included lunch in the country)
Alcohol and personal items (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc.)
Frequently Asked QuestionS
What airport do I fly into? You will be traveling to Keflavik (KEF) airport. The airport is about an hour outside of Reykjavik. Our transfers will pick you up and whisk you into town. You can arrive at any time, however arriving by 9:00 AM is best. Transfers are for the scheduled day of arrival and departure only.
Do I need a passport/visa? US citizens need a valid passport to visit Iceland, but no visa is required at this time. Passports need to be valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry and must have 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 updates. Nationals of all other countries should check travel requirements well in advance of their retreat.
What will I see? Iceland is a land of contrast — oceans and mountains, volcanoes and glaciers, cool winds and warm people. Expect to learn a lot about the geology of this ever shifting island, and to experience waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, beautiful Reykjavik, and the famous Icelandic horse.
Will I see the Northern Lights? Mother Nature is a wonderful but irresolute hostess. While we watch the signs and our guides are expert spotters, there is no guarantee. We have two nights dedicated to looking for the lights far away from ambient light and a whole week to keep our eyes peeled.
What is the electrical currency/outlet situation? 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.
Will there be WiFi? Yes! Wifi is readily available and can be accessed most easily in the communal areas.
Do I need to bring my own mat? Yoga mats will be supplied, so there is no need to bring your own. Blocks and straps will not be needed or available. Please bring your own props if needed.
What do I need to pack? 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 swimsuit, and your camera.
Do I need travel insurance? All trips are a big investment of time, energy, imagination, and funds. We highly recommend that you purchase travel insurance in the event that an unforeseen situation arises.
After I book and pay the deposit, can I make payments on my yoga retreat? Yes, of course! Once 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. Please note that deposits are non-refundable, so we recommend purchasing travel insurance.
Please contact The Travel Yogi with questions.