Iceland Yoga Retreat 2014
“The Iceland Trip in a nutshell: Double rainbows and hot springs everywhere, amazing people, one of the best yoga instructors I have ever encountered (Aarona rocks!), great lodging, daily active adventures, and just a darn good time. I went with a friend but would have been comfortable going solo. I would definitely recommend going – one of the best trips of my life!”
Our Iceland yoga adventure was featured in National Geographic Traveller…Find out why!
A Day in the life of a yoga retreat to Iceland:
“Yesterday we listened. It was one of those days that is marked by such a unique fullness that you no longer need to search for anything. After a morning yoga class and wonderful lunch we hiked along the coast, swam in the North Atlantic on a black stone beach, played in a singing cave and ran down a mountain through lava fields filled with soft moss and as many wild blueberries as we had time for. Time stopped and life started beating by the ripeness of blueberries and the speed of our feet. Our destination was a blurry line of direction and distraction. After a delicious meal and restorative yoga class we were gifted an hour of the most spectacular show I’ve ever seen, the Northern Lights. We spread out in a hay field and instead of finding cows, quite literrally I began to hear a series of “wows”, over and over and over again until the lights died down and it was time for bed.” – Ben Crosky, Guide, 2012
- Visit to Blue Lagoon
- All yoga sessions with our Aarona
- Hot Springs Visit
- Glacier Hike
- 8 nights Accommodation!!
- 1-3 meals daily (excluding alcohol) *Only breakfast in Reykjavik
Biking, spa treatments, whale watching, deep sea fishing, cave tours, snorkeling/diving
Aarona’s life was shaped by a wide array of experiences, people, and places which tinted her love for movement, adventure and travel – putting her on a continual (sweet) search for balance. With 18 years of a personal yoga practice, a life of dance, and a ‘past life’ as photographer and holistic health coach, Aarona has a deep sense of how to shape a nourishing experience that also invites you to explore your edge. In her vigorously graceful classes, global retreats, live music ‘Yoga Soundscape’ events, and empowering workshops, Aarona is a thoughtful and inspiring guide. Her classes infuse a wide range of movement disciplines within an alignment based vinyasa style, encouraging you to be more in tune with the strength and alignment of your body, the brilliance of your breath, the spontaneous nature of well-being, and the power of feeling your senses. Currently based in New York City, Aarona teaches at Kula Yoga Project, YogaWorks, and Park Slope Yoga, plus works with people privately and teaches retreats and festivals around the globe. She’s been featured in the New York Times, Self Magazine, National Geographic Traveler UK, Wall Street Journal, Origin Magazine, the cover of FitYoga, NBC, Elephant Journal, Yoga Journal, Well+Good NYC, and Co-Creator Radio.
YOUR GUIDES, BEN AND SIGGY:
Ben is the founder and director of SolYoga Trips and has been leading retreats to Iceland since the company first began in 2010. Siggy, a new addition to the team but a lifelong guide from Iceland, brings a special element of local knowledge and love for the land. Ben, Siggy and Aarona will be your trusted and enthusiastic guides on your journey through Iceland, a place they are each in love with.
WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?
This trip is designed for people with all levels of yoga and adventure experience. Men, women, couples, best friends, old friends and soon to be new friends. Our goal is to connect as deeply as possible to nature and to the cultural core of this beautiful place. I mean how often do you get to go to Iceland with a group of people that are passionate about such similar things?! This means we’ll be outside as much as possible, hiking to hot springs, walking in mossy fields, following rivers to see where they take us, climbing glaciers etc. Nothing we do is mandatory but everything we have planned is irresistible. This is not a “luxury yoga retreat” by any means, that’s not why we go to Iceland, but don’t be surprised if you fall in love with all of the charming places we stay, or the healthy food we work hard to find in a country known most for it’s fermented shark meat and it’s puffins.
“I went on this trip on a whim and am so glad I did! I’ve never been on a group tour where people truly became friends – I met lots of wonderful people who I will have lasting connections with. I highly recommend Solyoga’s Iceland Adventure and hope to go on future Solyoga Trips!”
Our trip will include daily yoga practice, meditation, hot spring soaks, hikes and more. We’ve also made room for plenty of free time and optional trips. Each day will be a little different as we are truly traveling and exploring this beautiful country.
We are working with the best hotels and locations in Iceland to give you 3 different experiences, a fun hotel on a farm in the south, a cozy bed and breakfast in the center of Reykjavik and a world renowned eco-lodge on the magical Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
We’ll spend 3 days/2 nights exploring the geothermal area of Hvergardi. Hike to Hot Springs, discover waterfalls, eat bread baked in the ground, search for blueberries and more!
Foss Hotel Iceland
We’ll spend 3 nights in Reykjavik! Here we’ll soak in the magic of this unique city. We’ll practice yoga at the local Yoga Shala, eat delicious food, take day trips and explore the music and night life that is so abundant in this fantastic city. This is your time to explore on your own and do any optional excursions of your liking.
BB in Reykjavik
“The Best Thing We Did in Iceland Was stay at the Forsaela Apartmenthouse”
My partner Ali and I had a number of spectacular experiences in Iceland, from exploring the volcanoes of Vestmannaeyjar to hiking on Mýrdalsjökull – we had an awesome time. The last three nights of our journey, however, afforded us an opportunity to relax and enjoy the city of Reykjavik from the comfortably appointed and perfectly located Forsaela Guesthouse. Lest you think this review is based on location, location, location, however, I’m leaving out the absolute best part about the experience – our host Hlin! To say that Hlin went above and beyond to make us feel at home is an understatement. Great local advice, delightful conversation and spectacular breakfasts await you! We look forward to visiting Reykjavik again soon. First on the list – booking our accommodations with Hlin. Thanks for making our trip such a success. Ali & Dave, Washington DC
From Reykjavik will journey to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula to spend our last two nights. Here we’ll be surrounded by the beauty of the ocean, national parks, a gorgeous glacier and simply one of the most magical places on earth!
Certified by the international certification program GREEN GLOBE 21 as a sustainable accommodation since 2002. The hotel was awarded the Icelandic Tourist Board’s Environmental Award in 2000, and again in 2004
“Overall this was our favorite hotel in Iceland. The location was perfect for what we wanted to do, the rooms were very comfortable, and we had a great stay.” traveler
Most of the food we’ll eat is organic and local. Delicious vegetarian options as well as fresh, local fish and meat for those that eat it will be available. Breakfasts are usually buffet style featuring cheeses, fruits, skyr(icelandic yogurt), cereals, juices and coffee/tea. We can accommodate most food requests as long as we know in advance!
In Reykjavik you’ll be going out for lunch and dinner. Because we will not always be eating together people expect to to pay for 2 meals a day while we are in Reykjavik. There are a few delicious vegetarian restaurants and one raw food restaurant near the studio. There are a lot of international options including a delicious Indian restaurant that we ate at last year.
September 1st, 2nd- South Coast – Frost and Fire Guesthouse
Frost and Fire Hotel
September 3rd, 4th, 5th – Reykjavik – Hotel Centrum
September 6th, 7th, 8th -Snaefellsness – Hotel Hellnar
Ready to embark on an adventure with us? This is how we roll.
We use a trust based payment structure. This means we’ll give you 3 payment options based on what you’re able to afford due to your current financial situation. We’re putting our trust in you that you’ll choose the right payment form for you. Those of you that choose to pay the regular price of option 3 are making it possible for us to offer a reduced price for those that are “just gettin’ by”, so we (and they) thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
YOUR PAYMENT OPTIONS:
1. Pay in full online now OR pay in full by sending a check (no processing fee on the check)
2. Make a deposit now – pay the remainder by check (no processing fee on remainder – Due by July 15th)
3. Make a deposit now – pay the rest online later. (full payments due July 15th)
ICELAND 2014 PRICING
Option 1 – Just gettin’ by (only 5 spots left at this price): I am just scraping by, but what I really need right now in my life is this yoga retreat and I can only really afford to go at this reduced price.
Triple – $2495 , Double/Couple – $2645, Single – $3095- (triple is typically extra bed in double room)
Option 2 – Not too bad/pretty good: I’m doing alright financially, and although I’m not scraping by, this is still a pretty big purchase for me.
Double/Couple – $2845, Single – $3295
Option 3 – I’m grateful to have done well for myself/I’m killin’ it: I’m not a millionaire (or maybe I am) but I’m doing pretty well for myself now and can afford to pay the full price so that others who aren’t as fortunate can afford a yoga retreat.
Double/Couple – $3045, Single – $3495