North Iceland is the ideal location for yogis, adventurers, retreat leaders and other travel enthusiasts who desire an authentic experience at the heart of this magical country.
Away from the mainstream tourism of Reykjavik, we’ll take you North to the town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city (population = 18,000). Once one of Iceland’s best kept secrets, Akureyri has been voted #1 European Destination by Lonely Planet the last 2 years.
Akureyri’s mild climate on the longest fjord in the country and its close proximity to the Arctic Circle make it a must-see and must-experience destination.
Majestic landscapes, Icelandic horses, waterfalls, secret hikes off the beaten path, volcanic craters and geothermic nature baths are just some of the features offered. The various seasons offer their own additional gifts – the midnight sun, whale watching, chasing the Northern Lights dogsledding and snowshoeing.
In partnership with the newly built and only yoga and wellness center in Northern Iceland, we invite you to join us on an adventure you will never forget!
Retreat packages include housing, meals, guided excursions to the best sights of the North, inland flights and ground transportation, plus use of the yoga and wellness center for classes. Join one of our scheduled retreats, or enquire about how you can bring your group for an exclusive weeklong experience of magical North Iceland.
The picturesque city of Akureyri is lovingly nicknamed the “Capital of North” and is the second largest urban area in Iceland after Reykjavik. Built along the fjord (Eyjafjörður), Akureyri offers a mild climate and bucolic, picturesque landscape.
Across the fjord you will find a historic landmark marked by a large stone and anchor marks the place where, according to Icelandic folklore, the Vikings originally landed in Iceland. On this beautiful property now lies Knarrarberg, a newly built wellness center and event hosting property designed specifically to welcome yoga, wellness and other healing groups and retreats.
The center offers a large meeting space / yoga room, massage rooms and therapists, a meditation / relaxation hall, male and female showers, changing rooms, a large dry sauna and an outdoor geothermic jacuzzi. The yoga space is fully equipped with yoga mats, blocks, straps and blankets and can be heated easily for warm classes.
The wellness center overlooks the fjord and mountains, and on a clear dark night you can enjoy the stars and perhaps even glimpse the Northern Lights!
Put your mind at ease and get ready for the trip of a lifetime. One Yoga Global masterfully tends to all of the details with great care so that a small community of like-minded adventurers can enjoy the ride. Iceland is nothing short of awe-inspiring; at each moment, when you think it cannot get any better, it does! Our amazing, knowledgeable, and downright joyful hosts led us to waterfalls, volcanoes, islands, and geothermal pools. Sprinkled throughout these adventures, we practiced yoga with a masterful teacher who created a space for us to connect to this experience in our own way–truly beautiful. I will never stop talking about this trip to Iceland or dreaming of going back!
My trip to Iceland was more than I could have ever imagined! I have traveled extensively, but this trip with One Yoga Global was exceptional in many ways, from the knowledgeable yoga instructors, the spacious accommodations, to all the fabulous excursions. I was so excited to ride the Icelandic horses through the beautiful countryside, but nothing could have prepared me for the spectacular light show of the Aurora Borealis. Thank you for helping me experience a trip of a lifetime.
I love yoga and always wanted to explore Iceland, so I convinced my husband to come along too (even though he had very little yoga experience). We quickly bonded with several members of the travel group and enjoyed the balance of morning yoga and afternoon and evening adventures. Experiencing the brilliant Northern Lights while soaking in a Myvatn hot spring was the most amazing moment of the journey for me. I felt one with the earth and the universe in the most remarkable wayMolly S
Iceland offers spectacular scenery that changes dramatically throughout the year, so many guests visit over and over again. In the spring and summer, increasing daylight offer the phenomenon of the “midnight sun” with days of 20+ hours of sunlight and amazing plays of colors in the skies, while the landscape, environment, and your sense of adventure become supercharged. The hills are green and the climate mild. Fall offers the warm colors and green rolling hills, but increasing darkness at night. The night sky this close to the Arctic Circle is something to behold and your opportunities to witness the Northern Lights increases. The winter whites begin to arrive around November and the landscape again begins to transform. Winter activities like snowshoeing and dogsledding become available and Akureyri is the only part of Iceland also offering snowboarding and skiing. Darker skies offer more opportunities for the Northern Lights. The darkest months are December – February, but quickly the sun emerges more and more each day as March approaches.
Click the individual retreats to learn more about the teachers and offerings for that week.
Retreat weeks are typically 6-7 nights and include lodging in shared apartments and hotel rooms, transportation within Akureyri, most meals, use of the yoga and wellness center for classes, and organized group excursions to explore the best features of North Iceland. Group retreat packages require a minimum of 15 participants (depending on season) and retreats up to 30 can be accommodated. Groups with themes other than yoga are also welcome.
The “midnight sun” of early summer (May – June) where you’ll enjoy sunlight for 20+ hours each day and witness the play of light and spectacular colors as the sun appears to be setting and rising simultaneously.
The Northern Lights in the Fall and Winter – as the night sky begins to darken, the opportunities increase to witness this celestial play of lights. Our hosts are experts at monitoring the night sky conditions and offer late-night outings when conditions are favorable.
Icelandic horse riding – In spring, summer and fall, enjoy riding across the pristine countryside saddled on these gentle and friendly horses unique to Iceland.
Whale Watching – The Akureyri fjord of Eyjafjörður is an area of outstanding natural beauty. The fjord lies on migratory routes of whales and countless bird species making it the perfect place to observe wild animals in their natural habitat. Dramatic landscapes, rich history and a wealth of species, unique to the surroundings place the fjord on the bucket list of anyone interested in the natural world.
The Blue Lagoon of the North at Myvatn – These healing, mineral-rich geothermic hot springs are a highlight of visits at any time of the year. After a tour of volcanic landscapes, waterfalls and vistas, soak in these healing waters while enjoying the Icelandic sky. Daytime or nighttime visits are advisable according to the season.
Enjoy this video shot by our crew in October 2015