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.
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!
Click the individual retreats to learn more about the teachers and offerings for that week.
Retreat weeks are typically 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.