Iceland Yoga Adventure with Melissa Smith and The Travel Yogi
About This Event
Discover your best holiday yet while exploring the beauty in Iceland!
Come prepared to let go of routine and explore the natural wonder that is Iceland, a holiday unlike any other. This retreat will be a genuine respite from the world and help you dive into the the transformative power of travel and retreating.
The raw and fierce beauty of Iceland is awe inspiring. The volcanic power that continues to form this island is palatable in the hum of Reykjavik and in the echoes of ageless glaciers and exploding geysers. Hot water for your tea? Hot shower water in your room? Yup, all geo-thermally heated. Iceland, in all its seasons and facets, is an extraordinary yoga retreat backdrop. From our base in Reykjavik we’ll find the rhythm of the city with multiple escapes to unrivaled natural beauty
"Melissa is truly an inspiration, she teaches from the heart with wealth of knowledge. She has passion and dedication and this shines through in all that she does. Melissa creates a warm loving environment in which to learn. She has taught me so much about my own body and how to help others. A retreat or teacher training with her is an experience that you will be endlessly grateful for. You will come away refreshed rejuvenated and restored. Love to you Melissa."
Early (very early for most of us) morning arrival in Iceland
Transfer to Reykjavik (approx 1hr) and drop bags off at our hotel
Rejuvenate with a full breakfast (coffee!) and take a few moments to relax
Head out for a walking foodie tour of Reykjavik
Get your bearings and a gastronomical tour of this eaty-eclectic country
Play in downtown or stroll back and check in to your room
Evening de-plane and welcome yoga class
Group welcome dinner
Early morning yoga and big (big) buffet breakfast
Visit the homes of the elves, Vikings, and the stunning Reykjanes Peninsula
After a day of exploring we’ll head over for a soak in the warm-zen-goodness of the Blue Lagoon
Head back for an evening yoga class and dinner on your own tonight
Up early today for breakfast and packing for our Iceland nature adventure in Hekla
Cover more areas of the Golden Circle and secret-surprise stops on our way
Photo opts at Gullfoss’ (the ‘Golden Falls’) natural and massive gorgeousness
Education time at Thingvellir- Iceland’s old parliment and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Watch Strokker (geyser) explode
And maybe a secret stop for you Game of Thrones fans
Arriving in the late afternoon/early evening near the base of the Hekla volcano we’ll check in and roll out our mats for yoga
Dinner in a room with floor to ceiling views of Hekla and the stars
Spy for the Northern Lights
Jump in the Viking Pool on-property for some natural spring warmth while you wait for the show
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
We will head to the black sand beach and crazy nature-cut rock formations on the coast
Option to ride the Icelandic horses that roam our exclusive location
Head in for early evening yoga and dinner
Our second night in nature will, hopefully, bring our second night of light sightings
Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
Pack up and say goodbye to the south as we head back to humming Reykjavik
On our drive back we’ll hit up the remaining half of the Golden Circle
Hit up Kerid crater
Wow at Faxi waterfall
The ‘good troll’ burial site at Haukadalur
Vígda laug historical site (Icelandic ‘Holy Pool’)
Rock back into Reykjavik in time for evening yoga
Trip into town for some city-vibes and dinner
Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
Last day to take in Reykjavik, sample the local cuisine and get your puffin stuffie
Early evening yoga class and closing circle
Final group dinner
Depending on your flight time it’s up for breakfast, hugs and goodbyes
Transfer to KEF and shuffle through a week’s awesome memories while waiting to board!
*Schedules will vary slightly based on weather and final itineraries will go out to the travel crew about a month prior to departure. Our schedule above gives you an overall picture of what a week in Iceland will look like.
Morning practices will be emulate the beauty around us through a slow-flow Vinyasa Yoga practice, where each of the postures will be felt and held in tune with our breath, finishing with longer held restorative poses and either a delicious Savasana or intention setting Yoga Nidra practice. Some days, walking or seated meditation will also be offered.
After each day’s adventures, we will return to a late afternoon practice that could include some Thai Yoga Massage, luxuriously restful Restorative and Yoga Nidra or a simple meditation.
Through our time together, we will come away with a sense of community, restoration and the ability to see and appreciate the beauty of Iceland with freshly rejuvenated mind, body and heart.
Venue HighlightsOur home base in Reykjavik at the Grand serves as our retreat-home as well as our practice space for four nights of our journey. A beautiful hardwood floored studio awaits morning and evening practice while their kitchen turns out delicious vegetarian and non-veggie meals to nourish and nosh on.
Our rooms at the base of Mount Hekla bring us closer to nature for two nights of our journey. They are smaller than the city hotel rooms but with unrivaled views. Gaze out onto the surrounding fields dotted with the property’s host of Icelandic horses or towards the museum building beautifully constructed, in part, with volcanic rock. Rooms have en suite bathrooms and will be configured with either two twin beds or one king based on your initial room request.
Executive Rooms at Reykjavik at the Grand
Executive rooms offer comfort with Scandinavian luxury. Clean, crisp rooms with large bathrooms lull each yogi to sleep. Bask in the thoughtful extras of heated towel racks (a welcome luxury), long tubs and deep, comfortable beds.
Atrium Rooms at Reykjavik at the Grand
Atrium rooms offer many of the same comforts of the Superior Executive room with a few slight differences. Atrium rooms will look in towards the spacious and natural-light filled lobby area and will be slightly smaller than their Executive cousins. All of these rooms can accommodate two beds for roommates and are a wonderfully comfortable alternative to the Executive rooms.