Iceland Yoga Retreat

Immerse yourself into the Raw Beauty of Iceland

5 Day Yoga Retreat & 2 Day Icelandic Adventure with Marisa Cline

Optional 4 Day Tour Add-On

Retreat Dates: June 1 – 7, 2020Iceland Yoga Retreat

Add-On Dates: June 7 – 11, 2020

Location: Snæfullnes Peninsula, Iceland

Nearest International Airport: Keflavik

Duration: 7 days / 6 nights with optional 4 Day Tour Add-On

Price: $2,999 CAD plus 5% GST per person (double occupancy)

Tour Add-On Price: $500 CAD plus 5% GST per person (double occupancy)

Deposit: A deposit of $500 CAD is required to reserve your spot – book now limited spots available!

 

Your Iceland Adventure

Self-Guided Adventure Iceland Southern RouteImmerse yourself into the raw beauty and special energy of Iceland on a unique adventure with Marisa Cline. Your journey will begin on the infamous Snaefulness Peninsula – a mecca for purity and inspiration and considered to be one of the seven most important cosmic centres on the Earth, triggering the heart chakra. This will be your base for a 5 Day Yoga Retreat led by Marisa. You will be situated near the Snaefellsjokull mountain which is both a volcano and glacier at the tip of the peninsula. Daily yoga practice combined with creating a deep connection with the earth through hiking and exploration will be the theme of this experience.

After the 5 day retreat you will have an opportunity to experience why people from all over the world are drawn to this beautiful island. You will head on a 2-5 day journey to explore the southern part of the island which is home to some of the most iconic landscapes including hot rivers, powerful waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, lava fields, and amazing landscapes. You will end your journey in the vibrant city of Reykjavik and of course have an opportunity to head to the Blue Lagoon before your journey home.

The Retreat

Self-Guided Adventure Iceland Southern RouteIt is no coincidence that the retreat will be held at this sacred and earthly heart-centered land. Deeply intimate and heart-led, this yoga retreat will be an invitation for you to come home. An unraveling and shedding of layers, a returning to yourself – your heart – your home. Through yoga, meditation, journaling, and immersing ourselves in nature, we will explore not only the beauty of this sacred land, but the inner topography of ourselves.  

Daily yoga, meditation, hiking with mid-hike meditations in the raw beauty of the landscape, will be the framework of the retreat. Each yoga and meditation session throughout the week will build upon the previous.  An interwoven fusion of dynamic breath focused vinyasa; deep restorative healing; postural and movement breakdown, alignment, and exploration; and intrigue and discussions into the practice and ourselves; all layered to deepen your practice and cultivate the space to journey into the depths of the self. 

Please consider that while we will be creating space to be still, quiet, and introspective; we will also be moving our bodies a lot. Expect 1 or 2 yoga sessions and hiking/exploring everyday. 

 

About your Instructor

MARISA CLINE 200 RYT – Yoga Instructor

Yoga Retreat Marisa Cline

Marisa is a free spirit and love seeker who believes if we open ourselves to love and grace we will discover a world of beauty and infinite possibilities. Her yoga practice began after the birth of her daughter showed her the profound nature of the human body and its capabilities, sparking an inner light to step onto her mat to discover more and realize her authentic self.
Guided by her creative spirit, Marisa’s classes flow rhythmically through dynamic sequencing, yet are grounded by a deep connection to the breath and clear instruction.  Her gentle nature inspires students to listen to their bodies, to move and breathe with love and intention, and cultivate mindfulness and awareness.  Through her bright smile shines an obvious passion that encourage others to move past limitations, challenge themselves, and tap into their true potential both on and off the mat.

Yoga Retreat Details:

Getting There – Must fly to Keflavik International Airport and arrive the morning of June 1, 2020. Air Canada and Iceland Air have great flight options into Keflavik – it is advised to book your flight early as they may go up in price. If arriving earlier or staying later, Travel Roots can provide assistance with arranging accommodations and activities if needed.

Program Fee Covers:

  • Domestic Transportation – private vehicle
  • 5 Nights Accommodation for the Retreat (based on double occupancy)
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Keflavik after the Retreat
  • Breakfast throughout the experience
  • All meals during the retreat
  • 5 Day Yoga Retreat led by Marisa Cline
  • Guided adventures with Marisa Cline

Program Fee does not cover:

  • International Flights to Keflavik – we can assist you with booking your international flight if needed
  • Additional activities
  • Meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Beverages, alcoholic beverages and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities and excursions which have not been mentioned in the itinerary
  • Blue Lagoon Entrance Fee (optional)
  • Travel and medical insurance (this is a prerequisite and assistance can be acquired if necessary)
  • Personal Expenses (for shopping or extra excursions)
  • Any other services not specified above.

Testimonials

“Just back from an amazing yoga retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica and I would highly recommend Travel Roots!! Our trip was so well organized, the yoga, food, and area were beyond exceptional!! I would do it again tomorrow!!” – Anonymous Testimonial

“Can’t recommend highly enough the organisation of the tour done by Travel Roots. Everything from the B&B to the food and yoga teaching was absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to go back next year ” – Anonymous Testimonial

**FLEXIBLE ITINERARY WITH ROOM FOR SPONTANEOUS EXCURSIONS**

This experience will be based on the groups interests and will be somewhat self-guided. The itinerary is not set in stone and may have to change due to weather conditions, the group’s abilities, and the group’s interests. The group will have access to their own private vehicle for the duration of the trip which will allow for spontaneous activities and self-exploration opportunities throughout the tour.

The Retreat Itinerary

June 1 - DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – DRIVE TO SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Arrive at the Keflavik airport where you will be greeted by your retreat leader. You will then load up in your rental vehicles and head to your retreat destination. Enjoy the beautiful landscapes along the way.

Arrive at the FossHotel or similar – your retreat base - https://www.islandshotel.is/hotels-in-iceland/fosshotel-hellnar- This is where you will set your intentions for the journey.

Welcome dinner included.

Lunch at own expense.

June 2 - DAY 02: SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Morning Yoga Practice led by Marisa followed by a delicious Scandinavian breakfast.

After breakfast have a chance to explore your surroundings with a coastal hike towards Arnarstapi – begin to feel the power and special energy unique to Iceland and have a chance to experience the elf, hidden people, and trolls that reside amongst the lava formations.

Stop for a picnic lunch – weather permitted.

Afternoon yoga / meditation led by Marisa – followed by an optional dip in the nearby Lýsuhólslaug (there is an entrance fee around 1000 Isk), a pool with naturally carbonated geothermal water (excellent for your skin) that offers a big swimming pool and two small hot tubs with a fantastic view on the mountains.

Dinner served at the Hotel.

June 3 - DAY 03: SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Morning Yoga Practice led by Marisa followed by a delicious Scandinavian breakfast.

After breakfast embark on an excursion to explore the peninsula. The area is crowned by the glistening ice cap Snæfellsjökull, immortalised in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Good roads and regular buses mean that it’s an easy road trip, offering a cross section of the best Iceland has to offer in a very compact region. For quite a lot of locals the symbolic Snaefellsjokull mountain is a mecca for purity and inspiration. Indeed, some say the glacier is one of the seven most important cosmic centers on the earth. Even the uninitiated often feel “something” in the vicinity of Snaefellsjokull but perhaps that is just the cold streak coming from the glacier in calm weather.

Drive throughout the Park stopping at a Black Sand Lava Beach, a volcanic crater, and other scenic areas. Find a beautiful spot to have your picnic lunch. The park is criss-crossed with hiking trails – stop at the nearby visitor centre for info on hiking options best suited to the groups interests.

Dinner served at the Hotel.

Self-guided Midnight Sun Hike – experience the incredible power of being in a true northern destination when the sun doesn’t quite set over the horizon. This natural power gives you more energy to continue to explore.

June 4 - DAY 04: SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Morning Yoga Practice led by Marisa followed by a delicious Scandinavian breakfast.

After breakfast continue to explore the peninsula heading to Kirkjufell to see the large mountain one of the most photographed spots in Iceland. You'll see Ben Stiller skateboarding past in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013). Kirkjufell is backed by the roaring waterfalls, Kirkjufellsfoss.

Afternoon yoga / meditation led by Marisa – followed by an optional dip in the nearby Lýsuhólslaug (there is an entrance fee around 1000 Isk), a pool with naturally carbonated geothermal water (excellent for your skin) that offers a big swimming pool and two small hot tubs with a fantastic view on the mountains.

Dinner served at the Hotel.

 

June 5 - DAY 05: SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

Morning Yoga Practice led by Marisa followed by a delicious Scandinavian breakfast.

After breakfast the group will have a day of self-exploration & reflection. If there are any excursions such as horseback riding, glacier hikes, kayaking tours, or whale watching experiences this is the day to schedule them in. Or it’s a great opportunity to have a relaxing day to reflect and take in the beautiful surroundings.

Afternoon yoga / meditation led by Marisa – followed by an optional dip in the nearby Lýsuhólslaug (there is an entrance fee around 1000 Isk), a pool with naturally carbonated geothermal water (excellent for your skin) that offers a big swimming pool and two small hot tubs with a fantastic view on the mountains.

Dinner served at the Hotel.

 

June 6 - DAY 06: SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA TO REYKJAVIK via HVERAGERDI

Morning Yoga Practice led by Marisa followed by a delicious Scandinavian breakfast.

Drive to your next destination in South Iceland – Hveragerði – home to hot boiling rivers, geothermal power and the gateway to some of the famous sights in the south.

After the boiling river, you will head back to experience Reykjavik. You will arrive in the afternoon just in time to explore what the city has to offer, do some shopping, and have an amazing dinner.

Lunch & dinner at own expense.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar.

June 7 - DAY 7: DEPART FOR HOME – OPTIONAL BLUE LAGOON EXCURSION

Depending on flight times you will have the option to spend more time in the city or head towards the airport for an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon.

Depart for home.

*Additional nights in Reykjavik or near the airport can be accommodated upon request.

Adventure Tour Add-On

June 7 - DAY 07: REKYJAVIK TO VIK

After breakfast at your guesthouse you can begin your journey towards Vik, famous for its black sand beaches, iconic rock formations, and close proximity to some of the largest glaciers in Europe. Along the way you will pass by some of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland as well – they are located just off the main highway so hard not to miss J

Lunch & dinner at own expense.

Overnight in a guesthouse in or near Vik.

June 8 - DAY 08: VIK TO SKAFTAFELL PARK

After breakfast at your guesthouse you drive towards your next destination near Skaftafell Park. On route you’ll pass beautiful lava fields and Fjaðrárgljúfur - a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometres long that you can hike through.

Lunch & dinner at own expense.

Overnight in a guesthouse in or near Skaftafell Park (2 nights).

 

June 9 - DAY 09: SKAFTAFELL PARK & GLACIER LAGOONS

After breakfast head off to visit Svartifoss, perhaps the signature attraction of Skaftafell National Park. The reason why we made this claim was that it possessed pronounced hanging hexagonal basalt columns beneath a 20m tall waterfall.

Although this combination of basalt columns and a waterfall was not unique, this waterfall seemed to get the lion's share of the popularity and fame. We suspect this might be because the basalt columns had an obvious geometrical shape, the falls was relatively easy to access and admire from up close and the falls possessed a year-round flow in a landscape that contained glaciers, volcanoes, and large tracts of black sand [sandur] (i.e. it was quintessential raw Icelandic scenery).

Stop for a picnic lunch at a scenic spot.

The afternoon will be all about visiting the glacier lagoons - Fjallsárlón & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons. Arriving to the lagoons is like stepping into a dreamlike world that offers spectacular sights. Iceland's tallest volcano, the Öræfajökull glacier, looms above the lagoon and reaches down to the water where icebergs break off into the lake and drift serenely around before melting. Fjallsárlón is located just before Jökulsárlón and is a little less touristy whereas Jökulsárlón is more touristy but you will find out why since it is home to some amazing ice sculptures that break off the glacier and then get carried out to sea. From there you can take a hike to one of the black sand beaches referred to as diamond beach where you can find ice crystals that resemble diamonds on the beach. You’ll have fun exploring this unique display of mother nature. Be sure to be on the look out for seals – they are usually out playing amongst the floating ice sculptures.

Lunch & dinner at own expense.

Overnight in a guesthouse in or near Skaftafell Park.

DAY 10: SKAFTAFELL TO REYKJAVIK

After an early breakfast, you will head back to experience Reykjavik with interesting stops along the way. You will arrive in the afternoon just in time to explore what the city has to offer, do some shopping, and have an amazing dinner.

Lunch & dinner at own expense.

Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar.

DAY 11: DEPART FOR HOME – OPTIONAL BLUE LAGOON EXCURSION

Depending on flight times you will have the option to spend more time in the city or head towards the airport for an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon.

Depart for home.

*Additional nights in Reykjavik or near the airport can be accommodated upon request.

RETREAT INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation for 6 nights accommodations – twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast is included throughout.
  • All domestic transportation included throughout the experience – including car rental service
  • Service of Retreat Leader for entire tour
  • All meals during the Retreat on Snaefullnes Peninsula
  • 5 Day Yoga / Meditation Retreat led by Marisa Cline

TOUR ADD-ON INCLUSIONS

  • Accommodation for 4 nights accommodations – twin sharing basis
  • Breakfast is included throughout.
  • All domestic transportation included throughout the experience – including car rental service
  • Service of Retreat Leader for entire tour

EXCLUSIONS

  • International Airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Beverages, alcoholic beverages and meals not mentioned in itinerary
  • Activities and excursions which have not been mentioned in the itinerary
  • Blue Lagoon Entrance Fee (optional)
  • Expenses of a personal nature.
  • Tips
  • Any other services not specified above.

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