Fire and Ice: DDY + The Northern Lights

Akureyri, Iceland

DD
Dancing Dogs Yoga
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26 reviews
Nov 13 - 20, 2021
Group size: 14 - 24
Fire and Ice: DDY + The Northern Lights
Akureyri, Iceland

Dancing Dogs Yoga
  • Facebook verified
26 reviews

Nov 13 - 20, 2021
Group size: 14 - 24

About this trip

Join Shelley Carroll for the bucket list trip of a lifetime to Akureyri, Iceland .  Together, we will chase waterfalls, search for aurora borealis,, practice daily yoga and meditation, visit power places, and soak up the energy of this amazing country!


Iceland is a Nordic island nation known for its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, waterfalls, hot springs and lava fields.  The northern lights, or aurora borealis, offer an entrancing, dramatic, magical display that fascinate all who see it, and this trip will offer all of the magic Iceland can muster.



A Typical Day

While no two days will be the same, we do have a somewhat predictable schedule for meals, because a yogi has to eat. 


7-8am Breakfast.  Served in your apartment, self-serve, food provided.

8:45am:  Geear up for transport to the Yoga class

9:15 - 11:15am Yoga and Meditation

Change clothes at wellness center and go straight to lunch!

11:30am. Lunch

12.45  depart for excursion or have free time!

6pm Group Dinner

7pm Free time or Northern Lights excursion!

Power places, Northern lights, and spas!

We have special events planned throughout the trip.  Please look at the detailed itinerary for all of the events.  Schedule may shift from day to day based on weather conditions and the optimal time to view the northern lights.


While we can not GUARANTEE we will see the Northern Lights, we have chosen a time of year for optimal viewing.    Please note that the Northern lights are not on our itinerary as we will go out on the best night possible!

Travel Logistics

Plan to depart your home city on Friday to arrive Saturday early morning in Reykjavik (KEF = Keflavik International) then take a smaller flight from the Reykjavik smaller domestic airport to Akureyri. Your return will be the following Saturday morning from Akureyri – Reykjavik domestic, then a transfer to the International airport (Keflavik) and back home. If you choose to add extra days on your own in Reykjavik before or after the retreat dates, we are here to assist.


Everyone will need to book 2 tickets to get to Akureyri, Northern Iceland. The first flight will be from your hometown to Reykjavik (Keflavik International).  From here, book an easy 45 minute flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri.  This is a different and smaller airport than Keflavik International.  We will list flights from Atlanta here as options by May 1.


If you add extra days on the front or back end in Reykjavik, the city center is only 10-15 minutes to the domestic airport for the shorter inland flight.  For those of you arriving and departing on Saturday and flying all the way to Akureyri and then home on the last Saturday (no extra time in Reykjavik)  – The international airport (KEF) is 45 minutes away from the smaller inland airport (RKV), so you will need a minimum of 3.5 hours between the flights to ensure you make it through customs, luggage and take the transfer to the domestic airport.


ARRIVALS: If you want to start searching flights, look at the overnight flights that depart on Friday night and arrive Saturday morning. DEPARTURES on the last Saturday – Most flights (ex. Iceland Air is recommended) leave between 5 and 6pm.   If you are flying home on Saturday, do not book a flight that leaves KEF before 2pm.


Upon arrival to Akureyri, we will be transferred to our retreat, settle in, then enjoy dinner together at a local cafe in the town center. The apartments will be stocked with breakfast foods so each participant can manage their own breakfast routine before we head to daily morning yoga classes. Lunches and 5 group dinners are also included (2 dinners in Akureyri are open for the group to explore). Our hosts do their best to accommodate various dietary restrictions (such as dairy free, gluten free, and vegetarian needs); please let us know these needs in advance if possible.


Each morning at a designated time, you’ll be picked up from your apartment or hotel and transported just a few minutes across the fjord to the beautiful yoga studio and wellness center. After class, we’ll head to lunch and then out on our daily adventures to experience the majesty of our surroundings.


Once you are registered, we’ll be in touch about your travel plans!

What To Pack

  • winter clothes and several layers
  • thermals (top and bottom)
  • winter pants (wind- and/or water-resistant are recommended)
  • winter gloves / socks and waterproof boots / hiking shoes
  • an outer shell that is warm, and wind- and rain-resistant
  • warm headgear
  • a buff or balaclava for the neck and face
  • a bathing suit for the Jacuzzis and springs
  • yoga clothes (compression pants make for a nice underlayer)
  • adapters for electronics (Iceland uses the round 2-pin style common throughout Europe)

What’s included

  • 7 nights lodging
    7 nights group accommodations in Akureyri, Iceland
  • Daily yoga classes
    practice yoga and meditation every morning in our own dedicated wellness center
  • Transfers
    Group transfers from Akureyri airport and Inland transfers to apartments, yoga classes and excursions.
  • Meals
    All breakfasts, lunches and five dinners. 2 dinners will be on our own
  • Hrisey Island Excursion
    Ferry ride and tour / hike on Hrisey Island (one of the power places in all of Iceland)
  • Myvatn excursion
    Myvatn full day excursion with spa entrance fees (includes Godafoss waterfall, lava landscapes, pseudo craters, dinner overlooking Dimmuborgir, a soak in volcanic hot springs and more)
  • Waterfall Chasing
    Akureyri hiking excursion with local waterfall excursion and other surprises (on snowshoes-- provided)
  • Northern Lights Chasing
    We will chase the northern lights!!!
  • GeoSea Saltwater baths
    GeoSea geothermic saltwater baths in Husavik
  • Flights
    We will help you arrange flights at no cost by offering options.
  • 2 dinners
    2 dinners will be on our own in Akureyri.
  • Alcohol
  • Souveniers
  • Tips
    We will provide best practices.
  • Cancelations
    All payments paid through WeTravel are non-refundable. WeTravel recommends that you acquire travel insurance in case something goes wrong: https://www.travelexinsurance.com/home

Available Packages

Single Occupancy
only 2 left
$4900
Deposit: $300
Double Occupancy
only 2 left
$4300
Deposit: $300

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday
Arrival

Arrive in Akureyi and get settled in.  Group dinner to begin our retreat, stargazing and settling in.

Who’s interested

Your Organizer


DD
Dancing Dogs Yoga
26 reviews
Dancing Dogs Yoga is a kickass, feel good Yoga community. Shelley Carroll has been leading trainings and retreats for over a decade, and each trip promises connection, adventure, and to leave you feeling Zen AF.

Reviews

Such an Amazing Experience. I am so thankful for all he wonderful people I met on this trip. I would 100% join for another trip!
By OLIVIA F for That Yoga Jungle Life on 16 Sep, 2021
One of the most unique experiences I’ve ever been on! The treehouse village is like something from a story book and this was such a cool and fun experience. I went into the retreat without any expectations or prior research and Shelley knocked it out of the park. DDY did not disappoint. I was absolutely blown away by the location, the excursions, the planning, and the experience. I loved everything from the zip lining, to the waterfall excursion, the ATVs and the catamaran tour. The yoga was so incredible. I tried new styles of yoga I never had before. The cocoa ceremony at the beginning was such a great way to start us off. Everyone was so kind and so great to hang out with. I will absolutely be back and 100% will be going on more DDY retreats!
By Mersiha R for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
Truly one of those trips I will remember, forever. The treehouse was unreal, the excursions were beyond. Oh! And there was yummy yoga, too! Pretty much the whole time I was there, I just kept feeling so very lucky to have these experiences. To top it off, I made some amazing new friends. Already looking at upcoming retreats! hmmmmm, Tulum!
By Stacy S for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
Where do I even start?! This wasn’t a “trip” or “vacation” or even a “yoga retreat”. It was a whole EXPERIENCE. A life changing one. Not only did I get the full jungle life experience I expected, but I made deep connections with a group of amazing people. From those that led the retreat, to many who attended, to the beautiful locals who guided us. I knew coming into this, I didn’t want to stay at the “Four Seasons”, so to speak. I wanted to be submerged into the life of locals. I wanted to EXPERIENCE the Dominican Republic for real. And if you know anything about island life, as I would as an Islander myself, you’d know to expect the unexpected. It’s the friggin’ jungle! Bugs, spiders, rainfall, and more are expected. I also know that when I travel, I like to allow the universe to guide me. So you’re not gonna catch me on the sidelines complaining. You’re gonna find me living the experience to the fullest. Which I did. The Dominican Treehouse Village was a phenomenal property. I felt like I was home, in the Fiji Islands. The open air treehouse and main dining hall, etc. were lovely! The beautiful stone and rope pathways, to bonfire pits and the yoga dome - all gorgeous! Make sure you’re ready to walk! The local chefs prepared fresh food, fruit, coffee and rum drinks for us daily. I chose an all inclusive plan and was so glad I did. I didn’t have to worry about a thing. Literally woke up, and coffee was ready for me, followed by morning yoga to which a buffet breakfast was ready after! The excursions were amazing! I was able to ATV, zip line, go on a catamaran cruise, horseback ride to the waterfalls, etc. I loved daily yoga or the ability to skip if I wanted to sleep in. I never felt forced into doing anything. My only suggestion would be to split excursions to only one a day. But did I have the best freakin’ time?! Hell yes! The days were just a bit too long. That being said, Shelley and the DDY team will forever be a part of my heart and extended “framily”. Thank you for this amazing EXPERIENCE! Should I do my laundry now and start packing for the next one? ;) With love, Naz
By Nazia A for That Yoga Jungle Life on 15 Sep, 2021
The location was beautiful and well kept. Not much of a yoga retreat, more of a retreat away from daily life. Trip was very short for the amout of travel. Some excursions were not what was expected or paid for. Poor organization of daily activities and no effective way of communicating to guests. Despite planning issues, Would highly recommend visiting the Dominican Treehouse Village for some jungle living.
By JoAnna P for That Yoga Jungle Life on 14 Sep, 2021
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