Fire and Ice: DDY + The Northern Lights

Akureyri, Iceland

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

Dancing Dogs Yoga
  • Facebook verified
20 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.

Available Packages

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

Available options

Dogsledding
$200

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday
Arrival

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

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Dancing Dogs Yoga
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Reviews

CT
Absolute paradise! The food was outstanding. We had multiple opportunities for exploring and plenty of free time to enjoy the amenities like pool, waterfall, and hikes. I would go again right now if possible!
By Clare T for That Yoga Jungle Life on 29 Jan, 2020
This trip was easily the best experience of my life. Between the supportive local community and the DDY tribe, growth was endless. This experience provided me with the tools to tap into myself and really learn how to serve others. It has forever changed my life as I embark on a new journey. I just recently became a teacher at a Baptiste studio because I was able to collect all of the tools provided and apply them to this new life. I am forever grateful for the DDY team, for Shelley, and for every student on the trip who was brave, open and vulnerable. The connection between everyone cannot even be put into words, just a strong feeling of community and support. Thank you x 10000 for this experience, I hold every moment close to my heart! If you are thinking of going, GO. You are ready now! Go be in it.
By sammi k for Yoga Teacher Training in the DR! on 29 Dec, 2019
From the time I submitted my application for teacher training, I felt nothing less than support. Shelley and her entire team was nothing less than awesome- knowledgeable, engaging, professional, and took the time to be of service for/with us. I went into this training with a few certifications under my belt and came out a brand new person- the work in dropping what I knew to fully invest in becoming my true, most authentic self. Each workshop, each class, each conversation left me more confident to stand in front of a class; along with the solidified feeling I was right where I was meant to be. This was the greatest investment I have made for myself to this date and I am beyond thankful for the never ending support I receive from my fellow teacher training graduates and the teaching team. Give up what you must and BE A YES!
By Catie P for Yoga Teacher Training in the DR! on 20 Dec, 2019
This is such an amazing opportunity for anyone really- wanna be a badass yoga teacher? YES. wanna improve your yoga practice? YES. wanna find out MORE about yourself? YES. When it comes to yoga, there's always so much to learn & so much room to grow. I absolutely loved every single minute, second I spent with my team during my teacher training- met great people from all over the place and most importantly, I learned so much about myself throughout the training. Overall, this was def a life change experience and I highly recommend DDY's DR teacher training! They have the best team ever and you will not regret it!
By Lilly K for Yoga Teacher Training in the DR! on 13 Dec, 2019
This trip was the reset and refresh my heart and soul needed. I was able to escape reality and technology by surrounding myself with the beautiful landscapes of Joshua Tree and the most amazing group of strong women. The highlight of the retreat was the vortex-labyrinth ceremony. The ceremony was focused on leaving behind the doubts and thoughts that are no longer serving you and to replace them with a new thoughts of empowerment and self-love.
By Jillian L for Transformation in the Desert on 12 Dec, 2019
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