BLYS Out

in the Blue Land

October 22 - 27, 2019

Blue Lotus Yoga Studio invites you on an unforgettable wellness adventure in Iceland. Join Co-Owners/Founders Julie Nogueira and Duffy Perkins on a yoga retreat in one of our planet’s most stunning destinations, famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, fascinating historical legends, and Reykjavik nightlife.

Retreat goers will enjoy daily yoga, dips in an otherworldly hot spring, glacier hikes, epic waterfalls, and evening outings in search of Aurora Borealis---the magical Northern Lights. Enjoy two nights in a riverfront countryside hotel with gorgeous mountain views, and two nights in the most northern capital in the world, Reykjavik, famed for its nightlife.

 

Throughout the journey, yogis will learn about Iceland’s unique culture and history, explore its varied culinary delicacies, and find the awe-inspiring geological wonders scattered throughout the Blue Land.

highlights

Venture to the Blue Land

Take an overnight flight, arriving by morning to explore the southwest. Stretch out after your flight then soak in the famed Blue Lagoon before heading to our countryside resort for two nights. There, hike to a breathtaking waterfall, soak in a river that’s warmed by geothermal energy, and explore the eye-popping Kerið Crater Lake. We’ll continue our retreat at the green-globe certified organic boutique eco-hotel, tucked down a quiet lane in the middle of Reykjavik. We will explore the city together as well as offer curated recommendations for those seeking restoration or adventure.

 

BLYS Out: Yoga, Meditation, Hot Springs and Icelandic Gastronomy

Melt away stress and practice mindfulness in world-famous geothermal pools and natural purifying mud masks. Delight your senses and treat yourself to Icelandic chocolate and organic eats at some of Iceland’s best restaurants. Find your breath during daily yoga and meditation---including morning energizing flows and afternoon restorative sessions. With two certified instructors along for the journey, whether you’re a total beginner or an experienced practitioner, we’ll offer options for you.

 

Apres-Retreat Extension

Curious about the famed Golden Circle? Venture on an extra full day and night. Hike behind the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall and take in the wonder of the majestic Gulfoss waterfall and legendary Geysir. Snack on treats from a geothermal bakery, then jump into the nearby thermal hot springs and pools.

itinerary at a glance

 

DAY 1

 

  • Arrive early in the morning to Keflavik International Airport (if you'd like to fly in a day early to explore or sleep off the jetlag, we'll provide recommendations).

  • Breakfast and Gentle Yoga

  • Head to the magical Blue Lagoon geothermal spa

  • Lunch

  • Arrive at the beautiful Frost & Fire Hotel 

  • Dinner featuring local organic cuisine

  • Yin yoga and guided mediation

  • Optional late night Northern Lights hunt!

 

DAY 2

 

  • Yoga

  • Breakfast

  • Free time

  • Lunch 

  • Hike to Reykjadalur, otherwise known as “Steam City”

  • Yoga

  • Dinner 

 

DAY 3

 

  • Yoga 

  • Breakfast

  • Hiking and meditation at Kerid Crater

  • Lunch in Reykjavik 

  • Free time / Optional walking tour of Reykjavik

  • Yoga 

  • Dinner

 

DAY 4

 

  • Yoga

  • Breakfast 

  • Free time with optional activities to choose from such as: make your own tea from Iceland herbs; visit a geothermal pool; tour local art museums; hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier; snorkel in Silfra fissure between two tectonic plates, and more.

  • Surprise evening activity!

  • Farewell dinner

 

DAY 5 (for those not on the Extension Option)

 

  • Yoga

  • Breakfast 

  • Visit Seltun Geothermal area

  • Depart for airport OR venture on to the Golden Circle during a one-day optional apres-retreat excursion

Day 5 (Extension Option to the Golden Circle)

  • Yoga

  • Breakfast

  • Visit to Haukadalur geothermal area and see the Geysir for which all others are named

  • Take in Gullfoss, Iceland's most famous waterfall

  • Lunch and a dip in the Fontana geothermal spa

  • Short hike through Iceland’s most important historical site, Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Return to our Reykjavik hotel 

  • Final Dinner

 

Day 6 (for those on the Extension)

  • Yoga

  • Breakfast 

  • Visit Seltun Geothermal area

  • Depart for airport 

early bird discount

 

Save $100 when you book before March 31! 

Register before March 31 and the $150 deposit will be reduced to a simple $50 non-refundable fee. This payment secures your spot on our "BLYS Out in the Blue Land" yoga and adventure retreat.

After March 31, 2019, the nonrefundable deposit will be $150.

rates

 

Retreat goers will fly out on Tuesday, October 22 and arrive in Iceland on Wednesday, October 23, staying through Sunday October 27 (with an optional extension available through Monday, October 28).

 

  • Down Payment:  $150 --- just $50 for early birds who book before March 31

  • Full Payment:  $2,495 (less the downpayment; early birds pay $2,395)

  • Single Supplement:  $585 for the main program

  • Extension:  Pricing to be announced soon

This retreat is coordinated by Insider Expedition, a boutique travel operator with over a decade of experience, having traversed more than 30 countries on all seven continents, with Mary Bruce, a BLYS yogi.

the fine print

 

Most meals (5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners) and all activities included in the base price; optional excursions will be available for an additional cost. Pricing is based on double occupancy. This particular tour has been designed with specific Icelandic individuals and events in mind, whose schedules and availabilities may change without notice. While we do our best to adhere to the itinerary, traveling anywhere requires flexibility, and changes to specific interactions and other activities may occur. In addition, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and changes to timetables and transport routes, which can happen with little notice. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time. Each day we will update you on the program and keep you informed throughout the trip. Please note that while unlikely, hotels and restaurants, while confirmed, are also subject to change due for unforeseen circumstances. Hari Om!

 

Cancellation by Traveler

The $150 trip deposit is non-refundable ($50 for early bird who make a deposit on or before March 31).  

  • 25% non-refundable 120 days or more prior to departure

  • 50% non-refundable 119 to 90 days prior to departure

  • 75% non-refundable 89 to 60 days prior to departure

  • 100% non-refundable 59 days or less prior to departure

If a traveler leaves the trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obligated to make any refunds for unused services. If a travelers fails to join a tour, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made.

 

Cancellation by Trip Operator - Insider Expeditions (IE)

IE may cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events, it is not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary. If IE cancels the trip, traveler can transfer amounts paid to an alternate departure date or alternatively receive a full refund. In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.

**This retreat is currently sold out. Stay tuned for details on our next BLYS-Out adventure abroad.**