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Iceland Hiking with Viking Women Retreat

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About Hiking in Iceland

Our daily hikes will vary in distance from 4 to 6 miles, with most of it on trails of various surfaces. This means we will be hiking--with breaks to take pictures, eat and drink-- for 2 to 5 hours a day. There is no running offered on this retreat, though you do have free time to run on your own. Some hikes will be easy (soft, packed dirt and pebble paths), while other areas will be challenging, including steep ascents and descents on trails that can become muddy when wet. For this reason, hiking shoes are mandatory (waterproof hiking boots are strongly recommended), as is a lightweight backpack that can carry at least 1 L of water, snacks and a lightweight, breathable jacket. Our highly trained Icelandic guides will keep us safe on the trails, monitor the weather and trail conditions on a day-by-day basis. The weather in Iceland is extremely variable, and we will hike as long the conditions are safe, though this may mean hiking in blowing wind and sometimes rain. We will provide you with a comprehensive packing list as part of your preparation. Good health and a moderate level of physical fitness is recommended. 

Mindfulness + Viking Lore

With tales of the Valkyries inspiring your travels through this landscape once conquered by Vikings, your retreat leader will offers ways to make your retreat more mindful, particularly as while hiking these breathtaking trails through soaring mountain ranges, glacier-carved valleys and plunging river canyons. This practice will help you be more present without the distractions of everyday life and responsibilities, and afford you the space and opportunity to find stillness of mind while your body remains in motion. Through this practice, you'll tap into kind of inner power and agency the Valkyries-- female Viking warriors--once embodied. 

Premium Package at the Blue Lagoon

Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an enchanting geothermal spa renowned for its ethereal beauty and therapeutic properties. The milky-blue waters, heated by underground volcanic activity, create a striking contrast against the surrounding dark volcanic rocks and vibrant green moss. The waters of the Blue Lagoon are renowned for their mineral content, particularly silica and sulfur, which are believed to possess various healing properties for the skin and body. The geothermal heat, coupled with the therapeutic minerals, creates a truly immersive and restorative experience. Your retreat package includes a Premium experience, including bath robe, silica mud mask, algae mud musk, complimentary drink from the swim-up bar and more. 
 

Stay 2 Nights at the Frost & Fire Boutique Hotel

Get off the grid at Frost & Fire, a boutique hotel nestled in the geothermal foothills above Hveragerði village on the banks of the Varmá river, only 40 minutes from Iceland’s capital area and only steps away from the heart of a quaint village. With luxury amenities, an exceptional restaurant and some of the best geothermal swimming and bathing facilities in the area, you will be treated to an authentical Icelandic escape. During your two-night stay at the Frost & Fire, you'll have free time to enjoy the sauna, an outdoor thermal pool, a thermal river and riverside hot tubs.  One of the highlights of staying at Frost & Fire is the exceptional breakfast experience. The hotel takes pride in curating a breakfast spread that showcases the best of Iceland's culinary heritage. You can savor traditional delicacies like the hverabrauð, a rich rye bread cooked overnight in the ancient hot spring on-site.

Stay 2 Nights at the Highland Base

Highland Base in the Kerlingarfjoll Mountains offers an extraordinary experience in the heart of Iceland's captivating highlands. Located in a pristine natural setting, this hotel offers a unique blend of adventure, comfort and breathtaking scenery. Surrounded by rugged mountains, vast lava fields and pristine rivers, this is our ideal base for exploring this remote and awe-inspiring region. Thoughtfully designed rooms offer comfort and tranquility, ensuring a restful stay. Each room provides magnificent views of the surrounding landscape, allowing guests to appreciate the untamed wilderness that lies just beyond the doorstep. After a day of exploration, guests can relax and unwind in the inviting common areas. Enjoy the warmth of a crackling fireplace while savoring a delicious meal prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The menu showcases Icelandic flavors and traditions, offering a culinary experience that complements the surrounding natural wonders.

 

Stay 2 Nights at The Silica Hotel

Silica Hotel, a tranquil oasis for guests seeking relaxation and well-being, offers a serene and rejuvenating retreat in the otherworldly landscape surrounding the Blue Lagoon. The hotel's architecture and design blend harmoniously with the surrounding volcanic terrain, creating a serene atmosphere that complements the rejuvenating powers of the Blue Lagoon. Each hotel room is a haven of comfort and simplicity, designed to create a peaceful and restorative ambiance. You can enjoy views of the rugged lava landscape or the soothing waters of the lagoon, ensuring a truly immersive experience.  For our retreat, you have exclusive access the Silica Lagoon, the property's private lagoon. To enhance your wellness journey, the hotel offers a range of spa amenities and treatments inspired by Icelandic nature for an additional charge. From invigorating massages to rejuvenating facials, skilled therapists use premium products to provide a truly indulgent experience, tailored to your individual needs. 

Soak at the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa

Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths is a unique experience of the healing powers of the geothermal springs. Soak in a natural pool, listen to the bubbling hot spring in the steam rooms, or for the venturesome, take a dip in the refreshing lake.  Lauga, Sæla, and Viska are connected outdoor mineral baths that vary in depth, size and temperature. The pools and hot tub are perfect for both relaxation and recreation, featuring playful artwork in stone made by Icelandic artist Erla Thorarinsdottir. Viska, the hot tub, is built at a slightly higher level, providing a panoramic view of the beautiful surroundings while the healthy water nourishes both body and soul.

Lunch at the Friðheimar Tomato Farm

Have you ever been out for a meal in a greenhouse? At Friðheimar, tomatoes are grown all year round, despite Iceland’s long, dark winters, under artificial lighting in greenhouses. Tomatoes are the theme of Friðheimar cuisine – and that’s not surprising, since three different varieties of tomato are cultivated in the greenhouses. Enjoy this unique dining experience in a charming environment among the plants.

Visit Þingvellir National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Þingvellir National Park is a renowned natural and historical treasure located in southwestern Iceland, about 40 kilometers east of Reykjavik. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and holds great significance for both its geological features and cultural heritage. Geologically, Þingvellir National Park is situated on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, a major tectonic boundary where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. The park showcases the visible rift caused by the plates drifting apart, resulting in dramatic canyons, cliffs, and fissures. One of its highlights is the Öxarárfoss Waterfall, which is located within the park. Öxarárfoss is a picturesque waterfall formed by the Öxará River cascading down a rocky cliff. The falls are surrounded by lush vegetation and striking rock formations, creating a tranquil and scenic atmosphere.

Explore Kerlingarfjoll Mountains and Hveradalir Geothermal Region

The Hveradalir Geothermal Region, also known as the Hot Spring Valley, is a geothermally active area located in the Kerlingarfjoll Mountain range in the central highlands of Iceland. It is characterized by a mesmerizing combination of colorful hot springs, steaming vents, bubbling mud pools, and other geothermal features, making it a unique and otherworldly destination. One of the highlights of Hveradalir is its colorful hot springs, where the high temperature and mineral-rich waters give rise to vibrant hues, ranging from deep blues and turquoises to vivid oranges and yellows. These vivid colors result from the presence of different types of minerals, such as sulfur, iron, and silica, interacting with the geothermal waters. Hveradalir and Kerlingarfjoll offer numerous opportunities for hiking and exploration amidst its geothermal wonders. The hiking trails that wind through the region allow visitors to observe and appreciate the diverse geothermal features up close with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the geothermal landscape.

Hike to Glymur Waterfall

Glymur Waterfall is one of Iceland's most spectacular and highest waterfalls, located in the western part of the country, near Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord). It is renowned for its impressive height, scenic surroundings, and captivating hiking trail. The setting will surround you in steep cliffs, moss-covered rocks, and rugged terrain. The waterfall is particularly enchanting during the spring and summer months when the surrounding vegetation is lush and colorful. With a total drop of approximately 198 meters (650 feet), Glymur is the second-highest waterfall in Iceland. 


 

The Food

The food in Iceland is rich and delicious, yet simple and not highly seasoned. Icelandic people savor the natural flavors found in the vegetables, seafood and meats that are dietary staples. You’ll enjoy fresh-caught seafood like chard, cod and haddock. Beef is rare, though lamb is another local favorite. Icelandic yogurt, butter and cheese is very rich, full of fat and flavor. Most vegetables are grown in massive geothermal-heated greenhouses found throughout the country’s inhabited areas.

Most meals are included in your retreat package, and we handpick high-quality restaurants for unforgettable culinary experiences. We make every effort to accommodate your dietary preferences and restrictions. However, there are occasions when we may face limitations. You'll have a chance to indicate your specific dietary requirements in the retreat participant intake form. Please note that alcoholic drinks are excluded, and snacks and beverages outside of meals and trail runs are not included.

The Weather

The weather in Iceland can be summarized in one word: wet! Prepare for wet weather so if we’re treated to sunny, dry conditions (which does happen!), then it’s a bonus. Especially when we’re running along the southern coast, it can be cool and windy, and rain is highly likely. The average daytime temperatures are in the low- to mid-fifties, though it can reach the 60s on a sunny day. In the packing list we’ll supply for you, we highly recommend lightweight rain pants and a waterproof-breathable rain jacket. It won’t be raining the whole time, but for those times it is raining, you’ll be glad to have the right gear!

Dedicated Retreat Leader

Our highly trained retreat leaders provide the space and support for you to have a potentially transformational experience. As experts in mindful leadership, she provides valuable guidance on how to be mindful on and off the trail. She also leads the opening meeting on Day 1, explaining what you can expect, the general flow of each day, what's expected of you, how she'll support you and all the other logistics you need. She works with our local staff, such as guides and drivers, to keep things safe, on schedule and running smoothly, and facilitates sharing circles, creating a safe space for the group to reflect and share openly.

Optional 2 Night Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour Extension Package

Get acquainted with the otherworldly landscape of Iceland prior to your retreat. Enjoy your first evening at a boutique hotel just off Reykjavik’s main shopping street. The following morning you will walk to the meetup point to begin your small group tour where you will discover the best of West Iceland. Explore the spectacular Snæfellsnes Peninsula, walk across the black pebbles at Djúpalónssandur, and admire the distinct Mount Kirkjufell. Treat yourself to a landscape that is out of this world. Snæfellsnes Peninsula is magical and spellbinding with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, gorgeous black sand beaches, roaring ocean waves, charming little villages, and sea cliffs. You will return to Reykjavik where you can enjoy an evening spa or explore the restaurant offerings in the city center. The next day you will meet up with your retreat group in the city center to begin your Iceland Hiking with Viking Women Retreat. Click on the "Itinerary" tab to learn more and add this extension to your retreat package.

 

Optional 3 Night South Coast Tour Extension Package

Explore the iconic South Coast of Iceland prior to your retreat. Enjoy your first evening at a boutique hotel just off Reykjavik’s main shopping street. The following morning you will store any extra baggage at the front desk before walking to the meetup point to begin your small group tour where you will overnight on Iceland's distinctive south coast. Over the next two days, you will experience close encounters with the wonders of Icelandic nature and overnight in a quaint country hotel in the Skaftafell area. This experience includes visits to Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfallls, walking the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, cruising through blue ice formations in Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, and exploring the Katla Ice Cave. You will return to Reykjavik where you can enjoy an evening spa or explore the restaurant offerings in the city center. The next day you will meet up with your retreat group in the city center to begin your Iceland Hiking with Viking Women Retreat. Click on the "Itinerary" tab to learn more and add this extension to your retreat package.

Run Wild Retreats Gift Bag

Your retreat gift bag contains a curated selection of items designed to support your mindful travel experience with us. 

Add-on +US$38

Transformational Travel Journal

Register by 1 Jun 2024

One of the best ways to deepen your experience with mindfulness during and after your retreat is to add the Transformational Travel Journal to your package. This co-branded journal by Run Wild Retreats in partnership with the Transformational Travel Journal provides an intentional space to write, draw, sketch and otherwise creatively express what meaning this travel experience has for you. Filled with thoughtful writing prompts, inspirational quotes and mindfulness-inspired ideas, we highly recommend using this journal to help you enhance your mindful running experience. The price includes the $5.99 shipping fee. 

 

Add-on +US$109

Blue Lagoon Bath and Body Travel Gift Set 

Register by 1 Jun 2024
Add this customized gift set of premium personal-care products from the Blue Lagoon to your retreat package. Exclusive to Run Wild Retreats participants! This gift set includes travel sized shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion and lip balm. Take home with you the scent and luxury of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon! 
Location
Reykjavík, Iceland
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