Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Yoga Adventure in Iceland

This past May, 20 yogini’s and yogi’s from the Yoga Centre Winnipeg, set out on an amazing adventure to Iceland .

Winnipeg is just an hour’s drive from Gimli  Manitoba, a small lakeside town in a region known as New Iceland. This area that boasts the highest Icelandic population outside of Iceland! We also had several travellers with Icelandic heritage in the group and so we were quick to boast about our connections!

However, not one of us was prepared for the warmth of the Icelandic people, or the awe inspiring natural landscape, so diverse from our own land! Every time we turned our heads there were vast fields of lava, steaming streams, geysers, moss-covered mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, and so much more.

Our outstanding guides navigated us skillfully, and joyfully, through the rugged Icelandic terrain.  Almost magically, every time we stopped to view another spectacular site, the sun popped out, along with a rainbow or two. Sure enough, as time to board the bus approached, the clouds gathered and the rain poured from the sky. As we drove through the countryside, our knowledgeable guides entertained us with information about the country, peppered with Icelandic sagas, and tales of elves. It seems that more than a few of us returned home with an elf.

Though the rain was significant, it did not detract from the marvelousness of our experience; whether it was touring the sights, shopping, or our most fabulous foodie tour of Reykjavík!! No words could prepare us for the delights of that day! Mmmmmm, the rye bread baked in the ground, ice cream made from the same rye bread, divine rainbow trout and fish stew to die for, were only some of the cuisine we sampled that we are all still drooling over one month later! Even the hotel breakfasts were a treat- fresh skyr, endless coffee, and smoked salmon were some of the highlights- but no one will forget the cod liver oil shooters- yup! Sounds nasty, but surprisingly great!

It’s hard to pinpoint what stood out the most. Many will treasure the time spent soaking in the warm and healing waters of the blue lagoon, or horse back riding at the foot of the volcano; while others carry with them images of the black beaches or standing at the edge of the glacier with the black volcanic ash starkly contrasted against the white ice.

With morning and evening yoga to balance and integrate each day of wonder, our group of intrepid yogis loved every moment of this amazing trip.

Thank you Travel Yogi and Season Tours !!
 Hugs and love
 Jan and Shauna and the Yoga Centre Winnipeg Travel Elves

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