Our yoga retreat destination is the north west coast Senja island, an incredibly beautiful part of Norway where majestic mountains dive straight into the sea. You stay in luxury apartments set around the harbour of an old fishing village with uninterrupted views of the snowy mountains. Winter here is magical, with temperatures usually well below zero, plenty of deep snow and night skies filled with the Northern Lights.
We travel there by ferry through the fjords at dawn and begin our retreat with husky sledding. As daylight appears we set off on a unique adventure, exploring the pristine Arctic wilderness while mushing teams of powerful Siberian huskies. After helping return our friendly dogs to their camp, we enjoy a well earned lunch around a cosy fire.
After an energetic start to your weekend, it is time to settle in and enjoy the wintery views from the warmth of your apartment. With daylight over by mid afternoon you have your first Vinyasa yoga practice with Adam. Later that evening relax in the outdoor jacuzzis enjoying expansive views of the fjords. This is a perfect place to enjoy the Northern Lights and reflect on your day.
On Sunday you’ll focus on your yoga practice with two longer classes, sound healing sessions and time between to relax in the sauna, have a nap or book Arctic body rafting, a kind of sea meditation where you float peacefully in the river (wearing a special suit to keep warm). After dinner we are back out on another adventure – snow shoeing in the wilderness. Decked out in survival suits we will heading up to a mountain pass and enjoying the ethereal silence of a snowy polar night. On Monday we have one more yoga class before heading back through the snowy landscapes to the port where will join the world famous Hurtigruten ship to sail back through the fjords to Tromso, this time enjoying the views in the daylight!
This winter adventure weekend is suitable for anyone who enjoys a physical challenge, both in their yoga practice and out in wild, wintery nature. You’ll need to be relatively fit and strong to manage an action packed schedule.