sail and yoga
We are delighted to present the 7 days itinerary of our Yoga retreat in Hjørundfjord.
This route presents various activities where nature and culture are as important as the daily practices of yoga and meditation. Our intention is to generate physical and mental enjoyment by visiting the places in a different way than usual.
Hjørundfjord is the neighbouring fjord of the more renowned Geirangerfjord, quite similar but still very different. The towering and steep mountains reaching the clouds straight up from sea level made road construction nearly impossible and s till today some of the villages are only reachable by boat.
Join us sailing from village to village with exclusive day trips hiking, kayaking and a lots more.
The food prepared in this trip is mostly plant based with the occasional catch of the day.
The Hjørundfjord is a 35-kilometre long fjord arm of the larger Storfjorden that stretches
south from Ålesund.
The map below will show you each of the places we will be visiting along those 35 km.
TIP: Zoom out pressing (-) in the map to be able to see all the places we will be visiting
We meet up at the dock in Ålesund Gjestbrygge
The first thing we do is to get to know each other before we'll go through the plan for the next days and as well perform a safety brief at the pier.
After, we set sail towards a small fishing village named Alnes. where we will touch base outside the city.
In Alnes we will have our first practice and explore the beautiful area together.
This is our first meeting with the big ocean in our short passage to Runde. On our way we will sail by a small seal colony and perhaps you will be so lucky to meet their eyes when they are scouting at us.
At Runde we will have a guided tour with a ornithologist who will share lots of interesting knowledge about the unique and raw wildlife and history of Runde.
At Runde we will have our second day practice amongst 250 different bird species and a marine wildlife beyond comparison.
A VISIT TO THE BIRD ISLAND
Welcome to Trandal, the roadless village crammed to the hillsides, surrounded by ragged peaks in dazzlingly beautiful fjord landscape.
When we are in Trandal, we cannot forget to pay
Christian Gaard a visit.
For around 500 years, the same family has cultivated the lands of this farm and the story can be felt through the walls. Perhaps you will feel it during our meditation.
Not only do they serve ultra short range exquisite food, they probably also have the worlds most beautiful swing.
THE FJORD EXPERIENCE STARTS HERE
DAY - 4
WELCOME TO URKE
Today we will be sailing through Norway's most beautiful fjord crossing and into Norangsfjorden. Norangfjorden has hosted novelties for centuries, and for many good reasons.
We make sure to stop by Hotel Union Øye, where we also will perform our practice and spend some luxury time at their premises, just like the Kings and Queens did back in time.
Today we will enjoy a wellness experience in our first fjord sauna experience and do you dare to jump in the crystal fjord water ?
Today we will be leaving Urke to explore the village Bjørke. Bjørke is located in the bottom of Hjørundfjorden, but first we need to make a mandatory stop at Viddal Wine Yard, the one and only wine yard in Norway. Ching Ching
Later and when we are well rested we do a hike up to Bakketunet where we can spread around the small cluster and have a look inside one of many old buildings and some of them dated back to 1549.
This is a perfect opportunity to do our practice at a remarkable environment and at the same time learn more about the culture and history around the fjord.
DAY - 5
DEEP INTO THE FJORD: BJØRKE
ART - NATURE - CATCH YOUR DINNER:
DISCOVER BJØRKE & SÆBØ
Sæbø, the capital of the fjord.
Surrounded by raging mountains and blending beauty, Sæbø is still today an important hub for locals and nationals travelling around this fantastic landscape.
When we are in Sæbø, we can not forget to spend some quality wellness time in the Fjord Sauna. This wonderful little floating spa is almost worth the journey itself.
Todays practice will happen amongst panoramic views and glowing nature.
DAY - 6
RECONNECT IN SÆBØ
DAY - 7
LAST PRACTICE - RECAP - RECONNECT
Today we sail all the way out the fjord and back to Ålesund.
but first, we will do our morning practice followed by a fulfilling and tasty breakfast.
Time to Recap and get ready for a small hike and sail back to Ålesund the Jugend City.