We’ll start off from the Hilton Nordica Reykjavík at 8am, and from there the adventure begins. On our way to the Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk, we’ll stop at the incredible Seljalandsfoss waterfall, visit the enchanting town of Hveragerði and their thermal area, and then meander our way to the Gígjökull glacier. We’ll continue our journey to the Volcano Huts to unpack and explore a little. Then it’s time for a welcome drink, dinner and a welcome campfire.
We’ll have an excellent hot breakfast together at the Volcano Huts restaurant and then it’s on to exploring the Þórsmörk Panorama Trail with a picnic lunch. Want to sit this hike out? There’s plenty to explore at camp including a thermal pond, sauna, and outdoor games. We’ll find out way back to camp and relax a little before dinner. If you’re looking for some extra adventure in your experience, join us for cold weather camping class. Then, it’s dinner and a campfire to close out day two. With guitars at the ready, there might even be a little music, too.
Fueling for this epic day is a must since we’ll be exploring Stakkholtsá Canyon where Game of Thrones was filmed. We’ll eat lunch on the trail, and get back to camp in time to relax and unwind. After that? Dinner of course, and an epic bonfire to share our tales from the day of adventure.
We’ll depart Sunday, but not before having some fresh made breakfasts from our hosts at the Volcano Huts. We’ll ride by 4×4 coaches back to Reykjavik and arrive at the airport by 2pm in time for departing flights.
Volcano Huts are located in Húsadalur Valley in the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve in Iceland, right next to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano & Glacier. The unique nature of the Þórsmörk area make this an ideal place for any nature and hiking enthusiast. Þórsmörk Nature Reserve (pronounced Thorsmork in English) has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. The Þórsmörk area has endless hiking trails and is connected to the Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve via the Laugavegur hiking trail.
"Mendel and his crew have created something special with this. It manages to be thrilling, adventurous, inclusive and safe all at the same time. I had a blast and I can't wait for my next geek adventure." - Cameron Cutler
You’ll be living in luxury by remote Icelandic standards (hey, it’s not a tent!). Each room accommodates two people, and you’ll be matched with a roommate unless you’ve purchased a single supplement. Rooms are heated and are all a part of a larger cabin with shared toilets in the hall of the building. The bunks have double lower beds and single upper beds. The rooms are small but comfortable and include made up beds for extra comfort. Sauna, showers and a natural warm wading pond are accessible a few steps away from the building.
Breakfast: Homemade bread, eggs, ham, cheese, freshly cut fruit, sliced vegetables, jams, biscuits, oatmeal, cereal, milk, juice, coffee and tea.
Lunch buffet: Soup, salad, home made bread, coffee and cakes.
Dinner buffet: Two course buffet of lamb, pork, fish or chicken as main course, soup, fresh salad, dressings, grilled potatoes and home made bread.
Day-hike Lunches: A mixture of sandwiches, snacks, chocolate bar and juices, prepared for a day-hike.
"I never wanted this event to end because it felt like the beginnings of some really excellent friendships. Hiking, sitting around a bonfire, laughing and eating with everyone was amazing and inclusive." - Jackie M.
Solo travelers are welcome and will be roomed in shared accommodations based on gender preferences (if you'd like to be roomed with a companion, select a shared ticket and let us know your friend's name after registration). If there are no shared accommodations available, no additional fee will be charged as a single supplement. If you are a solo traveler and prefer to guarantee accommodations without a roommate, please select 'single occupancy'.
"I loved the atmosphere of professionals getting together to decompress. Even though we were from different backgrounds, we all share a love of nature and nerdom!" - Alicia from Phoenix, AZ
Here’s a resource to check out before packing your drone https://www.uavsystemsinternational.com/drone-laws-by-country/iceland-drone-laws/.
The short answer is yes, however you’ll need to check with your carrier on rates. If you’re planning on purchasing an Icelandic SIM card, our partners in Iceland recommend Síminn for 4G Internet in Þórsmörk, as Síminn has the best coverage throughout Iceland.
Yep! Pro tip: If you’re planning on bringing your own alcohol on the adventure, a much cheaper option is to purchase at the Duty Free shop in the airport wherever you’re flying from.
No way! While there are many people in tech related industries that attend, people from academia, sciences, property management, and other industries also attend. Everyone has one thing in common, though -- they want to disconnect from the daily grind (and technology).
Geek Adventures trips are normally about 50/50 people identifying as female/male. No matter how you identify, you are always welcome.
We've had participants from all over North America and Europe and expect to see more geographical diversity from attendees in the future. International trips tend to see a larger international turnout than United States domestic trips.
Geek Adventures started operations in 2016 and has been creating experiences for geeks ever since.
While all participants are encouraged to room with others during the trip, sometimes people prefer to room by themselves for a variety of reasons. If you're one of those people, please get in touch and we can work out an accommodation.
If you're a couple traveling together, we'll make sure you're bunking together. If you're a solo traveler, we make rooming assignments based on your preference, and then based on complementary interests from the intake survey. You will never be placed in a mixed gender sleeping arrangement unless you've indicated you're ok with it.
Here's a sample from previous attendee registration forms -- human connection, decompression, new friendships, inspiring conversations, networking, great conversations, awesome people disconnected from the world, explore new places.
Unless specifically noted, trips are designed for attendees 21+. Hiking with Geeks, the free local hiking groups around North America are designed for attendees 18+ or younger children when accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Not exactly... we realize mobile phones are needed for safety and picture taking, we just ask that during an event, you try to disconnect as much as possible from the other stuff. Example: If you normally read on your phone, bring a book instead. If you normally play games on your phone, pick up a game at the event and play in person! You'll be happy you did.
All events are BYOB. Alcohol is allowed, and sharing is encouraged. We've found that cans are far easier to take on adventures than bottles, so please plan accordingly.
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