64° NORTH 2019, an epic digital detox experience in Iceland

April 18-21, 2019 Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk, Iceland

Days: 4   |   Group size: 24 (Only 7 left)   |  Lodging style: Heated Private Rooms (Double occupancy) + Restroom & Shower Facilities 

Experience the breathtaking beauty of Iceland with geeks from around the world.

Explore parts of the back-country not visited by everyday tourists. With beautiful Þórsmörk as the background, we'll lodge at the Þórsmörk Volcano Huts (yes, they're heated), visit the enchanting town of Hveragerði and their thermal bath, explore extraordinary waterfalls, observe the Gígjökull glacier, 4x4 through beautiful terrain, have a drink or two at the Volcano Huts, and sit by the fire -- and that's just day one. 64° NORTH is one of the most unique ways to experience Iceland and network with other geeky professionals from around the world. Feeling extra adventurous? This year we're introducing an optional 'high adventure' experience where you'll learn outdoor survival basics and how to comfortably camp in cold weather (gear will be provided for those that would like to test their newfound knowledge).

Note: For those that would like to arrive 2 days early (April 16th), we'll be organizing group touring activities. More info to come for confirmed participants.

The Location

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.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Hveragerði thermal bath, Gígjökull glacier, welcome drink at Volcano Huts

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 bath, 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 big ol’ welcome campfire.

  • Arrive by 8AM
  • 4×4 coaches to black sand beach and Þórsmörk Nature Reserve with stops along the way by waterfalls and the Gígjökull glacier
  • Unpack + quick orientation + hiking in Þórsmörk
  • Welcome drink at the Volcano Huts
  • Group dinner
  • Welcome campfire

Day 2 - Þórsmörk Panorama Trail

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 the first day of outdoor survival 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.

  • Breakfast
  • Hiking Exploration
  • Þórsmörk Panorama Trail / Valley of Thor
  • Lunch on the trail
  • Relax / Activities
  • Optional / included: Outdoor survival & winter camping course (Day 1)
  • Group dinner
  • Camp fire

Day 3 - Stakkholtsá Canyon where Game of Thrones was filmed

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, or take enjoy day 2 of outdoor survival class. After that? Dinner of course, and an epic bonfire to share our tales from the day of adventure.

  • Breakfast
  • Visit the Stakkholtsá Canyon – Game of Thrones Filming Site 3 hrs
  • Lunch on the trail
  • Relax / Activities
  • Optional / included: Outdoor survival & winter camping course (Day 2)
  • Group dinner
  • Large bonfire

Day 4 - Breakfast, departures, 4x4 coaches back to Reykjavik

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.

  • Breakfast
  • Departure from the Volcano Huts
  • 4×4 coaches to Reykjavík
  • Depart no earlier than 3PM

What's Included

  • Lodging during the event
  • All meals and snacks
  • Ground during the event
  • Hiking / touring guides
  • Access to geothermal pool and sauna at event
  • Event swag
  • Gear for special activities (musical instruments, camping, snow shoes, etc)
  • A lil’ magic

What’s not included

Your flight is not included in the ticket price (major US airlines have started non-stop service from hubs for around $600). Plan to be at Hilton Nordica Reykjavík between 7:30am and 8am on April 18th, and depart no earlier than 5pm on April 21nd. We will drop off on the 21nd directly to the airport.

Consider as you sign up

Travel insurance – To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.

Additional terms and conditions here.

Accommodations

Lodging at Volcano Huts in IcelandYou’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 otherwise specified when you purchase your ticket. 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 pool are accessible in the LavaSPA a few steps away from the building.

Food

All meals are included. Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, allergies, etc). Please fill out the relevant information in your application. 3 meals and snacks will be provided each day.

  • 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.

Eating at the Volcano Huts in Iceland

Vegetarian options are available upon request and we offer options that do not contain gluten or dairy products. Please notify us about any special dietary needs such as allergies and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Gear list

Below is a list of suggested gear to bring with you on your trip to Iceland. It’s not an exhaustive list, just a list that will help make sure you have the essentials for Icelandic travel. We will have gear packages for purchase as we get closer (they’ll be waiting for you in Iceland), or you can opt to pick up your supplies at your favorite outdoors store. As you pack, think about these two ideas:

  • Assume there might be rain or falling snow. Backpacks should have waterproof covers (some are built into backpacks, so check yours), hiking boots should be waterproof, and clothes should be made of quick drying material (denim is ok to bring for a night on the town, but won’t be comfortable during a hike if they get wet).
  • Temperatures can vary between day and night, and from day to day. Think about dressing in layers (3-5 top layers that can be taken off and put on throughout the day).

Clothing

  • Fleece or wool sweater
  • Waterproof / windproof jacket
  • Athletic shorts
  • Hiking pants
  • Short sleeved t-shirts
  • Long sleeved t-shirts
  • Woolen or thermal underwear
  • Warm hiking sock
  • Hat
  • Swimsuit + towel
  • Gloves
  • Scarf

Shoes

  • Flip flops
  • Waterproof walking shoes
  • ‘Around camp’ shoe

Additional gear

  • Small day backpack with rain cover
  • Sleep mask
  • Reusable water bottle
  • European electrical adapter
  • Portable charger
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Charger for phone / camera / etc

Shower

  • Tote / bag for shower supplies
  • Personal items / toiletries

Q & A

Who attends?

Attendees are self identifying geeks, people working in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), and/or people with geeky hobbies. It’s possible to geek out on just about anything. Don’t get too hung up on the definition. If the event sounds fun, you’re good-natured, and you enjoy the outdoors, you’ll fit right in.

Here’s a sample from attendee registration forms

What people are looking forward to

  • Human connection
  • Decompression
  • New relationships
  • Inspiring conversations
  • Networking
  • Great conversations
  • Bonding
  • Awesome people disconnected from the world

Talents people are bringing to camp

  • Art
  • Dancing
  • Music
  • Watercolours
  • Fire building
  • Accelerant application
  • Fire suppression
  • Juggling
  • Stretching
  • Cooking
  • Crafts
  • Photography
  • Lip sync’ing poorly
  • Improv
  • Drumming

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 4 customer ratings
(9 customer reviews)

9 reviews for 64° NORTH 2019, an epic digital detox experience in Iceland

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harivardhan Pyaram

    Four awesome days spent in an amazingly beautiful location with my tribe that I didn’t know existed and 2 impressive hosts! This trip is one for the books.

  2. Taco Verdonschot

    In four days, I didn’t just meet new people in the tech industry, I made a ton of new friends. The Geek Adventures atmosphere is really relaxed and encourages you to not bring your laptop and switch your phone to flight mode. Being truly offline gave me the time to really engage in in-depth conversation. And that’s an amazing experience!

  3. Raquel Landefeld

    Geek Adventures Iceland was truly a wonderful experience! Yes, the scenery was epic. The hikes were notable. But I have to say my favorite part was the relationship-building with my fellow geeks. There’s something about us. Some of us were total strangers. But the combination of our inner geekery and the well-organized event made for an endearing result. I left with new friends, deeper connections with old friends, and a piece of my heart still at the Volcano Huts. ♥️

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    Unbelievably. Perfect. The Iceland trip was more than a vacation, it was priceless connections between genuinely caring people in a magical country. The only bad part was having to go our separate ways after 4 days.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joel T

    One of the best things I’ve done in my life. I made great friends, learned and hiked a lot, and explored a part of the world I don’t think I ever would have otherwise.

  6. Nichola Stott

    The location, camp, scenery and walks were absolutely out of this world. So utterly different from the ‘home’ landscapes most of us travelled from and this led to an immediate feeling of peace and connection.

    What made the trip that bit more special was the people and the tone that was set by Mendel. Connections were made, friendships began and bonds of trust formed very quickly. Amazing what can happen when you put your phone down and stand on the edge of a precipice with your fellow geeks.

  7. Andrey “Rarst” Savchenko

    Between magnificent views, fantastic location, yummy food, and wonderful group of people to share it all with — Iceland is ok. 😉

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jackie M.

    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. All the arrangements were taken care of and I never wanted for anything. The food was excellent, the lodging warm and comfortable, the showers were hot. I felt incredibly relaxed and like the grind of my day-to-day was so far away.

  9. Robby McCullough

    My time in Iceland with Geek Adventures was life-changing and downright epic. The trip would have been amazing on its own, but getting to share it with a wonderful group of like-minded people made the experience SO much better. My favorite part of the event was the conversations and getting to bond with and learn about so many amazing people. Adventuring and spending a few days with a group gives everyone the chance to scratch the surface, learn about one another, and build genuine friendships.

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Reviews

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Swaati Bhat

"I would highly recommend camping with Geek Adventures, specially if you are a beginner or first timer. One of the best hosts who is friendly, welcoming and makes sure you don't feel left out. I am glad we chose this event as our first camping in the US. I feel confident and am very keen to explore more camping events in future."

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Chris Carfi

GoDaddy

"Many of us in the technology industry are “in the flow,” seemingly 24/7. It’s critical to to get out from behind our devices, interact with others in actual conversation, and take time to process. With that time to reflect comes creativity and new ideas."

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Brad Williams

Web Dev Studios

"I didn’t know what to expect going to Camp Press. What I promptly learned is that was the entire point of the event—doing the unexpected, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, making new friends, having fun and serious conversations, and doing all of this without the normal technology that is always around us." 

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Becky Davis

Becky Davis Design

"Like most of us, I work from home. Working for yourself has a lot of advantages, but having a chance to chat with real people IRL on a regular basis is not one of them. Sitting around a campfire with real people disconnected from technology sounds very appealing."