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 10 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), swing by one of the many black sand beaches and/or 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, Black beach, 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, explore the other-worldly black sand beach, 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, snacks, and ground transportation to and from the Volcano Huts. Hiking / touring guides. Access to geothermal pool and sauna at camp. Camp 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 information

Cancellation and transfer policy

Initial payment/deposit is non-refundable unless trip is cancelled due to lack of interest. The deposit guarantees your spot on the trip.

Refunds will be issued on the following schedule (minus the initial payment)

– More than 31 days before start of event – 30% is nonrefundable
– 30 days and more than 1 week / 8 days 60% is nonrefundable
– 1 week / 7 days and more than 72 hours 80% is nonrefundable
– 72 hours or less 100% is nonrefundable

If you make your reservation within 31 days of arrival, the entire payment is due at once. If you’re on a payment plan, all your payments must be complete within 31 days of arrival.

Geek Adventures reserves the right to change or cancel this trip and services and cannot be held responsible for unforeseeable circumstances over which we have no control and the consequences of which it could not have prevented. Geek Adventures will notify you as soon as possible and will attempt to make only minor changes if required.

Transfer of reservation

An attendee may transfer his/her reservation to a party that meets the terms of participation with more than 30 days notice to arrival. Get in touch to make the switch. In such an instance, the transferor and the transferee hold both joint and individual responsibility in respect of the payment of any outstanding amounts and of any extra costs that may derive from such transfer.

The charge for a transfer of a reservation is $200 per person.

Insufficient participation

In a case where Geek Adventures is cancelled by us, for example, due to insufficient participation, cancellations will be made with at least 30 days notice. A full refund will be issued.

Insurance

Geek Adventures does not provide personal travel insurance. Participants are advised to secure, at their own expense, personal travel, accident/illness and luggage insurance. Cancellation insurance is not included in the price of a tour.

Participants’ obligations

Travelers suffering from any known or suspected medical condition that may have an effect on travel must notify Geek Adventures at least 30 days before departure. In such cases, the traveler must also produce a medical certificate confirming fitness to travel. Geek Adventures reserves the right to refuse or to cancel bookings if relevant certificates are not provided. In this regard, Geek Adventures will not be liable for any failure, negligence, or deceit on behalf of the traveler. Geek Adventures will not be liable for any operator’s refusal to carry any person who has not notified Geek Adventures of their condition.

Participants must abide by the instructions of the tour guide or the personnel of the party with whom Geek Adventures does business. The passenger is obligated to comply with the general law and public regulations in the visited country. Attendees should show consideration for fellow travelers and abide by the common practices in transportation vehicles, at the points of transit (for example, at air terminals), at places of accommodation, at restaurants, etc., as he/she is responsible for any damage he/she may cause by his/her conduct. A passenger who does not show up at the point of departure (for example, at the air terminal) at the appropriate time has waived his/her right to compensation if he/she misses the reserved tour.

If a passenger is in breach in this respect or who at the beginning of tour indicates that he/she will cause disturbance to the fellow travelers by means of conduct, intoxication, etc., Geek Adventures is authorized to prevent him/her from embarking on or continuing the journey. The relevant passenger must complete it at his/her expense, without any right to claim reimbursement by the travel agency.

Geek Adventures is authorized to refuse to accept the business of persons on the grounds of their previous offenses and to reject the business of individuals who the travel agency deems as unable to travel, for example, on the grounds of illness, etc.

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

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Reviews

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Harivardhan Pyaram

Microsoft

"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."

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Taco Verdonschot

Yoast

"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!"

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Swaati Bhat

"I would highly recommend camping with 'Adventures with Geeks', 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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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."

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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."