Local arrangements

Take the opportunity to visit the volcano that halted the modern globalized world and it's jet-based travel a few years ago. Many of us were in one way or another affected when the eruption of Eyafjällajökull caused major disruptions to air travel. Now you have the possibility to visit this volcano for yourself and learn more about it, and combine this with interesting technical discussions about challenged networks. As part of the ExtremeCom conference, we will visit the Eyafjällajökull Volcano Center at the foot of the volcano, allowing visitors to feel first-hand what it is like to have a huge volcano looming over their shoulders. Inside, an entire wall is devoted to the dramatic history of frequent volcanism in Iceland - from the arrival of the Vikings to modern times. Huge, stunning colour posters portray fascinating aspects of the eruption in text and imagery.

The first few days of the conference will include a guided glacier walk and hikes along the Fimmvörðuháls trail in Þórsmörk with over-night stays in huts along the way. This hike will lead participants close to the Eyafjällajökull volcano and over the (still warm) lava fields that were created during the latest eruption.

The hike will finish at the Volcano Huts where the technical program of the conference will also be held. The Volcano Huts are located in Húsadalur Valley in the Thorsmork Nature Reserve in Iceland. The unique nature of the Þórsmörk area make this an ideal place for any nature and hiking enthusiast. Thorsmork Nature Reserve (written Þórsmör in Icelandic) has one of Iceland's most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and towering glaciers rise above the lush valleys below. The area also have hot springs where you can relax after a long day.

Packing List

For an enjoyable experience, it is important to have proper equipment. Iceland is notorious for unpredictable and fast-changing weather. We will be trekking in the mountains so it is highly recommended to wear multiple layers and be well prepared for wind and rain (although we hope to have sun and calm winds). In late August, temperatures in the mountains can drop to around (or slightly below) 0°C, although this is rare.

Clothes and trekking gear
  • Walking shoes - strong, ankle-high shoes are highly recommended. For the sharp lava you need good shoes and most likely there are still some remains of snow in the highest pass on Fimmvörðuháls.
  • Waterproof breathable jacket and pants (i.e. gore-tex or similar)
  • Good backpack
  • 2-3 pair of socks (wool)
  • Hiking pants
  • Warm pullover/jacket
  • Warm underwears such as sleeved shirts and leggings both of durable fabric (e.g., Icebreaker).
  • Beanie/neck-gaiter
  • Gloves
  • Swimming gear and towel - for the hot springs.
  • Torchlight/headlamp + batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Dry clothes for huts
  • Slippers and/or light sneakers for huts and evenings.
  • Sleeping bag
Suggested (optional)
  • Solar cream
  • Poles/sticks
  • Blister patches (e.g. compeed)
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Maps/gps
  • Ear plugs
Food & Water
  • The hike (in particular the first day) is long, so it is recommended to bring some snacks (chocolate/nuts/dried fruit/energy bar/etc) to complement the lunch pack and to refill your energy supplies and keep your morale up.
  • There is plenty of water to have during the hike. It is safe to drink water from creeks and rivers (although the brown glacial rivers will contain more minerals than most prefer).
  • Please remember to carry any personal medication you are prescribed. Besides, you may carry pills for headache, nausea/motion/altitude sickness. We will be carrying first aid kits during the hike.
Glacier walk
  • Crampons and ice-axes will be provided for the glacier walk. You will use your hiking boots for the crampons.