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Iceland Climate-Tech Adventure

Iceland - May 25-28 2023

On May 25 to 28 2023, we'll bring our VOYAGERS climate-tech community to Iceland for a special three-night networking adventure. We're running this weekend at cost, with a mission to build close friendships among VOYAGERS working across a diverse range of climate-related projects from many geographies – startup founders, investors, researchers, activists and many more. We asked participants on our last Iceland adventure: “Overall, how would you rate the adventure on a scale from 0 [worst] to 10 [best]?” Their average score was 9.2 out of 10.

 

ABOUT THE GROUP

 

This was a diverse international group of founders, board members, investors, regulators and more, all working in climate-tech. We ran an Iceland adventure in 2019, with participants from the US, Israel, Taiwan, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Germany, France, Switzerland, the UK, Norway, Estonia and beyond — and we built on our knowledge and local networks to plan an unmissable agenda.

Here are some testimonials from our 2019 VOYAGERS Iceland adventure (pictured above):

“A huge thank you. I just had the most wonderful time. The volcano, hikes, swims, floating, the food, wine. Everything was brilliant. The whole thing was organised so so well, it was seamless and just so easy for us all to gain the most out of both Iceland and the group. I’ve made amazing connections, learnt a great deal and thoroughly enjoyed myself.” — JD, UK

“Seamless organisation that flowed extremely well; a great deal of thoughtfulness about how to get the guests interacting and with the widest variety of different attendees. Many moments of feeling that I was connecting emotionally or intellectually with decent, interesting, curious people.” — DL, UK

“The incredible quality, depth and diversity of participants even within the same industry; very smooth organisation and support throughout; felt confident and like I could 100% trust all aspects of the trip. Unforgettable learnings.” — LC, Portugal

“The group you brought together was incredibly inspiring, thought-provoking and generous. I’ve made many good friends who I’ll be in touch with for years to come and hopefully one or two investors. You guys are incredible!” — SM, USA

Thank you so much for these magical moments you created. It takes a lot to reach that level of perfection. The secure environment you managed to create, leading people to being vulnerable and share. The mix of people you brought together. All senses stimulated — views, music, food, wine, touch, making it a truly unique experience.

HG, UK (on VOYAGERS' 2019 Health-Tech Adventure in Iceland)

WHAT DID THE PROGRAMME LOOK LIKE?

This three-day adventure began and ended in Reykjavik, for easy flight connections, but was mostly spent in the rugged countryside in the south-east of Iceland.

 

Our official schedule started on Thursday morning in central Reykjavik. After some local morning exploration, we shared a headphone hike through the city centre hearing fellow VOYAGERS’ stories as we walk. We finished at the harbour, where we enjoyed a relaxed lunch before being picked up and taken to our base, the rural Grímsborgir Hotel. Amid beautiful surroundings, we relaxed with a welcoming hot swim. Hotel Grímsborgir is located 70km east of Reykjavik in the heart of the Golden Circle, nestled on the bank of the River Sogid surrounded by stunning landscape. All hotel rooms come with balcony or terrace and access to some of the 29 geothermal hot tubs on site, both private and shared.

Later in the evening, we gathered for our official welcome dinner at the hotel, where we got to know each other over some traditional Icelandic delicacies. As part of every VOYAGERS gathering, we concluded the day with some storytelling and late-evening group games such as Werewolf (a VOYAGERS tradition).

Friday was a full day in nature, with a visit to local geothermal pools, and the opportunity to explore the nature around the pools. We scheduled some well-deserved downtime where participants could unwind at our hotel’s Jacuzzi and pools. After dinner at the hotel, we bonded over an evening of games and good conversations.

Saturday was an intense day of outdoor activities. We went rafting in the Golden Circle (with relatively mild rapids, ideal for both beginners as well as those who have rafted before), exploring the beautiful glacial river Hvítá, the White River.

Instead of rafting, some participants chose to explore inside an inactive volcano. This experience involves a memorable descent 120 meters to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift, after which you are free to wander inside the dormant Þríhnúkagígur volcano, which last erupted over 4,000 years ago. The hike that leads to the crater offers amazing views.

Later on Saturday afternoon we travelled back to Reykjavik and checked in to the Odinsve Hotel. We transported all the luggage, so it was one less thing to worry about. We had drinks in the city with local friends, followed by our farewell dinner at the Ocean Cluster House, with a view to the harbour.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

We  took care of participants from the moment they arrived in central Reykjavik, on Thursday May 25 2023, until the morning of Sunday May 28 2023. We provided:

 

  • Three nights’ accommodation in two excellent hotels: two nights at Grímsborgir Hotel in the countryside, and one night in Reykjavik at the Odinsve Hotel
  • All meals: breakfasts, lunches and dinners from Thursday morning until the end of Saturday

  • All drinks, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, taken with the group

  • The guided hikes, cycle tour, rafting and all other scheduled activities, including visits to local sites (we will pass on a supplement charged if you choose the Inside the Volcano activity)

  • All transport for the duration of the scheduled adventure (you’ll will need to arrange your own travel to and from Iceland and airport transfers to and from our meeting points)

  • Transportation of your luggage between our hotels

  • The VOYAGERS gift pack (save some luggage space to take it home)

  • The services of the VOYAGERS production team

  • Advance curation by the VOYAGERS team, including extended site visits

  • A few extra surprises we will announce nearer the event

  • An amazing group of ambitious climate-tech VOYAGERS to build new friendships with

OPTIONAL EXTRA ACTIVITIES

ICELAND INNOVATION WEEK

We’ve partnered with Foobar for this adventure. Foobar invests in and supports startups, invests in technology, and develops processes to accelerate global decarbonisation and sustainability. The Foobar team will be present at Iceland Innovation Week, taking place just before the VOYAGERS adventure, and will organise their own Climate Summit called OK, BYE on Wednesday May 24. You’re invited to join: the Iceland Innovation Week team has offered VOYAGERS a 50% discount on the attendee pass, which will give you access to the whole Innovation Week. To obtain the discount, use discount code VOYAGERS at checkout.

OK, BYE is not your normal startup conference, but rather a performance, where talks and discussions will be intertwined with artistic happenings, music, and visual approaches. For a day the venue will be turned into an Icelandic summer located somewhere between the now and the future. The name “OK, BYE” refers to the first Icelandic glacier lost to climate change, Ok-jökull. The former glacier once covered 16 square km but has melted to a fraction, and is no longer considered a glacier. Here’s a documentary about it.

 

 

 

FITNESS LEVEL

You will not need to be particularly fit to participate in this adventure. We’ll be hiking but at a moderate pace designed to be comfortable to the group. You won’t carry luggage or backpacks — we’ll transport these.

 

CANCELLATION POLICY

We will collect a €300 deposit to hold your place. You can cancel your place, for any reason with no questions asked, for a full refund until April 15 2023. Our refund policy is as follows:

UNTIL APRIL 15, 2023 (Midnight GMT): All fees paid are refundable in full, NO questions asked.
UNTIL MAY 1, 2023 (Midnight GMT): You will receive a refund of all fees paid, excluding your booking deposit, minus a 50% cancellation fee.
AFTER MAY 1, 2023 (Midnight GMT): No refund will be payable to you; but before May 17 2023 you may connect us with someone you have found to take your place, subject to the VOYAGERS organisers’ approval.

Please note: We will curate the group to ensure a diverse mix of lovely people. We welcome partners who engage with the group as active participants.

 

What is your
Commitment?

Your Commitment

From the morning of Thursday May 25, 2023 until the morning of Sunday May 28, 2023. (Most flights to European destinations depart early on Sunday morning.)


The Cost

Each participant's share of the cost is €1,690 per person in shared rooms, or €1,990 per person if staying in your own rooms. We do not want to exclude good people on grounds of affordability and may be able to subsidise places where cost is a barrier. Optional extras not included in this cost: •Iceland Innovation Week - attendee pass costs €175 for VOYAGERS (discounted from €350) •Inside The Volcano experience - €240 supplement for ticket purchase •Wednesday May 24 night at ALDA Hotel in Reykjavik, offered at cost


The Cost Breakdown


  1. ACCOMMODATION & TAX: €860 for three nights in your own rooms (€560 if you share rooms)01
  2. FOOD, DRINKS & ROOM HIRE: €50002
  3. TRANSPORT BETWEEN LOCATIONS & CAR HIRE: €6003
  4. LOCAL ACTIVITIES: €14004
  5. OPERATIONS: €9005
  6. PRIOR SITE VISITS: €3506
  7. PRODUCTION, STAFF, CURATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, GUEST BOOK & DELIVERY:: €18007
  8. GIFT PACK: €3508
  9. STAFF ACCOMMODATION & TRAVEL: €4009
  10. CONTINGENCY: €5010
  11. TOTAL: €1,690 for shared occupancy, €1,990 for single occupancy of rooms 11