Volunteer in Iceland

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur       2 projects of 2 wks in April and May

Volunteer project: Our host for this project is a farmer’s family on the south shore of Iceland close to the town of Vík. The farmers cultivate carrots and keep cows. This is the 7th year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore this traditional Icelandic farm.

There will be various tasks, depending on the weather: some cleaning tasks, for instance clearing fields of rocks, fences, trash; beautifying the area around and removing an invasive species called Rumex Longifolius. Rumex Longifolius, commonly known as dooryard dock or northern dock, has been used in Iceland in order to control soil erosion and revegetate eroded areas, but in some places its spread is more than desirable and, being a foreign species, endangers the native species. This weed can remain viable for a long time. It is helpful for vegetative reproduction and adaptable to different environments. It is primarily a weed of grassland, and in this habitat it benefits from agricultural practices which lead to disturbance or eutrophication. It reduces production from the field and lowers the feeding value of the grass to the animals.

Those who are interested can help out with farm activities, such as taking care of the animals, cultivating potatoes and vegetables. Participants are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general. The group will also be taking care of trees, cutting and planting them.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area, depending on the weather conditions.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped flat, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The closest town is Vík. The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was covered by ashes during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull (Grimsvötn) 2011.

Vík is Iceland's southernmost village. Mýrdalur is bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sand beaches and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many attractive aspects of Vík, are the trips to the South shore and to Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
April 11 - April 25, 2018
April 25 - May 9, 2018

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