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Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          May 4 - May 18, 2015
Hveragerði          May 18 - June 1, 2015
Hveragerði          June 1 - June 15, 2015
Hveragerði          June 15 - June 29, 2015
Hveragerði          June 29 - July 13, 2015
Hveragerði          July 13 - July 27, 2015
Hveragerði          July 27 - August 10, 2015
Hveragerði          August 10 - August 24, 2015
Hveragerði          August 24 - September 7, 2015
Hveragerði          September 7 - September 21, 2015
Hveragerði          September 21 - October 5, 2015
Hveragerði          October 5 - October 19, 2015
Hveragerði          October 19 - November 2, 2015
Hveragerði          November 2 - November 16, 2015
Hveragerði          November 16 - November 30, 2015
Hveragerði          November 30 - December 14, 2015

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden’. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year, approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers work most of the time. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. The volunteers will also maintain the green areas around the clinic, collect herbs for making tea and assist with other environmental tasks as needed.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having one of the best areas for hiking in Iceland, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds are provided. Free wireless internet is available, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally-caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"Hi, I volunteered in Hveragerdi, Iceland in the greenhouses through July and wanted to leave a recommendation for those perusing Cadip because I had such a wonderful time. The organization is perfect for getting an international and enthusiastic crowd together; it was wonderful to grow vegetables and learn about so many cultures in such little time. I highly recommend Cadip to anyone wanting to travel and am planning my next trip for this July!"

Samantha J.,
Cadip volunteer 2012

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          May 7 - May 20, 2015
Eskifjörður          May 20 - June 2, 2015
Eskifjörður          June 2 - June 14, 2015
Eskifjörður          June 14 - June 26, 2015
Eskifjörður          June 26 - July 7, 2015

Volunteer project: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the towns and the surrounding area. We will also do some other environmental tasks, for example clean the coastline, plant trees or build hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
The area in the East is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Eskifjordur. Beds/mattresses are provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. We will have access to showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the North to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the East and South of Iceland. The trips include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. If you join the trips both ways, you will go all around the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik          May 10 - May 23, 2015
Reykjavik          May 24 - June 6, 2015
Reykjavik          June 21 - July 4, 2015
Reykjavik          August 23 - September 5, 2015
Reykjavik          September 6 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the fifth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. In summer, there is a variety of events in the Botanic Garden and group receptions are available throughout the year.

The volunteers will be doing general gardening work, tending the flowers, trees and other plants. Volunteers will also assist in organising and carrying out special events that might be planned on short notice but are related to the general aim and work of the garden. The work starts early every week day; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South shore, etc.) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a well equipped house, in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of the city of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The population of Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the North”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

Terminal: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reykjavik Arts festival
Reykjavik          May 11 - May 25, 2015

Volunteer project: The Arts Festival has been held in Reykjavík, Iceland since 1970. It is one of Europe’s oldest and most recognized multi-disciplinary arts festivals and it has hosted a large number of international and local artists in all fields of music, theatre, visual arts and dance.

Participants in the project will visually capture the festival and present it through online photo blogs and social media. Participants may in addition be requested to perform minor additional tasks related to the organization of the festival such as distribution of printed material, assisting audience, assisting security, etc.
During a short orientation period, participants will be introduced to the festival and the many arts and cultural venues in Reykjavik it collaborates with, as well as the tasks they will be responsible for during the project. The group will create the photo blogs and social media channels to be used during and immediately after the festival. During the festival, the group will have access to selected performances which they will document by photographing the event itself and its audience, as well as capturing the general atmosphere created in the city during the festival. These photographs, once approved by the Arts Festival’s staff, will be published on the workcamp’s photo blog, and distributed via the festival´s social media channels.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good photography and computer skills are very much welcome to this project. Previous knowledge of blogging and social media is also welcome. Volunteers are expected to bring their own cameras.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts. The volunteers will have free access to the Art Festival.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centred on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favourable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik          May 12 - May 22, 2015
Reykjavik          May 26 - June 5, 2015
Reykjavik          June 9 - June 19, 2015
Reykjavik          June 23 - July 3, 2015

Volunteer project: The sustainable living project has two major activities.
We are renovating an old farmhouse in the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation and to take care of the work in the farm. We have chickens, a greenhouse for growing herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers and a big piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots, lettuce and other types of vegetables.

Volunteers will also participate in workshops related to visual arts and decoration in the farm and the surrounding area.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located in the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city so you can enjoy pure nature and at the same time the city life of the capital. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Volcano adventure in Iceland
Bláfjöl          May 17 - May 30, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working close to the main skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains.
The aim is to protect the environment and avoid different trails being created from increasing traffic of hikers and nature lovers in the area. The main task will be making a hiking path in the Blue Mountains in an area called Þríhnúkagígur or Three Peaks Crater, which is a dormant volcano that last erupted over 4000 years ago. The path will be made with gravel and volunteers will use wheel barrels to move the gravel from bags which have been distributed evenly along the path. The work will be done at 500 m above sea level so weather can be cold and windy.
Other tasks may be to mark and control areas where the visitors can walk in order to protect the surroundings of unnecessary passage and harm. Sports associations who run some of the skiing lodges might also need some renovation, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The project starts in early summer but the days are already long so the clear air and bright light can create great conditions for photography or just to enjoy the views.

The volunteers will have the chance to explore the heart of a volcano, the only place on Earth where you can enter a magma chamber.

Special requirements: Volunteers need motivation to work mainly outdoors on manual jobs and under changing weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: The Blue Mountain Range area is a place of extremely beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover it by foot. Tours and excursions can be arranged at discount fares as well.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains; in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in the Blue Mountain Range area, which is located about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavík. The range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the Southwestern lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital region.
This area is excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something to their liking, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields, because of the numerous caves underneath. The caves here are actually among the most interesting tourist attractions in the capital area and the volunteers will have the chance to explore them.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I am happy to tell you that I enjoyed the workcamp very much. It was very well organised. We not only were able to enjoy the volunteer work, but also had time to travel around on our days off. We had two very good team leaders and everyone in the group got along really well with the others. The local Icelandic people were also very kind and nice. We were invited for BBQs and dinners, fishing, rode on a Viking Boat. These were all great experiences. I’ve attached some of the photos taken during the workcamp.
          Thank you very much for your help and assistance."

Ho Lun C.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Preserving the natural environment and historic heritage in the old herring village Djupavik
Djúpavík          May 18 - May 29, 2015

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be working on various projects in and around Djúpavík, which is a small village in the Icelandic Western fjords.
Among the main tasks will be to build and maintain hiking trails and walking paths in the area, as well as putting up sticks and signs alongside the paths. Other tasks will include cleaning the coastline, collecting driftwood and general gardening work.

In Djúpavík, there is an old abandoned herring factory. It needs maintenance and volunteers will be assisting in some renovation works, like help cleaning and fixing the roof. The building is now used by artists, and cultural events are hosted there.

Language: English

Leisure time: Possible excursions for the volunteers include kayak trips in the fjord with a seal colony, a visit to the area and isolated pool in Krossnes, among other recreation activities.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local summer house, sleeping on bunk beds in shared rooms. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Djúpavík is located at the head of Reykjarfjörður on the Strandir coast in the Westfjords region (Vestfirðir), in the municipality of Árneshreppur. Perhaps one of Iceland's most remote areas, it is a sheltered bay, largely untouched by modern developments where silence reigns and nature continues to shape a rugged, mountainous landscape. The distance from the capital is around 360 km.

The bay Djúpavík is among the least frequented parts of the country. The roads up there are only open during the few months of short summer. It is one of the remotest corners of Europe, where the coastline is covered with vast expanses of driftwood that originated on the other side of the Arctic Ocean, in Russian Siberia. The region is stunningly beautiful and a perfect place to really experience Iceland’s wildness.

There have been small farming communities in the district for hundreds of years, but the story of Djúpavík really began in 1915, when Elías Stefánsson started a herring salting station. Unfortunately he went bankrupt in 1919, but in 1934 entrepreneurs of Djúpavík started building a huge herring factory that ran for two decades. It changed the lives of the people in the region, giving them a chance to earn a living. In 1954 the “herring adventure” (as Icelanders call it) in this part of Iceland was over and the factory went bankrupt.

Today Djúpavík is dominated by the huge ruins of its old herring factory and the rusting shipwreck of the 100-year-old former passenger and cargo ship Suðurland. The tremendous costs involved in demolishing the factory building – once the largest concrete structure in Europe – is too much for the village so its huge shell remains, reminiscent of a Hollywood set.

Few years ago, the famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós held a small number of concerts in Iceland. The venues were specially chosen, and the old herring factory in Djúpavík was one of them.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey          May 18 - May 28, 2015

Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host in this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the historical island of Viðey for the 9th year in a row!

Viðey is a popular destination during the summer among Icelandic as well as foreign visitors and the volunteers will help preparing it for a busy season. The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the team. First of all, the volunteers will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. They will carry out some planting and gardening activities as well and possibly make and maintain walking paths.
Depending on the advance of the project, the group may have some other tasks like checking up and repairing garden furniture.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some spare time activities will be organised free of charge for the volunteers such as a whale watching boat trip. The volunteers will have free rides on the boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be organised at discount fares for the group.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a local house on Viðey island, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Viðey or “Wood Island” is the largest (1,7 km²) island in the Kollafjord Bay, just outside Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The island is covered by many species of plants and at least 30 species of breeding birds have been counted here.
Viðey was inhabited from soon after the settlement of Iceland already in the 10th century and at the beginning of the 20th century around 100 people lived there. But it’s uninhabited nowadays.
There is a regular boat connection between the island and the harbour of Reykjavík. The trip takes just about 10 minutes and is only a few hundred metres away from the city. This makes Viðey so special, it is a peaceful place, very close to the busy city life of the capital.

There are hiking and cycling paths around the island and there is no motor traffic allowed. It also hosts intriguing sculptural art work, amongst them all nine pairs of basalt pillars that comprise Richard’s Serra’s work Áfangar and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine peace” column, a tower of light, which is supported by the widow of John Lennon.
Other places of interest on Viðey are related to archaeological research. At the eastern end of the island is the site of an abandoned fishing village and Viðeyjarnaust, at the southwest of the island, is a memorial to the twenty men who lost their lives when the cutter Ingvar sank off Viðey in 1906. Dramatic formations of columnar basalt may be seen on the shore.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental work and exploring traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          May 20 - June 3, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our host cultivates carrots, has cows and runs a tourist accommodation.

We will mainly be doing some environmental and construction work in this particular project: beautifying the area by planting trees and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. We might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. Other tasks will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland, for working outdoors and be prepared to experience all kinds of weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. This might include sight-seeing, hiking, etc.

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

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly 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 sands 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 aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental enhancement project in the far East of Iceland
Hamarsfjörður          May 22 - June 5, 2015

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in this project in the east of Iceland. The project takes place in a fjord called Hamarsfjörður, and the team will be working in the surrounding area. The surroundings are beautiful, high mountains all around and deep valleys.
Our hosts are a family that have taken up a former farm in the fjord and are trying to develop new work opportunities in the area. They live and work there running diverse facilities and offering services for visitors.

The main work tasks will be to clean the area, tear down old fences and maybe put up some new ones. Volunteers will also help with some tree cutting. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our hosts as well as weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organised for the volunteers, for instance a day trip and excursions in the area, and a barbeque. The area is very beautiful and diverse. The nature has many things to offer and there are plenty of opportunities to go hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local summer house. Volunteers will either sleep on mattresses or in beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen.

Location: The closest town to Hamarsfjörður is Djúpivogur, which is a charming village with a long history of trading located in Djúpavogshreppur. It is the southernmost district of the east. Álftafjörður and Hamarsfjörður are lagoons, rich in birdlife. The pyramid-shaped Búlandstindur at 1069 m, dominates the landscape.
Near the coast of Djúpivogur there is an island called Papey. The island was inhabited since the settlement of Iceland until the year 1966. There are still a lighthouse, a dwelling house, a church and a weather station on the island, the latter automated since 1998. There are also large colonies of Atlantic puffins on the island. Papey is the largest island off the east coast of Iceland, about 2 km² in area, and the only populated one until a few decades ago.

The view is spectacular and the biggest national park in Europe with the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull is only few kilometres away. The unique beauty of the nature and unpredictable weather during winter have shaped the local culture.
The Vatnajökull N.P., stretching from the south coast to the north coast of the island, is the largest protected wilderness in Europe. It covers around 15.000 km2  (15% of the surface of Iceland), including all of Vatnajökull glacier, the former Skaftafell N.P., Jokulsargljufur N.P. and surroundings.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          May 25 - June 4, 2015
Reykjavik          September 21 - October 1, 2015
Reykjavik          October 5 - October 15, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the eighth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organizing this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working on a flexible time schedule.

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. Volunteers will likely work for 2 days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries, helping with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and working on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or South shore) can be arranged at discount fares.

The Icelandic National Day is celebrated annually on June 17th. The celebrations include a parade through the streets, along with various parties, street theatre, live music and other events.

Imagine Peace Tower (an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, situated on Viðey Island) will be lit up on October 9th.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house in the beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Building a shelter for skiers in the Westfjords of Iceland
Ísafjörður          May 28 - June 11, 2015

Volunteer project: In this project, the volunteers will get the chance to work with a support fund for skiers. The support fund´s goals are to support young, promising skiers, build good ski trails, help provide great accommodation for skiers, operate a top scale skiing school and much more related to skiing.

The main task in this project is to build a 60m2 house for the skiers to stay in during their trainings. A professional carpenter will work with the volunteers at all times, as well as other professional workers who will teach the volunteers how to do what they are supposed to do. The volunteers’ main tasks will be to saw, hammer, carry timber and other related tasks. Volunteers might also be asked to help dig holes for the veranda foundations.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities and sightseeing will be organised to some of the interesting attraction spots in the area. There are countless opportunities to discover the area by foot or to hike in the surroundings.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local house, sleeping in beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in a very nice town called Ísafjörður, which is located in the Westfjords at the north-western part of Iceland. The region accounts for 10% of the country’s surface but only about 8000 people live there. This makes the area one of the least populated areas of Europe.
Ísafjörður is the largest town in the Westfjords with a population of about 2600. Despite its size, small population, and historical isolation from the rest of the country, the town has a rather urban atmosphere. Ísafjörður has a school of music as well as a hospital. The older former hospital building now accommodates a cultural center with a library and showrooms.
The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is made by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. In the area you will be able to explore the whole range of Icelandic flora from the shore and meadows, through birch to mossy moors. On the shore, one can see birds, seals, whales and then an occasional arctic fox around the sheep. Fishing is traditionally the main industry in the region but tourism started to be more and more important as local and foreign visitors are discovering this region in rising numbers.
Hiking in this beautiful area is very impressive and an inspection of the coastline by walking or kayaking is an inspiring option, this provides a full variety of opportunities for volunteers and visitors in this area.

Terminal: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Domestic airport is Ísafjörður (IFJ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Improving the environment and cleaning up the coastline in a fishing village in South Iceland
Eyrarbakki          May 31 - June 14, 2015

Volunteer project: The main tasks of the international volunteers will be fixing up the outdoor areas of a newly established sustainable tourism cooperative in the south of Iceland.
The tasks include cleaning up after the winter and preparing the site for the summer season, maintaining walking paths, some painting and other activities if needed.
The volunteers will also help cleaning up the coastline to help maintain its wild untouched appearance and will collect dulse.
Furthermore, the volunteers may help our host in their activities as a sustainable tour operator in one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project is located in a place of stunningly beautiful surroundings with countless walking and hiking opportunities.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be lodged in a community house in sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in Eyrarbakki, a small village in South Iceland. The town once played an important role in trading. The town's prime time was from the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century. During that time, the town life flourished and expanded around the houses of the Danish trading area. The population grew fast and at its peak, the inhabitants were around 1000 at 1920, but decreased to 530 - 550 during the last decades.
The historical importance of the town is directly linked to the port, which was an entrance to the country in international trade. Churches and bishops in the country had their goods and material for building delivered through Eyrarbakki. In the 18th century, Danish merchants were permitted to live in Iceland, which led them to start building and importing houses and settle down in the town.
The town is renowned for its charming old houses and one of oldest houses of Iceland, from 1765 is located in the town. Other old houses are also there and locals have put efforts and energy in maintaining and renovating them, so the town holds more to its original look.
Few kilometres out of town is the Flói Nature Reserve, a paradise for wetland birds, with a marked circular hiking trail through the marshes. The surroundings are amazing, open sea, beautiful coastline; nearby you will find places such as Gullfoss, Geysir, Skálholt, Þórsmörk, Skógarfoss, as well as the very well known and notorious Eyjafjallajökull. The distance from the capital is about 70 km.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to Eyrarbakki and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion on the first day.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Help save the whales
Reykjavik          June 1 - June 13, 2015
Reykjavik          June 15 - June 27, 2015
Reykjavik          June 29 - July 11, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will take part in a whale-awareness and protection project run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). This mainly consists of distributing information, conducting a survey, having people fill out postcards that will be taken to the government at the end of the project, talking to people and having fun in Reykjavík! We are looking for enthusiastic and open-minded people for this project!

The aim of the project is to raise awareness in a friendly, peaceful and joyful manner. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to prepare and carry out acts or actions to grab attention and entertain passers-by. We encourage people with artistic skills and talents to apply: this is your chance to give vent to your joy of creation and performance.

We encourage each volunteer to come prepared with some ideas of awareness rising for this project, to discuss them with the group and try to implement them.

Our goal is to raise awareness among tourists (and locals) that by tasting whale meat in Icelandic restaurants they encourage whaling. The truth is that most Icelanders have never tasted whale meat and do not intend to do so. In a survey made by Gallup in 2007, 86% of those asked had not purchased whale meat in the last 12 months; however 67% were in favour of commercial whaling.

Iceland was one of the first countries in the world to ban commercial whaling. We can help Iceland to make a positive decision again, by educating the growing number of people who eat up to 40% of the whale meat consumed in the country, but at the same time say they are against whaling.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will be provided with passes to go on free whale watching trips. Tours and excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Snaefellsnes or South Shore) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a basic house in Reykjavík. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Europe's most northern capital is a friendly, vibrant city that manages to combine the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere with all the qualities of a modern, trendy city. Here you can leisurely stroll around the lovely little streets of the town centre with its many renovated old houses and there's no hustle and bustle, no noisy traffic to contend with.
The visitor to Reykjavik is simply spoiled when it comes to things to do. There is the National Gallery and a range of other small avant-garde galleries for the art lover. The newly reopened National Museum provides an exciting insight into Iceland's history and heritage, as does the Arbaer Folk Museum.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 140 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Fighting soil erosion and marking hiking trails in the Bear fjord
Bjarnarfjörður          June 1 - June 15, 2015

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in this project in the West Fjords. The project takes place in a small community, called Bjarnarfjörður and the group will be working in three sites in the area.

The main work tasks will be to take part in combatting soil erosion, fertilize small trees and maintain walking paths. For the first 3-4 days, the volunteers will carry fertilizer in rucksacks (provided) up some hills to spread on eroded soils. The next 3-4 days, they will fertilize small trees. The rest of the days, the team will work on a walking path, marking and fording small wetlands with timber and/or gravel.

The volunteers will get guidance from the hosts on the purpose of the projects and how to manage those tasks in an efficient and easy manner. The nature in the area is quite diverse, with interesting geologic features and rich plant and bird life.
The tasks can get rather physically demanding, but the work will be carefully constructed to avoid strain and to be able to enjoy the surroundings as people walk about in the hills.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our hosting partner will organise some free time activities for the volunteers, for instance a day trip and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a rustic but charming old farmhouse with ample space and beds for everyone. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen. There is no shower in the house, but volunteers will have access to showers at the local swimming pool and natural hot tub close by.

Location: About 20 km from Bjarnarfjörður is Drangsnes, a small fishing village. It is part of the Kaldrananeshreppur municipality and has barely 100 inhabitants. The village got its name from a tall rock (Drangur) named Kerling which according to the legend is one of the three trolls who tried to separate the West Fjords from the rest of Iceland.

Bjarnarfjörður is a haven for nature lovers, with vibrant bird life especially in early summer. The area offers easy hiking tracks for everyone in summer and winter alike.

Bjarnarfjörður belongs to the region Strandir (literally: the coasts). For centuries Strandir was one of the most remote areas in Iceland. It was known for the inhabitants’ knowledge of magic and as a refuge for criminals. The landscape of Strandir is far from uniform. The low hills of Hrútafjörður in the south gradually change to 700 m high mountains rising straight from the coast in the northern part, just north of Bjarnarfjörður. The population in the Strandir region is only just under 800. The town Hólmavík (25 km from Bjarnarfjörður) with its 400 inhabitants is the biggest in the area. Warm springs are abundant, feeding natural pools in many places. There is quite some number of rivers, rivulets and small lakes in the area, not to mention majestic waterfalls.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reforestation and environmental maintenance work in the heart of the Golden Circle
Fludir          June 7 - June 20, 2015

Volunteer project: This project will take place in the small community of Flúðir which is located in the middle of the Golden circle in the south of Iceland. In the area you can find some of the historical places in Iceland – for example Þingvellir which is by far Iceland’s most famous historic site and one of the two places in Iceland on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The Alþingi, or general assembly, first met there in AD930, and continued to do so for nearly nine centuries, until 1798. Various important events in the Icelandic Sagas took place at Þingvellir, and in 1930 it was declared a National Park.

Nowhere on earth is the junction between the European and American tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust as clear as in the southwest, and at Þingvellir: the plates diverge here by as much as 2 cm per year, but the gap is constantly being filled, as volcanoes have been erupting regularly throughout Iceland’s history.

But the region has other attractions as well: places of outstanding natural beauty include magnificent waterfalls, of which Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is the best known. In many geothermal areas, villages have grown up, where exotic fruits and vegetables are grown in greenhouses heated by hot springs. The best known hot spring is Geysir, from which derives the English word “geyser” for spouting hot springs: the big Geysir is surrounded by many more springs of all shapes and sizes.
A little further east are two of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. Mt. Hekla has erupted about 20 times in Icelandic history, and Mt. Katla, under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, is almost as active. Many years have now passed since Mt. Katla last erupted, and according to geoscientists, it is overdue for another burst of activity.

The volunteers will be working with the environmental department of the community. Most of the work will consist of planting trees and taking care of the environment in the surrounding area.
Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a local school. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.

Location: Fludir, in the south of Iceland

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Erosion control and reviving the natural vegetation in the south of Iceland
Reykjavik          June 11 - June 25, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is organised since 2007 in cooperation with several local NGOs devoted to the re-vegetation of eroded soils in the south-west of Iceland. The aim of the project is to halt the downward spiral of erosion and to strengthen the ecosystem by enhancing its natural vegetation.

In 2015, the volunteers will perform three different types of work:
a) Revegetation and erosion control,
b) Monitoring the survival and growth of tree plantations of former years,
c) Tree planting.

By using organic waste materials for fertilizing, we aim for a double gain. The soils, poor in plant nutrients, are enriched while the amount of materials in need of a waste treatment is substantially decreased. The south-west is part of the volcanic belt of Iceland, with vast lava fields and erodible volcanic soils. Additionally, the area has suffered from overgrazing of sheep for long. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas are stripped entirely of top soil.

Close to 70% of the total population lives in this part of Iceland. Different kinds of organic waste materials are being generated in and from the urban environment, substantial quantities every year. In the long run, materials like horse manure, garden waste and the likes are the best revegetation means available. We work to make way for these materials as a revegetation medium. In this project we combine professionalism with idealism. The results so far can already be seen at a number of sites in the area and since 2007 with great contribution from international volunteers.

Language: English

Leisure time: A two day trip can be organised for the group.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a school with basic facilities in one of Reykjavik’s neighbouring towns, Hafnarfjörður. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The work will take place in the vicinity of Reykjavík, and the groups will touch upon more than one project in different places. The main emphasis will be on erosion control on the banks of Kleifarvatn (big lake in Reykjanes peninsula), Vatnsskarð, Bolalda, Sandskeið and various sites on the Reykjanes peninsula.

The Reykjanes peninsula is located near the capital and most travellers coming to Iceland land in the area. As the Reykjanes coastline draws closer and the plane prepares to land at Keflavík Airport, the peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow little vegetation. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs in the southern half of the peninsula, around the Kleifarvatn Lake and in the Krýsuvík geothermal area. The Peninsula is envied for its hiking trails that zigzag through the region with colourful landscapes. Amazing ocean cliffs (up to 70 m high) are nested by numerous bird species, often a wonderful spot for bird and whale watching. Another great asset of the peninsula is the geothermal power station at Svartsengi, where a pool has been installed using the hot and mineralized water coming down from the station. It is known as the "Blue Lagoon".

The Leif the Lucky Bridge is named after the Icelandic explorer Leifur Eriksson who travelled from Europe to America 500 years before Columbus. It spans the Álfagjá rift valley (60 feet wide and 20 deep) that marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organizing sports events in the North of Iceland
Blönduós          June 18 - July 1, 2015

Volunteer project: For the first time, international volunteers will have the unique opportunity to take part in two different sports events in the North of Iceland: a soccer tournament for young kids called “Smábæjarleikarnir” (the Small Town Games) and a sports event called “Landsmót 50+” held for seniors over 50 years old.

The Small Town Games is a soccer tournament for kids aged 6-13. The tournament is 2 days long and has been growing every year since it was first held. This year the town is expecting around 800 people to come for the tournament.
Landsmót 50+ is a sports event for people over 50 years old. People will compete in various sports, for instance in boccia, tractor driving, athletics, golf, judo, chess, swimming and more.

Volunteers will be involved in preparing and assisting during the two tournaments. Volunteers will help prepare the competition areas, put up signs, clean the areas and other related tasks. During competition days, volunteers will help with timing, catering, picking up garbage and other related tasks. Volunteers will play a big role in making it possible for these events to take place.

Language: English

Leisure time: The local hosts will organise leisure activities for the group of volunteers, for instance a guided hiking tour, visits to local museums and possibly horseback riding. The volunteers will have free access to the local geothermal pool in Blönduós.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local school, sleeping on mattresses, with access to kitchen and bathrooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in a small town called Blönduós, about 250 km from Reykjavík, in the North West of the country. Blönduós is the largest urban area in Húnaflói bay. The employment is connected to agriculture, industry, services and fishing industry. A creamery and butchery is operated in the town. At Blönduós there is a well-equipped Hospital, health service, service apartments for the elderly, a Community centre, a Sports centre, Swimming pool, good Camping area, a Hotel, Cafés & Restaurants and much more.
A handcraft museum, the only one of its kind in Iceland, is to be found in Blönduós. There is also a Sea Ice Exhibition Centre in the old part of the town and The Icelandic Textile Center in the old Woman’s handcrafts college in Blönduós.

The river Blanda runs through the town and is the longest and perhaps the most powerful Salmon river in Iceland. The source of the river Blanda is in the southwest side of the glacier Höfsjökull and it runs into Húnaflói bay at Blönduós. The catchment area of Blanda is estimated to be 2370 km2 and is among the longest rivers in the country with a length of circa 125 km. The river is one of the main salmon rivers in Iceland and has often yielded a catch of almost 3000 salmon in one summer. In the river Blanda is the Island Hrútey. This island is protected and has good walking paths.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Stodvarfjordur          June 21 - July 1, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          July 1 - July 12, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          July 23 - August 2, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 2 - August 13, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 25 - September 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The teen project's aim is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During the 12 days of the program, participants will have the chance to get to know Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of these projects will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a workcamp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. We will also go for hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The volunteers will also help with renovation and environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will visit several places in the area and enjoy the nature while travelling. We will play different kinds of sports together will local teenagers. We will also go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur.
There is a free access to the local geothermal heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east. The project will take place in the village Stodvarfjordur.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Age range: 15 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and maintenance of bike trails in Skalafell
Skálafell          June 21 - June 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will once again be working with the City of Reykjavík in one of the main Skiing areas in the capital region of Iceland.
The volunteers will be working in Skálafell, where the ski slopes are turned into a Bike park during summertime and mountain bike enthusiasts can nourish their passion. The main tasks will include renovation and maintenance work on the bike trails; mainly raking and scraping them up. Some paint job awaits the volunteers as well and general cleaning of the area.

The project starts on the day when the summer solstice occurs, when the sun never fully sets at this latitude and the nights are as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical with almost 24 hours of sunlight and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area and tours and excursions can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares as well (for example Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, South Shore, etc.)

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The house where the volunteers will be quartered during the project is located in Reykjavík, approximately 30 km away from the location of the working site. Volunteers will be transported there every working day.
Some of the best natural countryside in Iceland is located there. Hiking, mountain biking, alpine and cross country skiing are just a few outdoor activities people can enjoy in the area.
Iceland is chilly, even in summer. Expect nights to dip down to 10 Celsius and days to warm up to the mid-high teens Celsius and warmer. In the mountains, weather can change quickly and drastically.

The population of Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavík is a vibrant city that manages to combine the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere with all the qualities of a modern, trendy city. Here you can leisurely stroll around the lovely little streets of the town centre with its many renovated old houses and there's no hustle and bustle, no noisy traffic to contend with.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the unique natural environment of Katla Geopark
Vík í Mýrdal          June 22 - July 3, 2015

Volunteer project: Katla Geopark is Iceland's first geopark and it opens up a natural wonderland to the visitor. A top priority of the park is to protect the natural environment, promote local sustainable development, introduce local culture and place a strong emphasis on nature tourism.
Katla Geopark got its name from one of its most known volcanoes, Katla, which is under the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. The geopark is 9542 km2 or around 9,3 % of the total area of Iceland, with a population of around 2700.
Katla Geopark is in every sense the land of ice and fire, with its towering glaciers and active volcanoes. These forces have been shaping the land for thousands of years and the nearest examples of that are the powerful eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Grímsvötn 2011. But there is also more amazing landscapes in the area, mountains, lakes, black sandy beaches, green pastures and meadows, powerful glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls and vast lava fields.
Katla Geopark is accessible all year round, and each season has its own magical charm in this spectacular natural paradise.

Vík in Mýrdalur is Iceland's most southerly village, 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 sands 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. The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which is one of the world's ten best island beaches. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

The volunteers will help with different tasks in the Geo Park and also in the village of Vík. They will help with marking and fixing hiking paths, putting up signs, painting, weeding and other environmental tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice and fully equipped community building offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wi-Fi internet is available.

Location: Katla Geo park and Vík in Mýrdal

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Renovation of an old farm in the south of Iceland
Vik i Myrdal          June 30 - July 15, 2015
Vik i Myrdal          July 15 - July 30, 2015
Vik i Myrdal          July 30 - August 13, 2015

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will assist with the renovation of an old farm in the south of Iceland which is being changed into a guesthouse. Our hosts are a young family that recently bought the farm and are renovating the house and maintaining the area, including a couple of historically preserved buildings.

The main work tasks will be to clean the area, tear down old fences and fix newer ones, paint a historically preserved house and outhouses, and help with repairs on a historically preserved barn.
Volunteers will also plant trees and/or other vegetation, as well as help with some farming activities such as cleaning out old hay from a barn. Based on the interest of the volunteers, they will have the opportunity to learn about tourist services such as booking and receiving guests.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be motivated to get to know the way of life in rural areas of Iceland.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The group will stay in a small house on the land with access to a bathroom and kitchen in the next house. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located on a farm on the South shore of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The farm is beautifully located between Dyrhóley and Pétursey islands on land. In the beginning, the farm was still powered by a home hydroelectric generating station, which is still standing although no longer in use.

The farm is only a ten minutes’ drive from the town of Vík í Mýrdal, which is Iceland's most southerly village. Vík is a charming small village surrounded by high bird cliffs with beautiful ocean views.

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 sands and the sea. Just east of Vík’s outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds.

A range of recreational opportunities are offered in the area, including glacier hiking, snowmobiling, ice climbing, bird watching, nature hiking and horse riding as well as equestrian displays. There are also a number of exhibitions and museums, like Skogar museum where the old turf houses can be seen, and Skaftfellingur VE33 ship exhibitions.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and maintenance of ski slopes in The Blue Mountains
Bláfjöll          June 30 - July 12, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working once again with the City of Reykjavík in the main Skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains. 

The main tasks in this workcamp will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and few sports associations run lodges there and they might also need some renovation work, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changing weather conditions.

The project starts shortly after summer solstice, when the sun never fully sets at this latitude and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the Blue Mountain Range area, volunteers will be given an extraordinary opportunity to explore a hidden world beneath ours in an amazing trip to the underworld! Beneath the lava field in the area, the volcanic eruptions have left behind caves with magical rock formations. Exploring the dark and hidden lava tubes is a fantastic addition to your volunteer adventure in Iceland and a perfect way to see how Iceland was created.

The Blue Mountain Range area is a place of extremely beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover it by foot. Our hosts will organise free time activities in the area and tours and excursions can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares as well (for example Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, South Shore, etc.).

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains and sleep in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in the Blue Mountain Range area, which is about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavík. The range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the Southwestern lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital region.
This area is excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something they like there, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath. The caves here are actually among the most interesting tourist attractions in the capital area and our volunteers will be given the chance to explore them.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          July 1 - July 15, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, collecting plastic covers from the garden beds. The volunteers will also help clean the garden beds and beautify the area. Other possible projects include help with paint work and maintenance. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

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 a fully equipped flat, in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
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 2011.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly 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 sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The main livelihood of the people in the district is 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 aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which has been named as one of the world's ten best island beaches. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help organizing the Eistnaflug Metal Festival
Neskaupstadur          July 4 - July 14, 2015

Volunteer project: Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. It is an indoor event taking place in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one day metal festival, but has since grown into a four day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage.
The line up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic. Among foreign acts that have performed at the festival are At The Gates (Sweden), Tyrant (Sweden), Napalm Death (UK), Triptykon (Switzerland), Secrets Of The Moon (Germany), Hamferð (Faroe Islands), The Monolith Deathcult (Netherlands) and Cephalic Carnage (US). Domestic bands that have often played at the festival include Sólstafir, Momentum, Innvortis, Saktmóðigur, Gone Postal, Carpe Noctem, Celestine and many more.
Musically, Eistnaflug is also a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected, prime foreign acts stacking up against a massive selection of all the great things the Iceland music scene has to offer every year. There are no boundaries – from indie rock to hardcore to black metal, everything that’s good is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.

We will help the organizers of the festival to carry out different tasks. For example, we will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control the access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. We will assist the local organization in keeping the area clean during the festival. We will also do some environmental work in cooperation with the local community before and after the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.
Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival.

Accommodation: In a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. We will take showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre nearby the house. It is possible that we will also stay in tents for one or two nights during the festival just to get into the right spirit.

Location: Neskaupstaður is a medium size town by Icelandic standards. With its 1.420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900s and is almost completely self sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbor, an airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician!

On the east side of the town, there's a wildlife reserve and a large recreational area facing the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve, called Hagi, lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year round pass in Iceland.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. Egilsstaðir airport is 40 km from the project site.

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik          July 6 - July 16, 2015
Reykjavik          July 20 - July 30, 2015
Reykjavik          August 3 - August 13, 2015
Reykjavik          August 17 - August 27, 2015
Reykjavik          August 31 - September 10, 2015
Reykjavik          September 14 - September 24, 2015
Reykjavik          September 28 - October 8, 2015
Reykjavik          October 12 - October 22, 2015
Reykjavik          October 26 - November 5, 2015
Reykjavik          November 9 - November 19, 2015
Reykjavik          November 23 - December 3, 2015
Reykjavik          December 7 - December 17, 2015

Volunteer project: The sustainable living project has two major activities.
We are renovating an old farmhouse in the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation and to take care of the work in the farm. We have chickens, a greenhouse for growing herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers and a big piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots, lettuce and other types of vegetables.

Volunteers will also participate in workshops related to visual arts and decoration in the farm and the surrounding area.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located in the outskirts of Reykjavik. This place is like a farm in the city so you can enjoy pure nature and at the same time the city life of the capital. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds/mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Tree planting and environmental work in the South of Iceland
Grímsnes          July 6 - July 20, 2015

Volunteer project: This project will take place in a small community called Grímsnes-and Grafningshreppur which is located in the middle of the south area of Iceland. In the area you can find some of the historical places in Iceland, for example Þingvellir which is by far Iceland’s most famous historic site. The Alþingi, or general assembly, first met there in AD930, and continued to do so for nearly nine centuries, until 1798. Various important events in the Icelandic Sagas took place at Þingvellir, and in 1930 it was declared a National Park. In 2004 Þingvellir was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Nowhere on earth is the junction between the European and American tectonic plates in the Earth’s crust as clear as in the southwest, and at Þingvellir. The plates diverge here by as much as 2 cm per year, but the gap is constantly being filled, as volcanoes have been erupting regularly throughout Iceland’s history.
Not far away is the old Episcopal seat of Skálholt, which was the centre of the church and Christianity in Iceland from the mid-11th century until the end of the 18th.

But the region has other attractions as well: places of outstanding natural beauty include magnificent waterfalls, of which Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is the best known. In many geothermal areas, villages have grown up, where exotic fruits and vegetables are grown in greenhouses heated by hot springs. The best known hot spring is Geysir, from which derives the English word “geyser” for spouting hot springs: the big Geysir is surrounded by many more springs of all shapes and sizes.
A little further east are two of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. Mt. Hekla has erupted about 20 times in Icelandic history, and Mt. Katla, under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, is almost as active. Many years have now passed since Mt. Katla last erupted, and according to geoscientists, it is overdue for another burst of activity.

The volunteers will be working with the environmental department of the community. Most of the work will consist of planting trees and taking care of the environment in the surrounding area.
Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a local school. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.

Location: Grímsnes, in the south of Iceland

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik, Iceland.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          July 6 - July 16, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the eighth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organizing this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working on a flexible time schedule.

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. Volunteers will likely work for 2 days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries, helping with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and working on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or South shore) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house in the beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 30 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          July 7 - July 19, 2015
Eskifjörður          July 19 - July 31, 2015
Eskifjörður          July 31 - August 12, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 12 - August 24, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 24 - September 5, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 5 - September 17, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 17 - September 29, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 29 - October 11, 2015
Eskifjörður          October 11 - October 23, 2015
Eskifjörður          October 23 - November 4, 2015
Eskifjörður          November 4 - November 16, 2015

Volunteer project: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the towns and the surrounding area. We will also do some other environmental tasks, for example clean the coastline, plant trees or build hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
The area in the East is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Eskifjordur. Beds/mattresses are provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the North to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the East and South of Iceland. The trips include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. If you join the trips both ways, you will go all around the island.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Renovating a volunteer center at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn          July 11 - July 22, 2015
Raufarhöfn          July 21 - August 2, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 1 - August 12, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 11 - August 22, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 21 - September 2, 2015

Volunteer project: The village of Raufarhöfn is the community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer, one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea, various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach, waders strut, and inland on the grassy moorlands, there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity, many species of ducks, waders and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

This project is about renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around the volunteer house in the village. Raufarhofn is a very isolated place and in the same time very magical. We will work about 6 hours a day in order to make our house in the North a much better place to live in. The house has been hosting volunteers for the last 4 years so it is the right time to renovate the place and give it a nice new look.

Raufarhofn is a place full of energy and amazing landscapes. This is the right place to enjoy your free time taking photos and having walks around the coastline. Children and youth from the village will be very interested to get to know you and take part in some of our cultural dinners or even workshops which we can develop if volunteers are happy and dynamic enough. If the weather allows us, we will also work on cleaning the coastline around Raufarhofn for at least one or two days, picking up garbage and making it a better and cleaner place.

This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: There are different things to do in the leisure time in Raufarhofn. You can walk (about 18 km forth and back) to the lighthouse, which is the most North Eastern point of Iceland. The line of the Arctic Circle frames that area of Iceland closing the water of the Atlantic Ocean and opening the gates to the Greenlandic Sea. After having made the walk, you can get a certificate in the local Hotel which confirms your visit to the Arctic Circle. Another positive thing about Raufarhofn, especially if you like birds, is that the village becomes a migrant birds nesting area giving so much life to the place. Raufarhofn is the Icelandic tundra, full of blackberries and blueberries during the season. If you are volunteering while the berries are in season, you will have the opportunity to make your own jam, brownies, cake and other delicious meals based on wild berries. Also the tundra area is full of lakes, where fishing is easy to do and free as well. We will have some small fishing equipment to try to get some fresh catch of the day :)

Accommodation: The group will stay in the volunteer house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Location: Raufarhöfn

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Thorshofn airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn, which will be a trip around the island (total 1.400 km) starting from Reykjavik going through the North to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the East and South of Iceland. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents and icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Stodvarfjordur          July 12 - July 23, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 13 - August 25, 2015

Volunteer project: The teen project's aim is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During the 12 days of the program, participants will have the chance to get to know Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of these projects will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a workcamp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. We will also go for hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The volunteers will also help with renovation and environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will visit several places in the area and enjoy the nature while travelling. We will play different kinds of sports together will local teenagers. We will also go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur.
There is a free access to the local geothermal heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east. The project will take place in the village Stodvarfjordur.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Age range: 13 - 15 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help save the whales
Reykjavik          July 13 - July 25, 2015
Reykjavik          July 27 - August 8, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will take part in a whale-awareness and protection project run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). This mainly consists of distributing information, conducting a survey, having people fill out postcards that will be taken to the government at the end of the project, talking to people and having fun in Reykjavík! We are looking for enthusiastic and open-minded people for this project!

The aim of the project is to raise awareness in a friendly, peaceful and joyful manner. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to prepare and carry out acts or actions to grab attention and entertain passers-by. We encourage people with artistic skills and talents to apply: this is your chance to give vent to your joy of creation and performance.

We encourage each volunteer to come prepared with some ideas of awareness rising for this project, to discuss them with the group and try to implement them.

Our goal is to raise awareness among tourists (and locals) that by tasting whale meat in Icelandic restaurants they encourage whaling. The truth is that most Icelanders have never tasted whale meat and do not intend to do so. In a survey made by Gallup in 2007, 86% of those asked had not purchased whale meat in the last 12 months; however 67% were in favour of commercial whaling.

Iceland was one of the first countries in the world to ban commercial whaling. We can help Iceland to make a positive decision again, by educating the growing number of people who eat up to 40% of the whale meat consumed in the country, but at the same time say they are against whaling.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will be provided with passes to go on free whale watching trips. Tours and excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Snaefellsnes or South Shore) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a basic house in Reykjavík. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Europe's most northern capital is a friendly, vibrant city that manages to combine the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere with all the qualities of a modern, trendy city. Here you can leisurely stroll around the lovely little streets of the town centre with its many renovated old houses and there's no hustle and bustle, no noisy traffic to contend with.
The visitor to Reykjavik is simply spoiled when it comes to things to do. There is the National Gallery and a range of other small avant-garde galleries for the art lover. The newly reopened National Museum provides an exciting insight into Iceland's history and heritage, as does the Arbaer Folk Museum.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I had an incredible time in Iceland in August, it was my first time doing a Cadip volunteer program and it was absolutely amazing, rewarding, challenging and fun. The nature was breathtaking and I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and immersing myself in a new local culture. I enjoyed getting to know the values, traditions and daily routine of locals and expanding my knowledge of other cultures and ideals."

Maia N.,
Cadip volunteer 2011

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður          July 14 - July 24, 2015
Eskifjörður          July 24 - August 4, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 4 - August 15, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 22 - September 2, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 2 - September 13, 2015

Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the organisers of these projects.

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Afterwards, we will choose a topic for the newsletter. This is a great opportunity to step into different projects and to get to know Iceland in a better way. The group will take photos and make videos and interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it. Don't forget to bring your cameras and tripods. A laptop could be useful as well.

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their culture and country of origin in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring traditional food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the international evenings.

This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Special requirements: Visual Arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the East is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There is Internet connection available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the North to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the East and South of Iceland. The trips include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. If you join the trips both ways, you will go all around the island.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Planting trees and essential oil plants in Borgarfjordur
Borgarfjörður          July 26 - August 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is located on a farm in Borgarfjörður in the West of Iceland. Our hosts are a family of three who are active in forestation and are this year starting a small production of essential oil products. The farm has organic certification for cultivated and wild plants and this is the first year that the farmers are planting for essential oils. The farmers are also beekeepers and keep two bee hives. The farm also keeps about two dozen hens, dogs and a cat.

The volunteers will help plant thousands of plants as part of ongoing reforestation efforts. About a third of the farmland is dedicated to reforestation. Volunteers will help with planting organic herbs for essential oil production, including making shelterbelts to protect the herbs. Volunteers will also spend one day doing small maintenance projects in a nearby forest. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors doing physical labour.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organized for the volunteers such as day trips and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local community centre, sleeping on beds or mattresses in one shared space. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a shower and a kitchen.

Location: Borgarfjörður region is regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The farm is only a few minutes from Reykholt, which is a historic site where the great writer Snorri Sturluson lived and died in 1241. The academic institution Snorra­stofa is situated there, dedicated to the memory of Snorri.
Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, is also close by. It provides 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water, which is used for central heating in the nearby towns.
The farm is not far from the disappearing glacier Ok, as well as Langjökull (Icelandic for "long glacier"), the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2).
On the farmland there is a beautiful small canyon which has a few nice waterfalls. Húsafell is close to the community centre where the volunteers stay. Húsafell is a pearl of nature by the glaciers Eiríksjökull and Langjökull. There is a golf course and swimming pool as well as other services for tourists. Near Húsafell there are two beautiful waterfalls called Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, as well as the huge lava caves, Surtshellir and Víðgelmir.
The Agricultural Museum of Iceland is located at Hvanneyri, some 40 km from the farm. It presents and explores the heritage and history of Icelandic agriculture with emphasis on the 19th and the 20th centuries.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands          July 30 - August 9, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the tenth time that we host this project and it has been one of the highlights each year. If you want to see the most famous musicians in Iceland or the ones that are becoming famous, than this is the project for you.

The Westman Islands consist of a group of fifteen islands which are situated at a short distance off the south coast of Iceland. They are so named because the Nordic settlers in the country called the Irish, after which the islands are named, "westmen" (the men from the west). All the islands have been created in submarine volcanic eruptions during comparatively recent geological time. The colourful town, the beautiful bird-cliffs, the new lava and volcano and the landscape in general give the islands a scenic interest as varied in character as any in the country. Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island in the group and is Iceland's longest off shore island with an area of 13,4 sq.km. Fishing and fish processing and subsidiary trades are the main source of income. Heimaey is sheltered to the north by low mountains and the imposing bird-life Heimaklettur, which protects the narrow cove at the end of which the harbour lies.

On the first weekend of August, Icelanders celebrate the 1874 grant of Icelandic sovereignty with a huge festival in the town of Heimaey. The population moves into a tent city in the Herjolfsdalur, a short distance west of town, for an extended weekend of bonfires, dance, and songs. The most famous bands in Iceland are usually entertaining the guests. This festival is the most popular one in Iceland.

The volunteers will help to keep the festival area clean. The work will last for 4 to 5 hours a day, but the rest of the time the volunteers can enjoy this amazing festival which is the number one in Iceland when it comes to culture and music.
The last two days of the project, the volunteers will stay in Reykjavik.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool. They'll also have free access to all that is happening in the Festival.

Accommodation: In the community and sport center of Heimaey offering basic facilities. Participants are asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags and mats.

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

Terminal: International Airport in Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Growing flowers and trees for the gardens of Reykjavik
Reykjavik          August 17 - August 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in a Gardening station run by the municipality of Reykjavík. The station takes care of growing flowers, edible plants and trees for the green areas of the city and the educational school gardens of Reykjavík. The station aims at maintaining Icelandic species and cultivars and increasing those who have adapted well to Icelandic climate. The station also tries to experiment with new species to increase variety and quality of plants that are grown in the gardens and recreational areas of the city.

The volunteers will be doing general gardening work in the station, tending the flowers, trees and other plants and clearing out weed. Part of the work may take place in greenhouses. The volunteer work starts early on weekdays, with regular shifts from 8:00am to 3:30pm. Volunteers will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South shore, etc.) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house that is situated in the middle of the gardening station, about 4 km from the city centre. The house is used by the offices and facilities of the staff of the gardening station and it is equipped with kitchen, dining area, shower and washing machine. Volunteers will be sleeping on mattresses in a shared sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The population of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city -whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.
In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.

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

Age range: 30 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Food from the nature
Fljótsdalshérað          August 18 - September 1, 2015

Volunteer project: In the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, the international volunteers will be working on nature oriented tasks in this project. Our tasks will mainly be focused on picking blueberries, stone bramble, tree cones and herbs. Our host has a small 100% organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, outdoors and have an opinion about nutrition.

The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the forest and of course on the weather conditions.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as hiking and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a local house, sharing rooms. It is fully equipped with access to kitchen and bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur, the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on ever since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The tree collection keeps an extensive variety of foreign trees and is renowned by professionals and travellers. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also nice experiences. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.

The project is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populous municipality; 17 km from the largest town in the Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaðir (population 2600). It is a young town, but which has become the largest town of east Iceland and offers a swimming pool, shops and museums among other main services.
The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between three and four thousand animals.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF); domestic airport and bus stop is Egilsstaðir.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organic farming in Eastern Iceland
Fljótsdalshérað          August 23 - September 6, 2015
Fljótsdalshérað          September 5 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working at one of the few organic farms in Iceland, located in the East of the country. Our main tasks will be to harvest (by hand) vegetables, mainly potatoes, beats, beetroots and lettuce. Alongside the harvesting tasks, volunteers will clean the vegetables and make them ready for consumers in the Icelandic market, as the farm sells its products in different stores and organic shops around the country. Volunteers will also pick berries from the surrounding area.
Around the farm, there is a young forest that can be maintained and cleaned if the harvesting jobs are done.

Volunteers need motivation to work mainly outdoors doing physical labour and under ever changing weather conditions. The group will work all working days and on Saturday mornings as the project takes place at the peak of the harvesting season. Volunteers will be provided with good waterproof overalls and gloves for the work.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organized for the volunteers such as day trips and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: We will be hosted in a local house; sleeping on beds or mattresses, sharing rooms (2-4 persons in each room). Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a shower, washing machine and a kitchen.
Please, keep in mind that during this project, only vegetarian food will be provided, which also means that we will be mainly eating local, organic food from the farm.

Location: The farm is one of the few organic farms in Iceland and is run with the large support of volunteers. About 20% of the farm area is used for cultivation of different crops and the rest of the land is grassland, with a forest of about one million trees planted there since starting the farm in the 1970s. The two major crops grown are barley and potatoes. Others include parsley, kale, beetroot, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots and cabbage.

The farm is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populated municipality; 16 km from the largest town in Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaðir (population 2268).

The area is beautiful and has a lot of interesting sites. The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormstaðarskógur, is located within the district. The farm is located very close to Lagarfljót, the home of the mythical creature “the Lagarfljót Serpent" (Lagarfljótsormurinn) which was believed to have been spotted last in early 2012 by a local farmer. Other interesting animals in the area are the wild reindeers, counting about 10,000 in the area.
The East Fjords of Iceland have a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains. This is one of the oldest regions of Iceland shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age.

Terminal: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). The closest bus stop and local airport is located in Egilsstaðir (EGS). The harbour for ferries coming from Faroe Islands and Denmark is in Seyðisfjörður, 27 km from Egilsstaðir.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          September 9 - September 23, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, removing plastic wraps and other things from the carrot beds.
Volunteers might also be asked to do some environmental/construction work in this project such as beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

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 a fully equipped house, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly 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 sands 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 aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik          September 10 - September 20, 2015
Reykjavik          October 7 - October 17, 2015

Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the organisers of these projects.

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Afterwards, we will choose a topic for the newsletter. This is a great opportunity to step into different projects and to get to know Reykjavik in a better way. The group will take photos and make videos and interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

Special requirements: The project is open for all but volunteers with good skills in graphic design, photographing or journalism are very welcome.

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the central location of the accommodation is ideal for enjoying Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge, and volunteers also have free access to shared desktop computers in communal areas. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Volunteer on an animal farm in South Iceland
Selfoss          September 13 - September 27, 2015

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the opportunity to join this project and work on a local farm in the South of Iceland. The aim of the project is to assist in preparing and building animal houses and shelters from recyclable material in the farm. Volunteers will be building an animal living area and pens from repurposed pallets. This is done to ease the access to the animals and make them feel better. The goal is to make a little zoo so that people can experience contact with animals in an old farm.
On the farm, there are dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hens, cattle, a raven and pigeons, so volunteers need to have the motivation to work around the animals as well as to be ready to do manual work such as building and fencing. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own ideas on how to use pallets and/or other recyclable materials for the construction. Other tasks might be general beautifying of the area and clean up.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to be part of the Icelandic farm life and work where they will have the chance to enjoy the outdoors, the work, the animals, the building process, the farming and the time spent with the local people. Volunteers will work with an Icelandic family, participating in the diverse tasks of their daily lives. This is a unique occasion to experience first-hand how a family in the Icelandic countryside lives.

The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local hosts, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the farm and of course on the weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host such as hiking, fishing in a nearby lake and bicycling.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house. Bringing a sleeping bag is not necessary for the project (but might be essential before and after it).

Location: The volunteers will stay about 70 km from Reykjavik with an easy access from the main highway, only 16 km from the town of Selfoss where you will find all the modern comforts an Icelandic town has to offer. Volunteers will mostly stay in the project place as work and accommodation are both located in a rural area with no public transportation.
Volunteers will stay in a renovated country lodge in a beautiful setting above the lake of Villingarholt. From there you will enjoy a magnificent view, where you can easily spot the Westman islands (Vestmannaeyjar), the glacier of Eyjafjall (Eyjafjallajökull), the Tinda Mountains (Tindfjöll), the famous volcano Hekla and the slopes of Hella.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden circle excursion on the first day.

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental work and traditional harvesting on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey          September 14 - September 24, 2015

Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host in this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the historical island of Viðey for the 9th year in a row!

The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the volunteers. The group will work on environmental and nature related assignments, such as harvesting of vegetables and crops grown on the island.
The volunteers will also help cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. Tools and furniture will also need to be stored inside, preparing the common and green recreational areas for the autumn/winter season. There will also be a bit of construction work since some fences need maintenance and volunteers will do some paint jobs as well.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some spare time activities will be organised free of charge for the volunteers such as a whale watching boat trip. The volunteers will have free rides on the boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be organised at discount fares for the group.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a local house on Viðey island, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Viðey or “Wood Island” is the largest (1,7 km²) island in the Kollafjord Bay, just outside Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The island is covered by many species of plants and at least 30 species of breeding birds have been counted here.
Viðey was inhabited from soon after the settlement of Iceland already in the 10th century and at the beginning of the 20th century around 100 people lived there. But it’s uninhabited nowadays.
There is a regular boat connection between the island and the harbour of Reykjavík. The trip takes just about 10 minutes and is only a few hundred metres away from the city. This makes Viðey so special, it is a peaceful place, very close to the busy city life of the capital.

There are hiking and cycling paths around the island and there is no motor traffic allowed. It also hosts intriguing sculptural art work, amongst them all nine pairs of basalt pillars that comprise Richard’s Serra’s work Áfangar and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine peace” column, a tower of light, which is supported by the widow of John Lennon.
Other places of interest on Viðey are related to archaeological research. At the eastern end of the island is the site of an abandoned fishing village and Viðeyjarnaust, at the southwest of the island, is a memorial to the twenty men who lost their lives when the cutter Ingvar sank off Viðey in 1906. Dramatic formations of columnar basalt may be seen on the shore.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik          September 22 - September 30, 2015
Reykjavik          October 6 - October 14, 2015

Volunteer project: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live environmentally friendly? Or what “environmentally friendly” actually means? Well, wonder no more. You will not only get a dose of knowledge about the world around us and the state of the environment at the moment, but also a chance to try out those “green solutions” that we all keep hearing about.

We will start with the state of the environment in general. Then we will make an overview of the environment in Iceland - issues that regular visitors may not get to know or learn about by travelling around Iceland (like the ecological footprint and energy use). We will then have workshops about human needs - difference between ‘wanting’ and ‘needing’ something for a ‘happy complete’ life. During these days, debates about consumerism, recycling, society and empowering will come up. Some days we will have workshops on global issues, and we will have documentary nights where we discuss the issues close to our heart among friends…
Our participants usually also learn how to make things independently in a simple and easy way, for instance seed-bombs to grow trees, cheese, humus and bread.
Some of our study visits may include one of the garbage collection/recycling centres of SORPA in Reykjavik or the geothermal power plant!

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. We may be able to organize some voluntary service activities.

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation for learning and sharing on environmental and global issues.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or South shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Imagine Peace Tower (an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, situated on Viðey Island) will be lit up on October 9th.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a basic house in downtown Reykjavík. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is so much more than pubs and clubs, it also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          September 23 - October 7, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, harvesting carrots, removing plastic wraps and other things from the carrot beds.
Volunteers might also be asked to do some environmental/construction work in this project such as beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

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 a fully equipped house, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly 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 sands 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 aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental work and exploring traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          October 7 - October 21, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

The volunteers will be mainly involved in environmental and construction work: beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. Other tasks will be connected with the carrots cultivation and preparing the fields for the winter time. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. These might include sight-seeing, hiking, etc.

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

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly 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 sands 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 aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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