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Stockfish Film Festival in Iceland
Reykjavik          February 16 - February 29, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will assist during the Stockfish European film festival in Reykjavík, which is an international film festival that will be held in Bíó Paradís, Reykjavík’s art-house cinema, and several other locations from February 18th – 28th 2016. The festival will pay tribute to the best of new European cinema. In addition a wide array of the most prominent, award-winning films from around the globe will be introduced to Icelandic audiences. One of the main goals is to provide a platform for the domestic and international film communities to come together, and to foster cooperation and collaboration between all of the key institutions within the Icelandic film industry.

The main tasks of the volunteers will be: to attend the help desk and give information to guests about the festival, the festival program and the city; help with Q&A’s preparation and execution; control access to screening rooms by checking tickets; help to keep the art-house tidy, including helping with the cleaning after screenings; sell merchandise at the info desk and distribute programs; help with Bíó’s bar and special events when required; and help with any other general errands of the venue. Volunteers will also organise and collect food for the volunteer team, and possibly help with the driving if any volunteer is interested.

Volunteers should be prepared for working a flexible time schedule and also within teams. In most cases, not all volunteers will have the same time off, as the festival will always need a team to support the event.

Language: English

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in downtown Reykjavík. The facilities are basic and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation so please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. The world’s northernmost capital 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. 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: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Renovating a volunteer center and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður          February 20 - March 2, 2016
Eskifjörður          March 1 - March 12, 2016
Eskifjörður          March 11 - March 22, 2016
Eskifjörður          March 21 - April 1, 2016
Eskifjörður          March 31 - April 11, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will develop different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of a volunteer center in the East of Iceland. The work will depend on each volunteer's skills and knowledge and will focus on tasks such as painting, cleaning, fixing small things and basic carpentry and construction. This project is very important for the future volunteer programs in the East.

In addition to this work, winter time means Aurora Hunting in Iceland. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this project is perfect for you. We will be checking out regularly during the nights if Aurora borealis is happening and we will prepare ourselves for taking photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to have your cameras with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights) so don’t forget your tripod and camera. A laptop could be very useful as well. We will be able to offer you a small workshop on night scenery photography.

We will also 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 country and culture 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 food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the intercultural 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 exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. If the weather conditions are good, we could also do some environmental work.

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.
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 houses with basic facilities. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. 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. This is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern lights.
“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 South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          February 22 - March 7, 2016
Hveragerði          March 7 - March 21, 2016
Hveragerði          March 21 - April 4, 2016
Hveragerði          April 4 - April 18, 2016
Hveragerði          April 18 - May 2, 2016
Hveragerði          May 2 - May 16, 2016
Hveragerði          May 16 - May 30, 2016
Hveragerði          May 30 - June 13, 2016
Hveragerði          June 13 - June 27, 2016
Hveragerði          June 27 - July 11, 2016

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 volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea from Icelandic herbs. They will have the opportunity to work in the kitchen and other areas in the association if needed. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. The working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with one hour lunch break.

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 great areas for hiking, 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 during evening hours, 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

 

Renovation and art activities in Reykjavik and the countryside
Reykjavik          February 22 - March 3, 2016
Reykjavik          March 7 - March 17, 2016
Reykjavik          March 21 - March 31, 2016

Volunteer project: The Art and Renovation project in Reykjavik 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, and a 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik          February 23 - March 2, 2016
Reykjavik          April 5 - April 13, 2016
Reykjavik          April 19 - April 27, 2016

Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about global climate, waste management, animal protection, sustainability and other environmental topics, this project might be the best for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed through discussions. Becoming one of more than one million tourists coming to Iceland every year might leave a mark. Do you want to know how to diminish your environmental impact as a traveller?

Each of our Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. The specifics of the work might depend on weather conditions and schedule of our partners.

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

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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.
From meeting locals in swimming pools to passing by Icelandic musicians on the street, the city seems cosy and cosmopolitan, traditional and modern.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Winter Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          February 23 - March 3, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for the ten-day intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style. As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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 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.
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: 220 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental awareness workshop and Design March Festival
Reykjavik          March 8 - March 16, 2016

Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about global climate, waste management, animal protection, sustainability and other environmental topics, this project might be the best for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed through discussions. Becoming one of more than one million tourists coming to Iceland every year might leave a mark. Do you want to know how to diminish your environmental impact as a traveller?

Each of our Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. The specifics of the work might depend on weather conditions and schedule of our partners.

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

Every spring, the Design March festival (March 10-13, 2016) fills Reykjavik with design. From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. We will not be able to give away any passes for the festival, there are however a lot of free events, exhibitions and talks all around town to take advantage of.

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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.
From meeting locals in swimming pools to passing by Icelandic musicians on the street, the city seems cosy and cosmopolitan, traditional and modern.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon and Design March Festival
Reykjavik          March 8 - March 17, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for the ten-day intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style. As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

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

Every spring, the Design March festival (March 10-13, 2016) fills Reykjavik with design. From fashion to furniture, architecture to food design, the festival showcases the best of the local design scene alongside exciting international names. We will not be able to give away any passes for the festival, there are however a lot of free events, exhibitions and talks all around town to take advantage of.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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 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.
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: 220 Euros

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          March 11 - March 22, 2016
Eskifjörður          April 20 - May 1, 2016
Eskifjörður          May 30 - June 11, 2016

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 because we will also go for some Auroras hunting. 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 intercultural 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.

During this time of the year, the weather in Eskifjörður can be very unfriendly and cold. You should be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme some days that it may not allow us to go out of the accommodation.

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 South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Easter Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik          March 22 - March 30, 2016

Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about global climate, waste management, animal protection, sustainability and other environmental topics, this project might be the best for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed through discussions. Becoming one of more than one million tourists coming to Iceland every year might leave a mark. Do you want to know how to diminish your environmental impact as a traveller?

Each of our Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. The specifics of the work might depend on weather conditions and schedule of our partners.

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

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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.
From meeting locals in swimming pools to passing by Icelandic musicians on the street, the city seems cosy and cosmopolitan, traditional and modern.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Easter Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          March 22 - March 31, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for the ten-day intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style. As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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 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.
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: 250 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          April 4 - April 14, 2016
Reykjavik          April 18 - April 28, 2016
Reykjavik          May 3 - May 13, 2016
Reykjavik          May 17 - May 27, 2016
Reykjavik          May 31 - June 10, 2016
Reykjavik          June 14 - June 24, 2016
Reykjavik          June 28 - July 8, 2016

Volunteer project: In the sustainable living project, 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, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots, lettuce and other types of vegetables.

The volunteers will help with all the tasks related to the farm. The work changes according to seasons.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          April 5 - April 14, 2016
Reykjavik          April 19 - April 28, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for the ten-day intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style. As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. Participants will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We 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 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.
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: 220 Euros

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          April 6 - April 20, 2016
Mýrdalshreppur          April 20 - May 4, 2016
Mýrdalshreppur          May 4 - May 18, 2016

Volunteer project: Our host for this project is a farmer’s family on the south shore of Iceland, who cultivates carrots and keeps cows. This is the fifth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore this traditional Icelandic vegetable/carrots and dairy farm. The main tasks in this project will mainly be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, covering the garden beds with plastic wraps. There will be some cleaning tasks too, for instance cleaning the garden beds and beautifying the area around. Those who are interested in farm animals are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general.

Iceland is highly dependent on imports for its fruit and vegetable consumption. Only about 1% of the total land area is under arable cultivation. The cool climate and restricted growing season only allow for the cultivation of food crops such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, and cauliflower.

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 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 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 sand beaches and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many 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 its very own charm with the black sand and the drastic coast line. 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: 150 Euro

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          April 10 - April 21, 2016
Eskifjörður          April 20 - May 1, 2016
Eskifjörður          April 30 - May 11, 2016
Eskifjörður          May 10 - May 21, 2016
Eskifjörður          May 20 - May 31, 2016
Eskifjörður          May 30 - June 11, 2016
Eskifjörður          June 10 - June 21, 2016
Eskifjörður          June 20 - July 1, 2016

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 South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik          April 24 - May 7, 2016
Reykjavik          May 8 - May 21, 2016
Reykjavik          May 22 - June 4, 2016
Reykjavik          June 5 - June 18, 2016
Reykjavik          June 19 - July 2, 2016
Reykjavik          July 24 - July 31, 2016
Reykjavik          August 21 - September 3, 2016
Reykjavik          September 4 - September 17, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the sixth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961, celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2016. 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.

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: Volunteers will have free access to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the house. 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: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
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.
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: 220 Euro

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          May 2 - May 14, 2016
Reykjavik          July 4 - July 16, 2016
Reykjavik          July 18 - July 30, 2016
Reykjavik          August 2 - August 13, 2016
Reykjavik          August 15 - August 27, 2016
Reykjavik          August 29 - September 10, 2016

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 city's green areas and the educational school gardens of Reykjavík. The station aims at maintaining Icelandic species 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: Volunteers will have a free pass to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated some 3 km from the project. 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 a 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.
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.

The project site is close to the geo-thermal beach Nauthólsvík, as well as the protected natural area of Elliðaárdalur which has wild berries, salmon fishing, semi-wild rabbits and a waterfall all within the city limits.

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: 20 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Building footbridges in Eyjafjordur - the longest fjord in Iceland
Dalvíkurbyggð         May 9 - May 17, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the fifth year in a row that volunteers have the opportunity to work in this project in the North of Iceland. The main tasks take place in Svarfaðardalur, a valley which is a nature reserve.
Volunteers will build footbridges which will be put up in the nature reserve. Volunteers will also clean walking paths and the surrounding area, and help with other related tasks.

This workcamp is especially well located for hiking. The area is great for hiking, both in the mountains and in the Nature Reserve next to the accommodation. Bird watching in the nature reserve is also great this time of the year.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be lodged in a boarding school that has been changed into a hostel, sleeping in bunk beds, 3-4 persons sharing a room. Bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Volunteers will stay in the North of Iceland in the municipality of Dalvíkurbyggð (population around 2000) and at the shores of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. The fjord is long and narrow, it measures 60 km from mouth to bottom. Its greatest width is 25 km at the fjord's mouth but the rest of it is around 6 -10 km wide.
The fjord is surrounded by mountains on both sides. In the outer part of the fjord there are no lowlands along the coast as the steep hills roll directly into the sea. Further south there are strips of lowland along both coasts. The ferry Sæfari sails from Dalvík to the island of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost community, which lies on the Arctic Circle.

The area where the volunteers will be working and sleeping in is an old boarding school located about 10 kilometres from Dalvík, in the valley Svarfaðadalur, which lies between tall and sharp mountains & several small glaciers. A river runs through the valley from the mountains to the sea.
The Nature reserve has an environment that provides an excellent habitat for many species of birds. In April the migratory birds start to arrive for the summer breeding season. From the project base, there are footpaths that can be easily followed through part of the reserve. The mountains offer great hiking options and the mountains of Tröllaskagi peninsula are by many viewed as the most spectacular outdoor activity in all of Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 160 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 10 - May 21, 2016

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 tasks will be planting and cutting trees, cleaning and beautifying the area, tearing down old fences and maybe putting up some new ones. 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.

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 fjord of the east fjords of Iceland. 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 can be visited by a boat from Djúpivogur.

The East Fjords cover a 120km stretch of eastern Iceland’s twisted coastline between Borgarfjörður Eystri in the north and southern Berufjörður, with many of the fjords – none of which is particularly large – sporting small villages, mostly given over to fishing. The area of this project is very diverse and beautiful. The nature has many things to offer and there are plenty of opportunities to go hiking. The view is spectacular and the biggest national park in Europe with the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull is not far away. The unique beauty of the nature, unpredictable weather during winter and local culture have shaped the area.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the natural environment and historic heritage in the old herring village Djupavik
Djúpavík          May 11 - May 25, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on various projects in Djúpavík, a small village in the Icelandic Westfjords. At present the village only consists of seven houses, a hotel and the ruins of a herring factory.
Our hosts are a family that are trying to develop new opportunities for work in the remote area. They live and work there, running diverse facilities and offering services for visitors.

The main tasks will be to build and maintain hiking trails and walking paths in the area, to put up sticks and signs if needed. Other tasks will include cleaning the coastline, collecting driftwood and general gardening work.
Volunteers will also assist in the maintenance of the old herring factory, like help with cleaning and possibly painting the roof. The building is used by artists and for cultural events.

Language: English

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

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 and the nearest village, Hólmavík, is about 70 km away.

The bay of 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. He went bankrupt in 1919, but in 1934 entrepreneurs of Djúpavík built a huge herring factory that ran for two decades, giving people in the area 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: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help with the lambing season in North Iceland countryside
Skagafjörður          May 16 - May 30, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the traditional Icelandic farm life on a farm that has more than 50 cows, 100 sheep, a few hens and some horses. The volunteers will have the chance to get to know the local family and work hand in hand with them.

The main task of the project will be to help out with the lambing season. Volunteers’ main task will be to watch over the sheep and assist during these two weeks of the lambing season. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our host as well as weather conditions. Volunteers will likely be divided into smaller groups that will take turn on shifts – day shifts as well as night shifts. The work will be physical and demanding. During the last few days of the project, there might be some tree planting.

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 for all kinds of weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area, which might include horseback riding. There are also countless opportunities to discover the area by foot or to hike in the surroundings.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a local house, and sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation with access to a kitchen and a bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in an agricultural area in the North of Iceland –Skagafjörður, which is rich in both culture and history.

In Skagafjörður you will find many protected areas such as Orravatnsrústir, in the grazing commons Hofsafrétt; wetlands surrounding Orravatn Lake and reaching north to Reyðarvatn Lake. Another example of an exclusive area in Skagafjörður is the upper end of Vesturdalur valley (Hofsárdalur valley): The innermost part of Vesturdalur, upstream from Miðmundargil gorge and including the canyon stretching inland from the valley.

Historically, the vast majority of Skagafjörður residents made their living through agriculture, though many were also engaged in fishing. Stagnation can be said to have marked many fields of life from about 1650 until 1850, when the impact of the industrial revolution began to surface, and the Icelandic demand for increased independence from Denmark received a great deal of local support. Trade practices likewise began to change and the general population began to migrate from the countryside. Many moved to America, but others relocated to villages and larger towns.

Terminal: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Facility improvement in a nature reserve below the Arctic Circle
Hornstrandir          June 1 - June 14, 2016

Volunteer project: This project is located on the nature reserve at Hornstrandir which is Iceland’s northernmost peninsula, situated in the Westfjords. Our host is a family that runs activities and services in a guesthouse during summer.

The main task of the project will be digging a trench for water mains and electrical cables. These will be used for a small power plant that the host has recently received permission to build on the premises. The trench has to be manually made because no machines are allowed in the nature reserve. The total length of the trench will be about one kilometre. This project was started last year with the help of international volunteers. The volunteers will also help to build a small shed (6m2) and a small dam for water intake.

The work in this project is very physically demanding. Volunteers should be motivated to experience life in a very isolated part of Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Available free time activities in the area include hikes and excursions. The house has a good atmosphere, with card games and live music as common evening activities. Musical volunteers should bring their music instruments with them. The host will make a barbeque pit for the farewell party.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in beds in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is well heated, and has a shower and a well equipped kitchen. The electricity is limited but enough to charge cameras and other small electronics. There is no internet and phone connection is very limited. There is a landline available through which volunteers’ families can reach the volunteers.

Location: Hornstrandir is on the farthest point in the northwest of Iceland, to the north of the Jökulfirðir and to the northwest of Drangajökull. Hornstrandir is close to the Arctic Circle and on a clear day the snowy mountains of Greenland are visible. No one lives in Hornstrandir throughout winter after social changes resulted in the abandonment of all farms during World War II and in the post-war period.

Hesteyri is a small village of ten houses in Jökulfirðir (i.e. glacier fjords) which was abandoned in 1952. Farther into the fjord, there are the ruins of an old whaling station which was built by Norwegians in 1897. Hesteyri is a popular starting and ending place for hikers but Hornstrandir is an increasingly popular hiking place. The area is also popular for blueberry and crowberry picking.
The place is only accessible by boat, so volunteers will travel by boat from Bolungarvík.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Erosion control and reviving the natural vegetation in the south of Iceland
Reykjavik          June 10 - June 24, 2016
Reykjavik          June 24 - July 8, 2016

Volunteer project: The project is organised since 2007 in cooperation with a local NGO 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.

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

By using organic waste materials for fertilizing, we aim for a double environmental gain. The soils, poor in plant nutrients, are enriched while the amount of materials needed for 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: Volunteers will have the opportunity to take on two excursions in the workcamp. One is a daytrip to Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir and the other one is a two day trip to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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. 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 famous 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 Blue Lagoon, a pool using the hot and mineralized water coming down from the geothermal power station.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road          June 12 - June 26, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will work on diverse environmental tasks, including repairing walking paths and making steps in steep parts of the paths, landscaping around the huts in the area as well as some painting. Volunteers will also help with revegetation in some areas around, clearing litter on the walking paths, and general preparation of the area before the summer.

The host of this project is a group of locals developing the area with alternative tourism services, including running a series of huts in this isolated area and offering services to travellers and hikers. As the landscape is raw, the work is physically demanding but also rewarding.

Language: English

Leisure time: Remote and isolated site located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Free time activities are mostly hiking and trekking in the area as there is no transportation available or possibility to organise transport to different sites.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local mountain hut; sleeping in shared rooms on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The Icelandic highlands or “the interior” are a true pearl to all nature lovers and outdoor people. It is accessible on 4WD cars and most routes involve crossing unbridged rivers. If you really want to get away from it all, the interior of Iceland is like nothing you have ever experienced. The mountainous centre of the island, with its rocky deserts, craggy mountain peaks, ice caps, volcanoes, hidden valleys and hot springs, is an awesome and untouched wilderness.

The interior was almost totally inaccessible until recently. However outlaws managed to hide out for years at a time in the highlands, rustling sheep and keeping away from law-abiding citizens. Folklore stories tell of both natural and supernatural beings that lay in wait for unwary highland travellers. Travellers going between the north and south of Iceland sometimes had to cross the highlands. To get to the assembly of Alþingi (parliament) each summer, delegates had to ride from every corner of the country to Þingvellir in the southwest.
Journeys across the interior were never undertaken lightly; such travel was risky and lives were often lost. Today the interior is crossed by two mountain roads, via Kjölur and Sprengisandur, which are only open in summer, after the snow has melted in spring.

Volunteers will be staying close to the glacier Hofsjökull and near to the rivers Hvítá and Þjórsá. The mountains in the area that reach up to 1500 m, were formed during a volcanic eruption in the later part of the ice age. The area is still dynamic and great geothermal activity takes place in the surroundings. The environment is very diverse, both in shape and colour. The mountains are weathered and have very little continuous growth, as the forces of nature, like glaciers, water flow, ice bursts etc. have been fast working in these mountain highlands.

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).

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          July 3 - July 16, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the sixth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961, celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2016. 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.

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: Volunteers will have free access to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the house. 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: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
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.
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: 50 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Family project: Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik          July 17 - July 24, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the sixth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961, celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2016. 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.

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.

This is a family volunteer project, meaning volunteers can bring their children (preferably older than 4 years old) to the camp. There will be 1-2 leaders, depending on the number of children, helping parents to take care of activities for the children during working hours.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will have free access to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the house. Free access is only provided for the volunteers, there is a small entrance fee of 1 Euro for children between 6-18 years. 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: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
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).

Extra fee: 120 Euro per participant older than 14; 60 Euro for those 14 or younger.

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          August 1 - August 13, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the sixth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961, celebrating its 55th anniversary in 2016. 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.

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: Volunteers will have free access to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, which is only a few minutes’ walk from the house. 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: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
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.
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: 40 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Restoration of ancient cairns in the West Fjords
Westfjords          August 14 - August 27, 2016

Volunteer project: This is a unique, demanding and rewarding opportunity for volunteers to gain new skills and ecological perspectives through working and living closely to the land. This project takes place in the Westfjords of Iceland. The main project activity is restoration of cairns in an area in the south of the Westfjords. Cairns are piles of carefully constructed rock that have historically been used to help people find their way in difficult weather conditions on mountainous walking routes. The cairns to be restored are situated in high and harsh land. A trained wilderness guide and another leader will be working with the group to ensure quality of craftsmanship and to ensure everyone’s safety.
Running alongside the cairn restoration activities will be a program of creative discussions and activities, designed to create a space to help you experience a connection to the earth and sea, allow you to relax and be present, connect back to your natural rhythms, and find inspiration and insight.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be prepared for physical and demanding work, working and camping in a wild landscape and sometimes cold weather.

A motivation letter and resume are required with application. The motivation letter should state your relevant experience and reasons for wanting to join this project.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities are mostly hiking and trekking in the area as there is no transportation available. Volunteers will participate in group activities.

Accommodation: The participants will be camping in a remote valley in the Westfjords. When not camping, the volunteers will stay in a well-equipped hostel, close to the Latrabjarg bird cliffs. You will need to bring a good sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. Tents will be provided.

Location: The project is situated in the Westfjords of Iceland, which is a distinct region that very few travellers to Iceland visit. The landscape is a mixture of sea-cliffs, huge beaches, many rivers, vegetated valleys, snowy/rocky mountains and moss-covered hill sides.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the domestic transportation from Reykjavík to the camp site and back (on the first and last day of the project).

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

 

Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road          August 24 - September 7, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will work on diverse environmental tasks, including repairing walking paths and making steps in steep parts of the paths, removing old fences, clearing litter on the walking paths, and preparing the area for the winter. Volunteers will also help with revegetation in some areas around and other tasks, depending on the needs of the host and the weather conditions.

The host of this project is a group of locals developing the area with alternative tourism services, including running a series of huts in this isolated area and offering services to travellers and hikers. As the landscape is raw, the work is physically demanding but also rewarding.

Language: English

Leisure time: Remote and isolated site located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Free time activities are mostly hiking and trekking in the area as there is no transportation available or possibility to organise transport to different sites.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local mountain hut; sleeping in shared rooms on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The Icelandic highlands or “the interior” are a true pearl to all nature lovers and outdoor people. It is accessible on 4WD cars and most routes involve crossing unbridged rivers. If you really want to get away from it all, the interior of Iceland is like nothing you have ever experienced. The mountainous centre of the island, with its rocky deserts, craggy mountain peaks, ice caps, volcanoes, hidden valleys and hot springs, is an awesome and untouched wilderness.

The interior was almost totally inaccessible until recently. However outlaws managed to hide out for years at a time in the highlands, rustling sheep and keeping away from law-abiding citizens. Folklore stories tell of both natural and supernatural beings that lay in wait for unwary highland travellers. Travellers going between the north and south of Iceland sometimes had to cross the highlands. To get to the assembly of Alþingi (parliament) each summer, delegates had to ride from every corner of the country to Þingvellir in the southwest.
Journeys across the interior were never undertaken lightly; such travel was risky and lives were often lost. Today the interior is crossed by two mountain roads, via Kjölur and Sprengisandur, which are only open in summer, after the snow has melted in spring.

Volunteers will be staying close to the glacier Hofsjökull and near to the rivers Hvítá and Þjórsá. The mountains in the area that reach up to 1500 m, were formed during a volcanic eruption in the later part of the ice age. The area is still dynamic and great geothermal activity takes place in the surroundings. The environment is very diverse, both in shape and colour. The mountains are weathered and have very little continuous growth, as the forces of nature, like glaciers, water flow, ice bursts etc. have been fast working in these mountain highlands.

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).

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

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