Volunteer in Iceland


Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður       10 projects of 2 wks from January to April


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take up different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of volunteer houses in the East of Iceland. The work depends on each volunteer's skills and knowledge, but focuses mainly 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 in Iceland means Aurora Hunting. 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 on the lookout for Aurora Borealis at night throughout the whole project, so that you will have the opportunity to take photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to bring your camera with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights), so don’t forget your tripod and camera. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening volunteers from different countries will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you. Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos, or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening with the other volunteers.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend 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 can 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 group will be staying in the volunteer houses. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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 the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The trip includes 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.

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.

All available dates for this project:
January 15 - January 25, 2017
January 24 - February 3, 2017
February 2 - February 12, 2017
February 11 - February 21, 2017
February 20 - March 2, 2017
March 1 - March 11, 2017
March 10 - March 20, 2017
March 19 - March 29, 2017
March 28 - April 7, 2017
April 6 - April 16, 2017

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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from January to April


Volunteer project: This is the 10th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an 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 workshop ends, 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 outdoor voluntary service activities.

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.

All available dates for this project:
January 17 - January 26, 2017
January 28 - February 6, 2017
February 7 - February 16, 2017
February 18 - February 27, 2017
February 28 - March 9, 2017
March 11 - March 20, 2017
March 21 - March 30, 2017
April 1 - April 10, 2017

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Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from January to April


Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice. If you are concerned, for example, about climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and other environmental topics, then this project is the one for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed. Becoming one of over 2 million tourists coming to Iceland every year will leave a mark. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

The Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. Our groups usually join a whale protection and awareness campaign run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). It may also be possible to organise a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. There is a selection of workshops where a deeper understanding of issues can be studied and discussed. Topics can include issues like animal farming, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption and veganism.

Please note this project is a learning/sharing camp in which everybody is expected to contribute their knowledge and experience, 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 leaders in planning activities.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights, Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares. Typical local leisure activities are also offered (swimming pool, cinema and the flea market).

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 and hydro power.
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.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.

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.

All available dates for this project:
January 18 - January 26, 2017
January 28 - February 5, 2017
February 8 - February 16, 2017
February 18 - February 26, 2017
March 1 - March 9, 2017
March 11 - March 19, 2017
March 22 - March 30, 2017
April 1 - April 9, 2017

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik       2 projects of 2 wks in January and February


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 project organisers.

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

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project.

Language: English

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

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

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

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 21 - January 31, 2017
February 10 - February 20, 2017

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       16 projects of 2 wks from January to June


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 in the house and on the property, and will take care of the work on the farm. We have chickens, a cat, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. All the vegetables grown on the farm are consumed by the volunteers living on the farm.
The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

We will also have special topics to discuss in the project. The volunteers will do some researches and share the knowledge related to the topics. Sustainable Living is a good, useful and practical way to learn and use actions which reduce your environmental footprint. It gives you better living skills for a healthier lifestyle and a new approach to make better consumer choices. The main topics that we will explore are: growing food in your home, smart food shopping, food wasting, recycling, eco-building design, water efficiency, avoiding toxic chemicals and lower carbon transport options.

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 the city life of the capital at the same time. 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. Arrive 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: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 21 - January 31, 2017
January 31 - February 10, 2017
February 10 - February 20, 2017
February 20 - March 2, 2017
March 2 - March 12, 2017
March 12 - March 22, 2017
March 22 - April 1, 2017
April 1 - April 11, 2017
April 11 - April 21, 2017
April 21 - May 1, 2017
May 1 - May 11, 2017
May 11 - May 21, 2017
May 21 - May 31, 2017
May 31 - June 10, 2017
June 10 - June 20, 2017
June 20 - June 30, 2017

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       12 projects of 2 wks from January to July


Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies 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 chances are you 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. Beds are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. 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: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
January 23 - February 6, 2017
February 6 - February 20, 2017
February 20 - March 6, 2017
March 6 - March 20, 2017
March 20 - April 3, 2017
April 3 - April 17, 2017
April 17 - May 1, 2017
May 1 - May 15, 2017
May 15 - May 29, 2017
May 29 - June 12, 2017
June 12 - June 26, 2017
June 26 - July 10, 2017

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Easter photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       April 11 - April 20, 2017


Volunteer project: This is the 10th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an 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 workshop ends, 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 outdoor voluntary service activities.

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

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Easter environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       April 12 - April 20, 2017


Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice. If you are concerned, for example, about climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and other environmental topics, then this project is the one for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed. Becoming one of over 2 million tourists coming to Iceland every year will leave a mark. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

The Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. Our groups usually join a whale protection and awareness campaign run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). It may also be possible to organise a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. There is a selection of workshops where a deeper understanding of issues can be studied and discussed. Topics can include issues like animal farming, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption and veganism.

Please note this project is a learning/sharing camp in which everybody is expected to contribute their knowledge and experience, 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 leaders in planning activities.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights, Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares. Typical local leisure activities are also offered (swimming pool, cinema and the flea market).

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 and hydro power.
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.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.

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.

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Beautifying the coastline and renovating volunteer houses in the Eastfjords
Eskifjörður       8 projects of 2 wks from April to June


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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

The volunteers will do environmental work in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences or fixing hiking paths. They will also help locals beautify the villages after the winter time.

In addition, we will renovate, paint, clean and repair things in the volunteer houses and the surrounding area in Eskifjörður.
The main house in Eskifjörður used to be the village school. It is more than 100 years old. In the last years, hundreds of international volunteers have spent time in that house. The second house in the same village is a harbor house, which used to be a workstation for fishermen in the old days. Last winter the house was damaged by strong winds and needs to be repaired. The plan is to rebuild the house and use it for volunteer activities.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend 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.
Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. 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. The work activities will be around 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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 will stay in a house in Eskifjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wi-Fi Internet connection is provided free of charge.

Location: Eskifjordur, 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 the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The trip includes 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.

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.

All available dates for this project:
April 16 - April 26, 2017
April 25 - May 5, 2017
May 3 - May 13, 2017
May 12 - May 22, 2017
May 21 - May 31, 2017
May 30 - June 9, 2017
June 8 - June 18, 2017
June 17 - June 27, 2017

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður       2 projects of 2 wks from April to June


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 project organisers.

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 even better. The group will take photos, create videos and conduct 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. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening volunteers from different countries will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you. Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos, or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening with the other volunteers.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend 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.

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 leave the accommodation.

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 group will be staying in the volunteer houses. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide 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 the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The trip includes 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.

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.

All available dates for this project:
April 16 - April 26, 2017
May 30 - June 9, 2017

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Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey       May 9 - May 19, 2017


Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host for this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the historical island of Viðey for the 11th year in a row!

Viðey is a popular destination during the summer among Icelandic as well as foreign visitors. Volunteers will help prepare the environment for the busy season. They will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. Volunteers will carry out some planting and other gardening activities as well and possibly make and maintain walking paths.
Depending on the advance of the project, volunteers may have other possible tasks such as checking up and repairing garden furniture.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free rides on the boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Other excursions (South Shore, Snæfellsnes Peninsula or Blue Lagoon) can be organised at discount fares for the group.

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 260 Euro
The fee includes the Golden Circle excursion and a whale watching trip.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Environmental clean-up and gardening in South Iceland
Ulfljótsvatn       May 10 - May 24, 2017


Volunteer project: This project gives volunteers the opportunity to live and work within beautiful surroundings in Úlfljótsvatn in cooperation with the Icelandic Girls and Boys Scouts Association.

The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the international volunteers. The team will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area. The volunteers will carry out some planting and gardening activities as well. Depending on the advance of the project, the group may have other possible tasks, like checking up and repairing old fences and light maintenance work in the huts.

Special requirements: The work can be physically demanding and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to be flexible to work in all the diverse tasks connected with the project.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project is based in a very beautiful place with countless walking and hiking opportunities. Volunteers can also use the kayaks in the lake. Other excursions (South Shore, Snæfellsnes or Blue Lagoon) can be organised at discount fares.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a local hut, in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. There is a well equipped kitchen.

Location: The Ulfljótsvatn Scout Center is about 50 km to the east from the capital, Reykjavík. The land is originally a farmland and a property of the city of Reykjavik. The scouts in Iceland have rented a piece of the land for over 60 years. Úlfljótsvatn has been for decades a centre for outdoor activities, leader training and summer camps for scouts and guides in Iceland.

The nature is beautiful and outdoor activities are numerous, with nature trails, adventure trails and water safaris. Thousands of trees have been planted near the centre in the last 15 years. There is a climbing and abseiling tower in the area. Fishing is good in the lake and there are canoes, kayaks, rowing boats at the centre. Today’s most popular boats are 4-person pedal boats. At the centre there is a 10m high outdoor climbing wall. It’s used both for practice and fun in abseiling and climbing.

The project is located about 26 km from Þingvellir, which literally means "Parliament Plains". At Þingvellir, the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798. Major events in the history of Iceland have taken place at Þingvellir and therefore the place is held in high esteem by all Icelanders. Today Þingvellir is a protected national shrine.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion on the first day.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Preserving the natural environment and historic heritage in the old herring village Djupavik
Djúpavík       May 12 - May 20, 2017


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. We've been volunteering there since 2008.
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 wilderness.

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. A few years ago, the famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós held a concert in the old herring factory.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Tree planting and enhancing the environment on the south shore
Eyjafjöll       May 16 - May 29, 2017


Volunteer project: In this project volunteers will assist with tree planting and other tasks in and around beautiful farmland on the south shore of Iceland. Our host for this project is a local farmer who aims to maintain and beautify the area around the farm which is situated under the beautiful Eyjafjöll - literally translated ‘Island mountains’ - a mountain range noticed by everyone visiting the south shore due to its beautiful waterfalls and infamous ice cap Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.

The main work tasks will be planting trees, gardening, cleaning the area, tearing down old fences and putting up newer ones, and painting. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area and of course on the weather conditions. Volunteers should be motivated for physical and outdoor work.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some of the options for free time activities in the area are a barbeque, hiking trips or trips to a local swimming pool.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house. They will sleep in shared rooms in beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located on the South shore of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The farm is beautifully located under the mountain range Eyjafjöll, which has the two famous waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, as well as many smaller waterfalls.

The mountain range is mostly made of tuff, which is a type of rock made of volcanic ash ejected during a volcanic eruption. Following ejection and deposition, the ash is compacted into a solid rock in a process called consolidation.

The mountains Eyjafjöll get their name ‘Island Mountains’ because they stand opposite the archipelago Westman Islands, which came to international attention in 1973 with the eruption of Eldfell volcano, which destroyed many buildings and forced a months-long evacuation of the entire population to mainland Iceland.

The farm is only 30 minutes away from the town of Vík í Mýrdal, which is Iceland's most southerly village. Vík is a charming small village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs with beautiful ocean view. A range of recreational opportunities are offered in the area, which volunteers can organise by themselves in their free time, including bird watching, hiking in nature and horseback riding, or even glacier hiking, snowmobiling, and ice climbing. There are also a number of exhibitions and museums, like Skogar museum where the old turf houses can be seen, and Skaftfellingur VE33 ship exhibitions.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 260 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion on the first day.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Organizing a sports event in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       June 19 - June 30, 2017


Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work in the hot spring capital of the world - Hveragerði. The town is built on top of a hot-spring field, and derives its name from the Icelandic word for hot spring: hver.

Volunteers will mainly be working in the town of Hveragerði and will take part in a sports event called “Landsmót 50+”. This is a sports event for people over the age of 50, who compete in various sports, for instance in boccia, tractor driving, athletics, golf, judo, chess, swimming and more.

Volunteers will be involved in preparing and assisting during the tournament. They will help prepare the competition areas, put up signs, clean up the areas and other related tasks. Volunteers will play a big role in making it possible for this event to take place.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have access to the local swimming pool. There are also innumerable walking trails in the area that they will be able to explore in the free time.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a local house/school with access to kitchen and bathrooms and will sleep on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland renowned for its geothermal springs and greenhouse gardening. It is located 45 km from Reykjavik, and may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field.

Throughout the year, pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground. In summer, the town is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland expand in and around Hveragerði, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town.

The Hveragerði surroundings are a paradise for outdoor activities. There are hiking trails in the recreational area of Hamar Mountain. From the mountain there are excellent views of land and out to sea.

To the north of town is one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, Hengill, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Hiking and riding trails stretch from town through Ölfusdalur valley, into the Hengill volcanic area, all the way to Nesjavellir and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way are warm springs where bathing is possible.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion on the first day. The Golden Circle excursion includes the magnificent Gullfoss - Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Geysir – the first geyser known to modern Europeans, and Þingvellir National Park – a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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