Volunteer in Iceland


Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd        7 projects of 2 wks from February to May


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take on 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. If the weather conditions are good, we will also help the local community with various environmental works.

In addition, 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 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 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.

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

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer houses in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. 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.

Terminal: 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 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:
February 17 - February 27, 2018
February 28 - March 10, 2018
March 11 - March 21, 2018
March 22 - April 2, 2018
April 3 - April 13, 2018
April 14 - April 24, 2018
April 25 - May 5, 2018

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd       5 projects of 2 wks from February 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 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 camera and tripod because we will go for some Aurora hunting. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

Journalism and Photography Volunteering in Iceland

A part of this project will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries 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.

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

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer houses in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. 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.

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 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:
February 17 - February 27, 2018
March 22 - April 2, 2018
April 14 - April 24, 2018
May 17 - May 27, 2018
June 19 - June 29, 2018

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Photo marathon and Aurora hunting in Iceland
Reykjavik       5 projects of 2 wks from February to April

Volunteer project: This is the 11th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an intense photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
When the workshops end, we select some of our best pictures from the project and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema.

Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. They 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 but this depends on the weather conditions.

In this project we will organize an Aurora hunting trip (Northern lights) to the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavik. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We will pick a night with the best chances given by the Aurora forecast by the Icelandic meteorological office. If we do not catch any northern lights in the first excursion, we will organise a second trip. Please note, we cannot guarantee that you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions.

The project combines exploring Reykjavik, hunting for Aurora and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture with the international group.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, South Shore, Hot River hike or Reykjanes) can be arranged at discount fares for the participants. Local leisure activities will also be offered such as cinema and flea market.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík, about 4 km from the center of the city. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen and a washing machine. The group will sleep in shared rooms. Please bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. 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 an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

The Stockfish film festival in Reykjavík takes place from March 1 to 11. Its main goals are to provide a platform for the domestic and international film communities to come together, and to foster cooperation/collaboration between all of the key institutions within the Icelandic film industry. The festival will screen some of the most up-and-coming films in the world and invite international filmmakers to discuss the state of filmmaking, industry and community. Passes for the festival are not provided, there are however some free events and screenings.

During the March 10-19 project, there are great events for music and design lovers: The Sónar Reykjavík (March 16-17) and the Design March (March 15-18). Sónar is an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it is not the largest stage or the biggest crowd that matters but also about the relationship that forms and the memories for all. The line up includes a mix of international artists and some from Iceland's thriving music scene. DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival. The festival’s tenth edition will take place in 2018, transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design. Passes for the festivals are not provided, there are however many free events and some concerts.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the Aurora hunting/Northern lights excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
February 17 - February 26, 2018
February 27 - March 8, 2018
March 10 - March 19, 2018
March 20 - March 29, 2018
March 31 - April 9, 2018

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Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       6 projects of 2 wks from February to April

Volunteer project: The Environmental awareness workshop allows participants to share and learn about global and local 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.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp, in which everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience, and not a standard workcamp. The main focus of the project is to learn about different aspects of environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions and visits. Topics may include issues like renewable energy, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption or veganism. The over 2 million tourists coming to Iceland every year leave a mark on the country. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

Participants also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment, such as a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. The group will also visit a Geothermal power plant and have a guided tour of the facilities via interactive multimedia installations, wall displays and presentations to learn about Iceland's geothermal energy utilization.

The participants may also get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. In most cases, the project includes a day or two of voluntary service but in some cases it will not be possible, as the weather does not always allow activities to take place outdoors.

This is a project that combines learning, sharing, exploring Reykjavik and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about environmental issues in their home country with the group. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities, visits and sightseeing.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some excursions (e.g. Aurora Borealis/Northern lights, South Shore or Reykjanes) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: Participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants 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 hydropower. 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 than pubs and clubs. It also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

The Stockfish film festival in Reykjavík takes place from March 1 to 11. Its main goals are to provide a platform for the domestic and international film communities to come together, and to foster cooperation/collaboration between all of the key institutions within the Icelandic film industry. The festival will screen some of the most up-and-coming films in the world and invite international filmmakers to discuss the state of filmmaking, industry and community. Passes for the festival are not provided, there are however some free events and screenings.

During the March 10-18 project, there are great events for music and design lovers: The Sónar Reykjavík (March 16-17) and the Design March (March 15-18). Sónar is an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it is not the largest stage or the biggest crowd that matters but also about the relationship that forms and the memories for all. The line up includes a mix of international artists and some from Iceland's thriving music scene. DesignMarch is Iceland’s most important annual design festival. The festival’s tenth edition will take place in 2018, transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design. Passes for the festivals are not provided, there are however many free events and some concerts.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the visits to the Geothermal power plant, the recycling centre and the Golden Circle excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
February 17 - February 25, 2018
February 28 - March 8, 2018
March 10 - March 18, 2018
March 21 - March 29, 2018
March 31 - April 8, 2018
April 11 - April 19, 2018

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       10 projects of 2 wks from February 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 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 also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with a one-hour lunch break.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated 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. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can 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 will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room. Beds and sheets are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
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: 250 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:
February 19 - March 5, 2018
March 5 - March 19, 2018
March 19 - April 2, 2018
April 2 - April 16, 2018
April 16 - April 30, 2018
April 30 - May 14, 2018
May 14 - May 28, 2018
May 28 - June 11, 2018
June 11 - June 25, 2018
June 25 - July 9, 2018

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       13 projects of 2 wks from February 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 dog, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

We will have special topics to discuss in the project, such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy. We will go for visits related to those topics. For example, a visit to the power plant Hellisheiðarvirkjun and its Geothermal Exhibition which is presented via interactive multimedia installations, wall displays and presentations. It allows visitors to examine Iceland’s geothermal energy utilization in a clear and illuminating fashion. We will also visit the Recycling Center Sorpa where the volunteers will learn about recycling methods. The volunteers will also create documentaries, posters and brochures related to sustainable living, which will be introduced to children in Reykjavik.

We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present 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.

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 can 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 will be staying 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.

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. From September until the end of April, and in favourable conditions, you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

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.

All available dates for this project:
February 20 - March 2, 2018
March 2 - March 12, 2018
March 12 - March 22, 2018
March 22 - April 1, 2018
April 1 - April 11, 2018
April 11 - April 21, 2018
April 21 - May 1, 2018
May 1 - May 11, 2018
May 11 - May 21, 2018
May 21 - May 31, 2018
May 31 - June 10, 2018
June 10 - June 20, 2018
June 20 - June 30, 2018

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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       4 projects of 2 wks from April to June

Volunteer project: This is the 11th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an intense photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
When the workshops end, we select some of our best pictures from the project and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition in a local independent cinema.

Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible. They 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 but this depends on the weather conditions. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture, such as food, music, and films, with the international group.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some excursions (e.g. South Shore, Hot River hike or Reykjanes) can be arranged at discount fares for the participants. Local leisure activities will also be offered such as cinema and flea market.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík, about 4 km from the center of the city. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen and a washing machine. The group will sleep in shared rooms. Please bring your sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. 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 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: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the Golden Circle excursion.
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 10 - April 19, 2018
April 26 - May 5, 2018
May 10 - May 19, 2018
May 25 - June 2, 2018

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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       7 projects of 2 wks from April to September

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 8th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated 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 garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

Leisure time: Participants in this project will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the accommodation. Excursions (South Shore, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens 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.
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. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site (on the first and last day of the project), and the Golden Circle excursion.
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 22 - May 5, 2018
May 6 - May 19, 2018
May 21 - June 2, 2018
June 3 - June 16, 2018
June 17 - June 30, 2018
July 8 - July 21, 2018
August 26 - September 8, 2018

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Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey       2 projects of 2 wks from May to September

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.

All available dates for this project:
May 1 - May 11, 2018
August 28 - September 7, 2018

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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Fjardabyggd        5 projects of 2 wks in May and 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.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees and flowers, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths.
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 are about 6-7 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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.

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in the volunteer houses in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: 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:
May 6 - May 16, 2018
May 17 - May 27, 2018
May 28 - June 7, 2018
June 8 - June 18, 2018
June 19 - June 29, 2018

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Trail repair and maintenance near Hekla Volcano
Vík í Mýrdal       May 28 - June 11, 2018

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will be mostly doing environmental construction and repair work on hiking trails and walking paths in the southernmost municipality of Iceland, based in Vík í Mýrdal.
The main tasks will be to mark and repair hiking trails or walking paths around the town and in the mountains in the surrounding areas. The group will help prepare different locations for the summer ahead.
Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors. No previous experience is necessary.

Additional tasks may include cleaning and beautifying the area, hand-picking garbage or collecting trash that has been blown by the wind or brought by the sea to the shores and surrounding areas. Volunteers might also be asked to do other related tasks, depending on the weather.

The work day normally runs from 9am to 5pm with breaks for lunch and coffee. However, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the unforeseeable weather in Iceland.

Special requirements: The work can be physically demanding and requires good physical condition. Volunteers need to be prepared for working and walking in a wild landscape and sometimes cold weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: The extra fee includes a glacier walk tour on Sólheimajökull glacier and a ride on a zip-line in Vík. Volunteers will also have access to the local swimming pool, sauna and hot tubs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local house in the town of Vík. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen. There is no shower in the house, but we will have free access to showers in the local swimming pool.

Location: The project takes place in the south of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. Vík 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 the black sand beaches and the rolling Atlantic waves. 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 a dramatic coastline. A short hike within the close vicinity is sure to satisfy 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).

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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Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road       2 projects of 2 wks from June to September

Volunteer project: International volunteers will support this project for the 10th year in a row. We started cooperation in 2009 and the results have been very positive. The hosts are a group of locals developing the area with alternative tourism services, including running a series of huts in this isolated area in the highlands and offering services to visitors and hikers.

In this project, volunteers will work on diverse environmental outdoor tasks, including repairing of walking paths and making steps in steep parts of the trails, landscaping around the huts in the area. Volunteers will also help with the revegetation in some areas around, clearing litter on the walking paths, and general maintenance of the area.

As the landscape is raw, the work is physically demanding but also rewarding. Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and to experience one of the most isolated areas in Iceland.

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. The facilities are basic and volunteers are expected to show consideration for their companions.

Location: The Icelandic highlands, or “the interior”, are a true pearl to people who love nature and the outdoors. It is accessible on 4WD cars and most routes involve crossing rivers where there are not any bridges. 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: 350 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project). Departure time will be at 7:00 am on the first day of the project.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 5 - June 20, 2018
August 25 - September 8, 2018

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Erosion control and reviving the natural vegetation in the south-west of Iceland
Reykjavik       2 projects of 2 wks in June and July

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

The volunteers will perform four different types of work:
- Revegetation and erosion control using organic materials,
- Tree planting,
- Removal of old fences, and
- Monitoring the survival and growth of tree plantations of former years.
These tasks will be performed at several different locations in the south-west of the country. The work is physical, can at times be demanding but always rewarding. Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors.

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 a long time. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas have completely lost their top soil. 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. The results of the efforts made so far can already be seen at a number of sites in the south-west of the country, with substantial contribution from international volunteers.
Our Earth is getting warmer because of an overload of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also, green plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and capture it in biomass and soil. Revegetation is one of the most effective ways to fight off climate change, especially in a land so heavily eroded as Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions can be arranged for the volunteers in the free days at discount fares.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be accommodated in a school building with basic facilities in one of Reykjavik’s neighbouring towns. They will sleep on mattresses. Please bring a sleeping bag. There is a shower in the school and volunteers will also have free access to the local geothermal swimming pool.

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 in ten different sites in the south-west of Iceland, mostly in and around the Reykjanes peninsula. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow little vegetation. There are numerous hot and sulphur springs 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 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: 300 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day). The meeting time will be 4:00 pm on the first day of the project in Reykjavik. The fee also includes the Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes peninsula excursions (1 full day each). We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, the National Park of Thingvellir and much more.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 8 - June 22, 2018
June 22 - July 6, 2018

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Reforestation and environmental maintenance in the heart of the Golden Circle
Fludir       2 projects of 2 wks in June

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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying at a local school. They need to bring their own sleeping bags, but mattresses are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fludir, in the south of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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:
June 10 - June 20, 2018
June 20 - June 30, 2018

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       July 22 - August 4, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 8th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated 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 garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

Leisure time: Participants in this project will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the accommodation. Excursions (South Shore, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens 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.
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. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 50 and over

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

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       August 12 - August 25, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 8th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated 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 garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

Leisure time: Participants in this project will have a free pass to access one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated within walking distance from the accommodation. Excursions (South Shore, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting in the Botanical Gardens 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.
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. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 30 and over

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

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Maintaining hiking trails in Iceland's largest forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur       September 2 - September 15, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur in the far East of Iceland, doing nature and environmentally oriented tasks. The host of this project is the Icelandic forest service. The main tasks will be to maintain hiking paths, build stairs, and make and put up signs. Volunteers will also put up benches and tables in the forest. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near the hiking paths.

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work also helps to improve visitors safety.

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.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be prepared for all kinds of weather. The work is physically demanding and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in beds in a house belonging to the Icelandic forest service. The house is fully equipped. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur is the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.

The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.

The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between 3000 and 4000 animals.

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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