Volunteer in Iceland


Beautifying the coastline and renovating volunteer houses in the Eastfjords
Eskifjörður       6 projects of 2 wks from May 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:
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       6 projects of 2 wks from May to November


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 to 250 Euro (220 Euro for the projects until June 9; 250 Euro for the projects after July 22;)
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 30 - June 9, 2017
July 22 - August 1, 2017
August 14 - August 24, 2017
September 3 - September 13, 2017
October 2 - October 12, 2017
November 10 - November 20, 2017

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       19 projects of 2 wks from April to January


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. 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 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 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. 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: 220 to 250 Euro (220 Euro for the projects until July 10; 250 Euro for the projects after July 10;)
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 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
July 10 - July 24, 2017
July 24 - August 7, 2017
August 7 - August 21, 2017
August 21 - September 4, 2017
September 4 - September 18, 2017
September 18 - October 2, 2017
October 2 - October 16, 2017
October 16 - October 30, 2017
October 30 - November 13, 2017
November 13 - November 27, 2017
November 27 - December 11, 2017
December 11 - December 23, 2017
December 27, 2017 - January 8, 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 sixth 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 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 19 - May 3, 2017
May 3 - May 17, 2017

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       20 projects of 2 wks from April to December


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. 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, such as food wasting, recycling and renewable energy. The volunteers will also create documentaries, posters and brochures related to sustainable living, which will be introduced to children in Reykjavik.

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.

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:
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
June 30 - July 9, 2017
August 28 - September 7, 2017
September 7 - September 17, 2017
September 17 - September 27, 2017
September 27 - October 7, 2017
October 7 - October 17, 2017
October 17 - October 27, 2017
October 27 - November 6, 2017
November 6 - November 16, 2017
November 16 - November 26, 2017
November 26 - December 6, 2017
December 6 - December 16, 2017
December 16 - December 23, 2017

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Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       4 projects of 2 wks in April and May


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 be possible to organise a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. A guided visit to a Geothermal power plant may also be organised, where participants can learn about the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland and how it can be used in a sustainable manner. 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, Snaefellsnes) 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:
April 22 - April 30, 2017
May 3 - May 11, 2017
May 13 - May 21, 2017
May 24 - June 1, 2017

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from April to September


Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 7th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary last year. 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 attending 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.

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 to 280 Euro (250 Euro for the projects until June 17; 280 Euro for the projects after June 18;)
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (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 23 - May 6, 2017
May 7 - May 20, 2017
May 21 - June 3, 2017
June 5 - June 17, 2017
June 18 - July 1, 2017
July 2 - July 15, 2017
August 13 - August 26, 2017
August 27 - September 9, 2017

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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       3 projects of 2 wks from April to June


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, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. 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.

The Children’s and Youth Culture Festival is organised from April 25 to April 30. Children's culture, culture for children and culture with children, are the three main aspects of the week-long arts and culture festival dedicated to children and youth up to the age of 16. This annual festival strives to introduce the youth to a wide range of art disciplines through the medium of workshops and performances.

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:
April 27 - May 6, 2017
May 11 - May 20, 2017
May 25 - June 3, 2017

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Environmental and renovation activities in the beautiful Westfjords
Westfjords       May 1 - May 14, 2017


Volunteer project: This project is located in the beautiful Westfjords of Iceland. International volunteers will be working here for the 8th year in a row. Our hosts are a family that have taken up a former farm in the valley and are developing new opportunities in the remote area. They live and work there all year round running diverse facilities and offering services for visitors.

The main task of this project is to help with fencing work in the area, including clearing out old fences, repairing some fences and putting new ones in place. Volunteers will also do some other small tasks aimed towards beautifying the isolated area. The schedule of the project will be very flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local hosts and on weather conditions.

In the evenings and during the free days there will be enough time to explore the surroundings, trekking and walking, as you will be able to rest in the natural hot tubs, bathe in the local swimming pool and discover many other surprises of this beautiful place, possibly including horseback riding on the unique Icelandic horses and kayaking in the fjords.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project is located in a place of extreme beauty. The volunteers will have the opportunity to visit the local pool and if weather allows, horseback riding and kayaking around a seal colony can be organised.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped flat, in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. This is a very isolated place with limited mobile/internet connection.

Location: The project takes place in the Westfjords at the north-western part of Iceland. This area in the Western fjords is famed for its beautiful landscape and friendly weather with sunny summers. The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is made of dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. In the area you will be able to explore the whole range of Icelandic flora from the shore and meadows, through birch to mossy moors. On the shore, one can see birds, seals, whales and then an occasional arctic fox around the sheep.

Fishing is traditionally the main industry in the region but tourism started to be more and more important as local and foreign visitors are discovering this region in rising numbers.

The distances to the next town and villages are 130 km to Ísafjörður and 90 km to Hólmavík. The Westfjords account for 10% of the country’s surface but only about 8000 people live there, so it is one of the least populated areas of Europe.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Environmental enhancement project in the far East of Iceland
Hamarsfjörður       May 7 - May 18, 2017


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

The main tasks will be planting and cutting trees, cleaning and beautifying the area, tearing down old fences and possibly putting up some new ones. The work schedule will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our hosts as well as weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organised for the volunteers, for instance a day trip, excursions in the area and a barbeque.

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Growing flowers and trees for the gardens of Reykjavik
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from May to September

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be helping out and supporting the work in a gardening station run by the municipality of Reykjavík. Volunteer groups have been assisting the growing station since 2014. The station takes care of growing flowers, edible plants and trees for the city's green areas and the educational school gardens of Reykjavík. The station aims to maintain Icelandic species and to increase those who have adapted well to the Icelandic climate. The station also tries to experiment with new species to increase variety and quality of plants that are grown in the gardens and recreational areas of the city.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will have a free pass to one of the largest swimming pools in Iceland, situated some 3 km from the project base. Excursions (South Shore, Snaefellsnes or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

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

Location: 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 to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

The project site is close to the geothermal beach Nauthólsvík, as well as the protected natural area of Elliðaárdalur which has wild berries, salmon fishing, semi-wild rabbits and a waterfall all within the city limits. In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 250 to 280 Euro (250 Euro for the projects until June 17; 280 Euro for the projects after June 19;)
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (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:
May 8 - May 20, 2017
May 22 - June 3, 2017
June 6 - June 17, 2017
June 19 - July 1, 2017
July 3 - July 15, 2017
August 22 - September 2, 2017
September 4 - September 16, 2017
September 18 - September 30, 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 Reykjanes Peninsula) 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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Creating an art exhibition and a geo-park at the edge of Langjokull Glacier
Langjökull       3 projects of 2 wks from June to August


Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the opportunity to contribute to this special art and culture project in the western part of Iceland. The aim of the project is to support the making of an outdoor art exhibition, a geo-park, an art-residence, and a chapel for all types of religions.

Our hosts are building a Geo-park and volunteers will help with marking and registering locations and other related tasks. If time and weather allows, the group will also help building a chapel which is aimed to be for all religions and beliefs.

Volunteers will help with various outdoor tasks such as building a stone wall in a garden with sculptures and outdoor artwork. They will be supervised by a professional stonewall maker and a nature scientist. Furthermore the group will build a walking path from the sculpture garden towards a small canyon where some outdoor artwork can be found. Volunteers will also help with setting up and moving the artwork, taking down old fences and generally beautifying the area and the surroundings.

Special requirements: The volunteers need to be motivated for working outdoors and doing physical work under changing weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our hosts will organise some free time activities in the area. Excursions (Golden circle or Snæfellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local house, sleeping in shared rooms on mattresses in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in the western part of Iceland, in a unique natural pearl with breathtaking landscape, between glaciers and lava fields. The place is like an oasis in the desert, as the weather is often better than in the surroundings.

Among the natural wonders nearby are the Hraunfossar waterfalls where water comes out from a lava field over a length of 1 km. Additionally, the Hallmundarhraun lava field is among the best known and deepest in Iceland. Langjökull (Long Glacier), the second largest glacier in Iceland, is 950 km2 and its highest point is 1355 m above sea level. Langjökull is surrounded by other small glaciers, Eiríksjökull, Þórisjökull, Hrútafell and the disappearing glacier Ok. Dense forests, lava, water springs and torrential glacier rivers, mixed with diverse fauna and flora make this area a delightful place to stay.

The surroundings nearby are ideal for hikers as walking paths and trails spread in all directions. According to some of the oldest Icelandic sagas, this area is said to be inhabited since the very early settlement of the island.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 to 350 Euro (250 Euro for the project starting June 1; 350 Euro for the projects starting July 2 and August 20;)
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 1 - June 11, 2017
July 2 - July 12, 2017
August 20 - August 30, 2017

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Facility improvement in a nature reserve below the Arctic Circle
Hornstrandir       June 1 - June 16, 2017

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

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Available free time activities in the area include hikes and walks in the beautiful surroundings. The house has a good atmosphere, with card games and live music as common evening activities. Volunteers with music skills should bring their music instruments with them. If weather allows, we will make a barbeque pit for the farewell party at the end of the project.

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Restoring and maintaining hiking trails in Strandir
Strandir       June 1 - June 14, 2017

Volunteer project: We have been working with the municipality of Strandabyggð since 2009 with very good results for the volunteers and the locals. Strandir (the coasts), located on the north-eastern part of the Western fjords of Iceland, is a hiker’s paradise.

The volunteers will be working on restoring and maintaining hiking trails. Maintaining these pathways is very important in order to encourage people in the area to enjoy the beautiful environment in a way that does not spoil the nature around. The ground is sometimes rocky and volunteers have to work together to find the most suitable place for the path. Volunteers will also help re-arrange stones that mark the paths and repair a stone culvert and a small bridge.
Work can be physically demanding and volunteers should be in good physical condition. Be prepared for some flexibility due to the weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organised in the surroundings of the project.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local house. They will sleep on mattresses in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Participants will have the chance to go to the local swimming pool.

Location: The project takes place in the West fjords at the north-western part of Iceland. The Westfjords are very mountainous; the coastline is made by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. The region of Strandir was for centuries one of the most remote areas in Iceland, known for the inhabitants' knowledge of magic and as a refuge for criminals and outlaws. The landscape of Strandir is far from uniform, the low hills of Hrútafjörður in the south gradually change to 700 m high mountains rising straight from the coast in the northern part.

The population in the Strandir region is under 800. The towns of Hólmavík and Drangsnes are the most populated; around 400 people in Hólmavík and 100 in Drangsnes. The people of Strandir live almost entirely on traditional fishing and farming. They are increasingly aware of their heritage and will proudly tell tales of their ancestors' dealings with ghosts and other supernatural beings.
It has often been said that the people of Strandir know a bit more about witchcraft and sorcery than others, and to underscore that claim The Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft, which takes one on a magical tour into the mystical world of the supernatural, is to be found in the area.

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

Age range: 20 and over

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

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Help restore the natural and historical heritage of the Highlands north of Vatnajokull glacier
Highlands of Iceland       June 2 - June 16, 2017

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the chance to work for the 7th year in a row in this special project based in the highlands, east of Lake Mývatn and north of the Vatnajökull glacier.
The area has been inhabited since the early times of the settlement. As small-scale farming has become more difficult in recent times, some of the locals started to develop new tourism services and push forward alternative ways of income generation in this very remote region. The extreme beauty of the area draws more and more visitors every year.

Hundreds of years of farming have taken its toll on the pristine landscape. The volunteers will support locals in removing elements and machinery (e.g. old tires, old corrugated iron, fences, etc.) that have been left unattended and need to be removed in order to restore the natural and historical heritage of the region.

Volunteers will also help with repairing an old turf building, restoring it to its previous form, so it looks similar to the several other turf buildings in the surroundings.
Additional work for the volunteers will be turfing, fixing and maintaining walking paths and making a new trail.

Language: English

Leisure time: A remote place located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor activities like hikes will be arranged for the volunteers.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a house in one of the farms, sleeping in shared rooms in beds. Please bring a sleeping bag. Equipped kitchen and washing machine are available.

Location: The project is located in the highlands of Iceland, in the highest inhabited place in the country at 469 meters above sea level. The location is in the North-eastern part of the country and in the vicinity of the largest national park in Europe - Vatnajökull National Park.

Mount Herðubreið, the queen of Icelandic mountains is located in the area. It is situated in the east side of the Ódáðahraun desert and close to Askja volcano. The desert is a large lava field originating from eruptions of volcanoes in the area. Due to the mountain's steep and unstable sides, the first ascent was in 1908 despite centuries of knowledge of its existence. Near the mountain lies an oasis with a campground and hiking trails.

The Vatnajökull Park is unique; one can find glaciers, volcanic activity, glacier bursts, eruptions and geothermal heat plus an extremely rare landscape. The area is now around 12.000 km2 and is expected to be expanded within the next years. Under the ice-cap, the glacier hides seven volcanoes and most of them are active. Vatnajökull covers about 8% of the country, and is about 1000 m thick at its thickest point.

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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Experience life on a horse farm in the scenic East Fjords
Borgarfjörður Eystri       June 5 - June 17, 2017

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will have various outdoor tasks such as marking and maintaining hiking trails, putting up information signs, setting up fences, collecting and chopping driftwood, placing nets for salmon and trout, planting vegetables and bushes, and other possible tasks related to maintaining and beautifying the area, as well as farming and working with horses.

Our host for this project is a family that runs a non-traditional farm with horses, as well as other animals such as sheep, cows, and birds. The family lives and works in the remote area, in the very far east of Iceland, offering services to travellers including horseback riding in the area.

In 2008, our host was given a special award by the Soil Conservation Service of Iceland for their work towards land improvements including the prevention of land erosion by sowing specialised grasses in the area of Héraðsflói, and the production of an education program for school children.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas of Iceland. This is an opportunity to get to know the Icelandic horse and the Icelandic farm life.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have the opportunity to try horseback riding, and also possibly fishing in the river and visiting a puffin colony.

Accommodation: The group will stay in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation with access to kitchen and bathroom. Other guests or travelers might be in the house at the same time as it is a guesthouse accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in the area of Borgarfjörður Eystri, in the East fjords. This area is by some called a hiking haven, with a good number of marked trails. Mountains in the area are very beautiful with peaks such as Dyrfjöll, Staðarfjall, Geitfell and Svartfell.

The project is located off the beaten tourist track, 60 km north of Egilsstaðir between the two glacial rivers, Jökulsá á Brú and the Lagarfljót. The area offers endless opportunities for excursions to discover Iceland’s untouched nature with 30 different species of birds and lush vegetation.

Large number of seals travel quite some distance inland where they rest on the riverbanks and sandbanks. In springtime and autumn wild reindeers come close to the farm. The location gives an opportunity to enjoy almost complete peace and quiet to absorb land and nature.

Terminal: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Domestic airport Egilsstaðir (EGS).

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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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       6 projects of 2 wks from June to September

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 intense Photography related project. The coordinators work with 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.
As the workshop ends, we select some of our best pictures from the stay and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning 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 locals through pictures 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.

These teenage projects are open for participants in the age range of 16 to 20. The program during their stay combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as well as exploring the capital city and some of the most stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle and the South Shore excursions, which will be part of the project. We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, the National Park of Thingvellir and much more.

Language: English

Leisure time: Additional trips (e.g. Snaefellsnes, Hot River hike, etc.) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. 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 an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

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

Age range: 16 - 20 years old

Extra fee: 550 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 and South Shore excursions (1 full day each).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and has to be transferred no later than one month before the start of the project.

All available dates for this project:
June 8 - June 17, 2017
June 22 - July 1, 2017
July 6 - July 15, 2017
July 20 - July 29, 2017
August 17 - August 26, 2017
August 31 - September 9, 2017

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Erosion control and reviving the natural vegetation in the south of Iceland
Reykjavik       3 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.

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

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

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 to 350 Euro (300 Euro for the projects starting June 9 and June 23; 350 Euro for the project starting July 7;)
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 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 9 - June 23, 2017
June 23 - July 7, 2017
July 7 - July 21, 2017

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

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: The Icelandic highlands or “the interior” are a true pearl to nature lovers and outdoor people. 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).
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 11 - June 25, 2017
August 26 - September 9, 2017

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Reforestation and environmental maintenance work 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.

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

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Fludir, in the south of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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:
June 12 - June 20, 2017
June 20 - June 30, 2017

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Improving hiking trails in Dalir
Dalabyggð       2 projects of 2 wks in June and August

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be joining a project in Hvammsfjörður with the local municipality of Dalabyggð, in the north-west of Iceland. The village in Hvammsfjörður, Búðardalur lies at the north-eastern end of Snæfellsnes peninsula and next to the West fjords.

In the first week of the project, volunteers will mostly be in Laugar repairing tracks, signposts and tidying up the area and surroundings of the natural pool called Gudrunarlaug. According to the history, Gudrun Osvifursdóttir used to dwell by a geothermal pool. The original pool is believed to have been destroyed in a landslide but in 2009 a new pool was built near to the location where the old pool is thought to have been situated and named Gudrunarlaug.
In the second week, the volunteers will have the amazing opportunity to go to Eiríksstaðir - a historic site connected with Eirík the Red, who pioneered the settlement of Greenland. Volunteers will repair tracks and steps near the settlement building, tidying up the surrounding and doing other tasks.
Duties can be physically demanding and may require a good physical condition.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organised for the volunteers, for instance going to a swimming pool and an excursion in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a well-equipped school house, in shared rooms/dorms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in the West of Iceland, in a district called Dalabyggð (Valley district). Dalabyggð, was formed in 1994 when 8 municipalities were merged. The only town of Dalabyggð, Búðardalur, has about 300 inhabitants and is a service center for the area. The village has a long history, dating from the time of the first settlements in Iceland. The name means "Camp Valley", or more directly "dale of booths". It is where settlers had temporary camps when coming to the area.

At a short distance from the village is Eiríksstaðir, the homestead of Erik the Red, who discovered Greenland and whose son Leifur Eiríksson, born at Eiríksstaðir, discovered America ahead of Columbus.

There are many valleys in Dalir and often it is unclear where one starts and another ends. Further away from the coastline lie the many islands of Breiðarfjörður in all their glory which form a magnificent view when bathed in the light of the setting sun over this great fjord. The area is popular with hikers who can choose from many different paths and routes ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘challenging’ and ‘difficult’.

Dalabyggð is not only famous for hiking, it has been mentioned in many of the Sagas and was the setting in two of the very famous Viking sagas from 850 to 1300. Strong women have always played a key role in the history of Dalir. One of the first settlers of Iceland was Auður djúpuðga (The Deep-Minded) from Hvammur who played a vital role in freeing bonded men and claiming vast areas of land in Dalir.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 to 350 Euro (300 Euro for the project starting June 12; 350 Euro for the project starting August 7;)
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
June 12 - June 23, 2017
August 7 - August 18, 2017

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Secret Solstice Music Festival
Reykjavik       June 15 - June 25, 2017

Volunteer project: Secret Solstice is an Icelandic music festival that is being held for the fourth time on the 16th to the 18th of June 2017. The festival has been getting a very positive feedback in the last years from the attendees and the media as well. It showcases both established artists as well as exciting up-and-coming talent over the course of three days in the 24 hour midnight sun during the summer solstice. It's themed after the Norse religion and mythology. It‘s set to deliver a unique party atmosphere filled with great entertainment. This year, bands like Foo fighters, The Prodigy and Kerry Chindler will be there.

The volunteers will not work during the festival 16th of 18th of June so they will have a perfect opportunity to enjoy it in full with the VIP passes provided (worth 330 Euro). From the 19th to the 24th they will do 8 hours a day shifts helping the organizers to take down the stages and to put the festival area in a perfect shape again.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free VIP ticket for the festival. Also, reasonably-priced 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 will stay in a house located in the centre of Reykjavik. They need to bring their own sleeping bag, beds 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 centre elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. In June there is 24 hours daylight and you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the midnight sun. 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 Snaefellsjökull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Teen volunteer experience in the East of Iceland
Stodvarfjordur       7 projects of 2 wks from June to September

Volunteer project: The aim of the teen project is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During this 11-day program, participants will have the chance to get to know the Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of this project will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a camp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. They will go on hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The group will also help with environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

During the project, we will do some workshops in the centre which include permaculture, aquaponics, growing herbs in an earth-sheltered greenhouse (a walipini) and growing vegetables in the big garden of the centre. We will also focus on topics such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy.

The art workshops are all about creating pieces of art out of natural and/or recycled materials. The area has variety of colourful stones, which we will use in our artwork. The group will also shoot photos during the project, and in the last days there will be an open photo and art exhibition in our centre.

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, theatre – 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: We will do different kinds of sports together and will go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur.
Volunteers will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds are provided, however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. 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. The project will take place in the village of Stodvarfjordur.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The teenagers will travel along the coast of Iceland to and from the project site. It is in fact a round trip around Iceland which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favourable. This 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: 15 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 550 Euro
The fee includes pick-up and drop-off service between KEF International Airport and Reykjavik and a tour around Iceland.
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 17 - June 27, 2017
June 28 - July 8, 2017
July 14 - July 26, 2017
July 26 - August 5, 2017
August 5 - August 16, 2017
August 16 - August 27, 2017
August 27 - September 6, 2017

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Restoring the natural tree cover in the Westfjords
Hrafnseyri       June 18 - June 26, 2017

Volunteer project: This is a unique, demanding and very rewarding opportunity for volunteers to gain new skills and ecological perspectives through working and living closely to the land. This project is located in the Westfjords of Iceland.

The main project activity is tree planting at Hrafnseyri. Hrafnseyri in Arnarfjörður is the birthplace of Jón Sigurðsson and today there is a museum dedicated to him and his memory. As a part of the museum is the old turf house that Jón grew up in and the chapel that was built in his memory.

The project’s aim is to plant 10,000 native birch and rowan trees as part of a conservation project to restore some of the land’s natural tree cover. There will be group leaders who will ensure planting is done correctly and facilitate a program of creative-led discussions and activities, designed to create a space to help you experience a connection to the earth and sea, allow you to relax and be present, connect back to your natural rhythms, and find inspiration and insight. The approach draws on storytelling, outdoor education, experiential learning, eco-psychology, traditional healing system and just taking time out to be still, listen and respond!

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities are mostly hiking and trekking in the area as there is no transportation available. A program of group activities will be offered.

Accommodation: The participants will be staying in a community house in the Westfjords or in a tent provided by the host. Depending on the weather, we will be camping or staying inside, or a mix of both. You will need to bring a good sleeping bag and a sleeping mat.

Location: The project is situated in the Westfjords of Iceland, which is a distinct region that very few travellers to Iceland visit. The landscape is a mixture of sea-cliffs, huge beaches, many rivers, vegetated valleys, snowy/rocky mountains and moss-covered hill sides.
The nature in the area is untouched and almost uninhabited. The cliffs and valleys are packed with birds, the uninhabited fjords offer a moment of silence and tranquillity, and the Arctic fox proudly roams the mountains and inlets. The waterfalls are high and the streams pure.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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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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Removing invasive plants in the Eastern fjords
Eskifjörður       2 projects of 2 wks in June and July


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 main task of the project is to remove the Alaskan lupine from certain areas where other plants are growing. The lupine is not a “native” plant in Iceland, but it was imported into the country to help prevent erosion in areas where almost nothing grows. The lupine is now overrunning native species in many areas, so it is very important to control it. The group will also do other environmental work if needed.

Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – 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 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: 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. Wireless internet access 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:
June 26 - July 8, 2017
July 22 - August 1, 2017

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Help organizing the Eistnaflug Metal Festival
Neskaupstadur       June 30 - July 11, 2017


Volunteer project: Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. It is an indoor event taking place in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one day metal festival, but has since grown into a four day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage.
The line-up usually consists of 60 - 70 bands, most of which are Icelandic. Among the artists performing at the festival this year are The Dillinger Escape Plan [USA], Neurosis [USA], Bloodbath [Sweden], Sólstafir [Iceland], Skálmöld [Iceland], Dimma [Iceland], Zatokrev [Switzerland], Sinistro [Portugal], Naga [Italy], Misþyrming [Iceland], Innvortis [Iceland], Morðingjarnir [Iceland], Auðn [Iceland], Churchhouse Creepers [Iceland], Kronika [Iceland], Kælan Mikla [Iceland], Hubris [Iceland], Cult of Lilith [Iceland], Grave Superior [Iceland] and Oni [Iceland].
Musically, Eistnaflug is also a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected, prime foreign acts stacking up against a massive selection of all the great things the Iceland music scene has to offer every year. There are no boundaries – from indie rock to hardcore to black metal, everything that’s good is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport Egilsstaðir is 40 km 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 East and back. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West to Reykjavik. This 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 - 40 years old

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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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik       6 projects of 2 wks from July to December


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 Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within a walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theatres, shops, museums, and bus stations.

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

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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 30 - July 8, 2017
July 19 - July 28, 2017
September 7 - September 17, 2017
October 7 - October 17, 2017
November 6 - November 16, 2017
December 6 - December 16, 2017

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Environmental protection and trail maintenance in the geothermal town Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       2 projects of 2 wks in July


Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work in the hot spring capital of the world Hveragerði, volunteering for the municipality. The town is built above 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 the surroundings. The main tasks include pulling and removing weeds and applying preservation on wood. The team will also do some work in a forested area in the municipality, like making walking paths. Other tasks might be cleaning up and light maintenance in the public recreational areas of the township. 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.

Around this time of the summer solstice, the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The nights are magical and staying up enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: It is easy to enjoy life in all its splendor in Hveragerði. Salmon and trout swim in the Varmá River, berries grow wild in fields to the west of town, and innumerable walking trails wind through the beautiful countryside. The volunteers will be able to explore the surroundings in their free time. Access to the local swimming pool will be provided. Excursions (South Shore, Reykjanes or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in a local house/school. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses and need to bring their 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. 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.

A new hot spring area broke through the ground in the earthquake that shook Iceland´s south on the 29th of May 2008. It is situated in the hillside above the town. Several very active hot springs can be seen that throw colourful mud and clear water in the air, which is a spectacular sight.

The surroundings are a paradise for outdoor activities. There are good hiking trails within the town that link up with a network of trails at the foot of Reykjafjall Mountain and in Ölfusborgir. There are also 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 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: 320 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 which 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 3 - July 14, 2017
July 17 - July 28, 2017

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Help set up the grounds for the World Scout Moot
Ulfljótsvatn       July 4 - July 21, 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 group. The participants will help preparing the area for the World Scout Moot 2017, by cleaning up the area, setting up tents and some gardening activities as well.

The 15th World Scout Moot will be held in Iceland from July 25th to August 2nd, 2017. It is an official event of the World Organization of the Scout Movement (WOSM), hosted and organized by the Icelandic Boy and Girl Scout Association, for young people ages 18 to 25.

Special requirements: The work can be physically demanding and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to be flexible to do 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 Reykjanes Peninsula) 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: 350 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project) and the Golden Circle excursion on the first day which 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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Teen volunteer experience on a farm
Reykjavik       5 projects of 2 wks in July and August


Volunteer project: In this 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. The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm depending on the season. We will also have special topics to discuss in the project, such as food waste, recycling and renewable energy.

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, theatre – 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: Two excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer will be organised for the volunteers. The 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.

There are bikes available in the farm, so the group can go on short rides around the area. A city tour in Reykjavik will also be organised with a visit to one of the outdoor swimming pools.

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

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

Age range: 14 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 550 Euro
The fee includes pick-up and drop-off service to and from KEF International Airport, the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion, the South Coast of Iceland to Vik excursion and a return trip from the farm to Reykjavik after 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:
July 9 – July 19, 2017
July 19 – July 29, 2017
July 29 – August 8, 2017
August 8 – August 18, 2017
August 18 – August 28, 2017

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Celebrate life by the sea with the people of the Westfjords
Drangsnes       July 16 - July 26, 2017


Volunteer project: For the first time, international volunteers will have the unique opportunity to assist with a local fair in the Westfjords of Iceland. Our host is the local municipality of Kaldrananeshrepp which is one of the less populated municipalities of the country. The village of Drangsnes, which is the main town, has less than 80 inhabitants and the locals appreciate the support of the volunteers when the village gets busy with visitors of the festival.

Drangsnes (as part of the Westfjords) is a fishing village where the fishing industry occupies a key position. The town’s fair theme is the sea. There will be a competition in fishing along the pier, an exhibition related to the life and work on the sea, seafood tasting and other sea related games and entertainment.

Volunteers will be involved in preparing the fair and assist during it. The team will help with preparing the areas, putting up signs, cleaning the town's green areas and other related tasks. During the fair, volunteers will assist with tasks such as guarding, picking up garbage, etc. Volunteers will play a big role in making it possible for this event to take place.

Language: English

Leisure time: The hosts will organise some free time activities for the volunteers depending on the weather.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a school house equipped with a kitchen; sleeping on mattresses in sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring a sleeping bag. Volunteers will have free access to natural hot tubs close to the school.

Location: The Westfjords are one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Iceland, with its high mountains of extreme beauty and dramatic fjords cutting deep into the landscape.
The project is located in the Kaldrananeshreppur municipality in a small town called Drangsnes. The municipality is in the district of Strandasysla which covers the easternmost part of the Westfjords.

The sagas say that the Westfjords were nearly separated from Iceland by three relentless trolls, furiously digging the Westfjords away from the mainland. One troll woman, called Kerling, competing against her conspirators realized that her task would not be accomplished and slammed her shovel down in rage, breaking off a chunk of land, thus forming Grimsey island on Steingrimsfjordur bay. Though the trolls were unsuccessful in breaking off the Westfjords, the choppy coastline at the far end of Steingrimsfjorður bears marks of the troll woman’s handiwork. Her grim profile transformed into stone by the first rays of sunlight and now watches over Grimsey.

Drangsnes is a small fishing village in Kaldrananeshreppur municipality. The village got its name from a tall rock (Drangur) named Kerling which according to the story is one of the three trolls who tried to separate the Westfjords from the rest of Iceland.

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

Age range: 20 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).
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       July 16 - July 29, 2017


Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 7th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary last year. 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 attending 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.

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: 280 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (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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Restoration of ancient cairns in the West Fjords
Latrabjarg       July 19 - July 27, 2017

Volunteer project: This is a unique, demanding and rewarding opportunity for volunteers to gain new skills and ecological perspectives through working and living closely to the land. This project takes place in the Westfjords of Iceland, in the municipality of Vesturbyggð and in the area of Látrabjarg: “The cliffs of all cliffs”, which is the westernmost point of Iceland.

The main project activity is restoration of cairns in an area in the south of the Westfjords. Cairns are piles of carefully constructed rock that have historically been used to help people find their way in difficult weather conditions on mountainous walking routes. The cairns to be restored are situated in high and harsh land. A trained wilderness guide and another leader will be working with the group to ensure quality of craftsmanship and to ensure everyone’s safety.

Running alongside the cairn restoration activities will be a program of creative discussions and activities, designed to create a space to help you experience a connection to the earth and sea, allow you to relax and be present, connect back to your natural rhythms, and find inspiration and insight. The approach draws on storytelling, outdoor education, experiential learning, eco-psychology and traditional healing systems.

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities are mostly hiking and trekking in the area as there is no transportation available. A program of group activities will be offered.

Accommodation: The volunteers will predominantly be camping near Latrabjarg in the Westfjords. Other wild camping sites may also be used, meaning you may be away from modern amenities for a number of days. You will need to bring a good sleeping bag and a sleeping mat. Tents will be provided.

Location: The project is situated in the Westfjords of Iceland, which is a distinct region that very few travellers to Iceland visit. The landscape is a mixture of sea-cliffs, huge beaches, many rivers, vegetated valleys, snowy/rocky mountains and moss-covered hill sides.
The nature in the area is untouched and almost uninhabited. The cliffs and valleys are packed with birds, the uninhabited fjords offer a moment of silence and tranquility, and the Arctic fox proudly roams the mountains and inlets. The waterfalls are high and the streams pure.

Látrabjarg is a promontory and it is the westernmost point in Iceland. The lines of cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbills. It is vital for their survival as it hosts up to 40% of the world population for some species e.g. the Razorbill. It is Europe's largest bird cliff, 14km long and up to 440m high.

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

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).
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       July 30 - August 12, 2017


Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 7th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary last year. 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 attending 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.

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: 280 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (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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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Eskifjörður       6 projects of 2 wks in August and September


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.

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:
August 1 - August 11, 2017
August 11 - August 21, 2017
August 21 - August 31, 2017
August 31 - September 10, 2017
September 10 - September 20, 2017
September 20 - September 30, 2017

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Help running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands       August 3 - August 10, 2017

Volunteer project: This is the 11th time that we host this project and it has been one of the highlights each year. If you want to see the most famous musicians in Iceland or the ones that are becoming famous, then this is the project for you.

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

Terminal: 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.

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Pride festival in Reykjavik
Reykjavik       August 8 - August 17, 2017

Volunteer project: The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík will take place in the last days of the project, on August 6-11. During those days Reykjavík is full of life. A huge, merry and colourful Gay Parade goes through the centre of town and a grand outdoor concert attended by over 70,000 people – lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and straight, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors - showing solidarity with the gay cause.

The work related to the festival will mostly be helping the organizers with the preparation of the festival and some manual/environmental work in green areas. The group can also prepare their own event for the parade which is the highlight of the Gay pride festival every year. We would also appreciate if the group could take photos and write short articles about the different parts of the event.

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 Reykjavik offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within 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. 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: Keflavik (KEF) Reykjavík.

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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Culture Night in Reykjavik
Reykjavik       August 18 - August 28, 2017

Volunteer project: Reykjavik Culture Night has become an essential part of the cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling down the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. Culture Night offers a chance to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions to more unusual happenings. A number of cultural institutions such as galleries, ateliers, shops, cafes, churches, restaurants and bars in downtown Reykjavik stay open until late. The immensely popular Reykjavik Marathon takes place on the same day and we really encourage our volunteers to take part in it.

On 19 August, we will take part in Reykjavik Culture Night, performing in the streets and enjoying Iceland’s biggest cultural event.

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.

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 near to the old port offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities 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. 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: Keflavik (KEF) Reykjavík.

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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Maintaining hiking trails in Iceland's largest forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur       September 3 - September 17, 2017

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

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Environmental work and traditional harvesting on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey       September 5 - September 15, 2017

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

The group will work on environmental and nature related assignments, such as harvesting vegetables and crops grown on the island.
The volunteers will also help cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. Tools and furniture will need to be stored inside, and the common recreational areas need to be prepared for the autumn/winter season. There will also be a bit of construction work since some fences need maintenance and volunteers will do some paint jobs as well.
Depending on the advance of the project, volunteers may have other possible tasks such as checking up and repairing garden furniture that is used by the visitors of the island.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free rides on the ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Other excursions (Hot River, South Shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) 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: 300 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site (including the boat ride). It also 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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Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik       September 26 - October 8, 2017

Volunteer project: The international volunteers will help the organizers of the Reykjavík International Film Festival with different tasks before and during the festival. Our group will work closely with the team of Icelandic volunteers who are in most cases students of the Universities in Reykjavik.

We will put up posters and hand out leaflets and brochures around the city before the festival starts. Some of the volunteers might be asked to pick up international guests at the airport. During the festival, we will sell entrance tickets and festival passes, setup the venues before and after the movies and control the entrance if needed. There might be other tasks to be done and we will have to be flexible and willing to give a helping hand whenever necessary.

The festival is one of the most important cultural events in Reykjavik and the work of the volunteers is a crucial contribution to the event. Through participation in this international project, volunteers have the opportunity to experience the amazing atmosphere of the festival.

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 will stay in a house near to the old port offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities 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, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 280 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður       9 projects of 2 wks from September to December


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. 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 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 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.
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:
September 30 - October 10, 2017
October 10 - October 20, 2017
October 20 - October 30, 2017
October 30 - November 8, 2017
November 7 - November 17, 2017
November 16 - November 26, 2017
November 25 - December 5, 2017
December 4 - December 14, 2017
December 13 - December 23, 2017

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Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik       October 28 - November 7, 2017

Volunteer project: Iceland Airwaves is an annual music event that started out in 1999 as a talent show for foreign record executives. Since then, Airwaves has grown and blossomed and is now an integral part of the cultural life in Reykjavík. The fruits of the festival's labour have been ripening and today many Icelandic artists such as Quarashi, Minus, Sigur Ros, Apparat Organ Quartet, Trabant, Leaves and others have made their way to the international music scene.
Airwaves festival attracts approximately 2.000 people annually from abroad (more than half from the music industry). Visitors come to sample the fresh sounds, or in search of new talents, others seeking inspiration or simply on a quest for adventure on the Arctic Circle.

We will help the organizers of the festival to carry out many tasks, such as preparing the venues before and after the concerts, helping with festival security, etc. Before and after the festival, we will help Reykjavik environmental department maintaining the green areas in Reykjavik.

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 near to the old port offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities 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. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

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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Christmas and New Year at a volunteer center in Reykjavik
Reykjavik       December 22, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in the area of the volunteer and cultural centre in Reykjavik by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and, weather permitting, will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism.

On New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in 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.

In this time of the year, when conditions are favourable, you can see the Northern lights (Aurora borealis) glowing curtain of greenish yellow lights, dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicolored fusion stretching across the sky.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Christmas and New Year in the East fjords
Eskifjörður       December 22, 2017 - January 3, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in Eskifjörður in the Eastfjords. One of the tasks is to decorate the area where our house is located by putting up lights and Christmas decorations made out of recycled materials. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange.

The volunteers' main goal in this project will be to edit a special edition of a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the organisers of these projects. This special edition will be dedicated to Christmas and volunteering in Iceland.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon, and take photos of it. We will be checking every day the weather forecast, as well as the aurora forecast, in order to find the best moments to enjoy the Northern Lights. We will also show you basic settings to take photos of them and we will create an electronic postcard together to be posted on Facebook and social media.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure. A laptop could be useful as well.

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

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a nice house. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views. 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. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West of Iceland. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.


Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik       December 23, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cozy atmosphere in the House on the Hill by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will create a Christmas postcard together. The House on the Hill is isolated from the capital city but in the same time well connected by public bus (about 30 min). It is a small but cozy house, where the group will cook and live together and enjoy a snowy time in Iceland. We have chickens, so volunteers will have to take care of them during the project. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and, if weather is good enough, we will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism.

For New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

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. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in 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.

In this time of the year, when conditions are favourable, you can see the Northern lights' (Aurora borealis) glowing curtain of greenish yellow lights, dancing in the distance to a spectacular, multicolored fusion stretching across the sky.

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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