Volunteer in Iceland


Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       10 projects of 2 wks from May to December


Volunteer project: In the sustainable living project, we are renovating an old farmhouse on the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation in the house and on the property, and will take care of the work on the farm. We have chickens, a cat, a dog, a greenhouse for growing herbs and vegetables, and a piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots and lettuce. The volunteers will help with all tasks related to the farm. The work varies depending on the season.

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

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

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
May 21 - May 31, 2018
May 31 - June 10, 2018
June 10 - June 20, 2018
June 20 - June 30, 2018
September 7 - September 17, 2018
September 27 - October 7, 2018
October 17 - October 27, 2018
November 6 - November 16, 2018
November 26 - December 6, 2018
December 6 - December 16, 2018

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       2 projects of 2 wks in May and June


Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 8th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
May 21 - June 2, 2018
June 17 - June 30, 2018

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Facility improvement in a nature reserve below the Arctic Circle
Hornstrandir       May 21 - June 4, 2018

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. Volunteers have been supporting the activities since 2015 with very good results. The place is very isolated and only accessible by boat or hiking for several days.

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 two years ago 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 can be demanding and requires good physical condition. No previous experience is needed. As the work is outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule. Volunteers should be motivated to experience life in a very isolated but extremely beautiful 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 along. 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 cell phone connection is very limited. There is a landline available through which volunteers’ families can reach them if needed.

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 also becoming increasingly popular for hiking. 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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Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       May 24 - June 2, 2018


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

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

Please note that this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp. We may be able to organize some outdoor voluntary service activities but this depends on the weather conditions. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture, such as food, music, and films, with the international group.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is more than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Fjardabyggd        15 projects of 2 wks from May to October


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, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths.
Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

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

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

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if the road conditions are favorable. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro for the projects until June 29; 250 Euro for the projects after July 17;
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 28 - June 7, 2018
June 8 - June 18, 2018
June 19 - June 29, 2018
July 17 - July 28, 2018
July 25 - August 4, 2018
July 28 - August 7, 2018
August 4 - August 14, 2018
August 7 - August 17, 2018
August 14 - August 24, 2018
August 17 - August 27, 2018
August 24 - September 3, 2018
August 27 - September 6, 2018
September 6 - September 16, 2018
September 16 - September 26, 2018
September 26 - October 6, 2018

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       15 projects of 2 wks from May 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. Working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with a one-hour lunch break.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room. Beds and sheets are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

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:
May 28 - June 11, 2018
June 11 - June 25, 2018
June 25 - July 9, 2018
July 23 - August 6, 2018
August 6 - August 20, 2018
August 20 - September 3, 2018
September 3 - September 17, 2018
September 17 - October 1, 2018
October 1 - October 15, 2018
October 15 - October 29, 2018
October 29 - November 12, 2018
November 12 - November 26, 2018
November 26 - December 10, 2018
December 10 - December 22, 2018
December 27, 2018 - January 7, 2019

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Yoga under the Midnight Sun
Reykjavík       May 28 - June 5, 2018


Volunteer project: This is the first year that an intensely yoga related project is organised in Iceland. The camp will be a mixture of a workcamp and a yoga retreat. We will work together with yogias, a junior yoga teacher from Amsterdam.

Be ready for daily vinyasa style flow yoga classes as well as restorative yoga and meditation sessions amongst other yogic activities and surprises. We will establish a daily yoga practice in a gentle and regular schedule. Besides there will surely be enough free time to explore the city and to dive into the local swimming pools. A coordinator will work with the group to organise our daily chores and popular camp activities such as excursions, free time in town and an international evening. Please contribute to this international dinner with some vegetarian food or non-alcoholic beverage typical for your country to be shared all together in the group.

Participants should have an affinity for yoga and a motivation to practice daily is required. Although some yoga experience is beneficial, an advanced level of experience is not needed. Yoga is for everybody and every body. Make sure to bring your own yoga mat, clothes and maybe block and belt, if needed for your practice. A blanket and cushion would come in handy too. There will be no extra mats or props available. Maybe you’d also like to have a dear object or picture with you for your personal focus. You should bring along an affinity for yoga with motivation to practice daily for the time of the camp, but an experienced level of practice is not required.

Please note this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp; we may be able to organize voluntary service on a couple of afternoons but it depends on our partners and weather conditions.

This camp 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 vicinity of Reykjavík.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (South Shore, Hot River hike or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares for the participants in case there is additional free time after workshops, sessions or during the weekends.

Accommodation: Participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The accommodation is basic or in other words: ashram style. We will create our space for yoga practice in the same house. 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: Reykjavík 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. Reykjavík 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: 20 and over

Extra fee: 350 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 4 - June 18, 2018


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: 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.

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Help restore the natural and historical heritage of the highlands
Highlands of Iceland       June 4 - June 16, 2018

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the chance to work for the 8th 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. Our host family, descendants of farmers, are trying to develop new opportunities for work in this very remote area. They live and work there, running diverse facilities and offering services to visitors.

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.
Please note that the work in this project can be physically demanding (such as turfing) and volunteers need to be in good shape and ready to work hard.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a house in one of the farms, sleeping in shared rooms with beds. Please bring your own 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. Its area is around 12.000 km2 and is expected to be expanded in 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)

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 120 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road       June 5 - June 20, 2018


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

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

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local mountain hut; sleeping in shared rooms on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The facilities are basic and volunteers are expected to show consideration for their companions.

Location: The Icelandic highlands, or “the interior”, are a true pearl to people who love nature and the outdoors. It is accessible on 4WD cars and most routes involve crossing rivers where there are not any bridges. If you really want to get away from it all, the interior of Iceland is like nothing you have ever experienced. The mountainous centre of the island, with its rocky deserts, craggy mountain peaks, ice caps, volcanoes, hidden valleys and hot springs, is an awesome and untouched wilderness.

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project). Departure time will be at 7:00 am on the first day of the project.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Shoreline cleanup in Reykjavik
Reykjavik       June 6 - June 15, 2018


Volunteer project: The Shoreline Cleanup in Reykjavik is a new series of projects. Our goal is to clean the whole coastline of Iceland. We are starting with the coastline of Reykjavík and immediate surroundings. International volunteers will be working closely with the municipalities in the capital area and with other organisations and individuals concerned with the issue of waste in the sea and shores. The camp will allow you to learn about global and local environmental issues, especially regarding ocean plastic pollution, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by cleaning the coastline around the Reykjavik area.

Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form as plastic takes about 500 to 1,000 years to degrade in nature. Plastic is approximately 90% of all the trash in the ocean, with an estimate of about five trillion individual pieces of plastic floating in the sea. About 80% of that ocean plastic pollution comes from coastal dispersal by people. The best way to help fight this is to clean the coastlines, to avoid trash coming from the land entering the sea and to pick up trash from the sea that has washed up on shore.

This project is based on similar projects around the world, where outstanding results have been made with volunteers and beach cleaning. We aim to also host public beach cleaning events in the project to get the local Icelandic people to join us in the coast cleaning efforts. We hope participants of the project will also learn how to plan their own coast cleaning projects and that they will create such event once they are back home.

The camp combines learning, sharing, cleaning the Reykjavík shores, and having fun. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about environmental issues in their country with the group of international participants. Included is a trip to the Hot River Hike, which is a hike up Reykjadalur valley in the vicinity of Hveragerði. The valley is filled with hot springs and there is a hot river in which one can bathe.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some excursions (e.g. Snæfellsnes, South Shore, Golden Circle or Reykjanes) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: Participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic with showers, kitchen, washing machine and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. Participants will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is more than pubs and clubs. It also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 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 Hot River Hike trip.
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 11th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an intense Photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
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 be prepared for walking and visually exploring the city streets and working within a flexible time schedule. They will be photographing in their free time outside of workshop hours with images to be discussed at group feedback sessions. Participants should arrive ready to shoot and should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses and laptops if possible.

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. Participants should also use this opportunity to share something about their own culture, such as food, music and films, with the international group.

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 Reykjavík which is 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 7 - June 16, 2018
June 21 - June 30, 2018
June 30 - July 8, 2018
July 12 - July 21, 2018
August 4 - August 12, 2018
August 30 - September 8, 2018

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


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

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

The south-west is part of the volcanic belt of Iceland, with vast lava fields and erodible volcanic soils. Additionally, the area has suffered from overgrazing of sheep for a long time. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas have completely lost their top soil. Materials like horse manure, garden waste and the likes are the best revegetation means available. We work to make way for these materials as a revegetation medium. The results of the efforts made so far can already be seen at a number of sites in the south-west of the country, with substantial contribution from international volunteers.
Our Earth is getting warmer because of an overload of CO2 in the atmosphere. Also, green plants remove carbon from the atmosphere and capture it in biomass and soil. Revegetation is one of the most effective ways to fight off climate change, especially in a land so heavily eroded as Iceland.

Language: English

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

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

Location: The work will take place in the vicinity of Reykjavík, and the groups will touch upon more than one project in different places. The main emphasis will be on erosion control in ten different sites in the south-west of Iceland, mostly in and around the Reykjanes peninsula. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow little vegetation. There are numerous hot and sulphur springs around the Kleifarvatn Lake and in the Krýsuvík geothermal area. The Peninsula is famous for its hiking trails that zigzag through the region with colourful landscapes. Amazing ocean cliffs are nested by numerous bird species, often a wonderful spot for bird and whale watching. Another great asset of the peninsula is the Blue Lagoon, a pool using the hot and mineralized water coming down from the geothermal power station.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day). The meeting time will be 4:00 pm on the first day of the project in Reykjavik. The fee also includes the Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes peninsula excursions (1 full day each). We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, the National Park of Thingvellir and much more.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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

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


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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Fludir, in the south of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
June 10 - June 20, 2018
June 20 - June 30, 2018

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Preparing painting classes for children
Seydisfjordur       June 15 - June 29, 2018


Volunteer project: This project with the municipality of Seyðisfjarðarkaupstaður is different because it is based on a cultural experience and voluntary service exchange, giving participants the opportunity to experience a real Icelandic community in the East fjords.

The volunteers will assist a local artist to prepare a drawing and painting course for children. They will help the artist to prepare material used in the course and set up the classroom to be used. The group will help with moving furniture, and will assist and help the community school to settle in the school building. Participants will also help out with moving household items and equipment between houses and taking stuff to the recycling centre.

The project happens around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will be invited to dinner by families in town, will have access to the swimming pool and the gym, as well as to the centre for visual arts located in town. Our hosts will also organise some guided walks in nature, a bonfire with locals and a concert in the neighbouring fjord.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the school house, in a sleeping bag accommodation, with shower facilities and kitchen. Volunteers will be sleeping on mattresses in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The long, calm, deep fjord of Seydisfjordur twists and turns for 17 kilometres from its mouth to the head of the fjord, where the town of the same name stands. Seydisfjordur is regarded by many as one of Iceland’s most picturesque towns, not only due to its impressive environment, but also because nowhere in Iceland has a community of old wooden buildings been preserved so well as there.

Seyðisfjörður is a beautiful town in the north of the east coast, a welcoming town booming with creativity and rich in history. Inhabited by about 650 people, the town acts as one big family, and a friendly one. Everybody is welcome to this little paradise and locals want to share the goodness with everyone.
The community, like so many others in Iceland, owes its origins to foreign merchants, mainly Danes, who started trading in the fjord in the mid-19th century. But the crucial factor in the evolution of the town was the establishment of the Icelandic herring fishery by Norwegians in 1870 -1900.

What makes Seydisfjordur unique is the location, rammed in between two high and steep mountains, Strandartindur and Bjólfur. Climbing one you not only get the view of a lifetime but could also be lucky enough to wander upon a group of reindeer.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Rebuilding hiking trails around Laugarfell hot springs
Laugarfell       June 17 - June 30, 2018


Volunteer project: The volunteer project takes place in the East of Iceland. There are two natural hot springs with mountain views in this deserted part of the country, which give the place its name, Laugarfell. Around Laugarfell there are hiking trails and the job of the volunteers is to help rebuild these hiking trails.

The volunteers will perform four different types of work depending on the weather and the project's needs:
1) Build walking bridges over moorland on hiking trails,
2) Rebuild old walking trails,
3) Remove vegetation from trails, and
4) Put a new layer of wood chips on the trails.
Well maintained trails enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work also helps to improve visitor safety.

The work can be demanding and requires good physical condition. No previous experience is necessary. Volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.
This is an opportunity to explore the highlands of Iceland but it is a very isolated part of the country so participants need to be prepared to share time and space with their fellow volunteers.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities in the area will be organised with our hosts depending on weather, like hiking or sightseeing.

Accommodation: Participants will stay in an equipped staff house next to Laugarfell, sharing one big room with bunk beds. The facilities are basic with a shower, kitchen and a washing machine. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bags.

Location: The project is in the area around Laugarfell in East Iceland. Laugarfell is a mountain hut in the Icelandic highlands. There's 16 kilometers to the next inhabited farm. There is a hiking trail near Laugarfell with 5 waterfalls and a canyon. The hot springs in Laugarfell are stacked which gives them a lot of charm. The view from the pools is beautiful and in the distance one can see Mount Snæfell. Old sayings claim the water in the springs has got healing powers. After a walk or sightseeing, it is lovely to relax in the hot springs and enjoy the quietness, peace and bright Icelandic nights.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Environmental activities on the west coast of Iceland
Akranes       6 projects of 2 wks from June to September


Volunteer project: Akranes is a port town in the west of Iceland, approximately 42 km from Reykjavik, lying at the tip of the peninsula separating Hvalfjörður and Borgarfjörður. The town sits at the base of the domineering basalt mountain Akrafjall (643m). The mountain top has some of the best panoramic views of West Iceland, from Faxafloi Bay to the Reykjanes Peninsula to Snaefellsjokull Glacier. The population of Akranes is around 6.700 inhabitants. The town is the service center for the West of Iceland.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas around Akranes, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths.
The work will depend on the weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

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

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Akranes. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. The area has good hiking opportunities. The group will also have free entrance to local museums.
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 waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a nice community center, offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Akranes, on the west coast of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
June 18 - June 30, 2018
June 30 - July 10, 2018
July 10 - July 22, 2018
August 1 - August 12, 2018
August 12 - August 23, 2018
August 23 - September 2, 2018

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd       3 projects of 2 wks from June to October


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

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

Don't forget to bring your camera and tripod because we will go for some Aurora hunting. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

Journalism and Photography Volunteering in Iceland

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

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro for the projects until June 29; 250 Euro for the projects after July 14;
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 19 - June 29, 2018
September 6 - September 16, 2018
October 6 - October 16, 2018

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Cleaning the coastline and planting trees in the town of the elves
Hafnarfjordur       4 projects of 2 wks from June to August


Volunteer project: Hafnarfjörður is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.

The town is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called ‘Hidden Folk’. Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town’s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings around. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around Hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and we need 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 Hafnarfjordur. 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, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

Location: Hafnarfjörður is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrive in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjörður offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
June 20 - July 1, 2018
July 1 - July 13, 2018
July 26 - August 5, 2018
August 5 - August 17, 2018

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Renovation and maintenance of ski slopes in The Blue Mountains
Bláfjöll       June 20 - June 27, 2018


Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working once again with the City of Reykjavík in the main skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains.
The main tasks in this project will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and few sports associations run lodges and mountain huts there and they might also need some renovation work, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changing weather conditions.

Summer solstice, when the sun never fully sets and the nights are as bright as the days, occurs during the project. The bright nights are magical with almost 24 hours of daylight and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

Language: English

Leisure time: The Blue Mountain Range area is a place of extremely beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover it by foot. The location of the project is remote and isolated, even though still close to the city. Excursions can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares (for example South Shore, Reykjanes or Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Hot River hike, etc.).

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

Location: The project takes place in the Blue Mountain Range area, which is about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavík. Bláfjöll is south-west of the city and has great ski slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding, with 16 lifts, as well as tracks for cross-country skiing.
The range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the Southwestern lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital region.

This area is excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something they like there, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath. The caves here are actually among the most interesting tourist attractions in the capital area.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The fee includes the domestic transportation from Reykjavik 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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Removing invasive plants in the Eastern fjords
Fjardabyggd       5 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 native to 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. This project is a good fit for those 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 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: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Fjardabyggd. 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 be staying in one of the volunteer houses in Fjardabyggd. Beds and sheets are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, 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: 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 26 - July 5, 2018
June 29 - July 8, 2018
July 5 - July 15, 2018
July 8 - July 17, 2018
July 14 - July 25, 2018

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Renovation and maintenance of bike trails and ski slopes
Skálafell & Bláfjöll       June 27 - July 13, 2018


Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working with the City of Reykjavík in two of the main Skiing areas in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains, and Skálafell.

In Skálafell, the ski slopes are turned into a Bike park during summertime and mountain bike enthusiasts can nourish their passion. The main tasks will include renovation and maintenance work on the bike trails; mainly raking and scraping them up. Other possible tasks include paintwork as well as general cleaning of the area.

In the Blue Mountains, the main tasks will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and few sports associations run lodges there and they might also need some renovation work, such as painting and/or cleaning.

The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changing weather conditions.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: The ski areas of Bláfjöll and Skálafell are both only 25 minutes away from the city. Bláfjöll is south-west of the city and Skálafell east of the city. Both areas have great ski slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tracks for cross-country skiing. Bláfjöll has 16 lifts and Skálafell has 4 lifts.

The Blue Mountain range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the South-western lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital region.

This area is excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something they like there, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath.

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

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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Creating an outdoor art exhibition
Langjökull       June 30 - July 10, 2018

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the opportunity again to contribute to this special art and culture project in the western part of Iceland. Our hosts are creating an art residency camp and plan to open it to the public in 2019. The aim of the project this year is to support the making of an outdoor art exhibition and creating the area around a chapel for all types of religions and beliefs. The group of volunteers will be laying turf in the area.

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

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Restoring the artworks of Samuel Jonsson
Selárdalur       July 1 - July 15, 2018

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be working for the 7th year on this project, helping and supporting the restoration of the artworks of Samúel Jónsson, an Icelandic folk artist, who lived in Selárdalur. During his years of artistic production, he produced unique concrete statues using sand of a local beach.
The association for the renovation of Samúel Jónsson's art museum in Selárdalur has been working on the restoration of Samúel's statues and buildings for some years. We will continue supporting this project, as the buildings have been decaying since the artist’s death in 1969.

The volunteers will be working hand in hand with a well known sculpture artist who has dedicated several years to this project. We will be restoring an old church made by the artist himself and the surroundings of the church. The restoration works will include carpentry, concrete wall construction and light maintenance work in the church, like oiling the wood, etc. We will help finish the building of a fence around the area and will prepare a grill fire place.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. These will include sightseeing, hiking, swimming in natural hot pots, etc.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local house, in sleeping bag accommodation with mattresses. Please bring you own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in Selárdalur on the west side of Arnarfjörður, in the Westfjords, which are among the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Iceland, with its high mountains and dramatic fjords cutting deep into the landscape. The Lonely Planet put the area on its top 10 list of regions in the world to visit in 2011.

Jónsson created at his farm in Selárdalur a folk art environment that consists of a sculpture garden and two built structures: a chapel and a museum with his paintings and other small works. The story related with the chapel says that Jónsson had made an altar that he wanted to donate to the local church, an offer that was rejected however. So to provide a place for the artwork, Jónsson constructed his own chapel!
Samúel Jónsson could fully devote himself to creative activities after his retirement as a farmer when he began building palaces and sculptures. Samúel built a grotesque but charming resemblance to the lion’s fountain in the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, sculptures of seals and other animals, and sculptures of figures from the Icelandic history like Leif the Lucky who discovered America.
Sadly, Jónsson passed away in 1969, leaving his creations without a caretaker. The land and the statues looked like they were simply going to be abandoned to nature in the out-of-the-way valley. However independent and government organizations have worked together with the support of volunteers to preserve the site, which still remains for any visitors who would like to see the world through one Icelandic farmer’s eyes.

The distance from Reykjavik to Selárdalur is about 500 km (8-9 hours drive) via the Whale Bay tunnel; it is perhaps one of Iceland's most remote areas and a very peaceful and beautiful place to enjoy.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Tree planting and coastal cleanup at the edge of the Arctic Circle
þorshöfn       5 projects of 2 wks in July and August


Volunteer project: To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Þórshöfn on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. Þórshöfn with its 400 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula, close to the Arctic Circle. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland‘s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland‘s rich and varied birdlife. Þórshöfn is within driving distance of some of Iceland‘s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe‘s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbour and the inhabitants’ livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce.

During the project we will have different environmental tasks such as cleaning up the coastline, planting trees and maintaining hiking trails. The work will 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 physical challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the village. 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.
Excursions and/or leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local community building. Mattresses and sheets are provided and everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag.

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík.
Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the project and back. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges and steam-vents.

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:
July 3 - July 13, 2018
July 12 - July 22, 2018
July 21 - July 31, 2018
July 30 - August 9, 2018
August 8 - August 18, 2018

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

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 volunteers will be staying in a small local house with access to kitchen and bathrooms and will sleep on mattresses. Shower facilities in the building are basic but the participants will have access to the local swimming pool. 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. 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: 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 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 5 - July 15, 2018
August 7 - August 17, 2018

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Eistnaflug music festival
Neskaupstadur       July 7 - July 17, 2018


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, 700 km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one-day metal festival, but has since grown into a four-day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage. The line-up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic.

Musically, Eistnaflug is a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected foreign acts going 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 and hardcore to black metal - everything is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.
Among foreign bands that have graced the Eistnaflug stage are: Behemoth (PL), Enslaved (NO), Carcass (UK), At the Gates (SE), Havok (US), Triptykon (CH), Napalm Death (UK), Secrets of the Moon (DE), Rotting Christ (GR), The Monolith Deathcult (NL), Contradiction (DE) and Cephalic Carnage (US). Among notable Icelandic bands are Sólstafir, Skálmöld, Misþyrming, Momentum, Vintage Caravan, Kælan Mikla, Pink Street Boys.

Volunteers will help the organisers of the festival with different tasks. For example, they will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. They will assist the local organisation in keeping the area clean during the festival. They 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 Neskaupstadur. 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: Volunteers will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided; however, everyone is asked to bring their own warm sleeping bag. Volunteers will shower at the local swimming pool and sports centre near the house. It is also possible to sleep in tents for one or two nights during the festival to get into the right spirit.

Location: Neskaupstaður is a medium-sized 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 and over

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

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Preventing soil erosion on the Reykjanes peninsula
Hafnarfjordur       July 10 - July 24, 2018


Volunteer project: The volunteer project will take place on the Reykjanes peninsula which is located in a drift zone between two continents, the North American plate and the Eurasian plate. It is a unique site where you can find different elements that exist because of the drift zone: geothermal energy and lava fields. There you can find natural phenomena such as Gunnuhver hot spring, Krysuvik, the bridge between continents and Hafnaberg sea cliffs.

We will be working with one of the leading environmental organizations in south Iceland. The purpose of the association is to prevent the soil erosion around the capital area of Reykjavik and to make the eco system stronger and sustainable. To reach those goals, they are planting native species to restore lost land and at the same time create an environment that people in the capital area can enjoy in the future. The area of Reykjanes peninsula is very volcanic and full of lava fields, and the vegetation is very poor. The volunteer group will help with badly needed revegetation in the area.
The work will depend on the weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. This is a perfect project for those who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 to 7 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally heated swimming pool in Hafnarfjordur. 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, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

Location: The volunteers will be staying in Hafnarfjörður which is the third largest town in Iceland, with a population of over 26,000. A progressive municipality that focuses on ensuring a friendly environment. It is only 10 km away from the center of Reykjavik.

Hafnarfjörður is a unique town with an extraordinary history, where daily life and culture thrive in the middle of an old lava field. The town had a population of approximately 1400 when it was granted municipal status. Now, a century later, the population has exploded. However, the town retains its small-town air, its rural aura and its heart - which is not surprising given that it prides itself on the largest unbroken neighborhood of corrugated iron-clad timber houses in Iceland. The town has grown quickly over the past few years and the new neighborhoods have attracted a diverse community of people who understand that Hafnarfjörður offers a great range of commercial outlets and services, an active cultural life and plenty of activities.

The town is famous for having one of Iceland’s largest settlements of elves, dwarves and the so-called ‘Hidden Folk.’ Centuries-old folklore has it that whole clans of such beings reside in the rocks that make up part of the town’s centre. We do not doubt this at all. Though elves are visible only to those with second sight, many Icelanders believe in their existence. Indeed, there are many stories to support this belief and reports of cases where the construction of new roads or housing developments were hindered by strange happenings around. Hidden Folk are highly respected all over Iceland, especially in Hafnarfjördur. There is even a Hidden Worlds tour that takes to their home sites, including Hellisgerdi Park and the base of the cliff Hamarinn, which is said to be home to the Royal Family of the Hidden Folk. Along the way, the guide relates ancient folk tales of the magical hidden worlds and narrates how the town developed in harmony with the Hidden Folk.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes two full day excursions: the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion and the Snæfellsnes peninsula excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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On the move against plastic pollution
Iceland       July 14 - July 24, 2018


Volunteer project: During this project, the volunteers will travel around Iceland as part of a campaign to reduce the use of plastic and encourage people to recycle. The focus in many of this year's projects in Iceland will be on the following issues: 1) Visiting primary schools and kindergartens to give the youngsters basic lessons about why it is needed to reduce the use of plastic and the importance of recycling; 2) Cleaning up the coastline and rivers; 3) Clean up activities around Iceland where the priority is given to protected areas

Plastic is produced from non-renewable resources, it is essentially indestructible, and yet it is used and thrown away with reckless abandon. A lot of it ends up in the ocean, where it pollutes the water and harms marine life; the rest is burned or buried. Plastic in the marine environment contributes to an estimated 100,000 marine mammal deaths per year. It creates a risk of entanglement, and turtles and whales have been found to eat it. Plastic is also problematic for humans as, over time in the marine environment, it degrades into micro-plastic and enters the food-chain once it has been consumed by fish.

We will do a monitoring survey of marine litter in several places on the coastline and along rivers. We will clean up plastic in certain areas (positions to be recorded by GPS on a map) in different parts of Iceland and classify it in a standard form. We will make photos of the areas where the cleaning will take place.
This project provides us the standard methodology needed to produce some serious data. At the end, we will create a scientific data useful to know more about the plastic pollution in the oceans and on the coastline.
We will also do clean up activities in some protected areas and in other places along the Ring road of Iceland. During those activities, we will involve local people and visitors in our work.

In this project, we will drive over 1.400 km in a circle around the whole island. During the travel, we will also have a chance to visit some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Some of these are 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.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in scientific work and/or photographing are very much welcome to this project.
It is important that the volunteers are in good physical shape because we will do a lot of hiking and outdoor activities in this project.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will have free entrance to swimming pools. This camp is “On the move” so you will travel a lot and see beautiful places.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in community centres and in tents, depending on the location each time.

Location: Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 480 Euro
This fee covers also the transportation and extra accommodation costs of a full trip around Iceland, a total driving distance of nearly 1.400 km over several days. This travel is required in order to effectively carry out the study/visit part of the program.
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 from July to September


Volunteer project: In this project, we are renovating an old farmhouse on 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.

Teen volunteer experience

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 on 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: 600 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 19 - July 29, 2018
July 29 - August 8, 2018
August 8 - August 18, 2018
August 18 - August 28, 2018
August 28 - September 7, 2018

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


Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 8th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources such as geothermal power. About two thirds of the population of Iceland live in Reykjavik including the metropolitan area, or over 200,000 people.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again. Visitors experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital, whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 50 and over

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

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Improving hiking trails in Dalir
Dalabyggð       August 7 - August 21, 2018

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 Búðardalur lies at the north-eastern end of Snæfellsnes peninsula and next to the West fjords.

The project will take place at Búðardalur and volunteers will be repairing tracks and tidying up some of the public areas of the village and the sea shores where there is a lot of bird life.
Búðardalur is a small village with about 300 inhabitants so volunteers will get to know and experience living in a small Icelandic village. Búðardalur has a beautiful shoreline which the volunteers will help clean up in an outdoor project with a lot of clean air.
Duties can be physically demanding and may require good physical condition. No previous experience is needed.

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. 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.

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.
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.

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

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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Improving forest trails in Vaglaskogur
Vaglaskógur       September 4 - September 17, 2018


Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Vaglaskógur in the North of Iceland, doing nature and environmental oriented tasks. We have been cooperating with the Icelandic forest service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for few years in other forests around Iceland with very good results. The participants and the Icelandic nature conservation have been very happy with the projects and the reforestation efforts. The main tasks will be to maintain hiking paths, build stairs, make and put up signs. The volunteers will also collect pine cones that are used to plant again. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near hiking paths. Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging the area and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors. The work can be demanding and might require a good physical condition. No previous experience is needed. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the -changeable- weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the forest and of course on the weather conditions. Volunteers should be prepared for all kinds of weather. Last but not least volunteers can explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with our local project host.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organised depending on weather, like swimming, hiking, sightseeing or a barbeque.

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: Vaglaskógur is a 300-hectare forest in North of Iceland and is located about 35 km from the beautiful town of Akureyri. It is the second largest forest area in the country. The forest is located in Fnjóskadalur, a green and fertile valley with the Fnjónská River running through. It is a narrow valley, thus sheltered from most wind directions. In the area you will find a stone arched bridge. Built in 1908, it was the first of its kind in Iceland and it was the longest stone arch bridge in Scandinavia at the time. In the summer Vaglaskógur is filled with tourists and locals enjoying the forest, as it offers great variety of walking paths and small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm days. The North of Iceland is spectacular with high mountain ranges, a variety of outdoor activities and long fjords.

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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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik       5 projects of 2 wks from September 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 will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on 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: 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:
September 17 - September 27, 2018
October 7 - October 17, 2018
October 27 - November 6, 2018
November 16 - November 26, 2018
December 16 - December 23, 2018

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Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd        9 projects of 2 wks from October to January


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will take on different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of volunteer houses in the East of Iceland. The work depends on each volunteer's skills and knowledge, but focuses mainly on tasks such as painting, cleaning, fixing small things and basic carpentry and construction. This project is very important for the future volunteer programs in the East. If the weather conditions are good, we will also help the local community with various environmental works.

In addition, winter time in Iceland means Aurora Hunting. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this project is perfect for you. We will be on the lookout for Aurora Borealis at night throughout the whole project, so you will have the opportunity to take photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to bring your camera with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights), so don’t forget your tripod and camera. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

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

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: 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 in Stodvarfjordur or Eskifjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. The trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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:
October 6 - October 16, 2018
October 16 - October 26, 2018
October 26 - November 5, 2018
November 5 - November 15, 2018
November 15 - November 25, 2018
November 25 - December 4, 2018
December 4 - December 14, 2018
December 14 - December 23, 2018
December 23, 2018 - January 2, 2019

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Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik       December 23, 2018 - January 2, 2019


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. Although the House on the Hill is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the city centre is reachable by public transport (30-minute bus ride). 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 each other and, if weather is good enough, we will sing on 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.

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 will be staying in a house in Sveinsstadir which is located on 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.

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

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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