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Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          April 23 - May 7, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the third year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our hosts, a farmer’s family, cultivate carrots, have cows and run a tourist accommodation.

Our tasks in this project will be mainly connected with the carrots cultivation. We will be working in the fields, covering the garden beds with plastic wraps. There will be also some renovation and maintenance tasks awaiting the volunteers, for instance painting some of the machinery used in the carrot farming. If weather conditions allow, we will do some painting preparation work outdoors.
Some work might as well be in the stalls, such as milking the cows or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

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

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

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly village. Mýrdalur is bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik          April 27 - May 10, 2014
Reykjavik          May 11 - May 24, 2014
Reykjavik          May 25 - June 7, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the fourth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. 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. In summer there is a variety of events in the Botanic Garden and group receptions are available throughout the year.

The volunteers will be doing general gardening work, tending the flowers, trees and other plants. Volunteers will also assist in organising and carrying out special events that might be planned on short notice but are related to the general aim and work of the garden. The work starts early every week day; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning.

Language: English

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

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

Location: The population of Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the North”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          April 28 - May 8, 2014
Reykjavik          May 26 - June 5, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this project as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.

For two days, the volunteers will work with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries. Volunteers will help with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and work on the recycling system, among other tasks.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 16 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photography workshop in Reykjavik
Reykjavik          April 30 - May 12, 2014
Reykjavik          July 15 - July 25, 2014
Reykjavik          August 12 - August 22, 2014
Reykjavik          September 10 - September 20, 2014
Reykjavik          November 13 - November 23, 2014
Reykjavik          November 24 - December 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The purpose of this project is to involve international volunteers in a group experience where they can improve their communication and visual arts skills by capturing some memories in an unforgettable way using photographs and videos. Volunteers will put into action ideas about photography from capture to finished image. In this project, volunteers learn together from each other how to better express their vision and how to digitally edit images to highlight the same qualities that drew them to the scene to begin with. Volunteers will work on different themes, such as landscape, fishermen’s life, light and colour, local lifestyle, etc. In the evenings, the volunteers will gather together to share photos and the project will culminate in a photo exhibition.

This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge on photography with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. So don’t worry if you’re not an experienced photographer, because the project doesn’t require advanced knowledge and it isn’t a competition.
Please note that volunteers need to bring their own cameras. The volunteers should also keep in mind that the leaders are not professional photographers.

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

Location: In Reykjavik you can easily feel the pure energy at the heart of Iceland‘s capital city - whether it springs from the underground boiling thermal energy or radiates from the green scenery surrounding the city. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, space, clean air, nature, culture - and Reykjavik has them in spades. Reykjavik offers both the features of a modern and innovative society and the marvellous traits of a unique natural landscape.
The population of the Reykjavik Area is about 200,000. Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula offering a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly every part of the city. 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.
The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier towers over the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental education program for students
Eskifjörður          May 2 - May 14, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 4 - November 16, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 15 - November 27, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 26 - December 8, 2014

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

This project is about awareness. The volunteers will be the leaders of environmental education sessions for children in kindergartens and schools in Fjardabyggd. The main goal is to create awareness among children and teenagers and promote protecting the environment in daily life. The work will be divided between preparation of materials such as posters, brochure, info mobile centre with photos and explanations, power points, and videos. During the second week, the volunteers will visit schools and kindergartens to perform the session. We will use different kinds of art to make the awareness sessions more interesting for the kids.

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

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Internet connection is available.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

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

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          May 2 - May 14, 2014
Eskifjörður          May 13 - May 25, 2014
Eskifjörður          May 24 - June 5, 2014
Eskifjörður          June 4 - June 16, 2014
Eskifjörður          June 15 - June 27, 2014
Eskifjörður          June 26 - July 6, 2014
Eskifjörður          July 5 - July 17, 2014
Eskifjörður          July 16 - July 28, 2014
Eskifjörður          July 27 - August 8, 2014
Eskifjörður          August 7 - August 19, 2014
Eskifjörður          August 18 - August 30, 2014
Eskifjörður          August 29 - September 10, 2014
Eskifjörður          September 9 - September 21, 2014
Eskifjörður          September 20 - October 2, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 1 - October 13, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 12 - October 25, 2014
Eskifjörður          October 24 - November 5, 2014

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

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the towns and the surrounding area. We will also do some other environmental tasks, for example clean the coastline, plant trees or build hiking paths. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will 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 lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.

Accommodation: In a community building. Please bring your own warm sleeping bag. We will have access to showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre.

Location: Eskifjörður, Eastfjords

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          May 5 - May 19, 2014
Hveragerði          May 19 - June 2, 2014

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden’. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is the oldest and 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 will work most of the time. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double rooms. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally-caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"Hi, I volunteered in Hveragerdi, Iceland in the greenhouses through July and wanted to leave a recommendation for those perusing Cadip because I had such a wonderful time. The organization is perfect for getting an international and enthusiastic crowd together; it was wonderful to grow vegetables and learn about so many cultures in such little time. I highly recommend Cadip to anyone wanting to travel and am planning my next trip for this July!"

Samantha J.,
Cadip volunteer 2012

 

 

Volunteer on an animal farm in South Iceland
Selfoss          May 8 - May 22, 2014

Volunteer project: International volunteers will have the opportunity to join this project and work on a local farm in the South of Iceland. The aim of the project is to assist in preparing the arrival of the new animals. The farm is expecting to have little rabbits, small goats, pigs and new born horses. Volunteers will work around the animals and may help with their arrivals if they do arrive during the workcamp time.
On the farm, there are dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, hens, cattle, a raven and pigeons, so volunteers need to have the motivation to work around the animals as well as to be ready to do manual work such as building and fencing. Volunteers are welcome to bring their own ideas on how to use pallets and/or other recyclable materials for the construction. Other tasks might be general beautifying of the area and clean up after the winter.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to be part of the Icelandic farm life and work where they will have the chance to enjoy the outdoors, the work, the animals, the building process, the farming and the time spent with the local people. Volunteers will work with an Icelandic family, participating in the diverse tasks of their daily lives. This is a unique occasion to experience first-hand how a family in the Icelandic countryside lives.

The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local hosts, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the farm and of course on the weather conditions that can still be unpredictable at this time of the year.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host such as hiking, fishing in a nearby lake, bicycling and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house; in a sleeping bag accommodation sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The volunteers will stay about 70 km from Reykjavik with an easy access from the main highway, only 16 km from the town of Selfoss where you will find all the modern comforts an Icelandic town has to offer. Volunteers will mostly stay in the project place as work and accommodation is both located in a rural area with no public transportation.
Volunteers will stay in a renovated country lodge in a beautiful setting above the lake of Villingarholt. From there you will enjoy a magnificent view, where you can easily spot the Westman islands (Vestmannaeyjar), the glacier of Eyjafjall (Eyjafjallajökull), the Tinda Mountains (Tindfjöll), the famous volcano Hekla and the slopes of Hella.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I am happy to tell you that I enjoyed the workcamp very much. It was very well organised. We not only were able to enjoy the volunteer work, but also had time to travel around on our days off. We had two very good team leaders and everyone in the group got along really well with the others. The local Icelandic people were also very kind and nice. We were invited for BBQs and dinners, fishing, rode on a Viking Boat. These were all great experiences. I’ve attached some of the photos taken during the workcamp.
          Thank you very much for your help and assistance."

Ho Lun C.,
Cadip volunteer 2009

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik          May 12 - May 25, 2014
Reykjavik          July 1 - July 11, 2014
Reykjavik          July 29 - August 8, 2014
Reykjavik          August 26 - September 5, 2014

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

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Then, we will visit other international volunteer projects taking place in and around the capital area. The group will take photos, make videos and interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The produced materials 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 very much welcome to 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 will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

Location: In Reykjavik you can easily feel the pure energy at the heart of Iceland‘s capital city - whether it springs from the underground boiling thermal energy or radiates from the green scenery surrounding the city. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, space, clean air, nature, culture - and Reykjavik has them in spades. Reykjavik offers both the features of a modern and innovative society and the marvellous traits of a unique natural landscape.
The population of the Reykjavik Area is about 200,000. Reykjavik is spread across a peninsula offering a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean from nearly every part of the city. 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.
The world’s northernmost capital is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja, which keeps a watchful eye on the city, and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay. On a sunny day, the mystical Snaefellsjokull glacier towers over the western horizon, while mountainous moonscapes spread to the southeast.

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          May 12 - May 22, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this project as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

March is the last month when you can see, with a piece of good luck, the Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) in Iceland. 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: 180 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the natural environment and historic heritage in the old herring village Djupavik
Djúpavík          May 15 - May 26, 2014

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be working on various projects in and around Djúpavík, which is a tiny little village in the Icelandic Western fjords.
Among the main tasks will be to build and maintain hiking trails and walking paths in the area, as well as putting up sticks and signs alongside the paths. Other tasks will include cleaning the coastline between Djúpavíkurkleif and Stekkjarnes, collecting driftwood and general gardening work.

In Djúpavík there is an old abandoned herring factory and we will be assisting in some maintenance and renovation works inside it. The building is now used by artists and cultural events are hosted there.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions for the volunteers include kayak trips in the fjord with a seal colony, a visit to the area and isolated pool in Krossnes, among other recreation activities.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local summer house, sleeping on bunk beds. Please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Djúpavík is located at the head of Reykjarfjörður on the Strandir coast in the Westfjords region (Vestfirðir), in the municipality of Árneshreppur. Perhaps one of Iceland's most remote areas, it is a sheltered bay, largely untouched by modern developments where silence reigns and nature continues to shape a rugged, mountainous landscape. The distance from the capital is around 360 km.

The bay Djúpavík is among the least frequented parts of the country. The roads up there are only open during the few months of short summer. It is one of the remotest corners of Europe, where the coastline is covered with vast expanses of driftwood that originated on the other side of the Arctic Ocean, in Russian Siberia. The region is stunningly beautiful and a perfect place to really experience Iceland’s wildness.

There have been small farming communities in the district for hundreds of years, but the story of Djúpavík really began in 1915, when Elías Stefánsson started a herring salting station. Unfortunately he went bankrupt in 1919, but in 1934 entrepreneurs of Djúpavík started building a huge herring factory that ran for two decades. It changed the lives of the people in the region, giving them a chance to earn a living. In 1954 the “herring adventure” (as Icelanders call it) in this part of Iceland was over and the factory went bankrupt.

Today Djúpavík is dominated by the huge ruins of its old herring factory and the rusting shipwreck of the 100-year-old former passenger and cargo ship Suðurland. The tremendous costs involved in demolishing the factory building – once the largest concrete structure in Europe – is too much for the village so its huge shell remains, reminiscent of a Hollywood set.

Few years ago, the famous Icelandic band Sigur Rós held a small number of concerts in Iceland. The venues were specially chosen, and the old herring factory in Djúpavík was one of them.

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

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Coastline cleanup on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey          May 19 - May 28, 2014

Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host in this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work on the historical island of Viðey for the 8th year in a row!

Viðey is a popular destination during the summer among Icelandic as well as foreign visitors and we will help preparing it for a busy season. The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the team. First of all, we will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. We will carry out some planting and gardening activities as well and possibly make and maintain walking paths.
Depending on the advance of the project, we may have other possible tasks such as checking up and repairing bicycles and garden furniture.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some spare time activities will be organised free of charge for the volunteers such as a whale watching boat trip or a horseback riding tour. The volunteers will have free rides on the boat/ferry to the city of Reykjavík during their free time. Excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) will be organised at discount fares for the group.

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Building a hiking trail in the Blue Mountains
Bláfjöl          May 19 - June 2, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working close to the main skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains.
The aim is to protect the environment and avoid different trails being created from increasing traffic of hikers and nature lovers in the area. The main task will be making a hiking path from the Blue Mountains to an area called Þríhnúkagígur. The hiking path will be 2 km long and about 60 cm wide. The path will be made with gravel and volunteers will use wheel barrels to move the gravel from bags which have been distributed evenly along the path. The work will be done in 500 m above sea level so weather conditions can be colder and windier than in the city at sea level.
Other tasks may be to mark and control areas where the visitors can walk in order to protect the surroundings of unnecessary passage and harm.
Sports associations who run some of the skiing lodges might also need some renovation, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The project starts in early summer but the days are already long so the clear air and bright light can create great conditions for photography or just to enjoy the view.

Special requirements: Volunteers need motivation to work mainly outdoors on manual jobs and under changing weather conditions.

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. Free time activities will be organised for the volunteers in the area. Tours and excursions will be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains; 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 located about 30 minutes drive from Reykjavík. 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 to their liking, 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 and the volunteers will have the chance to explore them.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reykjavik Arts festival
Reykjavik          May 20 - June 2, 2014

Volunteer project: The Arts Festival has been held in Reykjavík, Iceland since 1970. It is one of Europe’s oldest and most recognized multi-disciplinary arts festivals and it has hosted a large number of international and local artists in all fields of music, theatre, visual arts and dance.
Participants in the project will visually capture the festival and present it through online photo blogs and social media. Participants may in addition be requested to perform minor additional tasks related to the organization of the festival such as distribution of printed material, assisting audience, assisting security, etc.
During a short orientation period, participants will be introduced to the festival and the many arts and cultural venues in Reykjavik it collaborates with, as well as the tasks they will be responsible for during the project. The group will create the photo blogs and social media channels to be used during and immediately after the festival. During the festival, the group will have access to selected performances which they will document by photographing the event itself and its audience, as well as capturing the general atmosphere created in the city during the festival. These photographs, once approved by the Arts Festival’s staff, will be published on the workcamp’s photo blog, and distributed via the festival´s social media channels.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good photography and computer skills are very much welcome to this project. Previous knowledge of blogging and social media is also welcome. Volunteers are expected to bring their own cameras and preferably also laptops for editing and publishing the captured material.

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 will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental work and exploring traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          May 21 - June 4, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers in this project will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore the traditional Icelandic dairy and vegetable/carrots farming. Our host cultivates carrots, has cows and runs a tourist accommodation.

We will mainly be doing some environmental and construction work in this particular project: beautifying the area by planting trees and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. We might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. Other tasks will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Those who are interested in animal husbandry should feel free to drop in on the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them or tending to them in general.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland, for working outdoors and be prepared to experience all kinds of weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. This might include sight-seeing, hiking, etc.

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

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011. It got all covered by ashes, but the natives here are strong minded and ‘folded up their sleeves’ as the Icelanders express it and proved the common belief that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

Vík, the closest town, is Iceland's most southerly village. Mýrdalur is bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. Its northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many aspects of Vík that make it attractive are the sea-and-land trips and trips on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to list a few.

The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which the international magazines named one of the world's ten best island beaches in 1991. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Cadip volunteer project review:

"I had an incredible time in Iceland in August, it was my first time doing a Cadip volunteer program and it was absolutely amazing, rewarding, challenging and fun. The nature was breathtaking and I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and immersing myself in a new local culture. I enjoyed getting to know the values, traditions and daily routine of locals and expanding my knowledge of other cultures and ideals."

Maia N.,
Cadip volunteer 2011

 

Rural adventure in South Iceland
Höfn          May 22 - June 5, 2014

Volunteer project: For the second year, the volunteers in this project have the chance to work in a typical Icelandic farm, be a part of the farm life and take part in various outdoor tasks. The work will mostly take place outside, so volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors. Volunteers will do some fence-work, and general clean up in the surroundings of the farm.
Furthermore volunteers will do some painting and those who are interested can take part in the regular farm tasks such as milking cows and tending to the animals.
The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our hosts as well as weather conditions.

We will have the chance to live and work on an Icelandic farm, participating in the diverse tasks of its daily life. This is a unique opportunity to experience first-hand how a family in the countryside lives. The farm is relatively big, with sheep, cows and few horses, and this time of spring can be very lively. The owners have their own produce which we will have the opportunity to learn about.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors, be willing to take part in all the diverse tasks included in the project and getting to know the ways of living in rural Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Place of beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover it by foot.

Accommodation: In this workcamp, volunteers will be hosted in a farmhouse, sleeping in shared accommodation. Volunteers will have to bring their own sleeping bag. The house is a fully equipped home, with access to a kitchen, bathroom and washing machine.

Location: The project takes place in an active Icelandic farm in south-east Iceland placed between the town Höfn in Hornarfjörður and the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón where big icebergs float. Tourism has been a growing field in the area and the locals are meeting the new demands.
The south of Iceland is one of the most popular destinations for travellers as the landscape offers diverse and breathtaking nature. Rivers and waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and long beaches form a contrast and offer a wide range of experiences.
The view is spectacular and the biggest national park in Europe with the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull is only few kilometres away. The unique beauty of the nature, unpredictable weather and local culture have shaped the area.
The Vatnajökull National Park, stretching from the south coast to the north coast of the island, is the largest protected wilderness in Europe. It covers 14.200 km2 (14% of the surface of Iceland), including all of Vatnajökull glacier, the former Skaftafell N.P., Jokulsargljufur N.P. and surrounding area.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the unique natural environment of Katla Geopark
Vík í Mýrdal          May 24 - June 3, 2014
Vík í Mýrdal          June 20 - July 3, 2014

Volunteer project: Katla Geopark is Iceland's first geopark and it opens up a natural wonderland to the visitor. A top priority of the park is to protect the natural environment, promote local sustainable development, introduce local culture and place a strong emphasis on nature tourism.
Katla Geopark got its name from one of its most known volcanoes, Katla which is under the glacier Mýrdalsjökull. The geopark is 9542 km2 or around 9,3 % of the total area of Iceland with population around 2700.
Katla Geopark is in every sense the land of ice and fire, with its towering glaciers and active volcanoes. These forces have been shaping the land for thousands of years and the nearest examples of that are the powerful eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Grímsvötn 2011. But there is also more amazing landscapes in the area, mountains, lakes, black sandy beaches, green pastures and meadows, powerful glacial rivers, beautiful waterfalls and vast lava fields.
Katla Geopark is accessible all year round, and each season has its own magical charm in this spectacular natural paradise.

Vík in Mýrdalur is Iceland's most southerly village, bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east. It’s northern border is the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are black sands and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. The natural beauty of the area is spectacular. Just east of the village's outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. South of Vík is a beautiful beach, which is one of the world's ten best island beaches. A short hike within the close vicinity of Vík is sure to satisfy all serious nature lovers and bird watchers. Vík and its surroundings is one of the main bird life areas in Iceland.

The volunteers will help with different tasks in the Geo Park and also in the village of Vík. They will mark and fix hiking paths, put up signs, paint, weeding and other environmental tasks.

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.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice and fully equipped community building offering basic facilities. Mattresses are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wi-Fi internet is available.

Location: Katla Geo park and Vík in Mýrdal

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental and nature protection work in the East of Iceland
Sandfell - Fljótsdalshérað          May 24 - June 7, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working for the fourth year on environmental and nature oriented tasks in this project in the East of Iceland. Our tasks will mainly be focused on improving the environment in and around the whole area; planting trees and doing some paint work. We will be based in a local Icelandic farm, so volunteers will have the chance also to experience how locals live and work on a daily basis.
The host keeps horses, dogs and cats. The volunteers will have access to the animals and will be given guidance in taking care of and riding horses.
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 valley and of course on the weather conditions.
Last but not least, we will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as horseback riding.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas of Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our hosts will organize free time activities and introduce us to the local community. Volunteers will be offered to take horse-back riding and an introduction on how to treat and hold horses.

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

Location: The farm is located in a beautiful landscape with mountains and valleys. It is close to Hallormsstaðaskógur, the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha. of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on ever since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The tree collection keeps an extensive variety of foreign trees and is renowned among professionals and travellers. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also a nice experience. A small stream runs through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.
The project is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populous municipality; 17 km from the largest town in the Eastern Iceland – Egilsstaðir (population 2600). It is a young town, but which has quickly become a large town and offers a swimming pool, shops and museums among other main services.
The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between three and four thousand animals.

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF); domestic airport and bus stop is Egilsstaðir.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Forestry and trail building in North Iceland's countryside
Skagafjörður          May 24 - June 6, 2014

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will have the opportunity to get to know the traditional Icelandic farm life in a ranch that has life stock of more than 50 cows, 100 sheep, few hens and horses. The project takes place in an agricultural area in the North of Iceland which is rich in both culture and history. The volunteers will have the chance to get to know the local family and work hand in hand with them. Our actions here will depend on weather conditions and it’s hard to pin down the tasks, but we will mainly be doing some outdoor work.
Big part of the project will be working in a forest, planting trees, thinning the forest, making and maintaining hiking paths. Volunteers will have the opportunity to build from the material that comes out of the thinning process and possibility to make small harbour in a nearby pond.

Volunteers who are interested in farming and/or animal husbandry will have the opportunity to get to know typical farming tasks such as fertilizing the fields, cutting grass, painting timber fences, tear down old fences and possibly put down some potatoes and working around the animals.

Special requirements: Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and getting to know the ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities such as hiking and horseback riding.

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

Location: Known as flashy dressers, the people of Skagafjörður were proud and often preferred to seek other work than farming. In this they were considered rather distinct from other Icelanders. Horsemanship was widespread in Skagafjörður and singing was given more weight than in many other regions; there culture and literature prospered.
Even though the vast majority of Skagafjörður residents make their living through agriculture, many were also engaged in fishing. Stagnation can be said to have marked many fields of life from about 1650 until 1850, when the impact of the industrial revolution began to be felt, and the Icelandic demand for increased independence from Denmark received a great deal of local support. Trade practices likewise began to change and the general population began to migrate from the countryside. Many moved to America, but others simply into villages and larger towns.
The previous history of Skagafjörður was decisively shaped by the presence of the bishop's seat. On the secular side, however, there were powerful chieftains living at such Skagafjörður estates as Reynistaður, Flugumýri and Ás, to name a few.

In Skagafjörður you will find many protected areas such as Orravatnsrústir, in the grazing commons Hofsafrétt; wetlands surrounding Orravatn lake and reaching north to Reyðarvatn lake. Another example of an exclusive area in Skagafjörður is the Upper end of Vesturdalur valley (Hofsárdalur valley): The innermost part of Vesturdalur, upstream from Miðmundargil gorge and including the canyon stretching inland from the valley. Unusual, lush valley, encircled by cliffs and precipitous slopes with enchanting waterfalls in Fossá river.

Terminal: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Help develop sustainable tourism in Eyjafjordur - the longest fjord in Iceland
Dalvíkurbyggð         May 25 - June 7, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the third year in a row that volunteers have the opportunity to work in this project in the North of Iceland. The main tasks for the group will be fixing up the outdoor areas of a newly established sustainable tourism cooperative in the north of Iceland. The tasks include cleaning up after the winter and preparing the season, planting bushes, maintaining walking paths and other activities if needed. Some indoor cleaning tasks might be expected as well.
This year, the volunteers will also cooperate with the local geothermal company for the second half of the project. The task is to restore a small natural pool and the surroundings close to a farm.

The area is great for hiking, both in the mountains and in the Nature Reserve next to the accommodation. Bird watching in the nature reserve is also great this time of the year. The volunteers can borrow canoes for a tour on the river, and depending on what is going on in the community, participate in local events.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Preserving the Icelandic heritage
Vopnafjörður          May 29 - June 12, 2014

Volunteer project: The work of the volunteers will be related to a beautiful Icelandic set of old turf houses that has been transformed into a museum; which is one of the best kept farmhouses from this era in the country. We have the chance to learn and adopt new skills as this project offers very diverse tasks and opportunities since maintaining a turf house requires special techniques and knowledge as the material is “alive” and always changing.

The museum emphasizes on a realistic set up of its collection, as if the inhabitants just went out for a moment. Additionally they work on transmitting the old ways of working through events, workshops and courses. The museum is unique in the way it shows clearly how the way of living has changed drastically from around 1770 until the last inhabitants lived in the farm in the 1960’s.
Many tasks will be related to the museum itself, such as cleaning and polishing the collective items, but the museum includes i.e. textile, wooden household things and other items used in Iceland in the olden days. We will be cleaning the area, maintaining the houses and preparing for the busy season ahead.
Volunteers will also check and mark walking trails in Vopnafjörður and its surroundings.
Additional tasks may include cleaning the old turf coffee house.

Language: English

Leisure time:  The local hosts will organise free time activities and sightseeing to some of the interesting attraction spots in the area. Remote and isolated site located in natural areas of extreme beauty. Countless opportunities to discover the area by foot or to hike in the surroundings.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a local house, sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in the north east part of Iceland in a mountainous bay (fjord) called Vopnafjörður, the Fjord of the Weapons. A name that comes from one of the Viking settlers, Eyvindur Vopni. The fjord is renowned for its natural beauty and good weather with salmon rivers and large areas of untouched landscape.
Just about 20 km away from the project is the town Vopnafjörður which is one of the warmest places in the country and warmer than most places at a similar latitude. The reason is the warm waters of the Gulf Stream that moderates the winters and makes the island habitable. The main industries of Vopnafjörður are fish processing, agriculture, and tourism and other services. Inhabitants of the fjord are 683 there of 540 who are living in the village.
The county is divided into three valleys, Hofsdalur, Vesturárdalur and Selárdalur and in those valleys are some of the most popular fishing rivers in the country. Selárdalur has natural hot springs, and next to them is a swimming pool with a hot Jacuzzi. In Iceland you may find many unique pools all over the country but the one in Selárdalur is one of the most special. The area has various lakes, some of them popular for fishing, but others have gotten smaller due to soil erosion.

Terminal: Closest International Airports: Keflavík /Reykjavík (KEF) and Akureyri (AEY); nearest domestic airport is Þórshöfn (THO), while the closest bus stop is in town.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental clean-up and gardening in South Iceland
Ulfljótsvatn          May 29 - June 13, 2014
Ulfljótsvatn          August 26 - September 9, 2014

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

The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the international volunteers. First of all, we will beautify the surroundings by cleaning up the area. We will carry out some planting and gardening activities as well and possibly make and maintain walking paths. Depending on the advance of the project, we may have other possible tasks, like checking up and repairing old fences and light maintenance work in the huts, such as painting.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities in the area will be arranged for the volunteers.

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

Location: The Ulfljótsvatn Scout Center is approx. 65 km east of the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavík. The land is originally a farmland and a property of The City of Reykjavik. The scouts in Iceland rent a piece of the land and have been doing that for over 60 years. Úlfljótsvatn has been for decades a centre for outdoor activities, leader training and summer camps for scouts and guides in Iceland. The nature is beautiful and outdoor activities are numerous, with nature trails, adventure trails and water safaris. Thousands of trees have been planted near the centre in the last 15 years. There is a climbing and abseiling tower in the area. Fishing is good in the lake and we have canoes, kayaks, rowing boats and today’s most popular boats are 4 persons pedal boats. At the centre you’ll find our 10m high outdoor climbing wall. It’s used both for practice and fun in abseiling and climbing.
The buildings at Úlfljótsvatn are located on two sites, originally made for boy scouts on one site and girl guides on the other site. Now the sites are not split according to gender - boys and girls use both sites but the old names are kept as a reminder.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Improving the environment and cleaning up the coastline in a fishing village in South Iceland
Eyrarbakki          June 1 - June 15, 2014

Volunteer project: The main tasks of the international volunteers will be fixing up the outdoor areas of a newly established sustainable tourism cooperative in the south of Iceland.
The tasks include cleaning up after the winter and preparing the site for the summer season, maintaining walking paths, some painting and other activities if needed.
The volunteers will also help cleaning up the coastline to help maintain its wild untouched appearance.
Furthermore, the volunteers can help our host in their activities as a tour operator in one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be lodged in a community house in sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in Eyrarbakki, a small village in South Iceland. The town once played an important role in trading. The town's prime time was from the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century. During that time, the town life flourished and expanded around the houses of the Danish trading area. The population grew fast and at its peak, the inhabitants were around 1000 at 1920, but decreased to 530 - 550 during the last decades.
The historical importance of the town is directly linked to the port, which was an entrance to the country in international trade. Churches and bishops in the country had their goods and material for building delivered through Eyrarbakki. In the 18th century, Danish merchants were permitted to live in Iceland, which led them to start building and importing houses and settle down in the town.
The town is renowned for its charming old houses and one of oldest houses of Iceland, from 1765 is located in the town. Other old houses are also there and locals have put efforts and energy in maintaining and renovating them, so the town holds more to its original look.
Few kilometres out of town is the Flói Nature Reserve, a paradise for wetland birds, with a marked circular hiking trail through the marshes. The surroundings are amazing, open sea, beautiful coastline; nearby you will find places such as Gullfoss, Geysir, Skálholt, Þórsmörk, Skógarfoss, as well as the very well known and notorious Eyjafjallajökull. The distance from the capital is about 70 km.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          June 2 - June 16, 2014
Hveragerði          June 16 - June 30, 2014
Hveragerði          June 30 - July 14, 2014
Hveragerði          July 14 - July 28, 2014
Hveragerði          July 28 - August 11, 2014
Hveragerði          August 11 - August 25, 2014
Hveragerði          August 25 - September 8, 2014
Hveragerði          September 8 - September 22, 2014
Hveragerði          September 22 - October 6, 2014
Hveragerði          October 6 - October 20, 2014
Hveragerði          October 20 - November 3, 2014
Hveragerði          November 3 - November 17, 2014
Hveragerði          November 17 - December 1, 2014

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden’. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is the oldest and 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 will work most of the time. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double rooms. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they want to use it.
All meals are provided and cooked by our hosts, the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic. The menu for the project is primarily vegetarian, but two times a week it includes locally caught fish. The food at the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic is known throughout Iceland for its high quality.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Help save the whales
Reykjavik          June 2 - June 14, 2014
Reykjavik          June 16 - June 28, 2014
Reykjavik          June 30 - July 12, 2014
Reykjavik          July 14 - July 26, 2014
Reykjavik          July 28 - August 9, 2014
Reykjavik          August 11 - August 23, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will take part in a whale-awareness and protection project run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). This mainly consists of distributing information, conducting a survey, having people fill out postcards that will be taken to the government at the end of the project, talking to people and having fun in Reykjavík!

The aim of the project is to raise awareness in a friendly, peaceful and joyful manner. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to prepare and carry out acts or actions to grab attention and entertain passers by. We encourage people with artistic skills and talents to apply: this is your chance to give vent to your joy of creation and performance.

The group will take turns wearing a whale costume and walk around downtown Reykjavík. One part of our project is also to let pedestrians try on the costume and take pictures. We encourage each volunteer to come prepared with some ideas of awareness rising for this project, to discuss them with the group and try to implement them.

Our goal is to raise awareness among tourists (and locals) that by tasting whale meat in Icelandic restaurants they encourage whaling. The truth is that most Icelanders have never tasted whale meat and do not intend to do so. In a survey made by Gallup in 2007, 86% of those asked had not purchased whale meat in the last 12 months; however 67% where in favour of commercial whaling.

Iceland was also one of the first countries in the world to ban commercial whaling. We can help Iceland to make a positive decision again, by educating the growing number of people who eat up to 40% of the whale meat consumed in the country, but at the same time say they are against whaling.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will be provided with passes to go on free whale watching trips. Tours and excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Snaefellsnes or South Shore) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a well equipped house in downtown Reykjavík. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Europe's most northern capital is a friendly, vibrant city that manages to combine the intimacy of a small-town atmosphere with all the qualities of a modern, trendy city. Here you can leisurely stroll around the lovely little streets of the town centre with its many renovated old houses and there's no hustle and bustle, no noisy traffic to contend with.
The visitor to Reykjavik is simply spoiled when it comes to things to do. There is the National Gallery and a range of other small avant-garde galleries for the art lover. The newly reopened National Museum provides an exciting insight into Iceland's history and heritage, as does the Arbaer Folk Museum.
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: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Forestry and environmental education in the beautiful south of Iceland
Úlfljótsvatn          June 2 - June 13, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteers will participate for the fourth year in a row in a unique project with the Icelandic Forestry Association. The project will take place in an old Icelandic farm, in the beautiful area of Lake Úlfljótsvatn, just under Þingvallavatn, and possibly go for couple of days to Skógar, just south of the famous Eyjafjallajökull. Volunteers will be working on the surrounding farmland, performing different tasks such as clearing old fences, planting trees, cleaning up and beautifying the area.

Eight working hours are expected on week days. After workday, some time will be devoted to education. During this relaxed interactive time, volunteers will have the opportunity to learn and discuss about environmental matters and forestry, practice numerous tools, realize craftwork, go hiking, visit places of interest in the surroundings, go to the local swimming pool and take part in local cultural events.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and be willing to take part in all the diverse tasks connected with the project.

Language: English

Leisure time: This project includes environmental education and free time will be devoted to leisure activities organised by our local host. We will enjoy the beautiful surroundings hiking in the area or sight-seeing.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an equipped farmhouse, in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in the area of Lake Úlfljótsvatn which lies just south of Lake Thingvallavatn, a 70 km drive from Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The area is beloved among scouts and nature lovers and it is popular for recreational fishing. The attractive surroundings of the lake are patterned with hiking trails and walking paths.
Only a stone's throw away from the site of the project lays the UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir. It’s a national park and was the location of Iceland’s parliament from 930 to 1798. Many of Iceland’s biggest moments in history happened in Thingvellir, such as the adoption of Christianity around 1000 AD and the foundation of the modern Republic in 1944.
History is not the only reason attracting Icelanders and tourists to Þingvellir, it is also a place of extraordinary beauty and a complex ecological system. The area of Þingvellir was established as a national park in 1930 and it is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland. Þingvellir is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earths’ crust.
In case the volunteers go to Skógar, it is a beautiful place which is located south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier, in the municipality of Rangárþing eystra. The area is known for its waterfall, Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in the country, on the Skógá river, which springs from 60 metres at the top of an eroded cliff.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Help restore the natural and historical heritage of the Highlands north of Vatnajokull glacier
Highlands of Iceland          June 6 - June 20, 2014

Volunteer project: International volunteers will work for the fourth year in a row in the midland, East of the beautiful Mývatn lake and North of the Vatnajökull glacier. Our project base is situated in the highlands - 469 meters above sea level.
The area has been inhabited since the early times of the settlement. As small-scale farming has become more difficult in recent times, some of the locals have decided to combine the farm work with new tourism services and push forward alternative ways of income generation for the region. The extreme beauty of the area draws more and more visitors every year.

Hundreds of years of farming work have taken its toll on the pristine landscape. The volunteers will support local farms 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.
We will also work repairing an old turf building, restoring it to its previous “form“, so it looks similar to the several other turf buildings in the surroundings.
Additional work for the volunteers will be turfing, fixing and maintaining walking paths and making a new trail.

Language: English

Leisure time: A remote place located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor activities, like hikes will be arranged for the volunteers and if possible at the time, volunteers can go horse riding.

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

Location: The workcamp is located in the North-eastern part of the country and in the vicinity of the largest national park in Europe - Vatnajökull National Park. The park is now 14.200 square kilometres. The region of the park is unique; one can find glaciers, volcanic activity, glacier bursts, eruptions and geothermal heat plus an extremely rare landscape.

With the establishment of Vatnajökull National Park, Icelanders wade into the largest nature conservation project ever taken on in Iceland. It is one of the largest developments the authorities have undertaken in this region and has created many jobs. Under its ice-cap, the glacier hides seven volcanoes and most of them are active. Underneath there is an ice cavern system several kilometres long. Vatnajökull covers about 8% of the country, and is about 1000 m thick at its thickest point. Mount Herðubreið, the queen of Icelandic mountains is located in the area.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik          June 8 - June 21, 2014
Reykjavik          July 20 - August 2, 2014

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the fourth year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. 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. In summer there is a variety of events in the Botanic Garden and group receptions are available throughout the year.

The volunteers will be doing general gardening work, tending the flowers, trees and other plants. Volunteers will also assist in organising and carrying out special events that might be planned on short notice but are related to the general aim and work of the garden. The work starts early every week day; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:30pm, so volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning.

Language: English

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

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

Location: The population of Reykjavik is over 200,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. It is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the North”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife. In the summer, you can sit by the harbour at midnight and watch the sun dip slightly below the horizon before it makes its way up again.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental activities and tree planting in the unique Hveragerdi hot spring area
Hveragerði          June 9 - June 21, 2014
Hveragerði          June 23 - July 4, 2014
Hveragerði          July 7 - July 18, 2014
Hveragerði          July 21 - August 1, 2014

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden’. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

The volunteers will be working with the environmental department of the village. Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the town and the surrounding area, painting playgrounds and maintaining green areas. We will also do some pure environmental tasks such as working in the forestry, planting trees, building hiking paths, etc. Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
The volunteers will have the opportunity to take a bath in the hot river near the village, to discover the hot springs in town and in the neighbourhood and of course to go for a hike in the amazing area around the village.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will 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 stay in a local school. They need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless Internet is available, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reforestation and environmental maintenance work in the south of Iceland
Fludir          June 9 - June 21, 2014

Volunteer project: This project will take place in a small community called Flúðir which is located in the middle of the south area of Iceland. In the area you can find some of the historical places in Iceland – for example Þingvellir which is by far Iceland’s most famous historic site. 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 Þingvellir, and in 1930 it was declared a National Park. In 2004 Þingvellir was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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 Þingvellir: 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.
Not far away is the old Episcopal seat of Skálholt, which was the centre of the church and Christianity in Iceland from the mid-11th century until the end of the 18th.

But the region 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 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 and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and challenges.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Fludir, in the south of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road          June 10 - June 23, 2014

Volunteer project: Volunteers will be working on several projects, mostly construction and renovation related tasks, preparing the area before the summer, supporting a group of local Icelanders who are developing the area with new tourism services and pushing forward alternative ways of income, running a series of mountain huts in this isolated area and offering services to travelers during the summer time.

The tasks will include landscaping around houses in the area as well as painting and maintaining verandas. As the landscape is raw, the work is physically demanding but also quite rewarding. We will be maintaining hiking paths, clearing litter along the paths and in the valley. We will also build fences around natural hot pools in the area and clear some old fences.

Language: English

Leisure time: Remote and isolated site located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Free time activities are mostly outdoors. Countless opportunities to discover the area on foot or to hike in the surroundings: stunning mountain landscapes, mighty glaciers and geothermal activity.

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

Location: The Icelandic highlands or “the interior” are a true pearl to all nature lovers and outdoor people. It is accessible on 4WD cars and most routes involve crossing unbridged rivers.
If you really want to get away from it all, the interior of Iceland is like nothing you have ever experienced. The mountainous centre of the island, with its rocky deserts, craggy mountain peaks, ice caps, volcanoes, hidden valleys and hot springs, is an awesome and untouched wilderness. Lake Hvítárvatn on the Kjölur highland road glints icy-blue at the foot of the Langjökull glacier, and in the black sands of Sprengisandur - the arctic river.

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 thawed 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.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Eskifjörður          June 20 - July 3, 2014
Eskifjörður          July 2 - July 13, 2014
Eskifjörður          August 13 - August 25, 2014

Volunteer project: The teen project's aim is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During the 12 days of the program, participants will have the chance to get to know Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of these projects will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a workcamp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. We will also go for hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The volunteers will also help with renovation and environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will visit several places in the area and enjoy the nature while travelling. We will play different kinds of sports together will local teenagers.
There is a free access to the local geothermal heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

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

Age range: 15 - 16 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Renovation of the old fish factory in Strandir
Strandir          June 22 - July 5, 2014

Volunteer project: The area of Strandir is a paradise for nature enthusiasts as well as for those who simply want to enjoy the pleasure of experiencing a place of complete silence. There you will find seabirds on rugged cliffs, arctic foxes in their lairs, and little fishing villages huddled against sheer mountains where for centuries people have battled with the forces of nature to harvest the ocean’s riches.
This is the most remote area of Iceland and one of the most exiting! It is known for the inhabitants' knowledge of magic and witchcraft.
During the time of the project, you will enjoy sunlight all around the clock and the longest day of the year.

The volunteers will help with the renovation of an old fish factory which has not been used for more than 50 years. We will work with local people to fix the walls and to take care of the environment as well.

Language: English

Leisure time: This place is perfect for hiking and outdoor activities. The locals will show us around the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a family house offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and bed linens are provided.

Location: Strandir in the West Fjords of Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 150 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Tree planting and environmental work in the South of Iceland
Grímsnes          June 30 - July 11, 2014

Volunteer project: This project will take place in a small community called Grímsnes- and Grafningshreppur which is located in the middle of the south area of Iceland. In the area you can find some of the historical places in Iceland – for example Þingvellir which is by far Iceland’s most famous historic site. 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 Þingvellir, and in 1930 it was declared a National Park. In 2004 Þingvellir was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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 Þingvellir: 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.
Not far away is the old Episcopal seat of Skálholt, which was the centre of the church and Christianity in Iceland from the mid-11th century until the end of the 18th.

But the region 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 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 and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical 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. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably priced weekend excursions will 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 local school. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.

Location:

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Help organizing the Eistnaflug Hard Rock Festival
Neskaupsstaður          July 5 - July 17, 2014

Volunteer project: Neskaupstaður is a medium size town by Icelandic standards. With its 1.420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900s and is almost completely self sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbor, an airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician! On the east side of the town, there's a wildlife reserve and a large recreational area facing the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve, called Hagi, lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year round pass in Iceland.

Eistnaflug is a Hard Rock Festival which this year will present its 9th edition. More than 40 bands will perform for an expected audience of about one thousand visitors. It will take place July 9-12.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will 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 lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents.
Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival.

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

Location: Neskaupsstaður, East Iceland

Terminal: International Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. Egilsstaðir airport is 40 km from the project site.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promote art and sustainable living in the Eastern fjords
Stöðvarfjörður          July 5 - July 17, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          July 16 - July 28, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          July 27 - August 8, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          August 7 - August 19, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          August 18 - August 30, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          August 29 - September 10, 2014
Stöðvarfjörður          September 9 - September 21, 2014

Volunteer project: The project will take place in Stöðvarfjörður and the area around it. The settlement in Stöðvarfjörður started about 100 years ago along the fjord of the same name. The fjord is short and open to easterly weather. Rare rocks and minerals have been found in the vicinity, and the world's largest private collection of rocks which is based in Stöðvarfjörður has specimens on display. Stöðvarfjörður has a thriving artistic life, and one of the most excellent centres for graphic arts in the country.

The purpose of this volunteer project is to use the resources that Mother Earth has to offer. We will work with a group of Icelandic young people who are very much focused on this topic. We will grow vegetables, collect herbs, berries, seaweed among other things and also go fishing from time to time. We will also work with the art centre in Stöðvarfjörður which is located in the former fish factory building. Other possible tasks will be planting trees, building hiking paths, etc.
Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for creative people who like outdoor work and challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also 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: We will have an access to a fully equipped house in Fjarðabyggð but part of the time we will also stay in a “Yurt” that we will build and maintain during the project.

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

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

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.

                                                                                                         

 

New life for an old farm
Hvalfjörður          July 7 - July 18, 2014
Hvalfjörður          July 21 - August 1, 2014
Hvalfjörður          August 4 - August 15, 2014
Hvalfjörður          August 18 - August 29, 2014
Hvalfjörður          September 1 - September 12, 2014
Hvalfjörður          September 15 - September 26, 2014
Hvalfjörður          September 29 - October 10, 2014
Hvalfjörður          October 13 - October 24, 2014
Hvalfjörður          October 27 - November 7, 2014
Hvalfjörður          November 13 - November 23, 2014
Hvalfjörður          November 24 - December 5, 2014
Hvalfjörður          December 8 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: Hvalfjörður (Icelandic: Whale-fjord) is situated in the southwest of Iceland between Mosfellsbær and Akranes. The fjord is approximately 30 km long and 5 km wide. It is only 30 km away from the centre of Reykjavik.
The name Hvalfjörður is derived from the large number of whales which could be found and caught there. Until the 1980s, one of the biggest whaling stations in Iceland was located in this fjord. In the past, the fjord also contained a large number of herring fisheries. A hiking trail to the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur, has its origin at the innermost end of the fjord.

This fjord is one of the most beautiful fjords in Iceland and there are many farms located in the area. It will be a unique experience for our volunteers to live in a farm but still so near to the capital city.

This project is an opportunity to renovate and work at an old Icelandic farm. The idea of renovating old spaces in the countryside of Iceland and especially in areas where there isn’t much population has a lot of merit. On the one hand, we have the opportunity of giving life to an empty and old space, on the other hand, we are bringing life back to the area with the spirit and the ideas of international volunteers which will be very much welcomed by the local community.

The first part of this project will consist in renovating and putting the farm in good shape. The second part is to do some basic and simple farming, for example to plant vegetables and harvest them, do build a small house for chickens and take care of them, to build a small greenhouse, etc. The work on this project is a mix of renovation work and gardening. We will also take care of the property, plant trees, clean up the area, even clean up the coastline around the fjord.

There are a lot farms in the area, so the volunteers will have the chance to visit other farms around, learn about Icelandic farming methods and help the farmers with seasonal work.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the whole Whale fjord and the surrounding area, including a hike to the highest waterfall in Iceland.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will also 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: We will be staying in the farm. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag. There is a Wi-Fi connection in the house.

Location: Hvalfjörður (the Whale fjord). The farm is only 35 minutes from the city centre of Reykjavik.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik          July 7 - July 17, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition.
Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Volunteers with artistic skills, such as singing, juggling, playing music are encouraged to apply for this project as they will have the chance to help create a nice and friendly atmosphere.

For two days, the volunteers will work with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries. Volunteers will help with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and work on the recycling system, among other tasks.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 30 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Artistic and environmental projects at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn          July 8 - July 20, 2014
Raufarhöfn          July 19 - July 31, 2014
Raufarhöfn          July 30 - August 11, 2014
Raufarhöfn          August 10 - August 22, 2014
Raufarhöfn          August 21 - September 2, 2014
Raufarhöfn          September 1 - September 13, 2014
Raufarhöfn          September 12 - September 24, 2014

Volunteer project: The village of Raufarhöfn is the community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach waders strut and inland on the grassy moorlands there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity many species of ducks, waders and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

The purpose of this project is very diverse. During these workcamps, volunteers will be able to cooperate in different tasks. Depending on the season or the month, the themes will be different. The project base is the volunteer center in the village. During the first months of the summer, the workcamps will be more focused on cultural activities for the people and the youth of the village. Activities such as cultural coffees, international evenings, workshops which volunteers can develop, renovation work such us painting and cleaning the center and visual arts projects such as sharing knowledge on photography, video filming and editing.
During the last 2 months of summer, the volunteers will work more on environmental tasks such as cleaning the coastline. During this time, the local youth goes back to school and it's more difficult to gather people for cultural evenings. Another reason to avoid environmental work during the first 2 months is due to the migrant birds known as kria in Iceland. About this time they are nesting and it is not good to disturb the areas. At the end of August, they fly back again and it's perfect time for coastline cleaning. Also during this time, volunteers will have the chance to share photo skills, as well as video, edit and produce visual arts materials.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers 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.
A two-day trip from Raufarhofn to Reykjavik through the east and south of Iceland will be offered for a fair price. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Location: Raufarhöfn

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Tree planting and environmental cleanup on the north-east coast of Iceland
þorshöfn          July 8 - July 20, 2014
þorshöfn          August 10 - August 22, 2014

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. The town of Þórshöfn with its 388 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula. 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. In the month of June, the sun never fully sets in the north.

Most of the work will be cleaning and beautifying the town and the surrounding area. We will also continue to clean up the coastline and engage in other environmental tasks such as planting trees, building hiking paths, taking old fences down, etc. The work available will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we need to be flexible.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will have free access to the gym and the local swimming pool and sauna. Excursions such as hiking tours with local guides will be organized.

Accommodation: We will stay at the local school, sleeping on mattresses. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Eskifjörður          July 12 - July 24, 2014
Eskifjörður          July 23 - August 3, 2014
Eskifjörður          August 2 - August 14, 2014

Volunteer project: The teen project's aim is to provide fun and educative time for the young participants. During the 12 days of the program, participants will have the chance to get to know Icelandic nature, history and people. The team leaders of these projects will be trained on how to lead volunteers of this age group and how to organise the daily community life in a workcamp. The young volunteers will follow a program which is a mixture of environmental activities and games. We will also go for hikes to discover the fantastic landscapes in the East of Iceland. The volunteers will also help with renovation and environmental work in the area. Since the project is located in the east of Iceland, our young volunteers will have the opportunity to enjoy a round tour around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will visit several places in the area and enjoy the nature while travelling. We will play different kinds of sports together will local teenagers.
There is a free access to the local geothermal heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. Wi-Fi Internet connection is available.

Location: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

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

Age range: 15 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

cleaning the coastline and improving the environment in Iceland's North
Bakkafjörður          July 19 - July 31, 2014

Volunteer project: To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Bakkafjörður on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. The town of Þórshöfn with its 388 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula. 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. Bakkafjordur 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.

Most of the work will be cleaning and beautifying the town and the surrounding area. We will also continue to clean up the coastline and other environmental tasks such as planting trees, building hiking paths, taking old fences down, etc. The work available will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we need to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically demanding and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though it will be nice most of the time, hopefully.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions such as hiking tours with local guides will be organized by the hosting partner. We can also do some fishing in the port of the village.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.

Accommodation: We will stay at the local school, sleeping on mattresses. Participants are asked to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Bakkafjörður

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport to the camp site is in Thorshofn airport.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður          July 27 - August 8, 2014
Eskifjörður          September 20 - October 2, 2014

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

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

Don't forget to bring your cameras and tripods because we will also go for some Auroras hunting. Apart of this workcamp will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their origin country and culture in a non formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the international evenings.
This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

To keep in mind, don’t forget your cameras and tripods. A Laptop could be very useful as well. Please bring also traditional food from your country, photos and other things

Special requirements: Visual Arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be internet connection available.

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

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

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Turn of the century festival in South Iceland
Eyrarbakki          August 2 - August 16, 2014

Volunteer project: This project gives the volunteers the opportunity to work on culture and festival related tasks in Eyrarbakki, a village in the South of Iceland which is very rich in culture and history.
We will have the unique opportunity to take part in an annual village festival dedicated to the spirit of the 1900s. We will work together with the locals preparing the village for and running the festival Aldamótahátíð (Turn of the century festival). We will help preparing the town for hosting hundreds of visitors and assisting in various tasks in the village. Residents and visitors dress up in the spirit of the 1900s. Volunteers with artistic skills or just enthusiasm to perform are welcome to develop their ideas and the local hosts will try to include them in the schedule.
We will be involved in preparing, participating and then taking down the festival. The area will be prepared for the events, after them we will help to get the area in its former shape. As many events and happenings will be going on at the same time during the festival, we may work in teams in different stations at different times.

Furthermore, the volunteers may help our hosts in their activities as a tour operator in one of the most beautiful parts of Iceland. The group may also help cleaning up the coastline to maintain its wild untouched appearance.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be lodged in a community house in sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project takes place in Eyrarbakki, a small village in South Iceland. The town once played an important role in trading. The town's prime time was from the middle of the 18th century to the early 19th century. During that time, the town life flourished and expanded around the houses of the Danish trading area. The population grew fast and at its peak, the inhabitants were around 1000 at 1920, but decreased to 530 - 550 during the last decades.
The historical importance of the town is directly linked to the port, which was an entrance to the country in international trade. Churches and bishops in the country had their goods and material for building delivered through Eyrarbakki. In the 18th century, Danish merchants were permitted to live in Iceland, which led them to start building and importing houses and settle down in the town.
The town is renowned for its charming old houses and one of oldest houses of Iceland, from 1765 is located in the town. Other old houses are also there and locals have put efforts and energy in maintaining and renovating them, so the town holds more to its original look.
Few kilometres out of town is the Flói Nature Reserve, a paradise for wetland birds, with a marked circular hiking trail through the marshes. The surroundings are amazing, open sea, beautiful coastline; nearby you will find places such as Gullfoss, Geysir, Skálholt, Þórsmörk, Skógarfoss, as well as the very well known and notorious Eyjafjallajökull. The distance from the capital is about 70 km.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Flower festival and environmental activities in the blooming town Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          August 4 - August 17, 2014

Volunteer project: Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means ‘hot springs garden’. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði’s lifeblood, and you probably won’t find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely ‘Steam Valley’ behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.
The Flower festival in Hveragerði is a mixture of art and culture with a taste of the flower power from the area.

The international volunteer group will be helping with the preparation and during the Flower festival. The volunteers will be also involved in forestry work, making hiking paths, beautifying the area around the village, fixing walking paths, cleaning and beautifying the hot spring area in the middle of the village and planting trees. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to enjoy the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions will 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 stay in a local school. They need to bring their own sleeping bag, but mattresses are provided. Free wireless Internet is available during evening hours, but volunteers need to bring their own laptops if they would like to connect to it.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon and Reykjavik Gay Pride
Reykjavik          August 4 - August 14, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

Reykjavik Gay Pride 2014 will take place from August 5th to 10th. Many events and happiness colour the city during these days. Volunteers will have the opportunity to take pictures during these events and also enjoy the famous Reykjavik Pride Parade!
Reykjavik Pride is one of the most vibrant and popular events in Reykjavík’s cultural calendar.

Volunteers will work two days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries. They will help with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens, work on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Tours and excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of the city of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms 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.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Promoting intercultural understanding in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður          August 7 - August 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The aim of this project is intercultural understanding. Iceland is getting more and more intercultural and nowadays you can find people from all over the world in the island. We would like to involve foreign nationals living in Iceland to give them an extra chance to promote the culture of their origin in the local society.
We will help with the preparation and running of cultural activities together with local people. We will also have some workshops and debates related to art and culture.
During the project, the volunteers and the work will be focused on art from different continents by having workshops of music, dances and food. As well we will involve local people in order to provide the participants the opportunity to learn about different cuisine, get to know their culture and make video forums with movies that reflect the situation in the World today in order to create debates concerning different issues. At the end of the project, we will have an Arts festival in Eskifjörður where we will show the outcome of the workshops, a performance of dances and music as well food and photos exhibition.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be internet connection available.

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Photo marathon and Culture Night
Reykjavik          August 18 - August 28, 2014

Volunteer project: This is the seventh year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organising this project! Our main objective is to deliver messages and draw the attention of the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.
The coordinators will prepare different topics on which the participants will base their entries. The topics will be mostly related to intercultural understanding, peace & environment.

Participants need to bring their own digital cameras. The main work will involve taking photographs on the given issues. The best pictures will be selected for a final exhibit. The last part of the project will be putting up the exhibition. Volunteers should be prepared for walking and working flexible time schedule.

We will also be able to join partly the happenings of Menningarnótt (The Culture Night) on August 23rd. Menningarnótt is a yearly event held in Reykjavik. It was created by the Reykjavík city council, and has now become the largest festival in Iceland, rivalling the celebration of Iceland's national day on June 17th. During Culture Night a carnival atmosphere reigns. The festival consists of a main stage in the centre and many smaller events spread over the city. The highlight is an outside concert by few of the most popular musicians in Iceland followed by a glamorous fireworks show.

Volunteers will work two days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries. They will help with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens, work on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Tours and excursions (Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon or South Shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in an equipped house, in a beautiful setting inside the Botanical Gardens of the city of Reykjavík, which are located about 4 km from the centre of the city. Volunteers will be sleeping in shared rooms 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.
Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”. But there is more to Reykjavík than pubs and clubs. Reykjavík also gathers the most interesting of Icelandic culture. It is an incubator of new ideas and styles which often indicate new global trends. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded with beautiful nature.
Visitors to Reykjavík experience easily the pure energy at the heart of Iceland's capital city - whether from the boiling thermal energy underground, the natural green energy within the city and around it, or the lively culture and fun-filled nightlife.
In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.

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

Age range: 30 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik          September 23 - October 5, 2014

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik          November 1 - November 10, 2014

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Capture the magic of the Northern lights and the life of people in the Eastern fjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          November 15 - November 27, 2014
Eskifjörður          November 26 - December 8, 2014
Eskifjörður          December 7 - December 19, 2014

Volunteer project: The purpose of this project is to involve international volunteers in a group experience where they can improve their communication and visual arts skills by capturing some memories in an unforgettable way using photographs and videos. Volunteers will put into action ideas about photography from capture to finished image. In this project, volunteers learn together from each other how to better express their vision and how to digitally edit images to highlight the same qualities that drew them to the scene to begin with. Volunteers will work on different themes, such as landscape, fishermen’s life, light and colour, local lifestyle etc. In the evenings the volunteers will gather together to share photos and the project will culminate in a photo exhibition.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon. Volunteers will be involved in a Time-Lapse project in order to catch the lights and have a common visual arts project. During this season, the weather in Eskifjörður can be very cold. You should be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme some days that it may not allow us to go out of the accommodation.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.

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

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

Special requirements: Visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a nice house that used to be the school of the community long time ago. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. We will have showers in the local swimming pool. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas and New Year in the Eastern fjords
Eskifjörður         December 18, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in Eskifjörður in the Eastfjords. One of the tasks is to decorate the area where our house is located by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group trough intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and perform in the home for elderly people and in public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism. For New Year’s Eve, we will organize a little party for the volunteers and will enjoy Iceland´s spectacular fireworks. We will also organize an open house and invite the locals for a visit.

During this project, participants will take part in the production of a video documentary which will be focused on how Icelandic people celebrate Christmas in rural areas. It will be a mix of landscape shots and interviews of local people in order to find out how they feel about living there and what they think about international volunteers coming to the village.

Another part of the project will be focused on the Auroras Borealis. At this time of
the year, it is very easy to see and experience this amazing spectacular phenomenon. Volunteers will be involved in a Time-Lapse project in order to catch the lights and have a common visual arts project. In this season, the weather in Eskifjörður can be very cold. You should also be aware of the fact that the weather can get so extreme some days that it may not allow us to go out of the accommodation.
Don’t forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one, since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.

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

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

Special requirements: Visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a nice house that used to be the school of the community long time ago. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. We will have showers in the local swimming pool. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas and New Year at a volunteer center in Reykjavik
Reykjavik         December 21, 2014 - January 1, 2015

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in the area of the volunteer and cultural centre in Reykjavik by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will learn Christmas songs from all over the world from each other and weather permitting will sing in the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism. For New Year’s Eve we will organize a little party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral. We will also arrange a visit to the ‘Imagine Peace Tower’ which was designed by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon. The tower is made-up of 15 large searchlights surrounded by a number of prisms that act like mirrors, reflecting the light vertically into the sky, usually reaching an altitude of at least 4000 meters. Over half a million written wishes that people from all over the world have sent to Yoko Ono as part of her ‘Wish Trees’ project are buried underneath the tower.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools in Reykjavik. 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.
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 will be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

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

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

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

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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