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Forestry and gardening activities in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði          June 29 - July 13, 2015
Hveragerði          July 13 - July 27, 2015
Hveragerði          July 27 - August 10, 2015
Hveragerði          August 10 - August 24, 2015
Hveragerði          August 24 - September 7, 2015
Hveragerði          September 7 - September 21, 2015
Hveragerði          September 21 - October 5, 2015
Hveragerði          October 5 - October 19, 2015
Hveragerði          October 19 - November 2, 2015
Hveragerði          November 2 - November 16, 2015
Hveragerði          November 16 - November 30, 2015
Hveragerði          November 30 - December 14, 2015

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 one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers work most of the time. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. The volunteers will also maintain the green areas around the clinic, collect herbs for making tea and assist with other environmental tasks as needed.

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 one of the best areas for hiking in Iceland, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several double bedrooms and a living room. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds are provided. Free wireless internet is available, 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: 200 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

 

Help save the whales
Reykjavik          June 29 - July 11, 2015

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! We are looking for enthusiastic and open-minded people for this project!

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.

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% were in favour of commercial whaling.

Iceland was 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 basic house in Reykjavík. Volunteers will sleep 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: 140 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Renovation of an old farm in the south of Iceland
Vik i Myrdal          June 30 - July 15, 2015
Vik i Myrdal          July 15 - July 30, 2015
Vik i Myrdal          July 30 - August 13, 2015

Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will assist with the renovation of an old farm in the south of Iceland which is being changed into a guesthouse. Our hosts are a young family that recently bought the farm and are renovating the house and maintaining the area, including a couple of historically preserved buildings.

The main work tasks will be to clean the area, tear down old fences and fix newer ones, paint a historically preserved house and outhouses, and help with repairs on a historically preserved barn.
Volunteers will also plant trees and/or other vegetation, as well as help with some farming activities such as cleaning out old hay from a barn. Based on the interest of the volunteers, they will have the opportunity to learn about tourist services such as booking and receiving guests.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be motivated to get to know the way of life in rural areas of Iceland.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The group will stay in a small house on the land with access to a bathroom and kitchen in the next house. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located on a farm on the South shore of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The farm is beautifully located between Dyrhóley and Pétursey islands on land. In the beginning, the farm was still powered by a home hydroelectric generating station, which is still standing although no longer in use.

The farm is only a ten minutes’ drive from the town of Vík í Mýrdal, which is Iceland's most southerly village. Vík is a charming small village surrounded by high bird cliffs with beautiful ocean views.

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 sea. Just east of Vík’s outskirts lies one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds.

A range of recreational opportunities are offered in the area, including glacier hiking, snowmobiling, ice climbing, bird watching, nature hiking and horse riding as well as equestrian displays. There are also a number of exhibitions and museums, like Skogar museum where the old turf houses can be seen, and Skaftfellingur VE33 ship exhibitions.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 180 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Renovation and maintenance of ski slopes in The Blue Mountains
Bláfjöll          June 30 - July 12, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working once again with the City of Reykjavík in the main Skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains. 

The main tasks in this workcamp will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and few sports associations run lodges there and they might also need some renovation work, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changing weather conditions.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: In the Blue Mountain Range area, volunteers will be given an extraordinary opportunity to explore a hidden world beneath ours in an amazing trip to the underworld! Beneath the lava field in the area, the volcanic eruptions have left behind caves with magical rock formations. Exploring the dark and hidden lava tubes is a fantastic addition to your volunteer adventure in Iceland and a perfect way to see how Iceland was created.

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

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

Location: The project takes place in the Blue Mountain Range area, which is 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 they like there, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath. The caves here are actually among the most interesting tourist attractions in the capital area and our volunteers will be given the chance to explore them.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Stodvarfjordur          July 1 - July 12, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          July 23 - August 2, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 2 - August 13, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 25 - September 4, 2015

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. We will also go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur.
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. The project will take place in the village Stodvarfjordur.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          July 1 - July 15, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth 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.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, collecting plastic covers from the garden beds. The volunteers will also help clean the garden beds and beautify the area. Other possible projects include help with paint work and maintenance. 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.

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 shared 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 covered by ashes during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011.

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 main livelihood of the people in the district is 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 has been named as 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.

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 organizing the Eistnaflug Metal Festival
Neskaupstadur          July 4 - July 14, 2015

Volunteer project: Eistnaflug is a metal festival in Iceland that has taken place annually since the summer of 2005. It is an indoor event taking place in Neskaupstaður, a quaint little town located on the Norðfjörður fjord on the Eastern coast of Iceland, 700km away from Reykjavik. It started out as a small one day metal festival, but has since grown into a four day festival where metal, hardcore, punk, rock and indie bands share the stage.
The line up usually consists of 30-40 bands, most of which are Icelandic. Among foreign acts that have performed at the festival are At The Gates (Sweden), Tyrant (Sweden), Napalm Death (UK), Triptykon (Switzerland), Secrets Of The Moon (Germany), Hamferð (Faroe Islands), The Monolith Deathcult (Netherlands) and Cephalic Carnage (US). Domestic bands that have often played at the festival include Sólstafir, Momentum, Innvortis, Saktmóðigur, Gone Postal, Carpe Noctem, Celestine and many more.
Musically, Eistnaflug is also a remarkable melting pot, with a few selected, prime foreign acts stacking up against a massive selection of all the great things the Iceland music scene has to offer every year. There are no boundaries – from indie rock to hardcore to black metal, everything that’s good is accepted and embraced at Eistnaflug.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. 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 nearby the house. It is possible that we will also stay in tents for one or two nights during the festival just to get into the right spirit.

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

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

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

Age range: 18 - 35 years old

Extra fee: 200 Euros

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Collecting medicinal plants in the South of Iceland
Vík í Mýrdal          July 5 - July 18, 2015
Vík í Mýrdal          July 18 - July 31, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working for a pioneer Icelandic natural products manufacturer that was founded in the year 2000. The medicinal herbs in their supplements have been used as herbal remedies by Icelanders for more than a millennium.
Our main task will be to harvest leaves of Icelandic Angelica archangelica, which requires working by specific procedures. The harvesting methods are relatively easy to learn, but the tasks can get rather physically demanding and require good physical condition.
Note that the working hours are regular, but will also depend on weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise some free time activities for the volunteers, for instance day trips and/or excursions in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local community centre in the town Vík í Mýrdal. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses in one big room. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen. Access to showers in the local swimming pool.

Location: The project takes place in the south of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south.
The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions. The area was hit during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull 2011 and got covered by ashes.
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 main livelihood of people in the district is 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 has been named as 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.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik          July 6 - July 16, 2015
Reykjavik          July 20 - July 30, 2015
Reykjavik          August 17 - August 27, 2015
Reykjavik          August 31 - September 10, 2015
Reykjavik          September 14 - September 24, 2015
Reykjavik          September 28 - October 8, 2015
Reykjavik          October 12 - October 22, 2015
Reykjavik          October 26 - November 5, 2015
Reykjavik          November 9 - November 19, 2015
Reykjavik          November 23 - December 3, 2015
Reykjavik          December 7 - December 17, 2015

Volunteer project: The sustainable living project has two major activities.
We are renovating an old farmhouse in the outskirts of Reykjavik, 15 km away from the city centre. The volunteers will help with the renovation and to take care of the work in the farm. We have chickens, a greenhouse for growing herbs, tomatoes and cucumbers and a big piece of land where we grow potatoes, carrots, lettuce and other types of vegetables.

Volunteers will also participate in workshops related to visual arts and decoration in the farm and the surrounding area.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 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          July 6 - July 20, 2015

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: 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: Grímsnes, 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: 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 6 - July 16, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the eighth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organizing 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 on a flexible time schedule.

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. Volunteers will likely work for 2 days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries, helping with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and working on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or South shore) can be arranged 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords of Iceland
Eskifjörður          July 7 - July 19, 2015
Eskifjörður          July 19 - July 31, 2015
Eskifjörður          July 31 - August 12, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 12 - August 24, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 24 - September 5, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 5 - September 17, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 17 - September 29, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 29 - October 11, 2015
Eskifjörður          October 11 - October 23, 2015
Eskifjörður          October 23 - November 4, 2015
Eskifjörður          November 4 - November 16, 2015

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a house in Eskifjordur. Beds/mattresses are provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag.

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.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the North to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the East and South of Iceland. The trips include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. If you join the trips both ways, you will go all around the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Renovating a volunteer center at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn          July 11 - July 22, 2015
Raufarhöfn          July 21 - August 2, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 1 - August 12, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 11 - August 22, 2015
Raufarhöfn          August 21 - September 2, 2015

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.

This project is about renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around the volunteer house in the village. Raufarhofn is a very isolated place and in the same time very magical. We will work about 6 hours a day in order to make our house in the North a much better place to live in. The house has been hosting volunteers for the last 4 years so it is the right time to renovate the place and give it a nice new look.

Raufarhofn is a place full of energy and amazing landscapes. This is the right place to enjoy your free time taking photos and having walks around the coastline. Children and youth from the village will be very interested to get to know you and take part in some of our cultural dinners or even workshops which we can develop if volunteers are happy and dynamic enough. If the weather allows us, we will also work on cleaning the coastline around Raufarhofn for at least one or two days, picking up garbage and making it a better and cleaner place.

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: There are different things to do in the leisure time in Raufarhofn. You can walk (about 18 km forth and back) to the lighthouse, which is the most North Eastern point of Iceland. The line of the Arctic Circle frames that area of Iceland closing the water of the Atlantic Ocean and opening the gates to the Greenlandic Sea. After having made the walk, you can get a certificate in the local Hotel which confirms your visit to the Arctic Circle. Another positive thing about Raufarhofn, especially if you like birds, is that the village becomes a migrant birds nesting area giving so much life to the place. Raufarhofn is the Icelandic tundra, full of blackberries and blueberries during the season. If you are volunteering while the berries are in season, you will have the opportunity to make your own jam, brownies, cake and other delicious meals based on wild berries. Also the tundra area is full of lakes, where fishing is easy to do and free as well. We will have some small fishing equipment to try to get some fresh catch of the day :)

Accommodation: The group will stay in the volunteer house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.

Location: Raufarhöfn

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

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn, which will be a trip around the island (total 1.400 km) starting from Reykjavik going through the North to the East of the island. After the project we will go through the East and South of Iceland. The 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 and icebergs.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Teen volunteer experience in Iceland
Stodvarfjordur          July 12 - July 23, 2015
Stodvarfjordur          August 13 - August 25, 2015

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. We will also go fishing near to the harbour in Stöðvarfjordur.
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. The project will take place in the village Stodvarfjordur.

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

Age range: 13 - 15 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Trail maintenance in the glacier wilderness of Snaefellsjokull
Snaefellsjokull          July 12 - July 25, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work in the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Our host is the Environmental agency of Iceland, which has been hosting international volunteers in diverse projects in the national parks and protected areas of the country.
The work in this project will mainly consist of cleaning and beautifying the area around the glacier Snæfellsjökull, as well as around the coast.
Volunteers will also help to maintain hiking paths and other light maintenance in the area.
Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging the environment and this also helps to improve safety for visitors.

Special requirements: Volunteers need to be prepared for physical work, free time activities are mostly outdoors, like hikes in the area.

Language: English

Leisure time: In the area, it is possible to take countless fascinating walks and hikes which volunteers will be able to explore in their free time.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local house during this project. Volunteers will have to bring their own sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located in Snæfellsjökull National Park on the Snæfellsness peninsula. The National Park is about 2,5 hours’ drive from Reykjavík.
The park was established in 2001 and it is one of the most visited parks in Iceland. Snaefellsjokull is the most famous volcano in Iceland, as it became world famous after Jules Verne described it in his book of "A Journey to the Center of the Earth" as the starting point of the journey.
The Snæfellsjökull glacier lies on top of a volcano and it’s the center of the park. Its peak reaches 1446 metres and in a clear day it can be seen all the way from Reykjavik.
The mountain was first climbed in 1754 and like many other volcanoes in Iceland, it is still active. The latest eruption occurred 1900 years ago. The glacier covers the summit crater to the depth of 200 metres.
Due to global warming the glacier has shrunken and it continues to shrink. Some researchers predict that the glacier could vanish in less than 50 years.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Help save the whales
Reykjavik          July 13 - July 25, 2015
Reykjavik          July 27 - August 8, 2015

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! We are looking for enthusiastic and open-minded people for this project!

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.

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% were in favour of commercial whaling.

Iceland was 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 basic house in Reykjavík. Volunteers will sleep 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

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

 

History and Culture of the West Fjords
Reykhólahreppur          July 14 - July 27, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have, for the fourth year in a row, the opportunity to assist with a local fair in the West Fjords of Iceland. Our host is the municipality of Reykhólahreppur, in which the village of Reykhólar is the largest settlement with about 120 people.
The volunteers will help with various tasks in preparation for the fair and during the fair itself. The festival aims to promote the local history and culture, so this project is very good for volunteers interested in these aspects in a remote area of the country. Tasks will include beautifying the area in and around the town, helping with the village festivities by preparing for evening shows and entertainment during the festival, beautifying the area before the fair as well as cleaning up after the festival.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organized for the volunteers by the host. The volunteers will get the chance to participate in the town fair, access the swimming pool and other leisure activities during their stay.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a local school, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Volunteers will stay in the south part of the West fjords of Iceland, in the municipality of Reykhólahreppur, which is located about 280 kilometres from Reykjavík. The municipality is located south in the West fjords. In 2012 the population of Reykhólahreppur was around 271 inhabitants, this is not a typo, making it the 60th most populous municipality in Iceland.
The area boasts of beautiful landscape which catches the eye of everyone who travels through. It is a great place to stop and enjoy nature, go for hikes and for bird watching. The village gives a unique and beautiful view of the Breiðafjörður Bay. Geothermal heat can be found in the area, one of the few areas in the West fjords which have geothermal heat, and in the olden days it was used to grow corn. The only Algae factory in Iceland is located in Reykhólahreppur and it is environmentally friendly, algae growth at the inshore of Breiðafjörður is harvested and then the geothermal heat is used to dry the algae.
Economically, the town is quite different from many other of the Westfjord communities. It is not a fishing village, due in large to the shallow waters of the eastern end of Breiðafjörður. Historically, however, it has made its way over the years through the harvest of natural resources. In the past this has included the harvesting of seals and birds, the history of which is documented in the Gifts of Nature Museum located adjacent to the tourist information center.
This is quite a historic place which is mentioned in many Viking Sagas especially the one of Grettir the strong or Grettissaga. The local swimming pool is named after him and is called Grettislaug.
The distance is around 200km from Reykjavík, 240km from Ísafjörður and 350km from Akureyri.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Blacksmith Festival in the East fjords
Seyðisfjörður          July 17 - July 29, 2015

Volunteer project: Our host is a non-profit organization that runs a technical artifact museum in the East of Iceland. The museum's main focus is on the influx of modern technology in Iceland between 1880 and 1950.
This project is in collaboration with the museum’s annual Blacksmith Festival. The festival is a gathering for professionals as well as for the general public to have a good time, enjoying activities such as music, dancing and dining, as well as lively exhibitions and education. The festival offers a number of courses including elementary blacksmithing, knife-making, whittling, metal casting and advanced blacksmith work.

The main work of the volunteers will be to construct the festival site including the kitchen, tent, and guest facilities. Volunteers will also help clean and maintain the area during the festival, assist with surveillance of the museum’s houses, and guide guests around the site.
Volunteers will also help to prepare food, as well as sell food and alcohol. For that reason, the minimum age limit of volunteers is 20 years of age. Lastly, volunteers will help take down the festival site and clean the area.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers will get free access to Lunga festival, which is another festival in the area during the first weekend of the project. This is an art- and music festival for young people.
The volunteers will also receive guidance around the museum and be informed about the history of the place. Volunteers will get free access to the local pool during their stay.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local house, and will sleep on mattresses or in beds. It’s a possibility that the volunteers will sleep in tents for the first three nights. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The festival is located in the town of Seyðisfjörður, which is surrounded by mountains, streams and waterfalls. The town has developed a reputation in the past few years for excellent artistic and cultural activities. Seyðisfjörður is famous for Norwegian-style wooden houses and an international ferry.
Seyðisfjörður is a part of the East Fjords, which cover a 120 km stretch of eastern Iceland’s twisted coastline. Many of the fjords have small villages, mostly dedicated to fishing. The fjord scenery can be vivid, particularly in summer, with the villages sitting between the flat blue sea and steep, steel-grey mountains, their peaks dusted in snow and lower slopes covered in greenery and flowers.

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

Age range: 20 and over

Extra fee: 250 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 24 - August 4, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 4 - August 15, 2015
Eskifjörður          August 22 - September 2, 2015
Eskifjörður          September 2 - September 13, 2015

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 outcome will be published in the magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it. Don't forget to bring your cameras and tripods. A laptop could be useful as well.

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 culture and country of origin 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 traditional 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.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in a nice indoor community facility offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There is 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 is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the North to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the East and South of Iceland. The trips include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs. If you join the trips both ways, you will go all around the island.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Planting trees and essential oil plants in Borgarfjordur
Borgarfjörður          July 26 - August 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The project is located on a farm in Borgarfjörður in the West of Iceland. Our hosts are a family of three who are active in forestation and are this year starting a small production of essential oil products. The farm has organic certification for cultivated and wild plants and this is the first year that the farmers are planting for essential oils. The farmers are also beekeepers and keep two bee hives. The farm also keeps about two dozen hens, dogs and a cat.

The volunteers will help plant thousands of plants as part of ongoing reforestation efforts. About a third of the farmland is dedicated to reforestation. Volunteers will help with planting organic herbs for essential oil production, including making shelterbelts to protect the herbs. Volunteers will also spend one day doing small maintenance projects in a nearby forest. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors doing physical labour.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organized for the volunteers such as day trips and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local community centre, sleeping on beds or mattresses in one shared space. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a shower and a kitchen.

Location: Borgarfjörður region is regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. The farm is only a few minutes from Reykholt, which is a historic site where the great writer Snorri Sturluson lived and died in 1241. The academic institution Snorra­stofa is situated there, dedicated to the memory of Snorri.
Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, is also close by. It provides 200 l/sec of 100°C hot water, which is used for central heating in the nearby towns.
The farm is not far from the disappearing glacier Ok, as well as Langjökull (Icelandic for "long glacier"), the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2).
On the farmland there is a beautiful small canyon which has a few nice waterfalls. Húsafell is close to the community centre where the volunteers stay. Húsafell is a pearl of nature by the glaciers Eiríksjökull and Langjökull. There is a golf course and swimming pool as well as other services for tourists. Near Húsafell there are two beautiful waterfalls called Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, as well as the huge lava caves, Surtshellir and Víðgelmir.
The Agricultural Museum of Iceland is located at Hvanneyri, some 40 km from the farm. It presents and explores the heritage and history of Icelandic agriculture with emphasis on the 19th and the 20th centuries.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Gardening and landscaping in the West Fjords
Þingeyri          July 29 - August 10, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working in the West Fjords, in a small town called Þingeyri. This is the second year that we are collaborating with this project. Our hosts are the town of Þingeyri and the French cemetery, which is located in a nearby valley called Haukadalur. Volunteers will help maintain the cemetery where many French sailors were buried, as well as do some work for the town.

Volunteers’ main tasks will be gardening, planting flowers and other plants, making a walking path, and painting.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise some free time activities for the volunteers, for instance a day trip and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a local school house and will sleep on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The school is equipped with a kitchen. Volunteers will have access to showers in the local swimming pool which is within walking distance.

Location: The project takes place in the West Fjords of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains. The group will stay in Þingeyri and work there and also in Haukadalur.

Þingeyri is a small town of 280 people located on the coast of Dýrafjörður. It is the oldest trading post of the Westfjords. Fishing and fish processing are the main bases of livelihood. Tourism grows more important by the year, and one of Iceland’s oldest houses, a warehouse dating back to the 18th century, is at Þingeyri.

Spectacular nature surrounds Þingeyri, including the Western Fjord’s highest mountain, Kaldbakur, and many other beautiful mountains and valleys. It is popular to drive to the top of Sandafell and enjoy the excellent view on a fine day.

The French Cemetery is located in the valley of Haukadalur, which was one of the main resting places for the crews of French boats fishing off the west coast of Iceland. The cemetery is about 96 square meters and is surrounded by a white concrete fence with a locked gate.

The valley of Haukadalur is also known for being the main setting for the famous Gisla Saga and it is believed that his farmhouse was situated on Gislaholl, where ancient ruins from the time of the sagas may be found.

Terminal: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). The closest local airport is located in Ísafjörður (IFJ).

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 running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands          July 30 - August 9, 2015

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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

Terminal: International Airport in Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF).

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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Photo marathon and Pride Parade in Iceland
Reykjavik          August 3 - August 13, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the eighth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organizing 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 on a flexible time schedule.

Reykjavik Gay Pride 2015 will take place from August 4th to 9th. 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.

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. Volunteers will likely work for 2 days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries, helping with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and working on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle or South shore) can be arranged 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: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Festival of Sacred Arts in Reykjavik
Reykjavik          August 10 - August 24, 2015

Volunteer project: Participants in this project will volunteer for the Festival of Sacred Arts of Hallgrímskirkja, which is a church music festival in Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík, the tallest church in Iceland and the tallest building in the capital city.
The biannual Festival of Sacred Arts will be held in Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík between August 14th and 23rd. The festival has been held since the church was consecrated in 1986 and this year it will be celebrated for the 14th time.

Volunteers in this project will get the chance to listen to the concerts during the festival, which will showcase artists such as The Hague International Baroque Orchestra, Olivier Latry organist of the Notre Dame, the KING’S Men from King’s College Choir in Cambridge, The Hallgrímskirkja Motet Choir, and more.

The tasks of the project will be to help in the preparation for the music festival and during the festival itself. Tasks will include distributing promotional materials, helping to set up and take down the stage, lining up chairs for the musicians, preparing coffee and refreshments for the artists during rehearsals, working in a fundraising café, helping with the ticket sales before concerts, greeting concert guests and helping them to their seats, helping to clean the church after concerts, and other related tasks that will come up.
The group of volunteers will sometimes be divided into teams to work on different tasks, such as in the fundraising café.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area depending on time and the weather conditions. Excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, Snaefellsnes or South Shore) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in another local church with access to a bathroom, shower and kitchen. Volunteers will sleep in shared rooms in sleeping bags. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The venue for the festival is Hallgrímskirkja, which is one of the iconic buildings of Reykjavík. The church is 73 metres high, making it the largest church in the country and the sixth tallest building in Iceland.
The church is named after the Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson. He was the author of the Passion Hymns which were published in 1659 and have been translated to many languages and reprinted in Icelandic more than 75 times, a unique achievement in Icelandic literature.

Reykjavík is located in south-western Iceland and has a population of around 120,000 people. It is the world’s most northerly capital and is thought to be very cosmopolitan for its size. By international standards the city is merely a town, yet it's loaded with museums, captivating art, rich culinary choices, and funky cafes and bars.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Growing flowers and trees for the gardens of Reykjavik
Reykjavik          August 17 - August 29, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will work in a Gardening station run by the municipality of Reykjavík. The station takes care of growing flowers, edible plants and trees for the green areas of the city and the educational school gardens of Reykjavík. The station aims at maintaining Icelandic species and cultivars and increasing those who have adapted well to Icelandic climate. The station also tries to experiment with new species to increase variety and quality of plants that are grown in the gardens and recreational areas of the city.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: The population of Iceland’s capital 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 area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline and the well-known geothermal Blue Lagoon spa to visit.
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.

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

Age range: 30 and over

Extra fee: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Food from the nature
Fljótsdalshérað          August 18 - September 1, 2015

Volunteer project: In the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, the international volunteers will be working on nature oriented tasks in this project. Our tasks will mainly be focused on picking blueberries, stone bramble, tree cones and herbs. Our host has a small 100% organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, outdoors and have an opinion about nutrition.

The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the forest and of course on the weather conditions.

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 arranged in cooperation with the local host, such as hiking and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a local house, sharing rooms. It is fully equipped with access to kitchen and bathroom. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: 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 by 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 nice experiences. Small streams run 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 become the largest town of east Iceland 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: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Organic farming in Eastern Iceland
Fljótsdalshérað          August 23 - September 6, 2015
Fljótsdalshérað          September 5 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working at one of the few organic farms in Iceland, located in the East of the country. Our main tasks will be to harvest (by hand) vegetables, mainly potatoes, beats, beetroots and lettuce. Alongside the harvesting tasks, volunteers will clean the vegetables and make them ready for consumers in the Icelandic market, as the farm sells its products in different stores and organic shops around the country. Volunteers will also pick berries from the surrounding area.
Around the farm, there is a young forest that can be maintained and cleaned if the harvesting jobs are done.

Volunteers need motivation to work mainly outdoors doing physical labour and under ever changing weather conditions. The group will work all working days and on Saturday mornings as the project takes place at the peak of the harvesting season. Volunteers will be provided with good waterproof overalls and gloves for the work.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organized for the volunteers such as day trips and excursions in the area.

Accommodation: We will be hosted in a local house; sleeping on beds or mattresses, sharing rooms (2-4 persons in each room). Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a shower, washing machine and a kitchen.
Please, keep in mind that during this project, only vegetarian food will be provided, which also means that we will be mainly eating local, organic food from the farm.

Location: The farm is one of the few organic farms in Iceland and is run with the large support of volunteers. About 20% of the farm area is used for cultivation of different crops and the rest of the land is grassland, with a forest of about one million trees planted there since starting the farm in the 1970s. The two major crops grown are barley and potatoes. Others include parsley, kale, beetroot, lettuce, kohlrabi, carrots and cabbage.

The farm is located in the municipality of Fljótsdalshérað, Iceland's easternmost populated municipality; 16 km from the largest town in Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaðir (population 2268).

The area is beautiful and has a lot of interesting sites. The biggest forest in Iceland, Hallormstaðarskógur, is located within the district. The farm is located very close to Lagarfljót, the home of the mythical creature “the Lagarfljót Serpent" (Lagarfljótsormurinn) which was believed to have been spotted last in early 2012 by a local farmer. Other interesting animals in the area are the wild reindeers, counting about 10,000 in the area.
The East Fjords of Iceland have a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains. This is one of the oldest regions of Iceland shaped by glaciers in the Ice Age.

Terminal: Closest International Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). The closest bus stop and local airport is located in Egilsstaðir (EGS). The harbour for ferries coming from Faroe Islands and Denmark is in Seyðisfjörður, 27 km from Egilsstaðir.

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          August 23 - September 5, 2015
Reykjavik          September 6 - September 19, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the fifth 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Trail maintenance and signposting on the Reykjanes peninsula
Grindavík          August 24 - August 31, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working with the municipality of Grindavík, a beautiful Icelandic fishing town on the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula.

The main task of the project is to clean and maintain a walking path in Húshólmi and also to put up information signs in Húshólmi and Selatangar.
Volunteers will also help to clean the coastline if time allows.

Language: English

Leisure time: The host will organise some free-time activities depending on the weather. Volunteers will have access to computers in the local library.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in two local houses. One house is equipped with mattresses, fridge, microwave, sofas and tables. The other house is 100 metres away and has a kitchen, dining room and sofas. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses, please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The project is located on the southern part of the Reykjanes peninsula, with most of the work taking place in the national park Reykjanesfólkvangur. The closest town is Grindavík, a fishing town with a population of about 2900 people.
Life in Grindavík has to a large extent evolved around fishing since the time of its settlement in the year 934. Most people in Grindavík still base their livelihood on fishing or fish related industry but the town has grown significantly as a tourist destination.

The Reykjanes peninsula is located near the capital and most travellers coming to Iceland land in the area. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow little vegetation. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs in the southern half of the peninsula, around the Kleifarvatn Lake and in the Krýsuvík geothermal area.
There are many lava caves on Reykjanes, but most are not readily accessible, not well-advertised. This is in part to protect the often fragile formations inside the caves.
Reykjanes has eleven spectacularly sited lighthouses along its wild coast, including Iceland's oldest Reykjanesviti dating from 1878 and Iceland's highest at Garðsskagi.

The Peninsula is famous for its hiking trails that zigzag through the region with colourful landscapes. Amazing ocean cliffs, (up to 70 m high) are nested by numerous bird species, often a wonderful spot for bird and whale watching. Another great asset of the peninsula is the geothermal power station at Svartsengi, where a pool has been installed using the hot and mineralized water coming down from the station. It is known as the "Blue Lagoon".

The Húshólmi area is a so called "clearing" over which the lava Ögmundarhraun didn´t flow during an eruption in the year 1151. According to archaeologists, in the western part of the clearing are ruins of the ancient Krýsuvík farm, dated back since before the year 900. Among the ruins are presumably parts of a home, a church and a cemetery.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 120 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

Building an obstacle course and a challenge playground for children and families in the West of Iceland
Dalabyggð          August 24 - September 4, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will join the construction and maintenance of a natural obstacle course and a challenge playground in the West of Iceland. The aim of the project is to develop a stimulating and playful area for children and families and assist with building up a youth camp by assembling bunk-beds and doing some light carpentry work.
Mainly natural local Icelandic materials will be used for the construction: wood, rope, turf, rocks and stones are the primary building materials. The main tasks will be covering an existing obstacle course with protective oil and making a bonfire place. Other tasks may include making paths, planting trees and creating a garden grove.

The site is a youth activity and sports centre. The obstacle and training course will be used by the people staying at the centre and by visitors. With this project, we want to establish a platform for recreational/sports use of the local surroundings, as well as to increase the outdoor use and improve the healthy lifestyle of the inhabitants.

Special requirements: Volunteers applying for this project should have a motivation for working outdoors.

Language: English

Leisure time: Leisure activities will be organised for the group of volunteers including hiking, excursions and possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the youth centre, a fully equipped house; sleeping in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: The project will take place in the countryside in the West of Iceland, in the district of Dalabyggð ('Valley district'), which is one of the smaller districts in Iceland and one of the most sparsely populated, with only one town, Búðardalur with about 250 inhabitants. Agriculture, especially cattle rearing has long been the occupation of the people here.
Búðardalur is the largest town in the area. The county has a rich history dating back to the first settlers of Iceland. It is also notable that Leif Ericsson, who discovered Vinland or America long before the time of Christopher Columbus, grew up in Dalasýsla.

The valleys of Dalabyggð have much to offer anyone enjoying the great outdoors, with varied landscapes, many walking paths and places of historical interest. Fishing, horse riding and historical walks through Laugar are among the attractions travellers are invited to enjoy in Dalasýsla.
Few parts of Iceland are as rich in history as Dalabyggd, where records go back virtually unbroken to the Settlement in the 9th and 10th centuries. On July 24th, 2000, a replica of a Viking ship, Islendingur (Icelander), set sail from Budardalur harbour en route for Greenland and America, retracing the first Viking voyages to North America.

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.

                                                                                                         

 

Support an organic farm in North Iceland's countryside
Skagafjörður          August 25 - September 8, 2015
Skagafjörður          September 8 - September 22, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on environmental and nature oriented tasks in this project in the North of the country.
The tasks will mainly be focused on harvesting potatoes from the ground, picking berries and mushrooms. The host has a small 100% organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, outdoors and have opinions about nutrition.
The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area and of course on the weather conditions.
Last but not least volunteers will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities arranged in cooperation with the local host.

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 possibly horseback riding.

Accommodation: Volunteers will sleep in an apartment, sharing rooms. The apartment is fully equipped with access to a kitchen and a bathroom. 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 on 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          September 9 - September 23, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth 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.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, removing plastic wraps and other things from the carrot beds.
Volunteers might also be asked to do some environmental/construction work in this project such as beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. 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.

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 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik          September 10 - September 20, 2015
Reykjavik          October 7 - October 17, 2015

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 Reykjavik 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 outcome will be published in the magazine. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

Special requirements: The project is open for all but volunteers with good skills in graphic design, photographing or journalism are very welcome.

Language: English

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

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

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

Terminal: International Airport 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Volunteer on an animal farm in South Iceland
Selfoss          September 13 - September 27, 2015

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 and building animal houses and shelters from recyclable material in the farm. Volunteers will be building an animal living area and pens from repurposed pallets. This is done to ease the access to the animals and make them feel better. The goal is to make a little zoo so that people can experience contact with animals in an old farm.
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.

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.

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 and bicycling.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in a fully equipped house. Bringing a sleeping bag is not necessary for the project (but might be essential before and after it).

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 are 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). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden circle excursion on the first day.

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

                                                                                                         

 

Building hiking trails in Iceland's largest forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur          September 13 - September 26, 2015

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, doing nature oriented tasks. The host of this project is the Icelandic forest service. The main tasks will be to make new hiking paths, build stairs, and make and put up signs. Volunteers will also put up benches and tables in the forest. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near hiking paths.
Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors.
The working plan will be flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host, the advance of the diverse projects in the area surrounding the forest and of course on the weather conditions.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur is the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also nice experiences. Small streams run 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 become the largest town of east Iceland 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: 200 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental work and traditional harvesting on the island of Videy
Island of Viðey          September 14 - September 24, 2015

Volunteer project: The city of Reykjavík will once again be our host in this project and the international volunteers will have the opportunity to work in the historical island of Viðey for the 9th year in a row!

The project offers diverse tasks and various experiences for the volunteers. The group will work on environmental and nature related assignments, such as harvesting of vegetables and crops grown on the island.
The volunteers will also help cleaning up the area, especially along the coastline. Tools and furniture will also need to be stored inside, preparing the common and green recreational areas for the autumn/winter season. There will also be a bit of construction work since some fences need maintenance and volunteers will do some paint jobs as well.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some spare time activities will be organised free of charge for the volunteers such as a whale watching boat trip. 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) can be organised at discount fares for the group.

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

Location: Viðey or “Wood Island” is the largest (1,7 km²) island in the Kollafjord Bay, just outside Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. The island is covered by many species of plants and at least 30 species of breeding birds have been counted here.
Viðey was inhabited from soon after the settlement of Iceland already in the 10th century and at the beginning of the 20th century around 100 people lived there. 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 hosts intriguing sculptural art work, amongst them all nine pairs of basalt pillars that comprise Richard’s Serra’s work Áfangar and Yoko Ono’s “Imagine peace” column, a tower of light, which is supported by the widow of John Lennon.
Other places of interest on Viðey are related to archaeological research. At the eastern end of the island is the site of an abandoned fishing village and Viðeyjarnaust, at the southwest of the island, is a memorial to the twenty men who lost their lives when the cutter Ingvar sank off Viðey in 1906. Dramatic formations of columnar basalt may be seen on the shore.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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          September 21 - October 1, 2015
Reykjavik          October 5 - October 15, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the eighth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Last years’ were very successful and we want to continue organizing 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 on a flexible time schedule.

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. Volunteers will likely work for 2 days with the city of Reykjavík in the cemeteries, helping with raking leaves, beautifying the gardens and working on the recycling system among other tasks.

Language: English

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

The Icelandic National Day is celebrated annually on June 17th. The celebrations include a parade through the streets, along with various parties, street theatre, live music and other events.

Imagine Peace Tower (an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, situated on Viðey Island) will be lit up on October 9th.

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: 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik          September 22 - September 30, 2015
Reykjavik          October 6 - October 14, 2015

Volunteer project: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live environmentally friendly? Or what “environmentally friendly” actually means? Well, wonder no more. You will not only get a dose of knowledge about the world around us and the state of the environment at the moment, but also a chance to try out those “green solutions” that we all keep hearing about.

We will start with the state of the environment in general. Then we will make an overview of the environment in Iceland - issues that regular visitors may not get to know or learn about by travelling around Iceland (like the ecological footprint and energy use). We will then have workshops about human needs - difference between ‘wanting’ and ‘needing’ something for a ‘happy complete’ life. During these days, debates about consumerism, recycling, society and empowering will come up. Some days we will have workshops on global issues, and we will have documentary nights where we discuss the issues close to our heart among friends…
Our participants usually also learn how to make things independently in a simple and easy way, for instance seed-bombs to grow trees, cheese, humus and bread.
Some of our study visits may include one of the garbage collection/recycling centres of SORPA in Reykjavik or the geothermal power plant!

Please note that this project is more a learning/sharing camp and not a typical workcamp. We may be able to organize some voluntary service activities.

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation for learning and sharing on environmental and global issues.

Language: English

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

Imagine Peace Tower (an outdoor work of art conceived by Yoko Ono in memory of John Lennon, situated on Viðey Island) will be lit up on October 9th.

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

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

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 International Film Festival
Reykjavik          September 23 - October 5, 2015

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 two 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.

                                                                                                         

 

 

Explore traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          September 23 - October 7, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth 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.

The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrots cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, harvesting carrots, removing plastic wraps and other things from the carrot beds.
Volunteers might also be asked to do some environmental/construction work in this project such as beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers might be asked to do a bit of renovation work as well, such as some painting preparation work if weather conditions allow. 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.

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 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Environmental work and exploring traditional farming practices in South Iceland
Mýrdalshreppur          October 7 - October 21, 2015

Volunteer project: This is the fourth 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.

The volunteers will be mainly involved in environmental and construction work: beautifying the area and tidying up the surroundings of the farm. Volunteers 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 and preparing the fields for the winter time. 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.

Language: English

Leisure time: Our host will organise free time activities in the area. These 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik          November 1 - November 10, 2015

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. Please note that during the festival, the volunteers will work on shifts.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in two 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.

                                                                                                         

 

Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik         December 20, 2015 - January 1, 2016

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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, 2015 - January 1, 2016

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in one of several shared houses offering basic sleeping and cooking facilities in the heart of historical downtown Reykjavik. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag and towels, 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 favourable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 250 Euro

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

                                                                                                         

 

 

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