Volunteer in Iceland


Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Eskifjörður       8 projects of 2 wks from July to October


Volunteer project: Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours 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 the 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 will stay in a house in Eskifjordur. Beds and sheets 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 South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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 complete a tour 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.

All available dates for this project:
August 13 - August 24, 2016
August 24 - September 3, 2016
September 3 - September 14, 2016
September 14 - September 25, 2016
September 25 - October 5, 2016
October 5 - October 16, 2016
October 16 - October 27, 2016

Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       14 projects of 2 wks from July to December


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

The volunteers will help with all the tasks related to the farm. The work changes according to the season.

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. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 18 - July 28, 2016
July 28 - August 6, 2016
August 26 - September 4, 2016
September 4 - September 14, 2016
September 14 - September 24, 2016
September 24 - October 3, 2016
October 3 - October 13, 2016
October 13 - October 23, 2016
October 23 - November 1, 2016
November 1 - November 11, 2016
November 11 - November 21, 2016
November 21 - December 1, 2016
December 1 - December 10, 2016
December 10 - December 20, 2016

Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       9 projects of 2 wks from September 2016 to January 2017


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 volunteers will also maintain the green areas around the clinic, collect herbs for making tea and participate in other environmental tasks as needed. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. The working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with one hour lunch break, 5 days a week.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pools. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including a river heated by hot springs.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions 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: 220 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 5 - September 19, 2016
September 19 - October 3, 2016
October 3 - October 17, 2016
October 17 - October 31, 2016
October 31 - November 14, 2016
November 14 - November 28, 2016
November 28 - December 12, 2016
December 12 - December 26, 2016
December 26, 2016 - January 9, 2017

Rockall festival without boundaries
Reykjavik       September 12 - September 22, 2016


Volunteer project: We will help with a project called “Rockall festival without boundaries” which is a festival that moves from place to place collecting ideas, products and innovations, while bringing fun and discussion to every city. The group which is organizing this festival wants to claim and inhabit an isolated small rock in the wild part of the North Atlantic Ocean. This is of course a difficult and complicated endeavor and we need to think about off-the-grid living, sustainable energy, food production, sanitation, clothing and other things to survive. This also means that it should be livable meaning a place that’s worth living in. In order to achieve this, the group will run a showcase in the harbour area of Reykjavik where there will be discussions about social systems, a constitution and sustainability. There will be lectures and courses, films, games, music and children programs related to the topic of the festival.

The volunteers will take care of different tasks related to the program and also help with building and maintaining a small greenhouse, a playground and a Portal container.

The festival will start in Rotterdam in spring 2016 and from there it will go to Reykjavik for summer 2016 and afterwards to Aarhus in Denmark.

Language: English

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

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

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

Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

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

Renovating a volunteer center at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn       4 projects of 2 wks from July to September


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 leisure time options 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.

All available dates for this project:
July 17 - July 29, 2016
August 9 - August 20, 2016
August 20 - August 31, 2016
August 31 - September 11, 2016

Renovating volunteer houses in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður       2 projects of 2 wks in August and September


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

This project is about renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing the volunteer houses and the surrounding area in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. We will work about 6 hours a day in order to make these houses a much better place to live in. The house in Eskifjordur used to be the school of the village and it is more than 100 years old. The house in Stodvarfjordur was the local bank in the village. Both houses are located in very nice areas with a great view over the fjords and big mountains. The houses are now used for hosting volunteers. The volunteers will be supervised by a professional carpenter.

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: The volunteers should be interested in renovation work.

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. The volunteers also have free access to the geothermal swimming pools in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in the houses offering all necessary facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. There will be Wi-Fi internet connection available.

Location: Eskifjordur and Stodvarfjordur, 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 through the South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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 complete a tour 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.

All available dates for this project:
August 23 - September 2, 2016
September 2 - September 13, 2016

Teen volunteer experience
Stodvarfjordur       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August


Volunteer project: The aim of the teen project 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 geothermally heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds 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.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Stöðvarfjörður through the South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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.

Age range: 13 - 15 years old

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 11 - July 22, 2016
August 12 - August 23, 2016

Tree planting and environmental cleanup on the north-east coast of Iceland
þorshöfn       July 17 - July 29, 2016


Volunteer project: To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Þórshöfn on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. The town of Þórshöfn with its 388 inhabitants lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula, close to the Arctic Circle. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland‘s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland‘s rich and varied birdlife. Þórshöfn is within driving distance of some of Iceland‘s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe‘s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbour and the inhabitants’ livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce.

Most of the work will consist of cleaning and beautifying the town and the surrounding area. We will also have some other environmental tasks such as coastline cleanup, planting trees, building hiking paths. The work available will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we need to be flexible.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

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

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to the East and back. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

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

Renovating trails and removing invasive plants in Holmanes nature reserve
Fjarðabyggð       July 17 - August 1, 2016

Volunteer project: In this project volunteers will be doing environmental tasks in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð, supporting the environmental department of the district.

The municipality was formed in 1998 with the union of the former municipalities of Eskifjörður, Neskaupstaður and Reyðarfjörður. Austurbyggð, Fáskrúðsfjarðarhreppur and Mjóafjarðarhreppur, merged into Fjarðabyggð in 2006.

The project will take place in the Hólmanes nature reserve, part of Hólmháls peninsula, designated as a protected area in 1973, it is a country park to the north and a nature reserve to the south. The flourishing bird life and unusual rock formations make the area popular for outdoor recreation.

The main duties will be connected to reconstruction tasks in the surroundings of Hólmanes. The volunteers will for example mark hiking trails on the north area of Hólmaháls, from existing viewing points and resting places to a path leading into the reserve to old ancient ruins.

Additional tasks may be connected to removing and stopping the spread of lupine from and around the protected areas. The lupine plant (originally from Alaska) is/was used to control soil erosion and re-vegetate eroded areas. In some parts of Iceland, lupine has spread to a greater extent than desired, endangering native plant species; so it must be removed from certain areas.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organised for the volunteers, such as short excursions and hikes in the area.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in a house in the municipality of Fjarðarbyggð. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will have access to showers in the local swimming pool.

Location: The project takes place in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð, East of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains, fjords and the sea. The East Fjords are, geologically speaking, one of the oldest parts of Iceland, around 13,5 million years old.

Fjarðabyggð is comprised of six fjords, Mjóifjörður, Eskifjörður, Reyðarfjörður, Norðfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvafjörður. The name of the municipality, which is the most easterly one in Iceland, has a strong fjord connection, meaning the people/or the settlement of the fjords. Of the municipality's six villages the most populous one, is Neskaupstaður, with about 1,400 residents.

Magnificent mountains and picturesque fjords are just part of what Fjarðabyggð has to offer. The attractions are a combination of landscape, history and easy going attitude towards life. Fjarðabyggð has two officially protected areas; one was the first to be protected in Iceland. This park extends to the base of Mt. Nípa sea promontory and has been protected since 1972. Hólmanes, the other park, is located on the peninsula between Eskifjörður and Reyðarfjörður.

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

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.

History and Culture of the West Fjords
Reykhólahreppur       July 19 - July 27, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have, for the fifth 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 115 inhabitants.

The volunteers will help with various tasks in preparation for the fair, during the fair itself and after it ends. 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 230 kilometres from Reykjavík.

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 Reykhólahreppurand and has been running since 1975. The factory has organic certification.

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 centre.

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 230 Km from Reykjavík, 240 Km from Ísafjörður and 350 Km from Akureyri.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 160 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       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August


Volunteer project: Our host for this project is a farmer’s family on the south shore of Iceland, who cultivates carrots and keeps cows. This is the fifth year that volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore this traditional Icelandic vegetable and dairy farm.
The main tasks in this project will be connected with the carrot cultivation. Volunteers will be working in the fields, covering the garden beds with plastic wraps. Volunteers might get the chance to help harvest the carrots, clean and wrap them. There will be some cleaning tasks too, for instance cleaning the garden beds and beautifying the area around. Those who are interested in farm animals are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general.

Iceland is highly dependent on imports for its fruit and vegetable consumption. Only about 1% of the total land area is under arable cultivation. The cool climate and restricted growing season only allow for the cultivation of food crops such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, and cauliflower.

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

Language: English

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

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

Location: The farm is located in the South of Iceland, a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and facing the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was 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 sand beaches and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, Vík is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many 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 its very own charm with the black sand and the drastic coast line. 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: 140 to 200 Euro (140 Euro for the project starting July 20; 200 Euro for the project starting Aug.17;)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 20 - August 3, 2016
August 17 - August 31, 2016

Teen volunteer experience
Stodvarfjordur       2 projects of 2 wks in August and September


Volunteer project: The aim of the teen project 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 geothermally heated swimming pools in the area. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.

Accommodation: We will stay in a fully equipped house in the village. Beds 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.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Stöðvarfjörður through the South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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.

Age range: 15 - 17 years old

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
August 23 - September 2, 2016
September 2 - September 13, 2016

Improving green spaces in the largest university campus in Iceland
Reykjanesbær       2 projects of 2 wks in July and August

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be helping the municipality of Reykjanesbær with different tasks related to the environment and the outdoor public areas. The project will mainly take place at Ásbrú. Ásbrú is a premises of the former NATO base located in the Reykjanes peninsula, which was closed on September 8, 2006. The former military base has been turned into a dynamic knowledge and academic community.

Volunteers will help beautify the township, as well as the surrounding areas. We will take actions in different sites all around the municipality and our tasks will be varied including cleaning up the public spaces within the former base, taking care of green areas, clearing up former barbwire, fences, the area around the fences and in general works making the space a more friendly one.

Language: English

Leisure time: Some free time activities will be organised for the group, which might include sight-seeing, hiking and an excursion to the Blue Lagoon.

Accommodation: We will stay in equipped apartments within Ásbrú, in shared rooms, sleeping on mattresses; therefore bringing a sleeping bag is necessary.

Location: The project will take place in Ásbrú, a suburban area of Reykjanesbær municipality. Ásbrú is the largest university campus in Iceland, as one of the largest business incubators in the country. When the U.S. Military left the area after being there for 60 years, a new enterprise, Kadeco, was founded with the goal of putting the defense area and its facilities to civilian use. Today Ásbrú has about 2000 inhabitants.

Reykjanesbær is only a five minute drive from Keflavik International Airport and only a 40 minute drive to the capital city of Reykjavík. Reykjanesbær is the fifth most popular municipality in Iceland with 14.000 inhabitants.

The Reykjanes peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow for little vegetation. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs in the southern half of the peninsula, around Kleifarvatn Lake and the Krýsuvík geothermal area where hot springs which spew water and mud dominate the landscape. The peninsula is famous for its hiking trails that zigzag through the region, where the contrasting colours of the landscape delight visitors.

Amazing ocean cliffs up to 70 metres high are inhabited by numerous bird species, often a wonderful spot for bird and whale watching. There is also a geothermal power station at Svartsengi from which the hot, mineralized water of the famous Blue Lagoon originates. The Blue Lagoon Spa is the only spa in the world which is ranked as one of the 25 wonders of the world.

Reykjanes has eleven spectacularly sited lighthouses along its wild coast, among which Iceland's oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesviti, dating back to 1878, and Iceland's highest one located at Garðsskagi.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 140 Euro for the project starting July 28; 220 Euro for the project starting August 11;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 28 - August 11, 2016
August 11 - August 25, 2016

Coastal cleanup in the West Fjords
Drangsnes       August 2 - August 13, 2016

Volunteer project: The project’s aim is to clear as much litter as possible off the coast of Steingrimsfjardar bay and Drangsnes - one of the biggest pollution issues in the area.

Litter derives from many sources including land based activities such as factory waste, rubbish left on beaches, litter blown into the sea and storm water drains in towns and cities. It is also dropped from ships such as container ships and fishing vessels. Animals often become entangled in fishing nets and ropes that have been abandoned, lost or discarded.

A high percentage of litter in our oceans is plastic, which decomposes slowly and can cause a risk to marine wildlife as they can either mistake it for food or get tangled in it. Furthermore, as the plastic breaks down into smaller pieces it can be easily ingested by animals. Additionally, some of the seafood we consume has been exposed to these plastics, and research is unsure of the impacts to human health. Clean beaches are also important for the tourism industry, which is an important revenue source for many locations around Iceland.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organized for the volunteers by the host.

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

Location: The West Fjords is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Iceland, with its high mountains of extreme beauty and dramatic fjords cutting deep into the landscape.

The project is located in the Kaldrananeshreppur municipality in a small town called Drangsnes. It has 73 inhabitants. The municipality is in the district of Strandasysla. Strandasysla covers the easternmost part of the Westfiords. Its coastline is indented with fiords and the sea is dotted with many islands and islets.

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

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

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

Creating and improving trails in a majestic canyon
Kirkjubæjarklaustur       August 4 - August 18, 2016

Volunteer project: The volunteers will take part in a project on the south side of Iceland in the canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur close to the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Fjaðrárgljúfur is one of the most visited places in Iceland.

The volunteers’ main tasks will be to create and improve walking paths to make the visit to Fjaðárgljúfur more secure for guests. Volunteers will learn a new technique for repairing walking paths as the host is using grinds made out of 100% recycled low-density polyethylene (LDPE). Volunteers will also be helping with the reclamation of old paths with seeds and fertilizers, as well as other maintenance projects in the area.

Language: English

Leisure time: Free time activities will be organized for the volunteers by the host.

Accommodation: Volunteers will stay in a school house equipped with a kitchen; sleeping on mattresses in sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring a sleeping bag. Volunteers will have free access to a swimming pool.

Location: This project is located in the south east of Iceland, close to the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Kirkjubæjarklaustur is part of the municipality of Skaftárhreppur and has about 120 inhabitants. The scenery is truly spectacular, with the glacier Myrdalsjökull to the west and Europe´s largest glacier Vatnajökull, containing Iceland´s highest peak, to the east. The area is welcoming with mountains that stretch proudly towards the sky and to the south there is infinite beauty stretching out from the sky to the sea.

The project will mostly take place in and around the canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur. Fjaðrárgljúfur is one of the most beautiful and lovely canyons of Iceland. Fjaðrárgljúfur is rugged and impressive; the canyon is about 100 m deep and about 2 km long. The river Fjaðrá runs through the canyon. The river has its source in the mountain Geirlandshraun and falls off the heath edge in this stunning canyon until it makes it down into Skaftá river.

It is believed that Fjaðrárgljúfur was formed at the end of the last Ice Age, about nine thousand years ago. When the glacier retreated, a lake formed in the valley behind a hard resistant rock. Because the cascade has been so large, it was powerful in digging out the canyon. Eventually the lake filled with sediments and the river's strength dwindled. When the lake filled up completely, the river began to dig itself into the sediment layers which it had previously left in the valley. Fluvial terraces on both sides in the valley give an indication about the original height and location of the lake while a deep channel in the palagonite serves as a silent reminder to the power of nature.

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

Help save the whales
Reykjavik       2 projects of 2 wks in August


Volunteer project: The volunteers will take part in a whale protection and awareness project run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). The aim of the project is to raise awareness about whale protection in a friendly and peaceful manner.

The tasks of the project mainly consist of distributing information, conducting a survey, having people sign a protection petition that will be taken to the government at the end of the project, talking to people and having fun in Reykjavík!
Volunteers will also be given the opportunity to prepare and carry out acts or actions to grab attention and entertain passers-by. We encourage each volunteer to come prepared with some ideas of awareness raising for this project, to discuss them with the group and try to implement them.

We are looking for enthusiastic and open people for this project. Volunteers have to be ready to approach people on the street and start conversations with them. Volunteers with passion for animal and environmental protection are encouraged to apply as the work can become a bit repetitive.

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 but with increasing tourism, local restaurants are increasingly including whale meat on their menu as an “exotic treat” for tourists.
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. Other 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 house in Reykjavík. The facilities are basic and volunteers are expected to show consideration. 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.
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 National Museum provides an exciting insight into Iceland's history and heritage, as does the Arbaer Folk Museum, which is an open-air museum with a collection of old Icelandic houses and artifacts.
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: 220 Euro for the project starting August 8; 190 Euro for the project starting August 22;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
August 8 - August 20, 2016
August 22 - September 3, 2016

Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       August 23 - September 1, 2016

Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for an intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights) can be arranged at discount fares.

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

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

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

Age range: 16 - 20 years old

Extra fee: 250 Euros
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       3 projects of 2 wks from October to December


Volunteer project: Every year, hundreds of international volunteers visit Iceland and participate in volunteer projects all around the island. The volunteers in this project will create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the 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: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are very much welcome to this project.

Language: English

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

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

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

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
October 9 - October 19, 2016
November 10 - November 20, 2016
December 10 - December 20, 2016

Support an organic farm in North Iceland's countryside
Skagafjörður       September 3 - September 16, 2016

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 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 and of course on the weather conditions.

Language: English

Leisure time: We will explore the surroundings of the location and enjoy free time activities such as hiking and a trip to the local swimming pool.

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

Historically, the people of Skagafjörður were proud and known as flashy dressers. They 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 made 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.

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.

Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       September 4 - September 12, 2016


Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about global climate, waste management, animal protection, sustainability and other environmental topics, this project might be the best for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed through discussions. Becoming one of over one million tourists coming to Iceland every year might leave a mark. Do you want to know how to diminish your environmental impact as a traveller?

Each of our Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. The specifics of the work might depend on weather conditions and schedule of our partners.

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

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal 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.
From meeting locals in swimming pools to passing by Icelandic musicians on the street, the city seems cosy and cosmopolitan, traditional and modern.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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

Age range: 16 - 20 years old

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

Food from the nature
Fljótsdalshérað       September 9 - September 23, 2016

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 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.

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

Maintaining hiking trails in Iceland's largest forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur       September 11 - September 24, 2016

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 maintain hiking paths, build stairs, and make and put up signs. Volunteers will also put up benches and tables in the forest. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near the hiking paths.

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work also helps to improve 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 such as hiking and possibly horseback riding in the forest.

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.

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


Volunteer project: This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for an intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

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

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

Iceland Airwaves (November 2-6, 2016) is an annual music festival hosted in the city of Reykjavik. There are performances from established and new artists in a host of different venues including art museums and record stores, among many others. Passes for the festival are not provided, there are however a lot of free events all around town to take advantage of.

During the December 8-18 project, with the Christmas season well under way, it is the perfect opportunity to see the festive decorations and lights of Reykjavik. There are loads of events to get involved with across the city including ice skating and locating The Christmas Creatures.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights) can be arranged at discount fares.

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 to 250 Euro (220 Euro for the projects starting Oct.14, Nov.11 and Nov.25; 250 Euro for the projects starting Sept.17, Oct.28 and Dec.8;)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 17 - September 25, 2016
October 14 - October 23, 2016
October 28 - November 6, 2016
November 11 - November 20, 2016
November 25 - December 4, 2016
December 8 - December 18, 2016

Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       7 projects of 2 wks from September to December


Volunteer project: This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice as well. If you are concerned, for example, about climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and other environmental topics, then this project is the one for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed. Becoming one of over 1.5 million tourists coming to Iceland every year will leave a mark. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

The Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. Our groups usually join a whale protection and awareness campaign run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). It may also be possible to organise a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. There is a selection of workshops where a deeper understanding of issues can be studied and discussed. Topics can include issues like animal farming, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption and veganism.

Please note this project is a learning/sharing camp in which everybody is expected to contribute their knowledge and experience, and not a standard workcamp. We may be able to organize some voluntary service activities.

This year, RIFF (Reykjavík International Film Festival) takes place between September 29th - October 9th. Drama and non-fiction films by independent film makers are shown from over 40 countries with emphasis on new filmmakers. Please note that festival pass is not provided but volunteers can attend many of the off-venue events and concerts, which are open and for free.

Iceland Airwaves (November 2-6, 2016) is an annual music festival hosted in the city of Reykjavik. There are performances from established and new artists in a host of different venues including art museums and record stores, among many others. Passes for the festival are not provided, there are however a lot of free events all around town to take advantage of.

During the December 8-16 project, with the Christmas season well under way, it is the perfect opportunity to see the festive decorations and lights of Reykjavik. There are loads of events to get involved with across the city including ice skating and locating The Christmas Creatures.

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights, Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares. Typical local leisure activities will also be offered (swimming pool, cinema and the flea market).

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal and hydro power.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is so much more than pubs and clubs, it also gathers the most interesting aspects of Icelandic culture.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 200 to 250 Euro (200 Euro for the projects starting Oct.14, Nov.11, Nov.25 and Dec.8; 220 Euro for the project starting Sept.17; 250 Euro for the projects starting Sept.29 and Oct.28;)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
September 17 - September 25, 2016
September 29 - October 9, 2016
October 14 - October 22, 2016
October 28 - November 5, 2016
November 11 - November 19, 2016
November 25 - December 3, 2016
December 8 - December 16, 2016

Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik       September 25 - October 9, 2016


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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

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

Environmental education program for children
Reykjavik       4 projects of 2 wks from October to December


Volunteer project: This project is about raising awareness about environmental issues such as global warming, recycling, food waste, etc. The volunteers will prepare and give short environmental education sessions in primary schools in Reykjavik. The main goal is to create awareness among children and teenagers and promote protecting the environment in daily life.
The work will be divided between preparation of materials such as posters, brochures, info mobile center with photos and explanations, power points, and videos. During the second part of the project, the volunteers will visit schools to lead the sessions.

Language: English

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

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

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

Terminal: International Airport Reykjavík - Keflavík (KEF)

Age range: 18 and over

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

All available dates for this project:
October 19 - October 29, 2016
October 29 - November 8, 2016
November 20 - November 30, 2016
November 30 - December 10, 2016

Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Eskifjörður       5 projects of 2 wks from October to December


Volunteer project: In this project, volunteers will develop different tasks related to the renovation and maintenance of volunteer houses in the East of Iceland. The work will depend on each volunteer's skills and knowledge and will focus on tasks such as painting, cleaning, fixing small things and basic carpentry and construction. This project is very important for the future volunteer programs in the East.

In addition to this work, winter time means Aurora Hunting in Iceland. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this project is perfect for you. We will be checking out regularly during the nights if Aurora borealis is happening and we will prepare ourselves for taking photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to have your cameras with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights) so don’t forget your tripod and camera. A laptop could be very useful as well. We will be able to offer you a small workshop on night scenery photography.

We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, a different country will cook for the rest of the group and will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in a non-formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the intercultural 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 exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. If the weather conditions are good, we could also do some environmental work.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers stay in the houses. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. 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. This is one of the best places in Iceland to see the Northern lights.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

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

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. A minibus trip will be offered from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður through the South to the East of the island. After the project, a trip will be offered from the project site to Reykjavik through the North and West 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 complete a tour around the island.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 220 Euros
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 27 - November 6, 2016
November 6 - November 17, 2016
November 17 - November 29, 2016
November 29 - December 9, 2016
December 9 - December 20, 2016

Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik       November 1 - November 10, 2016


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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Terminal: International airport Keflavik (KEF), Reykjavík

Age range: 18 and over

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

Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik       December 20, 2016 - January 1, 2017


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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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 East fjords
Eskifjörður       December 20, 2016 - January 2, 2017


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

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

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

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

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. Group travel will be organised from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður. On the way to the project, we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the project, we will go through the North and West of Iceland. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 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, 2016 - January 1, 2017


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, but mattresses and bed linens are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. The accommodation is located within short walking distance of many urban amenities, including: banks, pharmacies, supermarkets, public swimming pools, restaurants, cafes, libraries, theaters, shops, museums, and bus stations.

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

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

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

Terminal: Reykjavík - Keflavík

Age range: 18 and over

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

New Year's Photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       December 27, 2016 - January 5, 2017


Volunteer project: Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world! Watch the large firework display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night!

This is the ninth year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Every two weeks throughout the year, volunteers from all over the world come to Iceland for an intensive Photo marathon project. The coordinators work with the participants to develop their unique photographic voice through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
As the workshops end, we gather as a group to select some of our best pictures from the trip and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning more about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by working for the City of Reykjavik. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the local population through pictures and photos made during the project.

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights) can be arranged at discount fares.

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

New Year's Environmental awareness workshop
Reykjavik       December 27, 2016 - January 4, 2017


Volunteer project: Celebrate the New Year in a vibrant city with new friends from around the world! Watch the large firework display illuminate the sky, celebrate around a bonfire and party into the night!

This project will allow you to learn about both global and local environmental issues through theory and practice. If you are concerned, for example, about climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and other environmental topics, then this project is the one for you. Local Icelandic environmental issues as well as issues from the participants’ countries will be addressed. Becoming one of over 1.5 million tourists coming to Iceland every year will leave a mark. This project will help you to be an environmentally aware traveller and consumer.

The Environmental Awareness Workshops will get a chance to improve the local environment through hands-on activities. Our groups usually join a whale protection and awareness campaign run in cooperation with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare). It may also be possible to organise a visit to a local recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained. There is a selection of workshops where a deeper understanding of issues can be studied and discussed. Topics can include issues like animal farming, food waste, and sustainable practices such as collaborative consumption and veganism.

Please note this project is a learning/sharing camp in which everybody is expected to contribute their knowledge and experience, and not a standard workcamp. We may be able to organize some voluntary service activities.

Special requirements: Participants should have a motivation to learn and share on environmental and global issues, and should be open to new cultures. All volunteers are encouraged to bring environmental and sustainability suggestions to the group and collaborate with the leader in planning activities.

Language: English

Leisure time: Excursions (Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Shore, Northern Lights, Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged for the volunteers at discount fares. Typical local leisure activities will also be offered (swimming pool, cinema and the flea market).

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal and hydro power.
The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic, between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. Reykjavik is often called “the nightlife capital of the north”, but there is so much more than pubs and clubs, it also gathers the most interesting aspects of Icelandic culture.

In the area within 100 km of Reykjavík, there are several spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, geothermal park, lakes, mountains and much more.
The Reykjanes peninsula features the Blue Lagoon spa, the treasure of Icelandic hot pots. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients –Silica, Algae & Minerals. It is one of the most visited places on the island.

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.