Volunteer in Iceland


Teen photo marathon in Iceland
Reykjavik       4 projects of 2 wks from July to September

Volunteer project: This is the 12th year that series of International Photo marathons are organized! Throughout the year, participants from all over the world come to Iceland for an immersive photography related learning camp. The coordinators help the participants to develop their unique photographic skills through workshops and feedback sessions on technical settings, compositional considerations as well as developing conceptual frameworks which progress the participants' individual style.
At the end of the workshop, we select some of our best pictures from the stay and prepare those images for an informal group exhibition locally. While learning about photography, the participants explore Icelandic culture by taking part in it, capturing it and also by displaying their work during the camp. One of our objectives is to deliver messages and draw the attention to the locals through pictures made during the project.

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

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

This project is open for 16 to 20 years old participants. The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as well as exploring the capital city and some of the most stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle and the South Shore excursions. We will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, a volcano crater, the National Park of Thingvellir and much more.

Language: English

Leisure time: Additional excursions (e.g. Snaefellsnes, Hot River hike or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The participants will stay in an equipped house in Reykjavík which is located about 4 km from the centre of the city. The facilities are basic with a kitchen, showers, a washing machine, and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. The group will sleep in shared rooms and participants should bring their own sleeping bags.

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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene.

The projects in June and July happen around the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.

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

Age range: 16 - 20 years old

Extra fee: 600 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the Golden Circle and South Shore excursions (1 full day each).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and has to be transferred no later than one month before the start of the project.

All available dates for this project:
July 18 - July 27, 2019
August 1 - August 10, 2019
August 15 - August 24, 2019
August 29 - September 7, 2019

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Cleaning the coastline and planting trees in the town of the elves
Hafnarfjordur       3 projects of 2 wks in July and August

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

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

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in and around Hafnarfjordur, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions, so we need to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 20 - July 30, 2019
July 30 - August 9, 2019
August 9 - August 19, 2019

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Art, renovation and environmental projects at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn       10 projects of 2 wks from July to October

Volunteer project: There will be a variety of tasks in this project. Some days we will focus on renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around the volunteer house. Through the years, volunteers have been making beautiful drawings and paintings on the walls of the house. We will continue with that art work and we'll also make some sculptures. Other days, we will clean the coastline in the north near to the Arctic circle.

Raufarhofn is a magical place, full of energy and amazing landscapes. This is the right place to enjoy your free time taking photos and having walks along the coastline. Local people from the village are very interested to get to know you and to take part in some of our cultural dinners or workshops.
This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Language: English

Leisure time: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the North is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

There are also a few other leisure time options in Raufarhofn. You can walk (about 18 km there 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. 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: 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.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn and back. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 or even 3 full days (on the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 21 - July 31, 2019
July 31 - August 10, 2019
August 10 - August 20, 2019
August 20 - August 30, 2019
August 30 - September 9, 2019
September 9 - September 19, 2019
September 19 - September 29, 2019
September 29 - October 9, 2019
October 9 - October 19, 2019
October 19 - October 29, 2019

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Forestry and gardening in the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       12 projects of 2 wks from July to January


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

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic, which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year, approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients’ own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers work most of the time. The volunteers will help with growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea from Icelandic herbs. They will also do some environmental work around the property. The nature of the work depends largely on weather conditions, which can change quickly. Working hours are usually from 9am to 3pm with a one-hour lunch break.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several single and/or double bedrooms and a living room. Beds and sheets are provided, however volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to Hveragerdi and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 22 - August 5, 2019
August 5 - August 19, 2019
August 19 - September 2, 2019
September 2 - September 16, 2019
September 16 - September 30, 2019
September 30 - October 14, 2019
October 14 - October 28, 2019
October 28 - November 11, 2019
November 11 - November 25, 2019
November 25 - December 9, 2019
December 9 - December 21, 2019
December 27, 2019 - January 6, 2020

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Photography and environment workshop in Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       3 projects of 2 wks in July and August

Volunteer project: During this project, participants can share their concern for environmental issues and develop photography skills. If you are interested in topics such as: climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions and you also love taking photographs, then this project is for you!
We will focus on different environmental issues through a selection of workshops, discussions and educational visits. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellers!

You will have time to put theory into practice and explore the surroundings of the town of Hveragerði. We may visit local projects focused on the environment, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include cleaning actions, a visit to a geothermal power plant or a recycling centre, or a local exhibition. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions.

No previous experience is necessary. Participants should be ready for spending time outside, walking in the surroundings for the cleanup, as well as for photography activities and sightseeing. As part of the project is happening outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the work and free-time schedule. Participants should bring their own digital cameras, lenses (and laptops if possible).

This is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share about their own culture or country, such as food, music, games or films with the international group. The programme combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, and exploring the town and some stunning nature attractions in the surroundings or other visits part of the camp.

Language: English

Leisure time: Participants will do the Hot River Hike, a hike up Reykjadalur valley, which is filled with hot springs and there is a hot river in which one can bathe. There are also innumerable walking trails in the area to explore in the free time. Excursions (e.g. Golden Circle, South Shore, Reykjanes and/or Snaefellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a small local house with access to kitchen, bathroom and shower. The facilities are basic and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. The group will sleep in shared rooms (on mattresses or bunk beds) and everyone shall bring their own sleeping bag.

Location: Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland renowned for its geothermal springs and greenhouse gardening. It is located 45 km from Reykjavik, and may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field. Pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground. In summer the town is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland expand in and around Hveragerði, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town.

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

The surroundings are a paradise for outdoor activities. There are good hiking trails within the town that link up with a network of trails at the foot of Reykjafjall Mountain and in Ölfusborgir. There are also hiking trails in the recreational area of Hamar Mountain. From the mountain there are excellent views of land and out to sea. To the north of town is one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, Hengill, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Hiking trails stretch from town through Ölfusdalur valley, into the Hengill volcanic area, all the way to Nesjavellir and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way are warm springs where bathing is possible.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as a visit to a Geothermal Power plant.
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 22 - July 30, 2019
July 30 - August 7, 2019
August 17 - August 25, 2019

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Shoreline cleanup in Reykjavik
Reykjavik       5 projects of 2 wks from July to September

Volunteer project: The Shoreline Cleanup in Reykjavik is part of a series of camps organised in cooperation with different partners in the capital area of Iceland.
The project allows participants to learn about global and local environmental issues, especially regarding ocean plastic pollution, as well as to contribute directly to environmental protection by cleaning the coastline. This project is based on similar projects around the world, where outstanding results have been achieved with the help of volunteers. We aim to also host a public beach cleaning to get locals to join us. We hope participants will also learn how to plan their own coast cleaning projects and that they will create such events back home.

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

Participants will visit local projects focused on the environment, such as a Geothermal power plant, and have a guided tour of the facilities via multimedia installations and presentations to learn about Iceland's geothermal energy utilization; and also a recycling centre where a tour of the plant is given and the activities are explained.

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

No previous experience is necessary. Participants should be ready for spending time outside, walking along the coast for the cleanup, as well as for other activities and sightseeing. As part of the project is happening outdoors, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the changeable weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal- and hydropower. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site and back (on the first and last day), as well as the visits to the Geothermal power plant, the recycling centre and the Hot River Hike excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 22 - July 30, 2019
July 30 - August 7, 2019
August 7 - August 15, 2019
August 15 - August 23, 2019
August 26 - September 3, 2019

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Tree planting and coastal cleanup at the edge of the Arctic Circle
þorshöfn       3 projects of 2 wks in July and August

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

During the project, we will have different environmental tasks such as cleaning up the coastline, planting trees and maintaining hiking trails. The work will depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in the village. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms.
Some leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking.

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

Location: Þórshöfn, in northeast Iceland

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the project and back. We will travel with a Jeep because of the difficult road situation in the North. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 or even 3 full days (on the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 23 - August 2, 2019
August 2 - August 12, 2019
August 12 - August 22, 2019

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Kicking off a center for environment and sustainability in Hrutafjordur
Brú       4 projects of 2 wks from July to September

Volunteer project: A new center for environment and sustainability is about to be opened near to the crossroads to the West, South and North of Iceland. The centre is in the area of Hrutafjordur which a 36 km long fjord in Hunathing is vestra. In the neighbourhood you can find pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of driftwood, Snæfellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons and craters. The purpose of the centre is to protect the nature in the area and to raise awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors who are coming to the area.

The house is more than 1.000 m2 and has 16 double rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms and common areas, rooms for workshops and galleries. It has its own generator to produce electricity for heating and daily use. The condition of the generator is poor now and it needs to be fixed but we can also connect to the lines of the National power company in the meantime.

This project has different kind of tasks. Some days we will focus on renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around and inside the house. We will also do some artwork with a local artist, for example paintings and sculptures made of driftwood. Other days we will clean the coastline, plant trees and fix paths in the area. We will give a special focus on sustainability and the volunteers will have workshops about different topics.

The 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: 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 is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The volunteers will stay in the house offering basic facilities. Beds are provided, however volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wi-Fi is available for free.

Location: Brú

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to Brú and back again. The trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas and lava fields.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 400 km in total.
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 24 - August 3, 2019
August 3 - August 13, 2019
August 13 - August 23, 2019
August 23 - September 3, 2019

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Beautifying towns and coastline areas in the Eastfjords
Fjardabyggd        7 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, picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never ending roads provide beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Volunteers will have environmental tasks in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees and flowers, taking down old fences, removing lupines or other plants and fixing hiking paths. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. The team will work about 6 hours a day, 5 days a week.

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Volunteers have free access to the local swimming pool from the middle of June until the middle of September. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer house in Stodvarfjordur. The house is almost 500m2 with seven dormitories, a big living room and another smaller one, and two fully equipped kitchens. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: Fjardabyggd, Eastfjords

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 25 - August 4, 2019
August 4 - August 14, 2019
August 14 - August 24, 2019
August 24 - September 3, 2019
September 3 - September 13, 2019
September 13 - September 23, 2019
September 23 - October 3, 2019

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Forestry and trail improvement in the West
Stálpastaðaskógur       July 25 - July 31, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Stálpastaðaskógur in the south-west of Iceland, doing nature and environmentally oriented tasks. We have been cooperating with the Icelandic forest service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for more than 10 years with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.

The main task at hand is maintaining and repairing footpaths within the forest. The volunteers will perform four different types of tasks depending on the project needs at the time: Fixing steps on an old footpath; Cutting tree branches; Removing vegetation from the path; and Putting a new layer of wood chips on the footpath. The main tasks will be to maintain and repair existing hiking paths and build steps/stairs. Other tasks may be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near the trails.

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing places without damaging the area and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors. All work is done by hand with wheelbarrows and hand tools. Additional tasks may be cleaning or beautifying the area, like hand-picking garbage or collecting trash blown by the wind in the area and the surroundings.

The working day normally runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm with breaks for lunch and coffee. No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and might require a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule as, depending on the weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather.

Language: English

Leisure time: The project takes place in a remote place, in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor free time activities, for instance hikes or walks in the surroundings, will be arranged for the volunteers.

Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in an old farmstead owned by the Icelandic Forest Service, which is located approximately 5 km from the forest. The house is the old garage at the farm which has been transformed into a summer house. There are beds for 7 people, a small kitchen, a dining and a living room, a shower. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses provided, but please bring a sleeping bag.

Location: The work will take place in the forest Stálpastaðaskógur which is located about 25 km from Borgarnes and about 3 km from Bifröst. In the area there are many interesting places to visit, the waterfalls Glanni and Barnafossar, hiking trails and Húsafell, a summer house area with a camp site, hot springs, glacier view, golf course and a swimming pool.
West Iceland is famous for its Sagas. Most of the Icelandic Sagas were written in West Iceland. Egils Saga, Sturlunga saga and Laxdæla are all stories of farmers, Vikings and outlaws in year 850-1000. In West Iceland you will also hear a lot of stories of elves and trolls and folk tales. The area is very charming with a lot of history.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       July 28 - August 10, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 9th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00pm as a part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 30 and over

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

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Promoting voluntarism through journalism and photography
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from July to December


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

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Afterwards, we will choose a topic for the magazine. This is a great opportunity to get to know Reykjavik and the area around it in a different way. The group will take photos, create videos and conduct interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the magazine. The volunteers will also document the work in other projects running at the same time with a photo reportage. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

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

The Gay Pride festival in Reykjavík takes place during the August 8-18 project. In those days, Reykjavík is full of life. A huge, merry and colourful Gay Parade goes through the centre of town and a grand outdoor concert is attended by over 70,000 people – lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and straight, friends, relatives, fellow citizens and numerous foreign visitors - showing solidarity with the gay cause. The volunteers in this group will also participate in different activities related to the festival.

Reykjavik Culture Night takes place during the August 18-28 project. This event has become an essential part of the cultural life in Iceland with thousands of people strolling down the streets of the city on this exciting and eventful night. Culture Night offers a chance to enjoy a variety of activities ranging from traditional shows and exhibitions to more unusual happenings. A number of cultural institutions such as galleries, ateliers, shops, cafes, churches, restaurants and bars in downtown Reykjavik stay open until late. The immensely popular Reykjavik Marathon takes place on the same day and we really encourage our volunteers to take part in it. The volunteers in this group will also participate in different activities related to the event.

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project. You should bring your camera and your laptop with you.

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.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 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.

Journalism and Photography Volunteering in Iceland

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
July 29 - August 8, 2019
August 8 - August 18, 2019
August 18 - August 28, 2019
September 17 - September 26, 2019
October 7 - October 17, 2019
October 27 - November 5, 2019
November 16 - November 26, 2019
December 16 - December 23, 2019

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Help running the most popular Icelandic festival on Westman Islands
Heimaey, Westman Islands       August 1 - August 7, 2019

Volunteer project: We are hosting this project for the 13th time and it has been one of the highlights each year. If you want to see the most famous or up-and-coming musicians in Iceland, then this is the project for you.

The Westman Islands consist of a group of fifteen islands which are situated within a short distance off the south coast of Iceland. They are named so because the Nordic settlers in the country called the Irish, after which the islands are named, "westmen" (the men from the west). All the islands were created in submarine volcanic eruptions during a comparatively recent geological time period. The colourful town, the beautiful bird cliffs, the new lava and volcanoes and the landscape in general, give the islands a scenic interest as varied in character as any in the country. Heimaey is the largest and only inhabited island in the group and is Iceland's longest off-shore island with an area of 13,4 km2. Fishing, fish processing and subsidiary trades are the main source of income. Heimaey is sheltered to the north by low mountains and the imposing Heimaklettur cliff teeming with birdlife, which protects the narrow cove at the end of which the harbour lies.

On the first weekend of August, Icelanders celebrate the 1874 grant of Icelandic sovereignty with a huge festival in the town of Heimaey. The celebration takes place in a tent city in Herjolfsdalur, west of the town, over an extended weekend of bonfires, dance and songs, with the most famous bands in Iceland entertaining the guests. This festival is the most popular one in Iceland.

The volunteers will help to keep the festival area clean. They will work 4 to 5 hours a day, after which they will have free time to enjoy this amazing festival, which is number one in Iceland when it comes to culture and music.

Language: English

Leisure time: The volunteers will have free access to the local swimming pool and free access to all festival activities. Take your hiking shoes so you can discover the great hikes on the island.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a community center in Heimaey, offering basic facilities. Participants are asked to bring their own warm sleeping bags and mats.

Location: Heimaey, Westman Islands

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 370 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to Vestmannaeyjar and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion + ferry fee.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Environmental protection and trail maintenance in the geothermal town Hveragerdi
Hveragerði       August 7 - August 17, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will have the unique opportunity to work in the hot spring capital of the world Hveragerði, volunteering for the municipality. The town is built above a hot-spring field, and derives its name from the Icelandic word for hot spring: hver.

Volunteers will mainly be working in the town of Hveragerði and the surroundings. The main tasks include pulling and removing weeds and applying preservation on wood. The team will also do some work in a forested area in the municipality, like making walking paths. Other tasks might be cleaning up and light maintenance in the public recreational areas of the township. The work can be physically demanding and volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and to be flexible to work in all the diverse tasks connected with the project.

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

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The volunteers will be staying in a small local house with access to kitchen and bathrooms and will sleep on mattresses. Shower facilities in the building are basic but the participants will have access to the local swimming pool. Please bring your own sleeping bag.

Location: Hveragerði is a town in the south of Iceland renowned for its geothermal springs and greenhouse gardening. It is located 45 km from Reykjavik, and may be seen from the vantage point of the Kambar mountain slope, as it spreads out across a 5,000 year-old lava field. Pillars of steam from the numerous hot springs in the town may be seen rising up out of the ground. In summer the town is truly a green community, abounding in trees. A green revolution is taking place as areas of woodland expand in and around Hveragerði, with the locals working together in order to further develop their blossoming town.

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

The surroundings are a paradise for outdoor activities. There are good hiking trails within the town that link up with a network of trails at the foot of Reykjafjall Mountain and in Ölfusborgir. There are also hiking trails in the recreational area of Hamar Mountain. From the mountain there are excellent views of land and out to sea. To the north of town is one of the country’s largest geothermal areas, Hengill, where plumes of steam can be seen for miles. Hiking trails stretch from town through Ölfusdalur valley, into the Hengill volcanic area, all the way to Nesjavellir and Þingvellir National Park. Along the way are warm springs where bathing is possible.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from Reykjavík to the project site and back (on the first and last day of the project), as well as the Golden Circle excursion which includes the magnificent Gullfoss - Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Geysir – the first geyser known to modern Europeans, and Þingvellir National Park – a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       August 11 - August 24, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 9th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00pm as a part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 40 and over

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

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Support the conservation efforts of the Reykjavik Botanical Garden
Reykjavik       August 25 - September 7, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteer program with the Botanic Garden in Reykjavík is organized for the 9th year in a row. The Botanic Garden is an outdoor collection of living plants, founded in 1961 and it celebrated its 55th anniversary in 2016. The garden's main role is to conserve plants for education, research and delight. It conserves some 5000 plant species in eight plant collections. The collections give an idea of the enormous diversity of vegetation in the northern temperate zone. The garden is open to the public and free of charge.

The volunteers will be doing general park maintenance and assisting the horticultural staff tending the collection of perennials, alpines, trees and shrubs in the garden. The garden organizes guided tours and events throughout the summer and some groups of volunteers will assist in the preparation and practical work related to these events. These special events are all related to the general aim and work of the garden and some of them are carried out at a short notice. The work starts early every weekday; working hours are from 8:00am to 3:00pm, except on Friday when work finishes at 12:00pm as a part of an ongoing research into shortening the working week. Volunteers have to be motivated to work early in the morning, but they will have more free time in the afternoon.

Language: English

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

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

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

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

Age range: 20 and over

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

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Supporting sustainable tourism in the Icelandic highlands
Highlands of Iceland, Kjölur road       August 26 - September 9, 2019

Volunteer project: International volunteers will support this project for the 11th year in a row. We started cooperation in 2009 and the results have been very positive. The hosts are a group of locals developing the area with alternative tourism services, including running a series of huts in this isolated area in the highlands and offering services to visitors and hikers.

In this project, volunteers will work on diverse environmental outdoor tasks, including maintenance and development of walking paths and landscaping around the huts in the area. Volunteers will also help with the revegetation in some areas around, clearing litter on the walking paths, and assisting with general maintenance and preparations within the area before summer.

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

Language: English

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

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

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

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

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Sustainable living in an Icelandic farm
Reykjavik       3 projects of 2 wks from August to December

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

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: On weekends, the volunteers can enjoy Reykjavik‘s amazing nightlife, which is world-renowned for its wide array of bars, clubs, and concerts.
Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland can offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, geysirs, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 people, the Reykjavik capital area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. From September until the end of April, and in favourable conditions, you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
August 28 - September 7, 2019
September 7 - September 17, 2019
December 6 - December 16, 2019

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Maintaining hiking trails in Iceland's largest forest
Hallormsstaðaskógur       September 1 - September 14, 2019

Volunteer project: The volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Hallormsstaðaskógur in the far East of Iceland, doing nature and environmentally oriented tasks. The host of this project is the Icelandic forest service. Groups of volunteers have been helping out for a few years with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.

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 and of course on the weather conditions.

Special requirements: Volunteers should be prepared for all kinds of weather. The work can be demanding and might require good physical condition.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur is the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.
The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.
The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here. The herd counts between 3000 and 4000 animals.

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

Age range: 18 and over

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

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Photography and environment workshop
Reykjavik       8 projects of 2 wks from September to December

Volunteer project: In this project, participants can learn about and share their love for photography and global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn/develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions, then this project is for you!

While developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by the project coordinators. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellers!

You will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the project, a selection of the best photographs is made for an informal group exhibition at a local public venue in the city. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.

We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition, or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share something about their own culture and country, such as food, music, games or films, with the international group.

The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, having fun while exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits which are part of the project.

In this project, we will organize a Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop in the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organize the Night photography workshop.

Volunteers in the December group (December 9-18) will join the festive atmosphere on some days by handing out hot chocolate in the city centre as a way of fundraising for non-for-profit projects of the Icelandic Red Cross. We will help in the preparation by putting up the chocolate stations, decorating the tables, making the chocolate and taking it to the different stations around the city. At the end, we will assist in taking down the stations and leaving the areas clean.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (e.g. South shore, Hot River Hike, Reykjanes and/or Snæfellsnes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

The RIFF - Reykjavík International Film Festival is an annual film festival which lasts 11 days (September 26 - October 6). The main goal is to present dramas and non-fiction films released by filmmakers from over 40 countries. Workshops, concerts and exhibitions with directors can be also attended by film-lovers. Festival passes are not provided but participants can attend free off-venue events and screenings.

Iceland Airwaves (November 6-9) is an annual music festival hosted in 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 attend.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site on the first day, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as well as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.
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 9 - September 18, 2019
September 23 - October 2, 2019
October 7 - October 16, 2019
October 21 - October 30, 2019
November 1 - November 10, 2019
November 10 - November 19, 2019
November 25 - December 4, 2019
December 9 - December 18, 2019

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Reykjavik International Film Festival
Reykjavik       September 26 - October 7, 2019

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 stay in a house near to the old port 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 a 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 330,000 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.

RIFF - Reykjavík International Film Festival is one of the biggest and most diverse cultural events in Iceland. For 11 days every fall since 2004, Icelandic locals and tourists alike are able to go to the cinema and enjoy the best and freshest of international film making. The guests can also meet and chat with directors about their works, attend panels and workshops, concerts and exhibitions, and even watch interesting films under even more interesting conditions, for instance in a swimming pool or in the filmmaker’s home. The festival shows a wide range of dramas and non-fiction films from over 40 countries. The festival highlights independent film making from all over the world with the emphasis on up-and-coming film makers, with the main prize – the Golden Puffin - being awarded only to first or second time directors.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Renovating volunteer houses and chasing the Aurora in the East of Iceland
Fjardabyggd        3 projects of 2 wks in October and November


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

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

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

Language: English

Leisure time: Reasonably-priced weekend excursions can be organised to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area in the East is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer house in Stodvarfjordur. The house is almost 500 m2 with several dormitories, a big living room and another smaller one, and two fully equipped kitchens. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

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

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to the Eastern fjords and back. On the way to the project site, we’ll travel through the south to the east of the island. On the way back, we’ll travel through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favorable. This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stodvarfjordur and back which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 3 - October 13, 2019
October 13 - October 23, 2019
October 23 - November 2, 2019

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Human rights education in Reykjavik schools
Reykjavik       2 projects of 2 wks from October to December


Volunteer project: This project focuses on human rights education activities that will be carried out by the volunteers in schools in Reykjavik. The aim is to increase awareness about human rights among elementary school-aged children and early adolescents through a non-formal education approach. Volunteers will have the opportunity to explore first-hand the Icelandic education environment and put in practice their passion for human rights.

The volunteers will be encouraged to learn more about human rights. In the process, they will also learn how to talk about human rights in an international environment and how to effectively communicate with children. The international volunteer projects are joined by people from diverse backgrounds and in different stages of their lives. This diverse environment represents a constant learning opportunity for the volunteers involved which will give the project a very international and cross-cutting profile. The mutual exchange will enrich both the volunteers and the children. Volunteers will have the opportunity to challenge themselves on how to teach a topic like human rights to children.

The volunteers and the group leaders will spend the first days of the project discussing and planning the activities they would like to carry out in the school. To do this, training materials on human rights education will be consulted and they will receive input from teachers on which topics to cover during the activities with the students. Discussions and free initiative among the volunteers will be encouraged in order to involve them as much as possible into the activity planning. Volunteers can be asked to do some research on the topic on their own before arriving.

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.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 17 - October 27, 2019
November 26 - December 6, 2019

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Renovating a volunteer center and chasing the Northern Lights at the Arctic Circle
Raufarhöfn       3 projects of 2 wks from October to December

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

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

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: 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 North is also good for hiking.
We will also concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will be in charge of presenting their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

Accommodation: The group will be staying in the volunteer house in Raufarhöfn. The house is almost 450m2 with several dormitories, two big living rooms, and a fully equipped kitchen. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

Location: 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, you 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. Near the village you can find the Arctic Henge which is a peculiar monument.

Terminal: Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik.
The volunteers will travel together from Reykjavik to Raufarhöfn and back. We will travel with a Jeep because of the difficult road situation in the North. On the way to the project, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the project, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik (if road conditions are favourable). This trip includes several stops where you will discover 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: 450 Euro
The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to the project site and back which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 or even 3 full days (on the first and the last day of the project).
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

All available dates for this project:
October 29 - November 9, 2019
November 16 - November 26, 2019
December 4 - December 14, 2019

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Iceland airwaves music festival
Reykjavik       November 5 - November 16, 2019


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.

The volunteers will also create and put together a magazine promoting volunteer work, telling stories of volunteers' involvement and contribution to the environment of Iceland, and promoting the work of the project organisers.

In the beginning of the project, volunteers will receive an introduction about the tasks. Afterwards, we will choose a topic for the magazine. This is a great opportunity to get to know Reykjavik and the area around it in a different way. The group will take photos, create videos and conduct interviews with volunteers, local hosts and people living in the area. The outcome will be published in the magazine. The volunteers will also document the work in other projects running at the same time with a photo reportage. At the end of the project, we will prepare the final version of the magazine and publish it.

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

Special requirements: Volunteers with good computer skills, interested in journalism and/or photography are welcome to join this project. You should bring your camera and your laptop with you.

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.
We will also focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening, volunteers from different countries will present their country and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theater - the form of introduction is up to you.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centered on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favorable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 350 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Yoga experience in Iceland
Reykjavik       November 10 - November 18, 2019

Volunteer project: After the success last year, we will again organise our yoga related projects. Expect a mixture of workcamp and yoga retreat with the focus on yoga. We will work together with yogias, a senior yoga teacher from Amsterdam.

Participants will live together in the centre of Reykjavík. Be ready for daily vinyasa style flow yoga classes as well as restorative yoga and meditation sessions amongst other yogic activities and surprises. We will establish a daily yoga practice in a gentle and regular schedule. There will be lots of opportunities for karma yoga, conversations and compassion. We will also have enough free time to explore the city and to dive into the local swimming pool, a truly Icelandic experience.

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

Please note this project is more of a learning/sharing camp and not a regular workcamp. We may be able to organize voluntary service on a couple of afternoons but it depends on our partners and the weather. The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland, its culture, having fun, as well as exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the excursions or other destinations, which will be part of the camp.

Language: English

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

Accommodation: The participants will stay in a house in Reykjavík. The accommodation is basic or in this case, better said ashram style. We will create our space for yoga practice in the same house. The facilities are basic with a shower, washing machine, kitchen and everyone is expected to show consideration for their companions. We will sleep in shared rooms in a sleeping bag accommodation. Please bring your own sleeping bag. We will keep a strict vegetarian diet in this camp.

Location: Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources - geothermal power and glacial rivers. The world’s northernmost capital bridges the Atlantic between Europe and North America. Reykjavík is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The fee includes the transportation from the meeting point to the camp location, and one excursion (Golden Circle or Reykjanes Peninsula), which will be chosen within the group.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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Christmas and New Year in the House on the Hill
Reykjavik       December 23, 2019 - January 2, 2020

Volunteer project: We will live together and create a cozy atmosphere in the House on the Hill by putting up lights and Christmas decorations. The main idea of this project is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group through intercultural learning and exchange. We will create a Christmas postcard together. Although the House on the Hill is located on the outskirts of Reykjavik, the city centre is reachable by public transport (30-minute bus ride). It is a small but cozy house, where the group will cook and live together and enjoy a snowy time in Iceland. We have chickens, so volunteers will have to take care of them during the project. We will learn Christmas songs from each other and, if weather is good enough, we will sing on the streets of Reykjavik and other public places in town as a sign of peace and multiculturalism. On New Year’s Eve, we will organize a small party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Reykjavik´s spectacular fireworks in front of the cathedral.

Language: English

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

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

Location: Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 330,000 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. It 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.

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

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point to the accommodation and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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New Year's photography and environment workshop
Reykjavik       December 26, 2019 - January 4, 2020

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

In this project, participants can learn about and share their love for photography and global and local environmental issues. If you love taking photographs or want to learn/develop your photography skills and are also interested in topics such as climate change, waste management, animal protection, sustainable solutions, then this project is for you!

While developing your artistic and technical photography skills, you will also be focusing on different current environmental and sustainability issues through a selection of workshops, discussions, and visits facilitated by the project coordinators. One of our aims is to help create more environmentally aware consumers and travellers!

You will also have time to put the theory into practice, and walk around and visually explore the city. At the end of the project, a selection of the best photographs is made for an informal group exhibition at a local public venue in the city. Participants should bring with them their own digital cameras, lenses, tripods and laptops if possible. Participants should be ready to walk around the city for different activities and visits.

We may also get the chance to visit local projects focused on the environment and conservation, which can include hands-on volunteering activities or guided visits. Some examples include coastal and outdoors cleaning actions, a visit to a recycling centre, a geothermal power plant, a museum or exhibition, or a community dinner at a local NGO. These, however, are dependent on the availability of our partners and the weather conditions at the time.

Please note that this project is a learning/sharing camp and not a standard workcamp. Everybody is expected to contribute their own knowledge and experience. Participants should also take advantage of the opportunity to share something about their own culture and country, such as food, music, games or films, with the international group.

The program combines learning, sharing, getting to know Iceland and its culture, having fun while exploring the capital city and some stunning nature attractions in the Golden Circle excursion or other visits which are part of the project.

In this project, we will organize a Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop in the countryside in the close vicinity of Reykjavík. This will take place during late evening and possibly into the night. We cannot guarantee you will see northern lights as solar activity is irregular and it depends on weather and meteorological conditions but we will in any case organize the Night photography workshop.

Language: English

Leisure time: Other excursions (e.g. South shore or Reykjanes Peninsula) can be arranged at discount fares.

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

Location: Reykjavik is a dynamic, modern city which lives in harmony with beautiful nature, using renewable energy sources. 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. It is an international city with a lively cosmopolitan cultural scene surrounded by beautiful nature.

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

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 400 Euro
The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the project site on the first day, the Golden Circle excursion with a visit to a Geothermal Power plant, as well as the Night photography and Aurora hunting (Northern lights) workshop.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project and is payable upon arrival.

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