The East of Iceland

 

WF122                   The villages of the Eastern fjords    06/05–  16/05                     ENVI/MANU                         16 vol

WF123                   The villages of the Eastern fjords    17/05 – 27/05                      ENVI/MANU                         10 vol

WF124                   The villages of the Eastern fjords    28/05 – 07/06                      ENVI/MANU                         16 vol

WF125                   The villages of the Eastern fjords    08/06 – 18/06                      ENVI/MANU                         16 vol

WF126                   The villages of the Eastern fjords    19/06 – 29/06                      ENVI/MANU                         10 vol

Project and 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 depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views.

 

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

 

Work: 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.

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Our work will also depend on weather conditions, which is why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 6–7 hours a day, 5 days a week.

 

Leisure time: Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Most Icelandic pools offer indoor and outdoor swimming, as well as hot tubs and saunas or steam rooms. The area in the east is also good for hiking, so please bring your hiking shoes.

 

WF Iceland will organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Excursions include unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs.

 

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

 

This workcamp 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.

 

Accommodation and food: Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF houses in Eskifjordur and/or Stodvarfjordur. We offer basic facilities. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge.

 

Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however, everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home!

 

 

Language: A basic knowledge of English is required for this workcamp.

 

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík.

 

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from Reykjavik to the east for 180 € that includes the round trip which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days. On the way to the camp, we will drive through the south to the east of the island. After the camp, we will drive through the north and west to Reykjavik, if road conditions are favourable. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights, such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents or even icebergs. The meeting point is at 08.30 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik

 

Additional information: There is an extra participation fee of 220 euros for this workcamp.

 

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