WF121 The villages of the Eastern fjords 16/04 – 26/04 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF122 The villages of the Eastern fjords 25/04 – 05/05 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF123 The villages of the Eastern fjords 03/05 – 13/05 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF124 The villages of the Eastern fjords 12/05 – 22/05 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF125 The villages of the Eastern fjords 21/05 – 31/05 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF126 The villages of the Eastern fjords 30/05 – 09/06 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF127 The villages of the Eastern fjords 08/06 – 18/06 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 vol
WF128 The villages of the Eastern fjords 17/06 – 27/06 ENVI/MANU/RENO 12 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 harbors depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð” is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.
Work: In this camp there are two different types of work – renovation and environmental tasks.
The volunteers will do environmental work in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences or fixing hiking paths. They will also help locals beautify the villages after the winter time.
In addition, we will renovate, paint, clean and repair things in the WF houses and the surrounding area in Eskifjörður.
The main house in Eskifjörður used to be the village school. It is more than 100 years old. In the last years, hundreds of international volunteers have spent time in that house. The second house in the same village is a harbor house, which used to be a workstation for fishermen in the old days. Last winter the house got damaged by strong winds and needs to be repaired. The plan is to rebuild the house and use it in the organization.
This work camp 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.
Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather conditions, 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.
You will be working around 6 hours 5 days a week.
Leisure time: Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-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.
WF Iceland will organize 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.
The area in the east is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes.
Accommodation and food:
The volunteers will stay In the WF house in Eskifjordur. Beds are provided, but volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.
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 favorite recipes from home!
Wi-Fi internet connection is provided free of charge
Language: The language of the camp is English.
Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport to the camp site is Egilsstaðir airport, which is 40 km away from the location of the project.
Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from Reykjavik to the east for a fair price (160€ for the round trip which is almost 1,400 km in total). 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 the road conditions are favorable. 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.
Additional Information: There is an extra participation fee of 220 Euros for this workcamp.