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Hveragerði House

Story of this place

Hveragerði is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants that lies some 45 km east of Reykjavík. This friendly little community sits on top of a highly active geothermal field, which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruits, 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. 

Project

Volunteers will be working in the greenhouses planting and harvesting vegetables, doing weed control and sometimes you will also be gardening. The agriculture that is practiced in the center is organic/bio. This project also includes workshops about climate change. We will learn about green energy, sustainable householding, waste treatment, nutrition, the effects of consumption and lots more. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!

Leisure Time

Hveragerði is known for having great areas for hiking, including the hot river in Reykjadalur. 

Golden Circle is included in the camp fee! WF 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;

Accomodation and Food

The house has 6 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and a common area Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bags, but beds and sheets are provided. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the work camp; 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!

Additional Information

Worldwide Friends will organize a minibus trip from the meeting point of the camp to Hveragerdi which includes the Golden Circle Excursion.

Terminal & Meeting Point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 09:00 am at Reykjavik City Hall (Tjarnargata 11)on the first day of the camp.

Language

A basic knowledge of English is required for this workcamp. Requirements: No special requirements

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