Worldwide Friends

Hveragardi 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

Here, we learn about horticulture and spend our time growing tomatoes, cucumbers and making tea with Icelandic herbs. 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. If you want to change something, develop solutions or inspire others, you have to understand the issues and tasks first. 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.  We organise some 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. Take a look at our Volunteer Excursions

Accomodation and Food

Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a fully equipped bungalow consisting of several single and/or double bedrooms and a living room. Volunteers need to bring their own sleeping bag, but beds and sheets are provided. 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!

Additional Information

There is an extra participation fee of 350 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes a minibus trip from the meeting point of the camp to Hveragerdi and the Golden Circle South Iceland excursion. ​

Terminal

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 09.00 am at the first day of the camp in Tjarnargata 11 which is the city hall of Reykjavik.​

Language

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

When can you join

Hveragardi - Health and Environment
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