Worldwide Friends

program Stykkisholmur – The Secret of Snæfellsnes

Project and location:  

The beautiful town of Stykkishólmur is situated in the western part of Iceland, to the north of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. With its 1,540 inhabitants, it is a centre of services and commerce for the area. Most of the people make their living from fishing and tourism. A ferry goes over the Breiðafjörður to the West Fjords. The village features picturesque old houses, the oldest of which, the Norwegian House, is a folk museum, where exhibitions are frequently held. The film „Secret life of Walter Mitty was filmed there. The Snæfellsnes peninsula and Breiðafjörður bay are renowned for their natural beauty and remarkable wildlife.  

Snæfellsnes is sometimes called „Iceland in miniature,” due to its many different kinds of geology all in one place, you can’t miss this if you want to capture the true spirit and beauty of the island.  

There are several pleasant hikes to be made within the Stykkishólmur area. A walk along Súgandisey by the harbour will reveal a unique panoramic view.  
 


Work: 

During the workcamp we will do different kind of environmental work, for example clean the coastline, plant trees and maintaining hiking paths.  

Our work will also depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard, and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. 

  
Leisure time:

Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-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. 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. 

Take a look at  http://wf.is/excursions/  

We will also organize leisure activities for the group. The area around the village is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes. 

 
Accommodation and food: 

The volunteers will stay in a local community building. Mattresses and sheets will be provided, and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bags and towels. The food will be supplied for the duration of the work camp and everyone is expected to do his/her fair share of the cooking/cleaning. It would be nice to try new and different dishes, so please remember to bring along recipes and specialities from your own countries.  

 
Additional information:

There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik to Stykkishólmur and back again which is almost 1.000 km in total (excursions included) – the first day of the camp is for travelling and also the last one. In the first day the group will do the Golden Circle South Iceland on the way to the camp and in the last day we will do the Snæfellsnes peninsula excursion This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, black beaches or even icebergs.