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Raufarhöfn House

Story of this place

The village of Raufarhöfn isthe community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach waders strut and inland on the grassy moorlands there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity many species of ducks, waders and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

Project

During the workcamp we will be cleaning the coastline along the road 870 which goes around Melrakkasletta. Every day that we clean the coastline we will document the process by weighing the garbage we find as well as measure the meters and square meters of the coastline we cleaned. On days with poor weather conditions, we will be sorting and cleaning the things we find with the goal of reusing and recycling. The municipality of Nordurthing where Raufahöfn resides might ask us to help with different tasks related to the environment. This could happen with short notice so plans might change suddenly, it’s always good to switch things up a bit.

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. Some leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes.

Accomodation and Food

Worldwide Friendsvolunteers will be staying in the WF house in Raufarhöfn. The house is almost 450 m2 with several dormitories, two big living rooms, fully equipped kitchen, three showers and three toilets. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t want to bring it. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. Food is included for the duration of the workcamp. Please keep in mind that usually we have around 10 to 15 international volunteers in the house at the same time

Additional Information

There is an extra participation fee of 450 euros for this workcamp. The fee includes the trip from Reykjavik through the West and the North to Raufarhofn and back again which is almost 1,400 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). This trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, lava fields, hot-springs and rhyolite mountain ranges.

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

Let’s clean up the coastline near the Arctic circle
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