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Siglufjörður

Story of this place

Siglufjörður is a town of about 1,300 people, located in North Iceland. It is the northernmost town of the mainland. 5 hours drive from Reykjavik.  Siglufjörður is along with the community of Ólafsfjörður a part of The Municipality of Fjallabyggð, which came into being when the two communities were merged in 2006. 

It is an area of spectacular natural beauty. The mountains and the fjords are awe-inspiring and the opportunities for outdoor activities and recreation are almost inexhaustible. In Siglufjörður there is a flourishing cultural life. There are several restaurants, there are also numerous galleries and workshops, and museums.

Project

This camp has a variety of activities. Our main activity will be to work in Forestry; managing, planting, using, conserving, and repairing forests, woodlands, and associated resources for human and environmental benefits. We will also work in Beach Cleaning.
Our work will depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, as they say: if you don’t like the Icelandic weather, just wait 5 minutes it might change. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are on average 5 hours a day, 5 days a week. Our main focus during the project will be on Global Warming and how to prevent it. Throughout a series of different workshops, the goal is to improve the environmental education and consciousness of the projects’ participants. Take part in this promising project and spring into action against climate change!
This work camp is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues, and intercultural learning.

Leisure Time

There are opportunities for fun all over Siglufjörður. From adventurous activities to well-known tourist attractions, this delightful city packs a punch. From great hiking trails, museums, swimming pools, you have many activities to choose from.

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; Take a look at our Volunteer Excursions

Accomodation and Food

The house is approximately 500 m² and has 2 big dormitory rooms for 8 people each, 2 double rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, several bathrooms, and common areas. House capacity 20. 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

There is an extra participation fee of €450 euros for this workcamp. WF will arrange a minibus trip from Reykjavik to Siglufjörður and back again which is almost 800 km in total – this trip includes several stops where you will discover unique Icelandic sights, such as waterfalls, volcanic areas, and lava fields

Terminal & Meeting Point

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. The meeting point is at 08:30 am on 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