Worldwide Friends

Eistnaflug – Heavy Rock festival


WF39 Eistnaflug – Heavy Rock festival    30/06 – 11/07   FEST /ENVI 25 vol

Project and location: Neskaupstaður is a medium size town by Icelandic standards. With its 1.420 inhabitants, it has the largest population in the East Fjords. The town has been growing and prospering since the early 1900´s and is almost completely self sufficient thanks to the fishing industry. Sitting in the middle of nowhere, away from other villages and communities, the town is equipped with all the necessary facilities and stores: a bakery, a local dairy, supermarkets, banks, a post office, a school, a sports hall, a swimming pool, a church, a hospital, a harbor, a airstrip, a hotel, a jazz club, a rescue centre, etc. As a matter of fact, it has all the services and professionals you would expect in a larger town, with the exception of an optician! On the east side of town the wildlife reserve and a large recreational area facing the ocean. In the lower section of the reserve, called Hagi, lies the famous Páskahellir (Easter Cave), a rock vault over the shore. Holes left by thick, 10 to 12-million-year-old tree trunks can be seen inside the vault and, in true Icelandic spirit, various folk tales are associated with the cave. Neskaupstaður can be reached only driving through a one-way tunnel over the highest year round pass in Iceland.

Eistnaflug is a Heavy Rock Festival which this year will present its 6th edition. More than 40 bands will perform for an expected audience of about one thousand visitors.  It will take place July 8-11.

Work: We will help the organizers of the festival to carry out different tasks. For example, we will take care of the venues before and after the concerts, control the access to the festival area and prepare the camping site. We will assist the local organization in keeping the area clean during the festival. We will also do some environmental work in cooperation with the local community before and after the festival.

Leisure time: Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermally-heated swimming pool in Eskifjörður. 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 also 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 lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava forests, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges or steam-vents..

Volunteers will also have free access to the concerts during the festival.

Accommodation and food: We will be staying in a house owned by the local community in Neskaupstaður / Eskifjordur offering basic facilities. Mattresses will be provided and everyone is asked to bring his/her own warm sleeping bag. We will take showers at the local swimming pool and sports centre near by the house. It is possible that we will also stay in tents for one or two nights during the festival just to get the right spirit.

The food will be supplied for the duration of the work camp and everyone is expected to do his/her fair part of the cooking/cleaning. It would be nice to try new and different dishes, so please remember to bring along recipes from your own countries.

Language: The language of this camp is English.

Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport to the camp site is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project’s site.

Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from Reykjavik to Eskifjörður for a fair price (160 € for the round trip which is almost 1.400 km in total). On the way to the camp we will  go through the South to the East of the island. After the camp we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.

Additional Information: There is an extra participation fee of 250,- Euro for this workcamp.