Worldwide Friends

Workcamps in the North: Þórshöfn

We offer one type of camp in the North part of Iceland

  • Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle
CODENAMEDATE
WF256 Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle 03/07/20 – 13/07/20
WF258 Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle 13/07/20 – 23/07/20
WF260 Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle 23/07/20 – 02/08/20
WF262 Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle 02/08/20 – 12/08/20
WF264 Pure nature near to the Arctic Circle 12/08/20 – 22/08/20
Project and location: 

To truly sense the remote beauty of the north-east, the charming little fishing village of Langanesbyggd on the north-eastern coast is the right place to go. The community with its 450 inhabitants has two villages Þórshöfn and Bakkafjordur and it lies at the very tip of the Langanes peninsula. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from: hiking, salmon and trout fishing, as well as horse trekking in Iceland‘s most astonishing landscape. The Langanes Peninsula is also one of the best areas to spot Iceland ‘s rich and varied birdlife. Þórshöfn is within driving distance of some of Iceland ‘s most prized natural pearls, such as Myvatn, renowned for its geothermal activity, and Dettifoss, one of Europe ‘s highest and most spectacular waterfalls. This village has a beautiful natural harbour and the inhabitants’ livelihood depends mostly on fishing, fish processing and commerce.  

For additional information, visit: http://www.langanesbyggd.is/category.php?catID=17.  

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

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. 

 
Accommodation and food: 

The volunteers will stay in a local community building in Þórshöfn and/or Bakkafjordur. 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 through the West and the North to Raufarhofn and back again which is almost 1,600 km in total and takes 2 full days (the first day of the camp and the last one). You will travel with a Jeep because of the difficult road situation in the North. 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.