Inspired by Iceland
SEEDS 60. Unique West Fjords
West Fjords
SEEDS Iceland
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From 10.08.2011 to 21.08.2011
Type: Agriculture / Environmental
Number of volunteers: 8
Language: English - high proficiency is not required
Accomodation: Local community centre
Participation fee: 180 EUR
Extra: Extreme beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover by foot.

WORK/PROJECT: The locals there are collecting berries to make their own home made jam and berry juice. We might get the chance to learn how to make the jam and juice. Part of the work may take place on the island of Æðey. We will also be doing some general cleaning and tiding up of the area, which has become a very popular hiking place for nature lovers and hikers that want to enjoy the isolated and amazing nature of this area of the West fjords. Our hosts run a mountain hut where hikers can stay overnight and sometimes food is prepared for the visitors; volunteers may be assisting in diverse tasks connected to the mountain hut when needed.

ACCOMMODATION: We will be hosted in a local community centre, sleeping on mattresses on the floor. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is a fully equipped home, with access to a kitchen, bathroom and a washing machine. We will share the different duties of cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country for the international evening.

LOCATION: The West Fjords is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in Iceland, with its high mountains of extreme beauty and dramatic fjords cutting deep into the landscape. The area has a mythological aura and the landscape draws people into the world of elves, trolls and other supernatural creatures. Here we have stories of monsters and ghosts and of the local peoples ways of dealing with them, showing the strength and resourcefulness of the once inhabiting the land. The driftwood has always been one of the people's main valuables and it has been used for building houses, boats and heating up accommodation for centuries. The numerous hiking ways in the area attract many visitors during the summertime to enjoy the beautiful landscape. Perhaps one of Iceland's most remote areas, it is a sheltered bay in a remote region, largely untouched by modern developments where silence reigns and nature continues to shape a rugged, mountainous landscape. You can hardly get further away from the bustle of the towns to enjoy life in the beautiful and peaceful landscapes of this remote area. This is among the least frequented parts of the country. The roads up there are only open during the few months of the short summer; it is one of the remotest corners of Europe, where the coastline is covered with vast expanses of driftwood that originated on the other side of the Arctic Ocean, in Russian Siberia; the region is stunningly beautiful to really experience Iceland's wildness.

LANGUAGE: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.

TERMINAL: Closest International Airport: Keflavik/Reykjavik (KEF). Domestic Airport: Ísafjörður (IFJ). SEEDS organises the 'minibus option', a shared transport from Reykjavik to the camp and vice-versa, which apart from being cheaper and more convenient, allows volunteers to meet fellow campers and have a relaxed trip, while stopping on the way for interesting and tourist sites.

EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 180. Extreme beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover by foot. Volunteers applying for this project should be motivated for working outdoors and getting to know ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.

AGE: 18+

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