SEEDS volunteers will participate for the second year in a row in a unique project with the Icelandic Forestry Association. The work camp will take place in two different locations:
First week will be located in a valley deep into Hvalfjörður, the whale-fjord, located in the South-west of Iceland. Volunteers will be performing different tasks such as cleaning up in the forest, collecting wood and creating and maintaining walking paths.
Volunteers will also fix a natural pool in the area and continue the project started by SEEDS volunteers last year, building and renovating a house made of timber and natural materials.
During the second week volunteers will be renovating an old farm, cleaning up the surroundings and beautifying the area of Úlfljótsvatn, about 70 Kilometres from Reykjavík.
In this camp volunteers will challenge themselves with rather primitive facilities. The first week we will sleep in a big “Indian” tent on the location of the project. Volunteers have to bring their own warm sleeping bag.
The food provided will be traditional Icelandic food, Icelandic lamb, fish and root vegetables, among other more modern products which we will cook on an open fire. Food will be kept cold in the river and we will wash ourselves with cloths and water either straight from the river or with water heated on the fire. A travel-toilet will be set up in a private location.
The second week volunteers will stay in the farmhouse being renovated and have access to a kitchen, toilet and shower facilities.
We will share the different duties of cooking and cleaning. Do not forget to bring some traditional or typical food from your home country for the international evening.
The valley of Brynjudal, where the work camp of the first week takes place is about 80 Kilometres from the capital; deep inside Hvalfjörður. It is surrounded by mountains, to the north of the valley is a mountain called Múlafjall, south of the Valley are Bolafell and Suðurfjall and to the west Þrándarstaðafjall. The valley is extremely beautiful, with many plants and trees.
There are many small canyons, streams and waterfalls and it is a popular place for hikers to visit. Along the valley runs the river Brynjudalsá which starts in Sandvatn.
Hvalfjörður lies north of Reykjavík and Mosfellslbær and is the longest fjord in the south-west of Iceland, cutting 30kms deep into the land along a north-east/south-west axis and curling to the east at its head. Before the Hvalfjarðargöng tunnel was opened in 1998 and the main ring-road rerouted underneath the fjord, all traffic heading north or west to and from Reykjavík had to follow the fjord all the way around -a drive of an hour or two.
The second week will take place in the area of Úlfljótsvatn a 70 km drive from Reykjavík. The area is popular among scouts and nature lovers and it is popular for recreational fishing.
English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
SEEDS organises the “minibus option”, a shared transport from Reykjavík to the camps 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 200 (Euros).
Volunteers need to be motivated to work outdoors and be willing to take part in all the diverse projects connected with the project. Work is very physical and demanding.
SEEDS and/or our hosting partner will organise free time activities in the area for the volunteers. Extreme beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike & discover by foot.