WORK/PROJECT: SEEDS volunteers will be working with the City of Reykjavík in the main Skiing area in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll or the Blue Mountains.
The main tasks in this workcamp will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and few sports associations run lodges there and they might also need some renovation job, such as painting and/or cleaning.
The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local host. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather conditions.
Summer solstice, when the sun never fully sets and the nights are as bright as the days, occursduring the camp or around the 21st of June. The bright nights are magical with almost 24 hours of daylight and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience.
ACCOMMODATION: SEEDS volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains and sleep in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag.
Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of the cooking and cleaning activities.
Do not forget some traditional food from your country for an international evening.
LOCATION: The project takes place in the Blue Mountain Range area, which is about a 30 minute drive from Reykjavík. Bláfjöll is south-west of the city and has great ski slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tracks for cross-country skiing. Bláfjöll has 16 lifts.
The range stretches to the west from the mountain Vifilsfell near the main road (#1) from the capital area to the South-western lowlands. The highest mountain in the range reaches 600m and in 1968 the district became a very popular skiing resort among Icelanders and the favourite for skiers in the Capital region.
This area is excellent for recreation, not only for alpine and cross country skiing, but outdoor activities as well such as hiking and mountain biking. Nature lovers are certain to find something they like there, but they have to be careful crossing the rugged lava fields because of the numerous caves underneath.
The Blue Mountain Range area is a place of extreme beautiful natural surroundings with countless opportunities to hike and discover it by foot.
Reykjavík is a dynamic, modern city which is spread across a peninsula with a panoramic view of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean on almost all sides.
The population of Reykjavik is about 180,000 including the metropolitan area, so two thirds of Iceland’s inhabitants live here. The city is the world’s northernmost capital, bridging the Atlantic, between Europe and North America.
LANGUAGE: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
TERMINAL: Closest international Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF). Bus station: Central Reykjavík (BSÍ).
EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 140(Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic kronas.
Volunteers have to bring good working shoes and clothes, even though it is summer, it might still be cold and hats and gloves might be necessary. Volunteers need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. In mountains, weather can change quickly and drastically.
Our hosting partner will organise some free time activities in the area and tours and excursions can be arranged for SEEDS volunteers at discount fares as well (for example Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, South Shore, etc.)