Nature reserve below the Arctic Circle - Hornstrandir
Description: The main task of the project will be digging a trench for water mains and electrical cables. These will be used for a small/micro hydro-power plant that has received permission to build on the premises. The trench has to be manually made because no machines are allowed in the nature reserve. The total length of the trench will be about one kilometre. This project was started two years ago with the help of SEEDS volunteers. The volunteers will also help to build a small shed (6m2) and a small dam for water intake.
Type of Work: This project was started two years ago with the help of SEEDS volunteers. The volunteers will also help to build a small shed (6m2) and a small dam for water intake. The work can be demanding and requires a good physical condition. No previous experience is needed. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the -changeable- weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be prepared to work in one of the most isolated areas in Iceland. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and bring warm winter clothes as the tasks take place outside and it can get cold.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will sleep in beds in shared rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is well heated, and has a shower and a well equipped kitchen. The electricity is limited but enough to charge cameras and other small electronics. There is no internet and mobile phone connection is very limited. There is a landline available through which volunteers’ families can reach them if needed.
Volunteers will receive prepared food during the camp but it may be that the group will receive food ingredients and be in charge of cooking and cleaning activities.
Language: English will be the official language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: Age: 18+
Approximate Location: Hornstrandir is on the farthest point in the northwest of Iceland, to the north of the Jökulfirðir and to the northwest of Drangajökull. Hornstrandir is close to the Arctic Circle and on a clear day the snowy mountains of Greenland are visible. No one lives in Hornstrandir throughout winter after social changes resulted in the abandonment of all farms during World War II and in the post-war period. Hesteyri is a small village of ten houses in Jökulfirðir (e. glacier fjords) which was abandoned in 1952. Farther into the fjord, there are the ruins of an old whaling station.