Forestry in the far East of Iceland
- Accommodation and food: 0.00 Euro
- Transportation: 0.00 Euro
- Activities: 0.00 Euro
- Hosting organisation support: 300 Euro
Description: SEEDS volunteers will be working again on a project in the beautiful Hallormsstaðaskógur forest in the far East of Iceland, doing nature and environmental oriented tasks. SEEDS has been cooperating with the Icelandic forest service and our groups of volunteers have been helping out for a few years with very good results for the participants, the projects and the Icelandic nature conservation and reforestation efforts.
Type of Work: The main tasks will be to maintain hiking paths, build stairs, make and put up signs. Volunteers will also put up benches and tables in the forest. Other tasks will be to trim branches and beautify groves that are located near hiking paths. Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging the area and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors.
Study Theme: No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and requires a good physical condition. 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 weather, we may not be able to perform some of the tasks or activities planned. Weather is unpredictable and it can be cold and/or rainy, be prepared to experience all kinds of weather. We recommend to bring good walking shoes/boots, warm and/or waterproof clothes.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will sleep in beds in a house belonging to the Icelandic forest service. The house is fully equipped. 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/typical food, drinks, music and recipes from your country for the international evening.
Language: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). Please note that the fee can either be transferred in advance via bank transfer, or paid for on arrival. The participation fee does not include the transportation from Reykjavík to the camp and back but we estimate the costs about EUR 75 each way.
Approximate Location: Hallormsstaðaskógur is the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 740 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs. The area offers great variety of trails, such as the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent.
Notes: This work camp takes place in a very remote place, located in a natural area of extreme beauty. Outdoor free time activities, for instance hikes or walks in the surroundings, will be arranged for SEEDS volunteers. Volunteers have to bring good working shoes and clothes, as autumn is coming, bring warm winter clothes as walking boots, a good sleeping bag and gloves. The project takes place outside and it can get very cold. Please bring warm under-layers, waterproofs. Free time activities in the area will be organised depending on weather.