About the local hosting organizationOur host for this project is a farmer's family on the south shore of Iceland, close to the town of VÝk, which cultivate carrots and keep cows. This is the sixth year that SEEDS volunteers will have the unique opportunity to get to know and explore this traditional Icelandic farm.
About the volunteer workThere will be various tasks, depending on the weather, for instance clearing fields of rocks, fences, trash, beautifying the area around and removing an invasive species called - Rumex Longifolius which has been used in Iceland in order to control soil erosion and revegetate eroded areas; but in some places its spread is more than desirable and being a foreign specie endangers the native species. Those who are interested can help out with farm activities, such as taking care of the animals, cultivating carrots and vegetables. Participants are invited to take a look at the cows in the stalls, assist in milking them if interested or just tending to them in general. This farm is one of few vegetable farms in Iceland, as the country is highly dependent on imports for its fruit and vegetable consumption. Only about 1% of the total land area is under arable cultivation. The cool climate and restricted growing season only allow for the cultivation of food crops such as carrots, potatoes, turnips, cabbage, and cauliflower.
Local accommodationSEEDS volunteers will stay in an equipped flat, in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Volunteers will receive food supplies and be in charge of cooking and cleaning. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country for the international evening.
About the project locationThe farm is located in the South of Iceland, in a beautiful area surrounded by mountains and glaciers to the north and near the Atlantic Ocean to the south. The closest town is VÝk. The inhabitants here live in constant threat of volcanic eruptions and the area was covered by ashes during the recent eruptions in Eyjafjallajökull 2010 and Vatnajökull (Grimsvötn) in 2011. VÝk is Iceland's southernmost village. MÝ½rdalur is bordered by the glacial river JökulsÝ¡ to the west and the river BlautakvÝsl to the east. Its northern border is the MÝ½rdalsjökull glacier, which caps the volcanic Mt. Katla, while its southern limits are the black sand beach and the rolling Atlantic waves. The district lives mainly by agriculture. Although this community of 600 inhabitants faces the open Atlantic, VÝk is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to natural circumstances. Among the many attractive aspects of VÝk, are the trips to the South shore and to MÝ½rdalsjökull glacier. Our host will organise free time activities in the area, depending on the weather conditions.
Extra info about the projectParticipation fee EUR 100 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. The fee does not include the transportation to the project and back.