About the volunteer workSEEDS volunteers will be working on a project in the beautiful forest Hallormsstaoaskogur, doing nature oriented tasks. The main tasks will be picking blueberries, stone bramble, and herbs. Our host has a small 100 organic food and herb production, which focuses on manually handpicked food ingredients. Working hours are between 9:00-17:00, including lunch and coffee breaks. This is a great volunteer project for those who love food, outdoors and have opinions about nutrition.
Local accommodationSEEDS volunteers will sleep in a local house, sharing rooms. The apartment is fully equipped with access to kitchen and bathroom. 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 from your home country for an international evening.
About the project locationHallormsstaoaskogur, the largest wooded area of the country that spreads over 30 ha of land. The reforestation of the forest has been going on ever since a law for the protection was passed in 1899. The tree collection keeps an extensive variety of foreign trees and is renowned by professionals and travellers. The oldest part of the woodland is accessible with good hiking trails and explanation signs.The area offers great variety of walking paths, such as to the deepest valley of the country and up to Sandfell where the view is quite magnificent. Riding tours up to the mountains or in the woodland are also nice experiences. Small streams run through the land where children and adults can cool down in warm summer days.The project is located in the municipality of Fljotsdalsherao, Iceland s easternmost populous municipality; 17 km from the largest town in the Eastern Iceland - Egilsstaoir (population 2600). It is a young town, but which has become the largest town of east Iceland and offers a swimming pool, shops and museums among other main services. Egilsstaoir sits on the banks of the Lagarfljot, a large lake and river, believed to be the home of a cryptid serpent, called Lagarfljotsormurinn by locals.The East Fjords is a region of a special landscape, dominated by long, narrow fjords and steep mountains and the wild reindeers of Iceland are found here, the herd counts between three and four thousand animals.Our hosting partner will organise free time activities in the surroundings of the project, such as hiking.
RequirementsParticipation fee EUR 150 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic kronas.English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.Volunteers should have a motivation for working with outdoors and getting to know ways of living in rural areas in Iceland.Volunteers need to be prepared for working and walking in sometimes cold weather. Be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and bring warm winter clothes as the tasks take place outside and it can get cold. Bring warm under-layers, waterproofs, walking shoes/boots, a good sleeping bag and gloves.
Extra info about the projectParticipation fee EUR 150 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic kronas.