Djúpavík - Where the northern road ends!
Description: SEEDS Volunteers will be working on various small projects in Djúpavík, a small village in the Icelandic Westfjords.At present the village only consists of seven houses, a hotel and the ruins of a herring factory. SEEDS has been volunteering there since 2008. Our hosts are a family that are trying to develop new opportunities for work in the remote area. They live and work there, running diverse facilities and offering services for visitors.
Type of Work: The main tasks will include the building and maintaining of hiking trails and walking paths in the area, to put up sticks and signs if needed. Other tasks will be cleaning the coastline, collecting driftwood and general gardening work. Volunteers will also assist in the maintenance of the old herring factory, like with the help of the cleaning and possibly painting the roof. The building is used by artists and for cultural events.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be hosted in a local summer house, sleeping in shared rooms on bunk beds. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Food ingredients will be provided and a kitchen is available for use. Volunteers will share the duties of preparing and helping host to cook meals. Do not forget some traditional/typical food from your home country for the international evening.
Language: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are necessary.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 200 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. Our hosting partner will organise some free time activities for SEEDS volunteers, for instance a day trip and excursions in the area. Please bring a sleeping bag.
Approximate Location: Djúpavík is located at the head of Reykjarfjörður on the Strandir coast in the Westfjords region. The area is one of Iceland's most remote. It is a sheltered bay largely untouched by modern developments, where silence reigns and nature continues to shape a rugged, mountainous landscape. The distance from the capital is about 360 km and the nearest village, Hólmavík, is about 70 km away.
Notes: The bay of Djúpavík is among the least frequented parts of the country. The roads up there are only open during the few months of the short summer. It is one of the remotest corners of Europe, where the coastline is covered with vast expanses of driftwood that originated on the other side of the Arctic Ocean, in Russian Siberia. The region is stunningly beautiful and a perfect place to really experience Iceland’s wilderness. The story of Djúpavík really began in 1915, when ElíasStefánsson started a herring salting station. He went bankrupt in 1919 but in 1934 entrepreneurs of Djúpavík built a huge herring factory that ran for two decades, giving people in the area a chance to earn a living.
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