Nature reserve below the Arctic Circle - Hornstrandir
Description: This project is located on the nature reserve at Hornstrandir which is Iceland's northernmost peninsula, situated in the Westfjords of the country. Our host is a family that runs activities and services in the Old Doctor’s House during summer time. SEEDS volunteers have been supporting the activities since 2014 with very good results.
Type of Work: 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 recently 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 last year 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 weather conditions in Iceland are unpredictable so be prepared to experience all kinds of weather and bring warm clothing. The place is only accessible by boat or hiking for several days. The work in this camp is physically very demanding and the location is very isolated
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 phone connection is very limited. There is a landline available through which volunteers’ families can reach the volunteers.
Language: English will be the official language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: The participation fee is EUR 250 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas.Volunteers should be motivated to experience life in a very isolated part of Iceland. Participants should bring good walking sturdy shoes & working clothes.
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
Notes: 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. Do not forget to bring some traditional/typical food from your home country for an international evening. Weather in Iceland is unpredictable and it can be cold or rainy, bring warm winter clothes, overcoats, scarves, gloves & hats as the project takes place outside. Available free time activities in the area include hikes and walks in the beautiful surroundings. The house has a good atmosphere, with card games and live music as common evening activities. Volunteers with musical skills should bring their music instruments with them.
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