Hitting the slopes - Skálafell and Blue Mountains (2:2)
Description: SEEDS volunteers will be helping out in two of the main skiing areas in the capital region of Iceland, Bláfjöll (or the Blue Mountains) and Skálafell. In Skálafell the ski slopes are turned into a bike park during summertime and mountain bike enthusiasts can nourish their passion. The main tasks will include renovation and maintenance work on the bike trails; mainly raking and scraping them up. Other possible tasks may be related to general cleaning of the area. In the Blue Mountains, the main tasks will be maintaining the slopes and preparing them for the next ski season. The city and a few sports associations run lodges and mountain huts there and they might also need some renovation jobs, such as painting and/or cleaning.
Type of Work: The working plan is flexible and it will depend on the needs of our local hosts. Volunteers need to be motivated to work mainly outdoors on physical jobs and under changeable weather conditions. The camp starts shortly after summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets and the nights are almost as bright as the days. The bright nights are magical and staying awake enjoying the beautiful surroundings is a unique experience. As the landscape is raw, the work is physically demanding but also rewarding. Volunteers should have a motivation for working outdoors and to stay and experience isolated areas close to the capital.
Accommodation: SEEDS volunteers will stay in one of the ski lodges in the mountains and sleep in a sleeping bag accommodation, sharing rooms. 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.
Language: English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónur.. The fee includes the domestic transportation from Reykjavík to the campsite and back (on the first and last day of the camp) and the Golden Circle excursion. Departure time will be around 10:00 in the morning on June 27 from the meeting point in Reykjavik
Approximate Location: The skiing areas of Bláfjöll and Skálafell are both about 25 minutes drive away from the city. Bláfjöll is south-west of the city and Skálafell is located to the east of Reykjavik. Both areas have great slopes for downhill skiing and snowboarding as well as tracks for cross-country skiing. Bláfjöll has 16 lifts and Skálafell has 4 lifts.
Notes: Participation fee EUR 350 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónur.. The fee includes the domestic transportation from Reykjavík to the campsite and back (on the first and last day of the camp) and the Golden Circle excursion. Departure time will be around 10:00 in the morning on June 27 from the meeting point in the city of Reykjavik. The locations of the camp are remote and isolated, even though still close to the city. Free time activities in the surroundings are mostly hiking and trekking. Volunteers shall be prepared for physical outdoors work. Excursions can be arranged at discount fares ( South Shore, Reykjanes or Snaefellsnes Peninsula,etc.).
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