Revegetation in the South of Iceland (2:3)
Description: Since 2007 SEEDS has been working with an organisation devoted to the re-vegetation of eroded soils in the south-west of Iceland. The aim is to stop the downward spiral of erosion and to strengthen the ecosystem by enhancing its natural vegetation. SEEDS volunteers will perform four different types of work depending on host needs each time: a) Revegetation and erosion control using organic materials, b) Tree planting, c) Removal of old fences and d) Monitoring the survival and growth of tree plantations of former years. These tasks will be performed at several different locations in the South-west of the country.
Type of Work: By using organic waste materials for fertilizing we aim for a double environmental gain. The soils, impoverished of plant nutrients, are enriched while the amount of materials in need for a treatment as waste is decreased. The materials used are mostly horse manure, yard and gardening waste, fertilizing meal and compost. The usage will depend on the availability of each one of them at the time of the camp. The south-west is part of the volcanic belt of Iceland, with vast lava fields and erodible volcanic soils. Additionally, the area has suffered from overgrazing of sheep for a long time. Consequently the ecological condition is rather poor and some areas have completely lost their top soil.
Accommodation: Volunteers will be lodged in a school building with basic facilities in one of Reykjavik’s neighbouring towns. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses provided, please bring a sleeping bag. There is a shower in the school and volunteers will also have free access to the local geothermal swimming pool.. Food ingredients will be provided and the group will be responsible for cooking and cleaning.
Language: English will be the official language in the camp; high proficiency is not a requirement.
Requirements: Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas.
Approximate Location: The work will take place in the vicinity of Reykjavík, and the groups will touch upon more than one project in different places. The main emphasis will be on erosion control in ten different sites in the south west of Iceland, mostly in and around the Reykjanes peninsula. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields allow little vegetation.
Notes: Participation fee EUR 300 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas. The fee includes transportation from the meeting point to the camp and back (on the first and last day), as the Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes peninsula excursions (1 full day-trip each), we will visit spectacular waterfalls, geysers, impressive coastline, the National Park of Thingvellir and much more. Other excursions can be arranged in the free days for SEEDS volunteers at discount fares.