Hiking trails in the East fjords

Project Details

Code: SEEDS 075
Start date: 07 jul 2017
End date: 17 jul 2017
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: ENVIRONMENTAL
Theme: CONS, ENVI
Country: Iceland
State: Fjarðabyggð
Airport: Keflavík/Reykjavík (KEF)
Cost: 200
Currency: EUR
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99

Description

SEEDS volunteers will be doing environmental trail work in the Fjarðabyggð district in the East
fjords of Iceland, supporting the environmental department of the local municipality and in cooperation with the
hikers club of the area, Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna.

Work And Activities

In this project SEEDS volunteers will be mostly doing construction, repair and/or marking work in hiking trails and
walking paths in the easternmost area of Iceland. The main tasks will be to mark and repair hiking trails or walking
paths in an isolated area of mountains and fjords. The working area of Gerpissvæðið is isolated from the urban
areas and far from the towns in the municipality. See more at https://goo.gl/sJAeMM .

Well maintained paths enable people to visit these amazing areas without damaging them and this important work
also helps to improve safety for visitors. Additional tasks may be cleaning or beautifying the area, like hand-picking
garbage o r c ollecting t rash b lown b y t he w ind or brought by the sea to the shores and surrounds.
The working day normally runs from 09:00 - 17:00 with breaks for lunch and coffee; however, please be prepared
for some flexibility due to the nature of Iceland's changeable weather. No previous experience is necessary but the
work is demanding and requires a good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers shall be ready to
adapt and be flexible with the working and free-time schedule, as depending on the weather, we may not be able
to perform some of t he tasks or activities planned.

Volunteers need to be prepared for working and walking in a wild landscape and 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.

Accommodation And Food

SEEDS volunteers will be hosted in a local mountain hut in the municipality, away from the towns. Volunteers will sleep on mattresses on the floor sharing rooms. Please bring your own sleeping bag. The house is equipped with a kitchen. Volunteers will share the duties of preparing food, cooking meals and cleaning. There is no shower in the house, but we will have free access to showers in the local swimming pool. Do not forget some traditional/typical food or drinks from your home country for the international evening.

Place

The project takes place in the municipality of Fjarðabyggð, East of Iceland in a beautiful area surrounded by magnificent mountains, picturesque fjords and the sea. Fjarðabyggð is comprised of six fjords, Mjóifjörður, Eskifjörður, Reyðarfjörður, Norðfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvafjörður. The name of the municipality, which is the most easterly one in Iceland, has a strong fjord connection, meaning the people/or the settlement of the fjords. Of the municipality's six villages the most populous one, is Neskaupstaður, with about 1,400 residents. The a ttractions a re a c ombination o f l andscape, history and easy going attitude towards l ife. Eyðibyggðir (abandoned settlements), between Eskifjörður and Neskaupstaður, is the hiker's utopia, and those unable to take long walks can sail there on a cabin cruiser. There are innumerable walking trails through the
magnificent landscape of this area, whether over mountain passes, through valleys, or along the seashore.

Language

English will be the language in the camp; basic conversational skills are needed.

Notes

TERMINAL & T RANSPORT: C losest i nternational A irport: K eflavík/Reykjavík (KEF).
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EEDS organises a “minibus option”, a shared transport from Reykjavík & back. Apart from being cheaper and
convenient, it allows participants to meet and have a relaxed trip, while stopping on the way for interesting sites.
The SEEDS minibus will travel one way along the Northern part of the country and the other way it will go along the
South coast of Iceland. In this way we will have the opportunity to travel the whole ring road and stop at
magnificent natural sights, including waterfalls, glaciers, volcano craters, hot springs, iceberg lagoons, black sand
beaches, etc. Departure will be at 7:00 am of July 7th. Return to Reykjavík in the evening of July 19th.

EXTRAS / SPECIAL REMARKS: Participation fee EUR 200 (Euros). Please note that these fees are to be paid to
SEEDS on arrival in either Euros or Icelandic krónas.

Free access to the local swimming pool and hot tubs, as to the public buses and into the local museums.