Volunteer Opportunity

Help restore the natural and historical heritage of the Highlands of Iceland

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CADIP | Highlands of Iceland, Iceland
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Short-Term (few weeks/months)


International volunteers will have the chance to work for the 8th year in a row in this special project based in the highlands, east of Lake Mývatn and north of the Vatnajökull glacier. The area has been inhabited since the early times of the settlement. Our host family, descendants of farmers, are trying to develop new opportunities for work in this very remote area as the farming in such altitude has been very difficult. They run diverse facilities and offer services for local and foreign visitors.Volunteers will support the locals in removing trash left by visitors and will help restore the land damaged by off road driving. Volunteers will also help with repairing an old turf building, restoring it to its previous form and making it look similar to the several other turf buildings in the surroundings. Additional work may be fixing and maintaining walking paths and making a new trail. Well maintained paths enable people to visit the area without damaging it and this important work also helps to improve safety for visitors.

Please note that the work in this project can be physically demanding (such as turfing) and volunteers need to be in good shape and ready to work hard.

Location:

The project is located in the highlands of Iceland, in the highest inhabited place in the country at 469 meters above sea level. The location is in the North-eastern part of the country and in the vicinity of the largest national park in Europe - Vatnajökull National Park.

Mount Herðubreið, the queen of Icelandic mountains is located in the area. It is situated in the east side of the Ódáðahraun desert and close to Askja volcano. The desert is a large lava field originating from eruptions of volcanoes in the area. Due to the mountain's steep and unstable sides, the first ascent was in 1908 despite centuries of knowledge of its existence. Near the mountain lies an oasis with a campground and hiking trails.

The region of the Vatnajökull National Park is unique; one can find glaciers, volcanic activity, glacier bursts, eruptions and geothermal heat plus an extremely rare landscape. The area is now around 12.000 km2 and is expected to be expanded within the next years. Under the ice-cap, the glacier hides seven volcanoes and most of them are active. Vatnajökull covers about 8% of the country, and is about 1000 m thick at its thickest point.

Project dates: June 2 - June 14, 2019

More info at: http://cadip.org/volunteer-in-iceland

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International volunteers will have the chance to work for the 8th year in a row in this special project based in the highlands, east of Lake Mývatn and north of the Vatnajökull glacier. The area has been inhabited since the early times of the…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Housing Available
  • Language / Cultural Support Available
  • International Volunteers Welcome

How To Apply

Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects: http://cadip.org

Give us a call: 310-882-7400; 646-657-2900; 416-943-4900; 604-628-7400;

Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects: http://cadip.org

Give us a call: 310-882-7400; 646-657-2900; 416-943-4900; 604-628-7400;

Location

Highlands of Iceland, IS
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