Coastline cleanup of the Eastfjords of Iceland

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


East Fjords


This is a perfect project for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges.

Scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbours mean picture perfect fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.

Project dates:

  • July 25 - August 4, 2018
  • July 28 - August 7, 2018
  • August 4 - August 14, 2018
  • August 7 - August 17, 2018
  • August 14 - August 24, 2018
  • August 17 - August 27, 2018
  • August 24 - September 3, 2018
  • August 27 - September 6, 2018
  • September 6 - September 16, 2018
  • September 16 - September 26, 2018
  • September 26 - October 6, 2018

Fjarðabyggð is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes Eskifjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

The volunteers will do environmental work in different areas in Fjardabyggd, for example cleaning the coastline, planting trees, taking down old fences or fixing hiking paths. They will also help locals beautify the villages after the winter time.

In addition, we will renovate, paint, clean and repair things in the volunteer houses and the surrounding area in Eskifjörður. The main house in Eskifjörður used to be the village school. It is more than 100 years old. In the last years, hundreds of international volunteers have spent time in that house. The second house in the same village is a harbor house, which used to be a workstation for fishermen in the old days. Last winter the house was damaged by strong winds and needs to be repaired. The plan is to rebuild the house and use it for volunteer activities.

This project gives you the opportunity to spend an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning. Our work will also depend on the weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, even though, hopefully, it will be nice most of the time.

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Cadip volunteer project review:

"I had an incredible time in Iceland in August, it was my first time doing a Cadip volunteer program and it was absolutely amazing, rewarding, challenging and fun. The nature was breathtaking and I enjoyed talking to people from all over the world and immersing myself in a new local culture. I enjoyed getting to know the values, traditions and daily routine of locals and expanding my knowledge of other cultures and ideals." Maia N.

CADIP Volunteering Worldwide:


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Enrollment and other volunteer projects:

USA: 646-657-2900; 617-841-0400; 310-882-7400

Canada: 416-943-4900; 514-316-8500; 604-628-7400; 780-638-2500