Renovating a volunteer center and chasing the Northern Lights at the Arctic Circle

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)


Farthest North


The village of Raufarhöfn is the community that lies farthest north in Iceland. It is located in the eastern part of Melrakkasletta close to the Arctic Circle. The population of Raufarhöfn is about 200 and most of the people there earn their living from fishing and fish processing. The harbor is very beautiful and partly shaped by nature itself. A wide and untouched open area surrounds the village with a lot of birds and varied vegetation. In summer, one will observe wild migratory birds within the village being a part of the village life with the villagers most often waking up in the morning to the songs of birds. The coastline with its inlets and creeks is filled with driftwood and reaches out into the Arctic Sea. Away and on the surface of the sea, various sea-birds will be spotted and an occasional seal. On the beach, waders strut, and inland on the grassy moorlands, there are dozens of lakes filled with trout. In the vicinity, many species of ducks, waders and species that favor heaths and moorlands may be observed.

This project is about renovation, painting, cleaning and fixing things around the volunteer house in the village. Raufarhofn is a very isolated place and in the same time very magical. We will work about 6 hours a day in order to make our house in the North a much better place to live in. The house has been hosting volunteers for the last 6 years so it is the right time to renovate the place and give it a nice new look.

In addition, winter time in Iceland means Aurora Hunting. If you like photography, the Northern Lights and sharing an amazing time with friends from all over the world, this project is perfect for you. We will be on the lookout for Aurora Borealis at night throughout the whole project, so you will have the opportunity to take photos of this amazing and unique phenomenon. It is very important to bring your camera with you (only cameras that work in long exposure will catch those lights), so don’t forget your tripod and camera. You can also bring your laptop, as it can come in handy.

This project is a way to enjoy an amazing time in Iceland with other international volunteers and to have an incredible experience where participants share their knowledge with each other while they are exploring creativity, environmental issues and intercultural learning.

Project dates:

  • January 17 - January 31, 2019
  • February 18 - March 4, 2019
  • March 11 - March 25, 2019
  • April 1 - April 15, 2019

To find out more, please visit:

CADIP International Volunteer Program:


  • Housing Available
  • Language/Cultural Support Available


  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

Enrollment and other similar volunteer projects:

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

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