Repair and marking of hiking trails in the Eastfjords of Iceland

  • Volunteer Opportunity posted by CADIP




Short-Term (few weeks/months)




In this project volunteers will be mostly doing construction, repair and marking of hiking trails and walking paths in the beautiful fjords of the easternmost area of Iceland, in the Fjarðabyggð district, the area known as a hiking paradise characterised by high mountains surrounding deep fjords. The volunteers will be working under the supervision and with a group from The Environment Agency of Iceland. The main tasks will be to mark and repair hiking trails or walking paths in the protected area of Hólmaness and Neskaupstaður. The path maintenance will be done using manual labour, since machinery is not allowed in the protected area, and using natural materials available on the site.

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 or collecting trash blown by the wind or brought by the sea to the shores and surroundings.

The working day normally runs from 9am to 5pm with breaks for lunch and coffee; however, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the nature of Iceland's changeable weather.

In the beginning of the project there will be organised a guided two-day hiking trip to Gerpissvæði. The volunteers will sleep one night in the cabin in Vöðlavík. The participation in the hiking trip is voluntary, volunteers that choose not to participate can use the time to relax in the accommodation and get to know the town and the surrounding area. For the most part, there is no phone and/or internet connection in the working areas.

Special requirements: No previous experience is necessary but the work is demanding and requires good physical condition. As it is outdoors work, volunteers should 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 the tasks or activities planned. Volunteers need to be prepared for working and walking in a wild landscape and sometimes cold weather.

Project dates: July 20 - July 30, 2018 

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