WF200 Christmas in East of Iceland and New Year in Reykjavik 18/12 – 01/01 CULT / ART/STUDY 20 vol
Project Location: The camp will take place in two parts of Iceland. Stodvarfjordur in the East and Reykjavik the capital of Iceland.
In The Eastern fjords: 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-postcard fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views.
“Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of 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 breath-taking hiking paths.
Reykjavikis a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the qualities of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - and Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of a modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of the amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city and is centred on the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula. Come at the right time of year, and in favourable conditions you will see the city’s skyline silhouetted against the glowing, shimmering curtain of the aurora borealis, also known as the northern lights. Reykjavik is framed by the majestic Mt. Esja and the blue waters of Faxafloi Bay to the north, while rugged lava-fields spread to the southeast. On a clear sunny day, the Snaefellsjokull glacier glitters on the western horizon like a crystal.
Work: We will live together and create a cosy atmosphere in Stöðvarfjörður. One of the tasks is to decorate the area where our house is located by putting up lights and Christmas decorations made out of recycling materials. The main idea of this camp is to celebrate Christmas together and to promote peace and friendship among the group trough intercultural learning and exchange.
During this camp the volunteer’s main goal will be to edit a special edition of WF Magazine UNA related to Xmas and volunteering in Iceland. Since the set up of the project will be located in 2 different locations Stöðvarfjörður and Reykjavik the volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with other volunteers and experience what Icelanders and international volunteers feel when celebrating Christmas in Iceland.
AS WELL Duringthis time of the year it is very easy to see AURORA BOREALIS and take photos of them. We will check everyday the weather forecast and as well the aurora forecast in order to find the best moments to enjoy this amazing phenomenon. We will also show you basic settings to take photos of it and we will create and electronic post card together to be post in Facebook and in social media during the camp.
During this time of the year the weather in the East can be a little bit cold. We strongly recommend you to bring really warm and waterproof clothes. Don't forget to bring your cameras and tripods if you have one since big parts of the project are focused on Auroras hunting. The tripod is an essential tool to keep the camera working in a long exposure.
The third part of this workcamp will concentrate on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening a different country will cook for the rest of the Group and will be in charge of presenting their origin country and culture in a non-formal way. It could be a presentation, games, theater or however you would like to show it. Therefore we recommend you to bring food, photos or whatever you think is important and nice for the Worldwide Friends evenings.
On the 29th of December we will go to Reykjavik and spend the last three day there. For New Year’s Eve we will organize a party for the volunteers and we will enjoy Iceland´s spectacular fireworks.
This work camp 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.
Leisure: WF Iceland will also organise reasonably-priced weekend excursions to some of the most popular, beautiful areas and natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. The area of Stodvarfjordur is very good for hiking
Accommodation and Food: Worldwide Friends volunteers stay in the Worldwide Friends house in Stodvarfjordur which is fully equipped house of more than 480 m2. Beds are provided and volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags.
In Reykjavik we will stay in a nice house which is 7 minutes by bus from the center of the city.
Food is included for the duration of the workcamp, however everyone is expected to do their fair share of the cooking and cleaning. Since it is always nice to try new and different dishes, volunteers are encouraged to bring along their favourite recipes from home!
There will be Wi-fi internet connection available.
To keep in mind, don’t forget your cameras and tripods if you have one. A Laptop could be very useful as well. Really warm clothes since we are going to a very isolated place which is very cold in winter. Please bring also traditional food from your country, photos and other things
Language: A basic knowledge of English is required for this workcamp.
Requirements: No special requirements but visual arts skills will be considered especially in the selection process.
Terminal: Intl. Airport: Keflavík (KEF), Reykjavík. The closest national airport to the camp site is Egilsstaðir airport which is 40 km away from the project’s site.
Flights arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), just south of Reykjavik. WF Iceland will offer a minibus trip from Reykjavik to the East for a fair price (150 ˆ for the round trip which is almost 1.400 km in total). On the way to the camp we will go through the South to the East of the island. After the camp we will go through the North and west to Reykjavik if the road conditions are good enough. This trip includes unique Icelandic sights such as glacial lagoons, waterfalls, volcanic and geothermal areas, glaciers, lava fields, hot-springs, rhyolite mountain ranges, steam-vents, or even icebergs.
Additional Information: There is an Extra participation fee of 300,- Euro for this workcamp.