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WF260 ISLANDIA 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 Arcti ENVI,STUD 24/08/2021 07/09/2021

Let’s clean up the coastline near the Arctic Circle | WF260 | 2021-08-24 - 2021-09-07 | ENVI,STUD | Age: 18 - 99

Veraldarvinir - Worldwide Friends (WF Iceland) was founded in 2001 as a non-profit, non-governmental organisation Veraldarvinir/WF Iceland aims at: • Promoting peace and friendship • Promoting inter-cultural learning, exchange and awareness • Preserving Icelandic nature and raising awareness about environmental issues • Promoting voluntary work and a culture of volunteering

Work: During the workcamp we will be cleaning the coastline along the road 870 which goes around Melrakkasletta. Every day that we clean the coastline we will document the process by weighing the garbage we find as well as measure the meters and square meters of the coastline we cleaned. On days with poor weather conditions, we will be sorting and cleaning the things we find with the goal of reusing and recycling. The municipality of Nordurthing where Raufahöfn resides might ask us to help with different tasks related to the environment. This could happen with short notice so plans might change suddenly, it’s always good to switch things up a bit. Our work will depend on weather conditions and that’s why we have to be flexible. Please keep in mind that the work might be physically hard, and you should be prepared for unfriendly weather. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. We will be doing workshops together every now and then about global warming and sustainability. If you have ideas for workshops that you would like to do yourself then that is always welcome.

Accomodation and food: Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in the WF house in Raufarhöfn. The house is almost 450 m2 with several dormitories, two big living rooms, fully equipped kitchen, three showers and three toilets. Beds are provided; however, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t want to bring it. Wireless internet access is provided free of charge. 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! Please keep in mind that usually we have around 10 to 15 international volunteers in the house at the same time

Location: 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.

Location and Leisure: Worldwide Friends volunteers have free access to the local geothermal-heated swimming pool in the village. Traditionally, natural pools have played an important social role in Icelandic culture. Some leisure activities will be organized by the local community. The area around the village is also good for hiking so please bring your hiking shoes. An optional excursion to the myvatn area with green lagoon - this excursion costs 100 euros

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Language: eng

Extra Fee: 450 EUR