Program Details

Work will focus on the trail network around Skaftafell center and on Kristínartýndar mountain trails. Trails in this area suffer from severe erosion and next summer the project will include new repair techniques. The work is organised by Iceland’s Environ
Location:
Reykjavik, Iceland
Program Type:
Volunteer Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Work Types:
Environment
Duration:
1-3 months

Program Overview

Program Description:
Become a conservation volunteer in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland and join our teams to preserve the Vatnajökull National Park in Skaftafell - a green oasis surrounded by one of the world’s biggest glaciers, located in the southeast of Iceland, and certainly one of the most beautiful areas in the country. Conservation volunteers can join for 2 weeks up to 4 weeks from June to August each year. Individuals, groups and students all welcome.

Work will focus on the trail network around Skaftafell center and on Kristínartýndar mountain trails. Trails in this area suffer from severe erosion and next summer the project will include new repair techniques. The work is organised by Iceland’s Environment Agency (Umhverfisstofnun) in partnership with Vatnajökulsþjógarður who manage the area.The work of conservation volunteers in Skaftafell National Park will include: boardwalk building, resurfacing the trails, improving drainage, bridge building, stone step construction and invasive species removal.

The Skaftafell National Park area is managed by Vatnajökull National Park and international volunteers have played a very important part in the management of the areas hiking trails since 1996. Skaftafell National Park is a very popular hiking area due to its outstanding landscape of glaciers, mountains, varied vegetation and glacier lagoons. This is a very special area embraced by two long glacier tongues in the southeast of the country and is ideally suited for those interested to hike and work in a remote and wild area.
Setting Description:
Iceland is a country filled with legend, sagas, rich history and folkore, and its wild landscape contains mist-filled volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs, dramatic valleys and waterfalls everywhere you look. The first impression when you come to Iceland is that you are stepping into an unknown landscape, not unlike that of the Moon! The winters provide a spectacle of the Aurora Borealis and in the summers, the sun never goes down and shines at midnight.Skaftafell in the southeast of Iceland is situated in a very green area embraced by two big glacier tongues, and surrounded by glaciers, glacier lagoons, the highest mountain of Iceland, and also a vast black sand plain. The area is managed by Vatnajökull National Park who maintains the area’s network of hiking trails in partneship with Umhverfisstofnun. A lot of different tours are possible, from hiking on the glaciers to trekking with its waterfall or five small day treks, to the summits of surrounding peaks, with rewarding views
Cost:
To volunteer in Skaftafell National Park, the cost for the 2 week programme is £350 and 4 weeks is £500, which covers all project costs, including all food, camping, equipment provided for the project (not personal), facilities, all training and supervision by project manager and volunteers, WorkingAbroad Projects backup and placement support.

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