Skaftafell Wilderness Volunteer Programme in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Country: Iceland,
Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation, Manual work / Construction,
Organisation: WorkingAbroad Projects

Volunteer in Skaftafell National Park in Iceland as an environmental volunteer 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.

Environmental volunteering in Skaftafell National Park will be in teams of up to 8 volunteers with qualified and experienced team leaders carrying out a variety of wilderness management projects.

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 environmental volunteers in Skaftafell National Park will include boardwalk building, resurfacing the trails, improving drainage, bridge building and stone step construction.

No previous experience of this work is necessary as training will be provided by experienced leaders. The working day normally runs from 09:00 – 17:00 with breaks for lunch and coffee. However, please be prepared for some flexibility due to the nature of Iceland’s changeable weather.  Some of our worksites may be away from the campsite close to the glacier. All environmental volunteers need to bring a sturdy tent and warm clothes (or you can rent a tent when you arrive).

Environmental volunteers can join for 2 weeks up to 4 weeks from June to August each year.

Individuals, groups, students all welcome.

To volunteer in Skaftafell National Park, the cost for the 2 week programme is £375 and 4 weeks is £525, 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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The Coombe, Spring Barn Farm

Kingston Road



Telephone 1: +44 1273 479 047


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