Volunteer in the Icelandic countryside -

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  • Description

    Description

    We are a family of 5 in northern Iceland, but only 3 that live in the house. We live in a beautiful valley about 12 kilometres away from the town of Akureyri, which has about 20.000 inhabitants. Akureyri is the biggest city outside of the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík. The town has a lot to offer, like museums, movie theatres, bars, nightclubs, bowling alley, ice skating rink, swimming pools and more. There is a geothermal swimming pool about 3 kilometres from our house. We have a great view of the countryside from our house and there is a big garden with trees and a barbecue.

    We bought a big old 3 story house to renovate in the summer 2011. There is an apartment on the second floor where we live and there is a raw food and vegetarian/vegan restaurant on the ground floor but it's only open during the summer months. Kristín has learnt holistic medicine and does, courses on healthy cooking and private counselling. She also teaches in Akureyri during winters and produces vegetarian products for sale in town. Grettir is a contractor for farmers where he works with heavy machines.
    This summer with built two holiday homes that we rent out and next winter we will renovate another house also for renting. NOTICE: We are not farmers and we do not have any animals now except one dog and one cat.

    The summers in this area of Iceland can be really nice and the winters are beautiful. There is a lot of snow during the winter and there's a ski area in Akureyri. We also have snowmobiles and use them whenever we can during the wintermonths.

    Most of the work includes household chores, helping out in the restaurant during summers, and renovating both inside and outside.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Helping with Tourists
    Language practise
    Other
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for someone who can help clean the house inside and outside, do some gardening, painting and maintenance work. We also need someone to serve and help in the kitchen at the restaurant, which is a raw food/vegetarian restaurant, that produces different kind of food for sale in town. The restaurant itself is only open in accordance to the holiday homes and for everyone during the summers. We need help with our new holiday homes that we rent out and also with renovating another house to be ready for rent next Easter.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Icelandic, English and a litlte bit of Danish and some understanding of german.

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    The volunteers have their own room with a comfortable bed and covers. The room is equipped with clothes hangers, comfortable bed and a nightstand. If two people come together they have to share that bedroom. The room is not in the same house as the restaurant. We have another house with an apartment that people share.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We would like the volunteer to be a non smoker, reliable and honest and be able to all kind of work both inside and outside and that means he has to be in a good physical and mental condition.
    We prefer vegetarian food but we also use meat and fish occasionally.
    People with allergies, such as nuts, almonds, animal hairs and smokers are adviced to look for another accomodation.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • ...

    Volunteering hours expected

    25 hours a week


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Scenery to the south.
Sunset in summer time
Grettir and Kristín
Grettir with Perla on his snow mobile.
This is Hrafnagilshverfi, a village 3 km away from our place. Swimming pool and the Christmas House are it's main attractions.
Our new holiday homes.
Perla our dog.
The restaurant.
The Northern Lights!
Kristín
Grettir
Grettir cutting grass.
Host ref number: 816771862583

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