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Working holiday in a small bookstore in heart of South Iceland

Country: Iceland

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Family-owned bookstore and coffee shop. Very busy during the tourist season.



Selfoss Iceland

Type of help

General Maintenance,
Helping with Tourists,
Help with Computers / internet


Looking for someone to help with archiving old books into an online account, along with some maintenance work and assistance in the bookstore itself.

This is a great opportunity to make a working holiday with a local family-owned business, while getting to explore south Iceland!

Languages spoken

English and Icelandic.


We live in a three-story house in the center of town on Main Street. Each floor has one guestroom and a bathroom.

There is also a public swimming pool with hot pots two blocks away, and volunteers can use it free of charge.

What else ...

We have tried this working holiday program before with great results:

"I stayed for about 4 weeks, which says something in itself."
- Jules Gay, Scotland.

"Staying was the ultimate Icelandic experience! Icelandic books, music, films, food, going to the swimming pool, going to a local festival..."
- Ilka-Johanna, Germany.

Overwhelming experience ! Such an amazing generous family in a magic unique country. It was an honor for me to help in that lovely bookstore for 6 weeks: lots of interesting old books and stories and waffles. Everything was extremely fair, relaxed, nice - much more what I received that what I gave. I'm so grateful for the rare opportunity to get into that culture in an authentic way. Thank you so much Bjarni + Elìn & co. ! See you soon.
Sara - Italy

This Workaway was the best thing ever. The work was enjoyable, and Bjarni and Elin are really lovely and have a nice bookshop and house. They also make good waffles. I learnt a lot about Icelandic folklore, and we got to do fun extra stuff. Selfoss is great, as it has both a waterslide and a cave. Bjarni and Elin cook great food, and also speak great English. I would say that my holiday here was like Disneyland just with more sheeps' heads.
Alice, England

"I struggle to put together the words to describe the experience i had, the food i tasted and the knowledge i gained while staying ..."
Nate Davis, USA.

Absolutely magical! One of the most generous and kind families I have met, and a truly stunning country. I felt so at home there and Bjarni and Elin made me feel like one of the family from the beginning. I feel so honored to have spent an amazing summer with them in Selfoss, learning about Icelandic Folklore, bathing in hot springs and adventures in the midnight sun. I can't thank you all enough for the kindness you showed me, and I hope it will be sooner rather than later that our paths cross again!
Amy, England

A little more information

Internet access
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers

Volunteering hours expected



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