Saving the shores - Drone mapping on the move

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Coordinator | Sebastian
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Travel around Iceland with the "Ring Road" and visit the most hidden places.
Interact with volunteers form all around the world, learn about their culture, and traditions.
Seize the oportunity to learn about the environment and at the same time put in practice what you learned.
Discover the most majestic places that Iceland has to offer, vulcanoes, geysirs, hotsprings, glaciers, waterfalls, and much more.
Experience the breathtaking view of the northern lights or the midnight sun.
Travel around Iceland, clean the coastline and map the shores with drones. Participate in environmental education and environmental activities. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Project Location:
Your program will start in Reykjavik for two days, spending two weeks in our sustainable center in the Northwest, one week in Raufarhöfn near the Arctic circle, and one week in Stödvarfjörður in the east of Iceland.

Reykjavik is a city full of energy, just waiting for you to experience it. Powered by heat from the earth below, with ever-changing weather sweeping across the landscape, its natural features are matched by the energy of its residents. Think of the denominators of a great city - fun, culture, nature, clean air - Reykjavik has them in spades. All the advantages of modern, forward-looking society are complemented by the beautiful natural setting. In a country of only just over 300,000 people, the Reykjavik Capital Area has a population of about 200,000. However, since it’s the only major city in the country, Reykjavik has a lot of amenities that you would only expect to find in a much larger center elsewhere in the world.

Brú the sustainable center of Worldwide Friends is near to the crossroads to the West, South, and North of Iceland in the area of Hrutafjordur which is a 36 km long fjord in Hunathing vestra. In the neighborhood, you can find a lot of pure and unspoiled nature, beaches full of driftwood, Snæfellsnes peninsula, glaciers in the highlands, waterfalls, strong rivers, canyons, and craters. The purpose of the center is to protect the nature in the area and to raise the awareness of sustainability among the locals and the visitors who are coming to the area. The house is more than 1.000 m² and has 16 double rooms, two kitchens, several bathrooms, and common areas, rooms for workshops and galleries. It has its own hydroelectric generator to produce electricity for heating and daily use. The generator is broken at the moment but will be active later this year.

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 seabirds 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.

Stödvarfjörður scoured by Ice Age glaciers, the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors depict postcard-like fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful views. “Fjarðabyggð" is an association of villages in the Eastern fjords of Iceland. It includes the towns of Eskifjörður,
Fáskrúðsfjörður, Mjóifjörður, Neskaupstaður, Reyðarfjörður, Breiðdalsvík and Stöðvarfjörður, all tiny fishing villages with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with rich sea life, a great variety of birdlife, and countless breathtaking hiking paths. You will explore the area during your stay in the east.

Volunteers will do beach cleaning in different parts of the island and help to recycle the plastic which we are going to be collecting. Working hours are 5 hours per day five days a week.
Most of the mornings during the program we will have workshops for two hours about "the Sustainable Development Goals" with a special focus on climate changes. In addition to the theoretical part, we are going to be working on the beaches. There the work will be divided into two phases. The first one consists of mapping the shore with drones and cameras to identify the conditions of the beach. The data will be used to improve the impact of our work and to maximize the resources. We are conducting a long-term program of beach cleaning and the data will be crucial for scientific research. The second phase is selecting the beaches that need cleaning. Our work will depend on weather conditions, which is why we must be flexible. You should be prepared for unfriendly weather, but hopefully, the weather will be nice most of the time. This is a perfect camp for people who like outdoor work and physical challenges. Working hours are about 5 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Camp Leaders:
There are always one or more leaders for each camp, depending on the size of the group. Leaders represent the link between the hosting community and the group of volunteers. They coordinate the work, organize leisurely activities and plan excursions, shopping, and cooking sessions. Apart from these additional responsibilities, they are equal to other volunteers. Most of our camp leaders are from other countries, as we are very open-minded in hosting international leaders from other organizations.

Typical day

A typical working day has the following schedule:

8:00 Breakfast                                    8:00 Breakfast
9-12 Workshop                                   9-12 Beach cleaning
12:00 Free time                                  12:00 Free time
13:00 Lunch                                        13:00 Lunch
14-17 Volunteering activity              14-17 Volunteer activity
17-19 Free time                                  17-19 Free time
19:00 Dinner                                       19:00 Dinner
21:00 Movie Night                             21:00 Game Nights

Free-time activities

Free access to several geothermal swimming pools
  • Access to Perlan geological wonders exhibition
  • Access to the geothermal baths in Mývatn
  • Access to the seal museum in Hvammstangi
  • Access to the hydroelectric power plant in Kárahljúkar
  • Several hikes
  • Day tour to the most remote area in Iceland called Strandir
  • During the project the volunteers will be touring around Iceland and visiting most of the best known natural wonders on the ring road. For example Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, Reynisfjara black beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, Hverir geothermal area, Goðafoss waterfall, Grábrók crater, and much more.
We will focus on intercultural learning and exchange. Every evening a volunteer from a different country will be in charge of presenting their country of origin and culture in an informal way. It can be a presentation, a game, theatre – the form of introduction is up to you! Therefore, we encourage you to bring along some food, photos, or anything interesting related to your country for a fun and informative evening amongst other volunteers. There will be cultural dinners where volunteers prepare typical dishes from their country and share it with the groups. Bring any traditional ingredients that you want to share. 
We also offer extra activities such as whale watching, fishing, excursions, and glacier adventures. 
Water Sports
Winter Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Required Documents
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 09:00 - 18:00

What's Included

Services by Worldwide Friends
The fees include transportation related to the project, all the meals, housing, WIFI, visit the Perlan Museum, swimming pools, workshops, and the south coast excursions. 
Worldwide Friends volunteers will be staying in a hostel in Reykjavik for the first two days and after that in the WF houses in Brú, Raufarhöfn, and Stodvarfjordur. The houses are all fully equipped, volunteers should bring their own warm sleeping bags or borrow one from WF if they don’t have one. 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 favorite recipes from home!
Please keep in mind that there will be other volunteers in the same houses at the same time as your group.
Food & Beverages
All the volunteers are expected to cook. Each volunteer prepares his own breakfast and cleans after himself. 
For lunch and dinner, the volunteers will take turns cooking and cleaning. We can accommodate special diets such as vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free. 
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Reykjavik. We assist you to find cheap flights to Iceland.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Iceland provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Iceland you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Iceland.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

  • 27.03 25.04
  • 10.04 09.05
  • 24.04 23.05
  • 08.05 06.06
  • 22.05 20.06
  • 05.06 04.07
  • 19.06 18.07
  • 03.07 1.08
  • 17.07 15.08
  • 31.07 29.08
  • 14.08 12.09
  • 28.08 26.09
  • 11.09 10.10
  • 25.09 24.10
  • 09.10 07.11

This program is paused due to COVID-19

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
5 - 5 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
30 days (min. stay)
30 days (max. stay)
Average fees
$427 /week

The organization charges its fees in EUR. The price table in USD is subject to currency fluctuation. Worldwide Friends will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Worldwide Friends during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Saving the shores - Drone mapping on the move

Travel around Iceland, clean the coastline and map the shores with drones. Participate in environmental education and environmental activities.


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