Forestry and gardening activities in Iceland

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The friendly little community of Hveragerði sits on top of a highly active geothermal field which provides heat for hundreds of greenhouses where fruit, flowers and vegetables are produced throughout the year. Even bananas grow in these greenhouses! The name Hveragerði means 'hot springs garden'. Geothermal energy is Hveragerði's lifeblood, and you probably won't find such a natural wonder in the middle of a populated area anywhere else in the world. Nearby you will find an even more geothermally active site: Gufudalur, the lovely 'Steam Valley' behind the town. This whole valley is full of hot springs, geysers, mud pots, fumaroles and steaming vents.

Our host is the Rehabilitation and Health Clinic which is a part of the Natural Health Association of Iceland. Every year approximately 2,000 patients and other guests enjoy their diverse rehabilitation programs, which are focused on an approach that builds self-confidence and personal responsibility for the patients' own health. The Clinic has earned a solid reputation, both in Iceland and internationally, since its foundation in 1955 for personal and effective care for patients. It is the oldest and one of the two most important rehabilitation clinics in Iceland.

The Natural Health Association has a horticultural and environmental department, including forestry, gardening, and greenhouses, which is where the international volunteers work most of the time. The volunteers will also maintain the green areas around the clinic, collect herbs for making tea and assist with other environmental tasks as needed.

Project dates: February 3 - February 17, 2020 February 17 - March 2, 2020 March 2 - March 16, 2020 March 16 - March 30, 2020 March 30 - April 13, 2020 April 13 - April 27, 2020 April 27 - May 11, 2020 May 11 - May 25, 2020 May 25 - June 8, 2020 June 8 - June 22, 2020 June 22 - July 6, 2020

Location: Hveragerði, 45 km east of Reykjavík

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