Essential equipment for all volunteers
- Tent – All our volunteers need to bring a good quality tent that can cope strong winds and rain showers. It needs to big enough for both you and your equipment. If you intend to use it for hiking in the area, it should also be lightweight.
- Backpack – You will need to bring a backpack with a capacity of 65-95 liters. This is required for moving between camps during the work projects (Suitcases are not suitable).
- Day pack – This is essential for workdays so that you can carry food and personal equipment. Make sure it is small enough to take as hand luggage on your flight.
- Sleeping bag – A good quality “three season” sleeping bag is required. Even in midsummer the nights can be cold and damp and occasionally frosty. A sleeping bag with a -5° to -10° comfort rating for cold weather would be ideal.
- Sleeping mat – This is essential as it provides insulation from the cold ground and added comfort.
- Walking boots – Comfortable sturdy walking boots are essential. Please make sure that they are worn in and ready to use (see work boots in the Additional recommendations list below).
- Waterproof jacket and trousers – You will need to bring your own waterproofs and these need to be good quality to cope with Iceland’s summer showers! (Our volunteers are provided with waterproofs for work tasks.)
- Work clothes – Please bring warm clothes that you are happy to work in. Please note that jeans are not suitable for work as they become extremely cold when they are wet.
- Flashlight – This would be useful from the middle of July as the nights start to become dark (A head torch is recommended).
- Lunchbox and water bottle and/or thermos flask
- Sunhat, high factor sun cream, lip salve and sunglasses – The sun can be very strong during the summer months in Iceland, it is very important to be protected.
- Toiletries – Please stock up before you arrive at the base-camp as there are no shops nearby. (This is especially important with things like contact lens cleaners).
Hand-washing facilities for clothes are available at our camps (hot water and clothes washing detergent).
- Fleece top – Be prepared! Almost any weather is possible! Bring warm clothes and different layers.
Walking trousers – Whatever you feel comfortable with, those with SolarDry technology are useful. Please note that jeans are not suitable for hiking or outdoor work as they will not keep you warm if they get wet.
- T-shirts – Ones made from technical fabrics are good as they can be washed easily and dry quickly.
- Underwear – Those made from technical fabrics are useful.
- Warm hat and gloves – Work gloves will be provided but warm (or ski-type) gloves may be very useful.
- Walking socks – Woolen socks are recommended as they remain warn even when they are wet.
We have included this list of additional items which you might find useful (if you have any space left!).
- River crossing shoes – These are extremely useful for anyone who intends to spend time hiking around the area. Something that dries quickly is suitable. e.g. sandals or lightweight trainers. Please note that the Laugavegurinn hiking trail includes several river crossings.
- Work boots – Boots with protective toecaps are strongly recommended for our practical work. They also help to save expensive hiking boots from damage on the work site.
- Ground sheet (or tent footprint) – The ground at our Langidalur base-camp is soft but a groundsheet of tent footprint will help to keep your tent waterproof in rainy conditions. They are also very useful as you may well encounter stony ground on other sites away from our work projects. There is almost no vegetation on the main campsite at Landmannalaugar.
- Backpack / day pack liners – The easiest way to ensure that your pack is waterproof is to line it with a thick polythene sack.
- Sleeping bag liner – Some volunteers use sleeping bag liners or fleece blankets for added warmth and comfort.
- Towel and swimming costume – There may be opportunities to visit geothermal pools in the area so you will need swimming things.
- Camera – Camera equipment is expensive in Iceland so make sure you bring everything you need with you (memory cards etc.).
- Solar charger – Access to electricity at our Langidalur base-camp is limited and we recommend solar chargers as a simple way to recharge your electronic devices during your time with us on the programme.
First Aid / welfare Kit (for personal use)
- Personal first aid / welfare kit – We strongly recommend that participants bring their own first aid / welfare kits. Full first aid cover is provided throughout the programme but personal kits are important during times when participants are away from our projects (e.g. travel and days off). Basic contents should include plasters, tape and sterile wipes.
- Medication – It is important that you bring sufficient supplies of any prescribed medication to last you the duration of your visit to Iceland.
Additional equipment for Long-distance hiking (Laugavegurinn Trail guide)
Almost all of the equipment required for long-distance hiking in the area is covered in the list above. Please note that to reduce pack weight, it is possible to store spare items at the Langidalur Base Camp during this period.
- Camping stove and cooking equipment – This will be essential for long-distance hiking as cooking facilities may not be available at all the mountain huts.
- River crossing shoes – There are 4 river-crossings on the Laugavegurinn Trail.