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Help reforest Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland

Experience hosted by Ragnhildur & Brynjolfur

4 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 8 people
Includes food, transportation, and equipment

What you'll do

We will pick you up in a minivan at the BSI Bus Terminal and head out of Reykjavík to Brynjudalur. We will share some history of the island and how we are helping Iceland become carbon neutral. The drive takes about 60 minutes, depending on the weather and traffic, and we will pass through places not visited by most tourists.
When we arrive, we will introduce you to the trees we will plant and then work alongside you and your friends and family along the way.
After planting about 45 minutes, we will take you for a short tour of our forest, ending with a BBQ.
Once everyone has eaten well, we will hop back on the bus and return you to the BSI station in central Reykjavík.
We collaborate with Urban Offsets (https://urbanoffsets.co/) to make this a carbon-neutral experience!
Other things to note
The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable, so bring windbreakers/water proof clothes and sturdy and comfortable shoes. There is no bathroom at the planting site.
We will pick you up in a minivan at the BSI Bus Terminal and head out of Reykjavík to Brynjudalur. We will share some history of the island and how we are helping Iceland become carbon neutral. The drive takes about 60 minutes, depending on the weather and traffic, and we will pass through places not visited by most tourists.
When we arrive, we will introduce you to the trees we will plant and then work alongside you and your friends and fa…

What's included

  • Food
    Hot dogs and condiments. Vegan hot dogs provided, if requested.
  • Transportation
    Transportation - minivan.
  • Equipment
    Planting sticks and plants.

Meet your host, Ragnhildur & Brynjolfur

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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We both work for the Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA), an NGO established in 1930 to reforest Iceland. Brynjólfur is a forester and the Director of the IFA (from 1989) and Ragnhildur is an environmental scientist and project manager at the IFA (from 2005). Brynjólfur likes to grow trees from seed in his spare time and Ragnhildur likes to take her dog for a walk in a forest. We both love trees and our country's history and want to share our enthusiasm with Iceland's many guests. The New York Times wrote about our work in 2017.
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About the organisation: Skógræktarfélag Íslands - Icelandic Forestry Association



The Icelandic Forestry Association (IFA) was founded in 1930 and is a national umbrella organisation for local forestry associations in Iceland, who together form one of the largest NGO's in Iceland. The goal of the IFA is to further the interests of forestry in Iceland and encourage environmental improvements. The IFA is an advocate for forestry and the forestry associations.

This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Skógræktarfélag Íslands - Icelandic Forestry Association.

Where you'll be

Brynjudalur is a secluded valley about 60 km from Reykjavík. The route takes us through the beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord, with scenic views of mountains, the ocean and historic sites. The valley has heath-like vegetation ("mói" in Icelandic) and grasslands, ending in a great view of the Botnssúlur mountains, rising to over 1000 m, and a lovely recreational forest cultivated by us. Your plants will help to expand the forest cover in the valley.
Gary
August 2019
A great and truly unique experience. Binni was a wonderful host and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to learn more about Iceland, its unique environmental history, and their current approaches to address climate change. Definitely sign up for this !!!
A great and truly unique experience. Binni was a wonderful host and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to learn more about Iceland, its unique environmen…
Jen
August 2019
This was our first outing in Iceland, and it was perfect! Ragnhildur taught us so much, not only forestry, but everything from history to economics of how Iceland has changed through the years. It was a great experience and journey into a part of Iceland we would not have seen or known about otherwise. Fjords, mountains, a bit of fresh berry picking, and finish off with Icelandic hot dogs and chocolate covered licorice. Definitely a great way to start our visit!
This was our first outing in Iceland, and it was perfect! Ragnhildur taught us so much, not only forestry, but everything from history to economics of how Iceland has changed throu…
Meena Samarsinh
August 2019
It was a very unique experience. The guides drive you to this gorgeous valley in he fjords . They were excellent guides and are doing such a wonderful job helping reforesting Iceland. We planted 137 saplings which will grow into beautiful trees. The hosts gave us a ton of information on geology, economy and culture of Iceland. They made delicious food after the planting was done and drove us back to Revkajavik. Must do trip.
It was a very unique experience. The guides drive you to this gorgeous valley in he fjords . They were excellent guides and are doing such a wonderful job helping reforesting Icela…

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Gloves

Bottle of water or other beverage.