Around 40 members of the volunteers’ association Veraldarvinir (Worldwide Friends) have rented the three houses on Hverfisgata 88 in 101 Reykjavík and are currently working on renovating them, inside and out.
Central Reykjavík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“We are breathing life into this part of the street,” Thórarinn Ívarsson of Veraldarvinir told Fréttabladid. “We will use the houses as facilities for our volunteers—we receive about 900 volunteers every year.”
The volunteers come from all parts of the world to work on environmental projects in Iceland with the association. They volunteer for various periods of time, ranging from two weeks to six months, from March to October.
“When they leave we plan to open the houses for young people who want to familiarize themselves with environmental protection. We will also organize workshops, art workshops and more,” Ívarsson added.
Veraldarvinir will continue with their renovation of Hverfisgata throughout the summer. “We will finish these houses and then stretch onwards to the next houses and gardens if we possibly can.”
The condition of the buildings on Hverfisgata has been criticized by house preservationists.