Volunteering in an Icelandic cemetery

Marie Damman
Marie Damman

Recently, I left ten days in Iceland to volunteer. The purpose was to shoot the Icelandic way of life. For two of these days, we volunteered in a cimitery.

We were ten, from Korea, honk Kong, Italy, Russia, England, our leaders were from Lithuania and me, from Belgium. We were expecting to meet Icelanders but our guide at think trey was from Norway.

After several wifes and girlfriends, our guide finally met his Icelander wife and moved out here.

He also changed job, he was a reporter in Norway. Now, he is a gardener in a cimitery. He knows a lot of stories about his working place and also quiet many about the Icelanders.

While removing the bad seeds from the grave area, the guide took some of us for a short journey, one group at a time. We went on a road trip into the deepness of the cemetery.

This huge area hid a home method to recycle. The employees select everything. They try to involve the visitors into they ecology way of life. The basic waste is expensive in Iceland so instead, they take away the plastic, paper, glass, metal, leaves, and so more. They also have bags of Christmas candles they reused into brand new Christmas candles made by disabled people.

Their processes of recycling is impressive, they also make oil from the removed seeds and make new composte.

Inside the building, recycling is still an important part of the community. Several garbages with signs stand next to the buffet table. Sometime one is missing and most if the time, the sign is written in Icelandic.

Our meal weren’t that exciting, they looked served from another company. We had choice though, salad, meat and fish.

After having a hard day of work, sometimes under the rain, racking leaves, our guide released us earlier. We finished our day at the swimming pool, in a warm hot tub, of 44C°.