You want to make plans for 2022? You want to have a good and healthy perspective for the year to come? You are looking for a different kind of activity on Ikaria apart from surfing and sunbathing?
Here is our offer for you: join the Volunteer Hiking Holidays 2022, which we, “Friends of Ikaria”, are organizing in cooperation with the local Ikarian Hiking Club “OPSIkarias”. No, we are not giving up on this project. No, we are not allowing Covid-19 again to destroy our optimism that good things can happen in 2022. On this background we have the following offer for you:
You can join a dedicated international group of hikers in the week before Greek Easter: 18 – 22 April 2022.
The Volunteer Hiking Holidays on Ikaria have already little tradition: We started this activity in 2017 and have repeated it every year until 2019 when the COVID-19 pandemic stopped us. BUT: now we are back and we want to do it again. There is still a lot of work to be done so that our project is completed: creating a 60 km long scenic trail along the backbone of Ikaria, the ridge of mt Atheras, running all the way from the east to the west end of the island – the “Transikarian Trail”, also called “Atheras Ridge Walk”.
We would like to continue our journey in exploring Ikaria outside the high season and to dive into the world of the mountains with guidance and support by the local hiking club of Ikaria “Opsikarias” who are the managers of the project.
Besides hiking and working in the trails across the amazing rocky landscapes of mt Atheras, the volunteers will also have a chance to learn about the Greek-Orthodox Easter festivities on the island, as well as to attend the evening events that we organize in the evenings after the work on the mountain.
Unfortunately, unlike the previous years, due to covid-19 restrictions this time we are not going to be hosted in private houses of small mountain villages. Instead, our base will be a hotel in Evdilos, which is Ikaria’s second town and port located on the northern side of the island.
More details of the program will follow. But be assured: besides the “volunteer” work you will have plenty of time to relax and make your own trips … and if you are interested: we will be happy to introduce you to other project partners, whose activities “Friends of Ikaria” have already supported over the years.
For accommodation: The “Atheras hotel” in Evdilos will be our partner and has good offers for your stay.
For car rentals: the car rentals “Lemy Car” and “Ikarian Holidays” are also cooperating with us and made good offers available for the participants of these Volunteer Hiking Holidays.
Please note: The participants of this project are responsible for the organsitation/booking of their trip to Ikaria/Evdilos (flight, hotel, car rental etc.). The participation at the project is for free, but all other costs for the trip – including food and beverages – have to be covered by the participants.
So if you are interested to be part of the group of “Friends of Ikaria”, and hike and work side by side with Ikarians on this kind of project, you are welcome to send your subscription or your request for more details to: firstname.lastname@example.org