This summer, as well as the regular trail maintenance projects, our teams have also been involved in tree planting for the first time. In July our volunteers joined staff at the nearby Tumastaðir Forestry Station to help plant 1800 poplars.
It is a small beginning for us, be we hope to return during the next weeks and continue the work. This season our teams have also been involved in series of revegetation projects on damaged areas within Thórsmörk and Goðaland using native willow.
Tree planting in Iceland is now gathering pace inline with the country’s climate strategy which includes carbon sequestration through afforestation and revegetation. Our teams have been excited to get involved and we hope to make these planting days a permanent feature within our volunteer programme.
A big thank you to our colleagues at Tumastaðir for hosting the groups. We look forward to our next visit and continuing the work.
Last month, we celebrated the seventh birthday of the Thórsmörk trailteams.
Although the volunteers were busy preparing the Langidalur volunteer camp for the season, they were able to find some time for the chocolate cake.
After seven years on the trails, we still feel very lucky to call Thórsmörk our home.
This year, summer has arrived early in Thórsmörk and the good weather has helped us get ahead with preparations for our main volunteer projects which will start in June.
Our first team of the season joined us for 2 weeks in May and included experienced volunteers from the United Kingdom, USA and Canada. As well as setting up the Langidalur volunteer camp in preparation for the summer, the team focused on GIS data collection, trail surveys and maintenance on several of the main routes.
It has been a really great start… the sun is shining and now we are ready.
Our 2019 team is now ready and we will be returning to the Langidalur volunteer camp to start work in just a few weeks’ time.
In April we begin work with a survey the trail network so that as the snow recedes, we are able to focus on areas where there has been damage over the winter months and finalise a work plan. This season includes plans to return to several of our old (and favourite) sites as well a series of new project locations. During April we are able to gather materials and equipment ahead of the arrival of the main groups of volunteers and this season we will be hosting approximately 55 international volunteers from 15 countries.
We are very exited to meet the new volunteers and very much looking forward to another season with our teams on the trails in Thórsmörk and Goðaland.
We have almost finished the search for our 2019 teams and volunteer applications will close on Thursday. The final Skype interviews will take place next week and the remaining places will be allocated by February 9th.
If you would like to join us, you still have time to complete an application. Placement outlines, dates and application forms can all be found on our website…