This weekend we finished packing away the trail tools and closed our camps for the season. Despite the recent good weather, winter is on its way to Thórsmörk.
We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who joined our teams and worked with us this season. 2017 was our most ambitious season so far and together the volunteers completed more than 300 weeks of trail maintenance and nature conservation work across Thórsmörk, Goðaland and along the Laugavegurinn trail.
Thank you all for your hard work and enthusiasm throughout those long days on the trails. Thank you for staying cheerful even when we were moving materials out to distant work sites or working through the days when the rain didn’t stop. Thank you for your friendship and support. We hope that you enjoyed your time in Iceland and have some good memories of your work with us in Thórsmörk. Thank you for accepting the challenge – thank you for choosing us.
We will take a short break in November before beginning preparations for next season. 2018 placement information, project dates and application forms will be published here on December 15th and applications will be open until January 31st.
After months of talking and planning we are about to finally get back to Langidalur with a team and begin work on the trails.
Almost as if had been planned, last week’s snow has been replaced by warm days with bright sunshine and perfect camping weather (at least for the next few days).
We are making an early start this season and our first team of volunteers will focus on improving the trail marking ahead of the main tourist season. Several of the popular hiking routes will be colour coded and individual numbers will be added to the markers to help with safety in the area. The GPS mapping and numbering system is part of the pathfinder programme in Thórsmörk.
We are very much looking forward to the arrival of our first team on Sunday and the season ahead.
Enjoying the first day of summer and preparing the Langidalur volunteer camp… in between the snow showers.
The Langidalur camp is still quiet but will soon be open for business.
Preparations have already begun as this season we are starting early and our first team will be joining us in just 3 weeks time. There is a lot to do in 3 weeks, but we are very much looking forward to meeting the new team and getting started on 7th May.
Following their success last season, we are organising pre-departure Skype meetings for our volunteers before we head back to Thórsmörk.
The meetings are planned for April and all volunteers who are joining us this season will be invited. Their aim is to provide an opportunity to discuss preparations for the placements, including the chance to talk about the conditions at the camps, required equipment and travel to the meeting point at the start. It is the perfect opportunity to make contact and for us to answer any last minute questions that the team may have.
The meetings will take place over about two weeks and details of available times will be emailed shortly. We would like to complete the meetings before we move to the Thórsmörk to begin setting up the camps and where Skype contact is limited.