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Returning for our ninth Trailteam season in Thórsmörk

Our ninth Trailteam season has now begun and we are expecting our first international volunteers to join us at the Langidalur camp today.

Despite international travel restrictions and ongoing uncertainty, we intend to go ahead with all of our planned projects and are hopeful that many of our volunteers will still be able to join us. Heavy rain in recent weeks has left us with plenty of maintenance tasks on the trail network and we are eager to get started this week.

We will begin with the opening the Langidalur volunteer camp and then focus on maintenance and repairs to water damage on the main trails. This early season start means that there is time to survey the trail network and plan work projects ahead of the arrival of our main volunteer teams in June.

Weather conditions in Thórsmörk have been excellent during the last few days, cold with bright sunshine and just the occasional snow shower.

Starting in 6 weeks time…

We will soon be arriving back in Thórsmörk and preparing the Langidalur camp for our first volunteers of the season.

There is plenty of work waiting for us and we are very exited to be heading back after our winter away.

Picture taken last week by our friends from Húsadalur, Volcano Huts

Ready and waiting…

We have now completed preparations for the season and remain hopeful that our international volunteers will be able to join us in Thórsmörk and Goðaland this summer.

We received a huge amount of interest in the placements this year and had some difficult decisions when making the selection. The team includes volunteers from fifteen countries and it was very good that many of those who were unable to join us due to travel disruption last season, have signed up to try again this summer.

We have prepared an ambitious programme with lots new timber construction tasks, long-range adventures, mapping work and plenty of tree planting… but more of that later.

We look forward to getting back to work on the trails with our teams as soon as restrictions allow and it is safe to do so.

Pictured: Sunday breakfast with the team, last summer at the Langidalur volunteer camp.

Summer dreaming…

After 6 weeks of applications and interviews, our 2021 Trailteams are taking shape and preparations for the summer are going well.

Although we are focused on office tasks and preparations at this time of year, it is always very exciting to meet the new teams and talk about our plans for the summer, the challenges and the adventures ahead. Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic that the situation will improve and allow us to go ahead with plans to return to the trails in May.

Just in case you were still deciding – It is not too late to join.
Full details including project outlines, dates and application forms can be found on our website…
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

Applications for 2021 will close on Sunday 31st January, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do get in contact by then.

Final call for volunteers for 2021!

Preparations for our 2021 season are going very well and we are delighted by the response to our call for volunteers. The applications are open for one more week so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do get in touch.

No previous experience of trail construction work is necessary as practical training will be provided. We are looking for participants who have some experience of camping and hill walking, enjoy wilderness landscapes and are ready for a challenge. Iceland’s notoriously changeable weather means that our teams have to be well prepared with warm clothing, good waterproofs and sturdy tents. Due to the strenuous nature of our work, participants must be physically fit and as many of our work sites are in remote locations, we do a lot of hiking to get to them! Our team is chosen from applicants and there is no participation fee.

Full details about the placements including dates and application forms can be found on our website…
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

Applications close on Sunday, January 31st and the final placements will be confirmed by February 15th.

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