After a short break we will begin preparations for next season. Full details about our 2018 programme including placement dates and application forms will be published here on December 15th. Interviews and placement allocations begin in the new year and applications will be open until January 31st.
Since we began our work in Thórsmörk five years ago, each season has ended with a visit by a team of volunteers from the International School of Zug and Luzern in Switzerland. The students help with the end of season tasks which include trail maintenance, erosion control work and planting as well as construction and maintenance at the Langidalur volunteer camp.
These groups have been with us from the start and are an important part of our programme. The teams help us to finish the season’s work tasks and their energy, hard work and enthusiasm are hugely appreciated.
During their September visits the students have worked in all kinds of weather but this year the team found themselves in sunshine for much of their visit. Perfect conditions for making a video about their adventures in Thórsmörk…
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.
When we arrived in Thórsmörk five years ago, our work focused on trial maintenance tasks close to the permanent camps at Langidalur and Básar. As these were completed, the teams moved into more remote areas which have the added challenge of hiking long distance with the tools and materials.
To reduce the amount of time hiking each day, a series of temporary wilderness camps has been established close to the worksites. The focus this season has been the Rjúpnafell area where teams stayed for 4-5 days and when necessary were resupplied with food and materials from Langidalur. As well as increasing the range of our operations, these projects are very popular with the teams as they provide an opportunity for our volunteers to experience low impact camping in Iceland’s wilderness.
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.