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Takk fyrir sumarið! – Thank you for the summer!

Finally we have hung up the orange waterproofs and packed away the rock bars as the end of our project season has arrived. The volunteer camp has closed and the first snow has arrived in Langidalur. It has been a great season for our new programme and we would like to thank everyone who has helped to make it such a success. Together our teams completed over 200 weeks of practical work throughout the area, which greatly exceeded our targets despite the challenging weather conditions.

Our main work included returning to projects that were began last season including sites on Valahnúkur, the Langidalur/Húsadalur valley trail and the Básar Circle but our additional teams also allowed us to take on new tasks further afield including work on the Tindfjall Circle as well as a flight of timber framed steps and a large area of erosion control work(drainage and reseeding) on the Fimmvörðuháls trail. Our actual work area was then enlarged beyond Thórsmörk and Goðaland with our first volunteer project at Emstrur in August.

We would like to thank everyone who joined us for our first season; our very own Wilderness Management teams, groups from WorkingAbroad, our friends from the Icelandic volunteer group Sjá (Sjálfboðaliðasamtök um náttúruvernd) and summer staff from the Forest Service (Skógrækt ríkisins). We very much enjoyed working with you and the results from all the great work that you all did speaks for themselves.

We would especially like to thank our “operations team” (the group leaders, project organisers, returning volunteers and friends) who brought the programme to life and kept things moving so well all summer despite all the challenges – we could not have done it without you!

We hope you all enjoyed your time with us in Thórsmörk and look forward to working with you again. After a short break, we now begin preparations for next season… there are lots of new projects and opportunities planned and full details of placements for 2014 will be published here soon.

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