Although we are planning a wide variety of practical conservation tasks this season, including tree planting and GIS mapping, the heart of our volunteer programme remains our maintenance work on the hiking trails in Thórsmörk and Goðaland.
The pictures show the Réttarfell trail in Goðaland, close to its start at Básar. The picture on the left was taken in spring 2006 and the one on the right shows the trail last autumn. As well as changes in the vegetation, the pictures show our developing construction techniques as we have introduced new designs and are now using locally grown timber in the trail network.
We are very excited to be returning to the trails for our eighth season. As well as projects on some of our favourite sites, we have a series of new locations planned for trail improvements this season. They include new work on Valahnúkur, Slyppugilsryggur and Laugavegurinn (south of Þröngá) as well as remote sites on the Fimmvörðuháls trail.
Full details about our 2020 volunteer placements can be found on our website. Applications close on January 31st.
On a cold and rainy January afternoon we needed a little reminder of Icelandic summer.
This short film was made by Johnny Rolt and Ollie Campbell when they joined us 2017. It is a really beautiful film and it captures life at the volunteer camps and our work projects in Thórsmörk, Goðaland and along the Laugavegurinn trail. For anyone joining us for the first time this season, the film gives a good idea of what to expect from our volunteer placements.
We wanted to share this amazing film once again.
Sit back and enjoy a few minutes of summer…
We have received a record number of applications for our programme this season and our first week back at work has been busy with reading applications and completing Skype interviews. We are delighted that there has been so much interest in the programme and it has been really nice to hear from so many people who would like to join us for a second (or third) time.
We have now started to allocate places so although we will keep the applications open until the end of the month, don’t delay getting in contact if you would like to join us this season. 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.
Allocations are now underway and the final deadline for volunteer applications for this season is January 31st.
After 6-months of practical projects, our season came to an end in the middle of October. The equipment is packed, the orange waterproofs washed and the camps have been handed over to the mice as we take our winter break from Thórsmörk.
We would like thank everyone who volunteered with us and made 2018 a really great season. Despite the changeable weather and large amounts of long-distance timber carrying, our teams were ready for every challenge. Together we completed more than 250 weeks of trail maintenance work and practical conservation tasks throughout the area.
We will take a short break in November before preparations for next season begin. Programme details and application forms for 2019 will be available here on December 15th.
Applications for our 2018 volunteer teams will close next week on January 31st. If you would like to join us this summer, please get in touch.
Full details including placement dates and application forms can be found on our website…