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Our third birthday!

Preparation work at the volunteer camp stopped briefly on Thursday, so that we could celebrate the volunteer programme’s third birthday with chocolate cake and coffee (a welcome break from working on the roof of the volunteer hut in freezing cold temperatures).

Established by the Icelandic Forest Service (Skógrækt ríkisins) in 2012 as a pilot project, the programme now recruits, trains and leads volunteers on trail maintenance and nature conservation projects throughout Thórsmörk, Goðaland and beyond. In 2014, over 240 weeks of volunteer work were completed.

We would like to thank our volunteers and friends for all their hard work and support over these three amazing years.

(The cake was extremely good…)

First project of the season completed…

Our search for trails free from snow lead this season’s first volunteer team to Hjálpafoss in Þjorsadalur, where we have been working on Forest Service (Skógrækt ríkisins) trail projects in recent days. Our work included landscaping around the newly built trails at Hjálpafoss and general maintenance tasks there. This project was the first time that our teams have worked away from our home area around Þórsmörk, Goðaland and the Laugavegur, since our programme began three years ago.

We would like to thank the team for joining us, for braving the cold conditions, for their hard work… and for digging the car out of the snow so many times!

Now we are warmed up and ready for the summer!

Gleðilega páska – Happy Easter!

A very Happy Easter to you all and best wishes for the summer ahead.

Counting down to the summer…

Although the snow still covers Thórsmörk and Goðaland, our work season begins in just eight weeks time with preparations at our Langidalur base camp at the start of May (weather permitting). We have been busy with planning and recruitment since Christmas and are very excited about returning to Thórsmörk and getting back on the trails.

This year, our programme has been extended and the first volunteers are scheduled to arrive on May 10th. As well as returning to many familiar project sites to complete maintenance tasks, we will be focusing on more long-range projects this season so that we can complete necessary work on several new sites in remote locations.

As our teams make their plans and preparations before joining us, we would like to invite all participants to take a look at our Volunteer pages, where they can find additional information about the project, equipment required and travel details as well as meet the other members of the teams. The response to our placement adverts has been overwhelming this season and we would like to thank everybody who has contacted us about the programme.

We are very much looking forward to another Thórsmörk summer!

Gleðileg jól – Happy Christmas!

Thank you to all for a wonderful year. We would like to wish all our volunteers, friends and supporters, a very Happy Christmas!

 

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