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Back to Thórsmörk

After months of uncertainty, it was very good to finally arrive back in Thórsmörk yesterday. As always, our first visit of the season is an opportunity to take a look at how the winter conditions have affected our previous work. Despite heavy snow, the trail network was in good condition in most of the areas that we visited.

This first trip of the season is also the time when we start putting together a project list for the groups and we found plenty of interesting work to do. So far, the list includes everything from stone construction to timber stairs and of course… lots more drains.

We are currently working on a new safety plan for Covid-19 and hopefully it will be possible for our volunteers to join us later in the season. In the meantime, we will open the Langidalur camp this week so that work in the area can begin.

Winter at Langidalur volunteer camp

These recent pictures from the Langidalur volunteer camp show that there is still plenty of snow in Thórsmörk and the area is still in winter conditions.

We will be heading back to Langidalur to begin preparations for the season in April… just as soon as spring arrives and the snow starts to clear from the hiking trails.

These pictures were taken by our friends at Húsadalur, Volcano Huts, who work in Thórsmörk throughout the winter.

Last call for Volunteers for 2020!

Our search for volunteers comes to an end this week, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please 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 Friday, January 31st and the final placements will be confirmed by February 15th.

Trail work in Thórsmörk and Goðaland this summer

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.
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

Our 10,000 trees in 2020

As we begin to gather our international volunteers for the summer, we have set ourselves a new ambitious target for the season.

As well as the ongoing trail maintenance tasks in Thórsmörk and Goðaland, we aim to plant 10,000 trees at sites close to the Tumastaðir and Þjórsárdalur Forestry Stations. Planting days are planned throughout the season and will start as soon as weather and conditions are suitable. A variety of tree species will be used including native birch and the projects will be organised with our Forest Service collegues who will oversee the work.

Tree planting in Iceland is now gathering pace inline with the country’s climate strategy which includes carbon sequestration through afforestation and revegetation. We are very exitied to be involved in this important new challenge.

Full details about our volunteer projects including placement dates and application forms are now available.
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
Applications close on January 31st.

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