After 6 weeks of applications and interviews, our 2021 Trailteams are taking shape and preparations for the summer are going well.
Although we are focused on office tasks and preparations at this time of year, it is always very exciting to meet the new teams and talk about our plans for the summer, the challenges and the adventures ahead. Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic that the situation will improve and allow us to go ahead with plans to return to the trails in May.
Just in case you were still deciding – It is not too late to join.
Full details including project outlines, dates and application forms can be found on our website…
Applications for 2021 will close on Sunday 31st January, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do get in contact by then.
Selfies, trail building, hiking… and lots of food. These pictures tell the story of our adventures last summer.
Although travel plans were disrupted at the start of the summer, many of our volunteers were able to join us in July and together the teams managed to completed more than 100 weeks of practical work. In addition to maintenance work on the hiking trails in Thórsmörk and Goðaland, the volunteers also worked closely with our Forest Service colleagues on a series of tree planning projects on other sites as part of our carbon sequestration initiative.
We have now started putting together a team for 2021 and full detail including application forms are now available here on our homepage. Applications for next season will be open until January 31st.
Our 6-week volunteer placements include a ‘Hiking week’ when the team has the chance to take a break from the trail work and explore the area. This year our volunteers found some good weather days and were able to complete the famous 54km Laugavegur trail.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Ferðafélag Íslands Hut Wardens who looked after our team and helped them along the way.
A ‘relaxing’ break from building hiking trails in Thórsmörk…
Preparing to cross Þröngá river (Ondřej Kupka)
Hiking week on Laugavegurinn (Ondřej Kupka)
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…
Applications close on Friday, January 31st and the final placements will be confirmed by February 15th.
We have gathered together our favourite pictures from the 2019 season. They were taken by our Trailteam volunteers and tell the story of our summer adventures together in Thórsmörk and Goðaland and out on the Laugavegur Trail.
This season we were joined by 50 international volunteers and together we completed more than 200 weeks of practical work. As always, we focused on maintaining the area’s hiking trails but this season the teams also planted trees with our colleagues at the Tumastaðir Forestry Station.
Full details of our 2020 programme including placement dates and application forms, will be published here on our homepage on December 15th.