Since we began our work with Trailteams in Thórsmörk ten years ago, the ‘hiking week’ has been a very important part of our 6-week placements. As well as providing a welcome break from the trail work, it allows our volunteers time to explore the area and enjoy the trails.
Last summer, good weather conditions meant that both teams were able to complete the famous 54km Laugavegur Trail. Although most hikers begin in Landmannalaugar, our teams set out from their home at the volunteer camp in Básar (close to the southern end of the trail). Hiking from the south means that they are able to enjoy Landmannalaugar’s geothermal pool at the end of their hike.
We would like to thank all the Ferðafélag Íslands Hut Wardens who we met on the trail, for their kindness and support and for helping our teams along the way.
Our volunteers shared pictures from the hike in August last year…
Applications for our 2023 summer placements will remain open until January 31st.
Full details including project outlines, dates and application forms can be found on our website.
We have gathered together some of our favourite pictures from last season. Great memories of an amazing summer… 2022 Volunteer Gallery
Next week we will start preparing for 2023 and our search for volunteers begins. Further information including placement dates and application forms will be available here on December 15th. Placement applications will be open from December 15th – January 31st.
We have been gathering together our favourite pictures from the team’s adventures last season.
Alongside their completion of more than 170 weeks of trail maintenance and practical conservation work, the teams found time for plenty of hiking and exploring in Thórsmörk and Goðaland and out on the Laugavegur Trail. The pictures were taken by our volunteers and tell the story of their summer.
Opportunities for hiking have always been an important part of our volunteer programme and our location in Thórsmörk, at the southern end of the Laugavegur Trail, means that many of our volunteers have the opportunity to complete the famous multi-day hike. For many participants, the Laugavegur hike is the highlight of their visit.
Liam Corcoran, one of our talented Trailteam volunteers, made a short video of the experience last summer and we would like to share it with you here…
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… https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
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.
We have created this site to bring you news about our volunteer projects in Thórsmörk and Goðaland. As well as an outline of our summer programme, the site includes information for volunteers taking part and details about how to get involved. The Thórsmörk trail maintenance programme is coordinated by Iceland’s Forest Service (Skógræktin).
Our 2023 placement applications start on December 15th. Applications are open between December 15th and January 31st.