Our search for summer volunteers is about to begin again.
Placement details, dates and application forms will be available here on December 15th. Interviews and placement allocations begin in the new year and applications will be open until January 31st.
Last summer, one of our biggest work projects was the construction of a series of timber-frame steps on the west side of Valahnúkur. The aim of this work was to improve safety for hikers, repair damage and significantly increase the carrying capacity of this popular trail.
It was a huge challenge as the teams had to carry the materials up to the work site which was close to the top of Valahnúkur. Also in several places, they had the difficult task of breaking through stone so that the steps could be fitted into position. It was a slow process, but they succeeded in the end.
A design using timber-frame steps was chosen because of heavy trail use, steep terrain and the lack of good building stone in the area. The individual timber steps were made at the Langidalur camp and then carried up to the work site dug into the trail and fitted together. They were then filled with stone and earth before being covered with decking boards. The design included spaces between the steps where soil and ryegrass seed was added to encourage re-vegetation to help strengthen the trail and protect from erosion. Next season we will return to Valahnúkur to continue the work.
Here are pictures of our work on Valahnúkur last summer…
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.
The volunteer camps have been very quiet this week as our teams have been away hiking on Laugavegurinn.
Each summer our 6-week volunteers have the chance to hike from Landmannalaugar during their ‘hiking week’ as a small reward for all their hard work. As well as a welcome break from the challenges of trail building, the hike is an opportunity to explore and enjoy the area (without carrying trail tools and timber).
We would like to say a huge thank you to Ferðafélag Íslands for their support with these trips. Also, special thanks to all the amazing hut wardens who have helped us along the way.
Our first volunteers have been busy this week preparing the camp at Langidalur and surveying the trails to assess winter damage. In between the snow and rain showers, we have been gathering GPS data and making new trail markers.
The weather conditions have been challenging, but the work has gone very well. A big thank you to our friends at Ferðafélag Íslands for providing accommodation through these wet and stormy nights.
The volunteer camp at Langidalur is now ready… we are just waiting for the sunshine.