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Summer dreaming…

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.

Final call for volunteers for 2021!

Preparations for our 2021 season are going very well and we are delighted by the response to our call for volunteers. The applications are open for one more week so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do 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 Sunday, January 31st and the final placements will be confirmed by February 15th.

11 weeks with the Trailteams

We are now gathering our teams for 2021 and are looking for volunteers to join us for an 11-week adventure.

These placements with our ‘Operations team’ combine hands-on practical work with organisational and team leadership tasks. Although the focus of our work remains trail management projects in Thórsmörk, the 11-week placements also include tree planting tasks with our Forest Service colleagues on other sites in south Iceland. The establishment of these longer placements has helped us to reduce the number of flights associated with the programme.

These placements are challenging and particularly suitable for volunteers who have worked with us in Thórsmörk before or experienced similar programmes with volunteer teams. The 11-week placements start in May and June and further details are now available on our website.

Applications for our 2021 placements will be open until January 31st.
https://trailteam.is/operations-team/

Volunteers wanted! Applications for 2021 are now open

Today we launched our 2021 programme and the search for volunteers has begun.

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!

Full details and application forms are now available… https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

We will start to allocate places at the beginning of January and applications will close on January 31st.

Trailteam in Goðaland

In summer 2014, a volunteer camp was established at Básar so that we could host additional teams and improve access to work sites on the hiking trails in Goðaland. Facilities are basic but include a group tent for cooking and eating together as well as a large timber framed tent used for storing food and equipment. Our volunteers usually stay for two weeks and camp in the surrounding forest.

The volunteer work is organised in close cooperation with Útivist travel association who support our teams and provide facilities for them at Básar. Our simple forest camp at Básar is much loved by the volunteers and we look forward to returning to continue our work there in June.

As well as returning to some of our favourite project sites on Réttarfell and the popular trails close to Básar, this season we will also start restoration work on several new sites on remote sections of the Fimmvörðuháls trail. This summer we will also focus on improved trail marking in Goðaland, continuing the trail marker numbering system on more trails in the area.

This is the final day of applications for volunteer placements for the 2020 season.
Full details including placement dates and application forms can be found on our website…
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

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