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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.

Volunteers wanted! Applications for 2020 are now open

Today we launch our 2020 programme and begin the search for volunteers who will join is in Thórsmörk next summer.

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.
If you would like to join the team in Thórsmörk next summer, don’t delay – apply now!

11-week Trailteam volunteer placements

Planning for next season is now well underway and we have exciting news about a new initiative for 2020.

For the first time, we will be offering 11-week volunteer placements with our Operations team. Although the main focus remains the practical trail management work in Thórsmörk, the additional time will allow us to include more skills development and a greater emphasis on land restoration and tree planting tasks. The establishment of longer placements will also help us to reduce the number of flights associated with the programme.

These new placements are particularly suitable for volunteers who have worked with us before or have been involved in similar programmes where they have had experience of practical trail work and working with volunteer teams. The 11-week placements will start in April and June.

Full details as well as information about all our other 2020 volunteer opportunities will be published here on December 15th.

https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

Application deadline approaching

We have now reached the final week of volunteer applications for 2019.
If you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please get in touch before January 31st

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 including placement dates and application forms can be found on our homepage…
https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

A short film from Thórsmörk

On a cold and rainy January afternoon we needed a little reminder of Icelandic summer.

This short film was made by Johnny Rolt and Ollie Campbell when they joined us 2017. It is a really beautiful film and it captures life at the volunteer camps and our work projects in Thórsmörk, Goðaland and along the Laugavegurinn trail. For anyone joining us for the first time this season, the film gives a good idea of what to expect from our volunteer placements.

We wanted to share this amazing film once again.
Sit back and enjoy a few minutes of summer…

 

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