It is difficult to know where all the time has gone, but this year we will be returning to Thórsmörk for our tenth season on the trails. A small pilot project back in 2012 led to the creation of our Trailteam.is programme… and after 10 years, we are still going strong.
Recent weeks have been filled with planning tasks, reading applications and arranging interviews. January is always an exciting time for us as we discuss preparations for the season, meet our new teammates and also reconnect to old friends who will be joining us again. Despite the ongoing uncertainty over travel planning for the summer, we have received a huge response to our call for volunteers and the teams are now taking shape.
Full details about our summer plans including project outlines, placement dates and application forms can be found on our website. The groups are already starting to fill up, so if you would like to apply for a place this season, don’t delay.
Our 2022 programme launched last week and our search for volunteers is well underway. We were delighted by the response and have had an exciting first week reading through all the applications and beginning the task of putting together the teams.
Next season we will be hosting a series of 3-week Trailteam projects at our Langidalur volunteer camp, as well as 6-week teams at Básar. There are also 8-week placements available for team leaders, which is a challenging role that is particularly suitable for returning volunteers.
Thank you to everyone who has been in contact about the places. We will focus on interviews and placement allocations as soon as we return to work at the start of January.
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…
In between the October snow showers, we were able to hike many of the trails and review the recent work that has been completed by our volunteers. It was very encouraging to visit all the different sites and see the success of the work and everything that was achieved last season but it is clear that there is plenty still to do and many challenges ahead.
Our autumn survey found that that several of next season’s work sites will be some distance from our camps at Langidalur and Básar and could include 2+ hours hiking each day. This means that we will be looking for participants with a love for wilderness and who really are ready for the challenge of lots of hiking and working in remote areas. The tasks planned for 2022 are ambitious and include a major project on the Tindfjöll Circle trail, a new (first time) project on Útigönguhöfði and continuation of the work close to Morinsheiði. Training and instruction in the work is provided, but participants must bring their own love for the challenge with them.
Our search for volunteers begins again soon and priority will be given to volunteers who were offered paces last season, but could not join their teams due to the ongoing Covid travel restrictions.
Full details including placement outlines, dates and application forms will be published here on December 15th. Interviews and placement allocations begin in the new year and applications will be open until January 31st.
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).