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.
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.
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.
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.
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 2022 placements have now been allocated. Applications are open between December 15th and January 31st.