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.
We are now preparing our 2021 programme and the search for volunteers is about to begin.
Full details including placement 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 been enjoying excellent autumn weather conditions in Thórsmörk as we complete our final trail work projects and make preparations to close the Langidalur camp for the end of the season.
As well as finishing the practical tasks and reviewing this year’s work sites, the extended good weather has allowed us to get started on survey work and planning for next season.
Since our last volunteers left in the middle of September, there have been few visitors in the area and it’s possible to spend whole days hiking without meeting anyone. The bright cold days, autumn colours and the quietness make this a very special time to be working in Thórsmörk.
In our last week for this season, we took a few days break from the autumn rain in Þórsmörk and returned to Þjórsárdalur Forestry Station. Our small remaining volunteer team planted more than 2000 spruce trees which brings our total for the season close to 4000.
Although our main activity is still trail maintenance work, tree planting has become an important element of our programme as we try to address carbon sequestration for the international flights associated with it. This season, the programme has increased its focus on locally based staff and volunteers, but we were also joined by 16 volunteers who traveled from abroad.
As our international volunteers now stay with us for up to 10 weeks, comfortable indoor accommodation is a welcome break from life at our camps. We would like to say a huge thank you to our colleagues in both Tumastaðir and Thjorsárdalur Forestry Stations, for hosting our teams.
Our 6-week volunteer placements include a ‘Hiking week’ when the team has the chance to take a break from the trail work and explore the area. This year our volunteers found some good weather days and were able to complete the famous 54km Laugavegur trail.
We would like to say a huge thank you to all the Ferðafélag Íslands Hut Wardens who looked after our team and helped them along the way.
A ‘relaxing’ break from building hiking trails in Thórsmörk…
Preparing to cross Þröngá river (Ondřej Kupka)
Hiking week on Laugavegurinn (Ondřej Kupka)