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.
The long sunny days of July already seem a long time ago as the start of August has brought us storms, growing rivers and lots of rain.
Despite the weather, progress has been very good, the team are still smiling and our work continues… with orange waterproofs close at hand.
Tree planting team at Tumastaðir Forestry Station (Michelle Pröstler)
Checking numbers and repainting trail markers on Laugavegurinn (Anna Mariager)
Hiding from the rain at our Langidalur hut (Nicolas Talou)
Our team heading out to work (Nicolas Talou)
Box steps on their way to Valahnúkur (Anna Mariager)
Rainy (but still beautiful) day at Langidalur (Nicolas Talou)
Tree planting at Tumastaðir (Rahel Paasch)
Bridge building at Langidalur (Nicolas Talou)
Sunshine on Valahnúkur (Theresa Schaber)
Our search for volunteers comes to an end this week, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please 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…
Applications close on Friday, January 31st and the final placements will be confirmed by February 15th.
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.
Applications close on January 31st.