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Gleðilegt nýtt àr!

Thank you to everyone who worked with us on the trails or supported our teams in 2018.

A Happy New Year to you all and very best wishes for 2019.

 

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Gleðileg jól – Happy Christmas!

Merry Christmas to you all, and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Volunteers wanted! Preparations for summer 2019 begin

Placement dates, details and application forms for 2019 are now available on our homepage…

https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

We have just started putting together an international volunteer team that will join us in Thórsmörk next summer. We have volunteer placements for two and six weeks and there are longer placements for volunteer team leaders with our Operations team. No previous experience of trail construction is necessary as training will be provided. Participants organise their own travel plans and join us at the meeting point. As always, there is no participation fee.

Places are limited and we will start allocating placements as soon as applications reach us, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk next summer, don’t delay!

Applications will be open until January 31st.

Volunteering in 2019

Our search for summer volunteers is about to begin again.

Placement details, dates and application forms will be available here on December 15th. Interviews and placement allocations begin in the new year and applications will be open until January 31st.

https://trailteam.is/opportunities/

Step by step…

Last summer, one of our biggest work projects was the construction of a series of timber-frame steps on the west side of Valahnúkur. The aim of this work was to improve safety for hikers, repair damage and significantly increase the carrying capacity of this popular trail.

It was a huge challenge as the teams had to carry the materials up to the work site which was close to the top of Valahnúkur. Also in several places, they had the difficult task of breaking through stone so that the steps could be fitted into position. It was a slow process, but they succeeded in the end.

A design using timber-frame steps was chosen because of heavy trail use, steep terrain and the lack of good building stone in the area. The individual timber steps were made at the Langidalur camp and then carried up to the work site dug into the trail and fitted together. They were then filled with stone and earth before being covered with decking boards. The design included spaces between the steps where soil and ryegrass seed was added to encourage re-vegetation to help strengthen the trail and protect from erosion. Next season we will return to Valahnúkur to continue the work.

Here are pictures of our work on Valahnúkur last summer…
https://trailteam.is/gallery-valahnukur-steps-2018/

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