Planning for next season is now well underway and we have exciting news about a new initiative for 2020.
For the first time, we will be offering 11-week volunteer placements with our Operations team. Although the main focus remains the practical trail management work in Thórsmörk, the additional time will allow us to include more skills development and a greater emphasis on land restoration and tree planting tasks. The establishment of longer placements will also help us to reduce the number of flights associated with the programme.
These new placements are particularly suitable for volunteers who have worked with us before or have been involved in similar programmes where they have had experience of practical trail work and working with volunteer teams. The 11-week placements will start in April and June.
Full details as well as information about all our other 2020 volunteer opportunities will be published here on December 15th.
Last season we introduced tree planting into our volunteer programme for the first time. Although this is quite different to the regular work of the trailteams, everyone was very eager to get involved. Taking a break from the Thórsmörk trails, the teams travelled to the Forestry Stations at Tumastaðir and Þjórsárdalur where our colleagues organised and guided the work.
Various tree species were planted (depending on the location) and these included both native birch as well as fast-growing poplar. During a series of projects with the foresters, our teams planted more than 5000 trees.
With this successful start we plan to continue and plant many more trees in 2020.
Full details about our 2020 volunteer programme, including placement dates and application forms will be published here on December 15th.
We have gathered together our favourite pictures from the 2019 season. They were taken by our Trailteam volunteers and tell the story of our summer adventures together in Thórsmörk and Goðaland and out on the Laugavegur Trail.
This season we were joined by 50 international volunteers and together we completed more than 200 weeks of practical work. As always, we focused on maintaining the area’s hiking trails but this season the teams also planted trees with our colleagues at the Tumastaðir Forestry Station.
Full details of our 2020 programme including placement dates and application forms, will be published here on our homepage on December 15th.
This summer, as well as the regular trail maintenance projects, our teams have also been involved in tree planting for the first time. In July our volunteers joined staff at the nearby Tumastaðir Forestry Station to help plant 1800 poplars.
It is a small beginning for us, be we hope to return during the next weeks and continue the work. This season our teams have also been involved in series of revegetation projects on damaged areas within Thórsmörk and Goðaland using native willow.
Tree planting in Iceland is now gathering pace inline with the country’s climate strategy which includes carbon sequestration through afforestation and revegetation. Our teams have been excited to get involved and we hope to make these planting days a permanent feature within our volunteer programme.
A big thank you to our colleagues at Tumastaðir for hosting the groups. We look forward to our next visit and continuing the work.
Last month, we celebrated the seventh birthday of the Thórsmörk trailteams.
Although the volunteers were busy preparing the Langidalur volunteer camp for the season, they were able to find some time for the chocolate cake.
After seven years on the trails, we still feel very lucky to call Thórsmörk our home.