In summer 2014, a volunteer camp was established at Básar so that we could host additional teams and improve access to work sites on the hiking trails in Goðaland. Facilities are basic but include a group tent for cooking and eating together as well as a large timber framed tent used for storing food and equipment. Our volunteers usually stay for two weeks and camp in the surrounding forest.
The volunteer work is organised in close cooperation with Útivist travel association who support our teams and provide facilities for them at Básar. Our simple forest camp at Básar is much loved by the volunteers and we look forward to returning to continue our work there in June.
As well as returning to some of our favourite project sites on Réttarfell and the popular trails close to Básar, this season we will also start restoration work on several new sites on remote sections of the Fimmvörðuháls trail. This summer we will also focus on improved trail marking in Goðaland, continuing the trail marker numbering system on more trails in the area.
Moving timber onto the Fimmvörðuháls trail.
Meal time in the tent at Básar camp.
Cooking at Básar camp.
This is the final day of applications for volunteer placements for the 2020 season.
Full details including placement dates and application forms can be found on our website…
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.
Although we are planning a wide variety of practical conservation tasks this season, including tree planting and GIS mapping, the heart of our volunteer programme remains our maintenance work on the hiking trails in Thórsmörk and Goðaland.
The pictures show the Réttarfell trail in Goðaland, close to its start at Básar. The picture on the left was taken in spring 2006 and the one on the right shows the trail last autumn. As well as changes in the vegetation, the pictures show our developing construction techniques as we have introduced new designs and are now using locally grown timber in the trail network.
We are very excited to be returning to the trails for our eighth season. As well as projects on some of our favourite sites, we have a series of new locations planned for trail improvements this season. They include new work on Valahnúkur, Slyppugilsryggur and Laugavegurinn (south of Þröngá) as well as remote sites on the Fimmvörðuháls trail.
Full details about our 2020 volunteer placements can be found on our website. Applications close on January 31st.
We are now back to work after our winter break and busy with preparations for next season. We have been reading applications, completing interviews and starting to gather the team.
Once again, we are delighted with the response to our call for volunteers and it has been very nice to hear from so many people who would like to join us in Thórsmörk next summer. It is especially nice to have contact so many of our old volunteers and also applicants who have heard about the programme from friends who have volunteered with us before.
We have now started to allocate places and the groups are taking shape. We have a lot planned for the summer and the 2020 programme will be our most ambitious to date. In addition to the trail maintenance work, we have a series of new mapping tasks and an increased emphasis on tree planting this season. 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.
Full details including project outlines, placement dates and application forms can be found on our website. The groups are now starting to fill up, so if you would like to apply for a place this season, don’t delay.
Applications close on January 31st.
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.