We are now gathering our teams for 2021 and are looking for volunteers to join us for an 11-week adventure.
These placements with our ‘Operations team’ combine hands-on practical work with organisational and team leadership tasks. Although the focus of our work remains trail management projects in Thórsmörk, the 11-week placements also include tree planting tasks with our Forest Service colleagues on other sites in south Iceland. The establishment of these longer placements has helped us to reduce the number of flights associated with the programme.
These placements are challenging and particularly suitable for volunteers who have worked with us in Thórsmörk before or experienced similar programmes with volunteer teams. The 11-week placements start in May and June and further details are now available on our website.
Applications for our 2021 placements 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.
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)
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.