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.
We would like to thank all our volunteers and Thórsmörk friends for another great year.
A Happy New Year to you all and very best wishes for 2020.
Today we launch our 2020 programme and begin the search for volunteers who will join is in Thórsmörk next summer.
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!
Full details and application forms are now available… https://trailteam.is/opportunities/
We will start to allocate places at the beginning of January and applications will close on January 31st.
If you would like to join the team in Thórsmörk next summer, don’t delay – apply now!
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.