We would like to thank all our volunteers for another amazing season out on the trails in Thórsmörk and Goðaland.
Despite the challenge of ongoing travel restrictions this summer, we were able to go ahead with our volunteer projects as planned. This season we hosted 30 international volunteers and together our teams completed more than 170 weeks of practical work. As usual, our activities were focused on trail maintenance tasks and conservation projects in the area but our volunteers were also involved in practical projects at Tumastaðir Forestry Station where they worked with staff on tasks in the tree nursery and also helped with tree planting projects.
Once again our trail work in Thórsmörk focused on the busy paths on Valahnúkur where the teams returned to face the last few remaining difficult sections. As well as repairs to stone steps, the teams used forest timber to build several new sections of steps on both the east and west trails. In Goðaland, work centred on the Fimmvörðuháls trail with the main work sites close to Morinsheiði where work included repairing winter damage and improving drainage. This was particularly challenging as the sites are quite remote and a long walk out from our Básar volunteer camp.
We hope the teams enjoyed their time with us and would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support. Preparations for next season have now begun and 2022 placement details, including dates and application forms, will be available here on December 15th.
We have now completed preparations for the season and remain hopeful that our international volunteers will be able to join us in Thórsmörk and Goðaland this summer.
We received a huge amount of interest in the placements this year and had some difficult decisions when making the selection. The team includes volunteers from fifteen countries and it was very good that many of those who were unable to join us due to travel disruption last season, have signed up to try again this summer.
We have prepared an ambitious programme with lots new timber construction tasks, long-range adventures, mapping work and plenty of tree planting… but more of that later.
We look forward to getting back to work on the trails with our teams as soon as restrictions allow and it is safe to do so.
Pictured: Sunday breakfast with the team, last summer at the Langidalur volunteer camp.
Preparations for our 2021 season are going very well and we are delighted by the response to our call for volunteers. The applications are open for one more week so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do 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.
We have created this site to bring you news about our volunteer projects in Thórsmörk and Goðaland. As well as an outline of our summer programme, the site includes information for volunteers taking part and details about how to get involved. The Thórsmörk trail maintenance programme is coordinated by Iceland’s Forest Service (Skógræktin).
Our 2022 placements have now been allocated. Applications are open between December 15th and January 31st.