After 6 weeks of applications and interviews, our 2021 Trailteams are taking shape and preparations for the summer are going well.
Although we are focused on office tasks and preparations at this time of year, it is always very exciting to meet the new teams and talk about our plans for the summer, the challenges and the adventures ahead. Despite the ongoing uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we remain cautiously optimistic that the situation will improve and allow us to go ahead with plans to return to the trails in May.
Just in case you were still deciding – It is not too late to join.
Full details including project outlines, dates and application forms can be found on our website…
Applications for 2021 will close on Sunday 31st January, so if you would like to join us in Thórsmörk this summer, please do get in contact by then.
Today we launched our 2021 programme and the search for volunteers has begun.
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.
The team have gathered some of their pictures of this season’s first big week on the trails. It has been an amazing week of trail work, bridge building, hiking and camp fires… with lots more adventures still to come.
Friday evening campfire at Langidalur (Jenny Allen)
Bridge building (Jenny Allen)
Hiking day on Rjúpnafell (Jenny Allen)
Our amazing team leaders (Anna Mariager)
Coffee break on the trail (Ellen Halldorsson)
Moving materials to Morinsheiði (Isabel Cadec)
Hiking to work (Michelle Pröstler)
The Fimmvörðuháls trail (Ondřej Kupka)
Step construction (Michelle Pröstler)
After months of uncertainty, it was very good to finally arrive back in Thórsmörk yesterday. As always, our first visit of the season is an opportunity to take a look at how the winter conditions have affected our previous work. Despite heavy snow, the trail network was in good condition in most of the areas that we visited.
This first trip of the season is also the time when we start putting together a project list for the groups and we found plenty of interesting work to do. So far, the list includes everything from stone construction to timber stairs and of course… lots more drains.
We are currently working on a new safety plan for Covid-19 and hopefully it will be possible for our volunteers to join us later in the season. In the meantime, we will open the Langidalur camp this week so that work in the area can begin.
The drying hut at the Langidalur camp
Little water in Krossá
Snow at the Básar camp