Short-term Trail Team placements
The work we do can be divided into two main parts; trail maintenance and erosion control. The trail maintenance work involves a huge variety of practical tasks including improving drainage, building steps with timber or stone, resurfacing trails with gravel and installing signs. Hand tools including rock bars and stone carriers are used for much of the work but machinery is brought in to support the teams were access allows. Our volunteers work alongside Forest Service staff who cut timber for the trail construction tasks. Trail marking is an important part of our work as it helps to prevent damage to fragile areas and improve safety for visitors. Way-markers for the trails are made on site from locally sourced timber. Our Trail Team placements are an opportunity to get to know this amazing area and play an important role in helping to preserve and protect it.
There is no participation fee. Our volunteers pay their own travel costs to Iceland and join their team at the Langidalur base-camp in Thórsmörk. Volunteers are also responsible for arranging travel insurance for the duration of the placement. Throughout the placement, food, transport and campsites are provided. Please note that participants cover their own costs if they leave the project area during their free time.
Our volunteers work from Monday to Friday and the working day normally runs from 09.00 to 18.00, however this schedule can vary due to the nature of some of the projects. Participants must also be prepared for some flexibility in these working hours due to Iceland’s changeable weather. Worksites are generally 15-45 minutes walk from the camps.
Gloves and waterproofs for work are provided as well as any additional safety equipment that is required during the work tasks. Participants need to bring their own personal equipment and it is very important that our volunteers are well prepared. Essentials include: waterproofs and warm clothes, hiking boots and a sturdy tent that you are able to carry when hiking. See our Equipment list for volunteers.
Food is provided throughout the placement (including weekends). It is important that participants inform us about special dietary requirements before of their placement, as food is often organised ahead of the projects. Volunteers take part in food preparation and all other domestic tasks at the camps.
Our 2-week placement volunteers are based at the Langidalur volunteer camp in Thórsmörk. Facilities are basic and include toilets, showers, an outdoor kitchen and a group tent for eating in. We also have a small hut at the Langidalur camp which provides an indoor space for the group during the evenings.
Our volunteers organise their own travel to the meeting point at Thórsmörk (Húsadalur), where they will be met by our team leaders.
Participants organising their own travel insurance for the duration of the placement.
Please complete our online application form. We will begin allocating places as soon as applications reach us so if you would like to join us in 2018, please don’t delay.