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Volunteer guide

Iceland_road_sign_E02.11.svgThis guide has been created to help our volunteers with preparations for the summer. We have included general information about the programme, how to get to the meeting point at Húsadalur (Thórsmörk) and a list  of equipment that our volunteers require. If you have any questions about the placements, please contact us; Thorsmork@trailteam.is

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Getting to Iceland
When organising flights, most participants will need to add one day at the start and end of the placements to allow time for the bus journey to and from Thórsmörk. The Thórsmörk bus leaves the Reykjavik BSI Coach Terminal at 08:00 on the placement start date. More…

Travel Insurance
All volunteers are required to organise their own travel insurance for the duration of their placement to cover health and personal equipment. More…

Accommodation in Reykjavik
Most of our volunteers will need to arrange accommodation in Reykjavik before and after the placements. There are a growing number of places on offer including hostels, guest houses, hotels and even a campsite. We have listed some of the placed our volunteers have stayed in the past. There are now huge numbers of tourists in Reykjavik during the summer months so we recommend that you book your accommodation in advance. More…

Getting to Thórsmörk by bus
Our volunteers make their own way to the meeting point at Húsadalur in Thórsmörk and the easiest way to get there is by bus. During the summer months, there are two companies running daily bus services to Thorsmork. We recommend that participants do not buy their tickets until they receive their Final details from us (approximately four weeks before the placement starts) as we may be able to pass on discounts from the bus companies. More…

Equipment and clothing
Good outdoor equipment is essential for all volunteers. The list of equipment that participant must bring with them includes waterproofs, warm clothes, hiking boots, a warm sleeping-bag and a sturdy tent. Weather conditions in the mountains in Iceland can be extremely changeable and it is important that all participants are prepared.  More…

Team organisation and structure 
During the summer months (June-August), our practical work projects cover four areas. We have teams based at permanent camps Langidalur (Thórsmörk) and Básar (Goðaland) as well as a team staying at wilderness camps in the area and working on long-range projects. Our Highland trail team works on the Laugavegur hiking trail and is based at Hvanngil, 28km north of our main camp at Langidalur. More…

Tasks planned for the season
Each season our programme includes a wide variety of practical trail construction and wilderness management tasks. This season we will be returning to some familiar sites as beginning several new projects. We will be focussing on tasks that  include improving drainage, trail marking and installing trail signs. More…

Facilities at our camps
Our volunteers stay in tents throughout their placements at both organised campsites and wilderness camps. The organised camps have basic facilities and are at Langidalur (Thórsmörk), Basár (Goðaland) and Hvanngil (on the Laugavegur hiking trail). The wilderness camps are located close to remote worksites. More…

Food during the placement
Food is provided throughout the placement including weekends and days off. Vegetarian/vegan food is available and special dietary requirements can be catered for, but it is important to let us know ahead of the start of your placement as food is often organised and delivered in advance. More…

Our expectations
We have outlined our terms and conditions here. Please read them carefully. More…