Join the Iceland Forest service as a Volunteer

Volunteering in Iceland

Thórsmörk Trail Volunteers

Updates December 2021

Iceland Forest Service – We are beginning our search for volunteers for our 2022 team and we hope you can join our volunteer team soon.


Volunteering in IcelandHelping to build and maintain Þórsmörk’s hiking trails.  The Iceland Forest Service (Skógræktin) coordinates trail maintenance and wilderness management projects with international volunteers in Thórsmörk, Goðaland and beyond.

  • Our volunteer places run for 5 or 7 weeks
  • We are also looking for experienced volunteers to join us as team leaders for 11 weeks.

The teams include volunteers who join the programme for the 6-week placements.

Be part of the Operations TeamVolunteering in Iceland

Our ‘Operations team’ includes the volunteer team leaders and is responsible for project support, logistics and the day to day running of the programme.

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.


Volunteering in Iceland

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!

Participants must be 20+ years of age. Participants organise and pay their own travel to and from the meeting point in Thórsmörk and are also responsible for organising their own travel insurance [need travel insurance?].


We provide food and all facilities, but our volunteers bring their own tents.


Although we offer to host, participants do bring their own tents.
Our activities are about 40 hours each week but this does include all the hiking to the project sites which could be about 1.5 hours on an average day.

This season (2021-2022) we have 3 and 6-week places (and 8-week places for team leaders)

International Volunteers

Our international volunteer teams include volunteers from all over the world and the working language on the programme is English. Once volunteers have joined the programme, food and campsites are provided throughout the placements (including weekends).

There is no participation fee.

All volunteers are recruited through online applications and Skype interviews. Selection and placement allocations begin as soon as applications reach us.


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