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Project 2016 

The Board of the Environmental Fund of Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG) has reached the following conclusions on the allocation of the Fund for the year 2016. Six applications were received this year, all very exciting projects in our opinion. This time around three projects are being supported by the Fund. The total amount distributed is 1, 5 million ISK. The board decided to support 3 projects where the financing of the projects would be sufficient to complete them during this year.

The restoration of the trails at Fjallabak, north Álftavatn.
One application was received from the Iceland Forest Service for the restoration of the hiking path in the area north of Lake Álftavatn in cooperation with volunteers. This project received the highest allocation, as part of the Fund is specially dedicated to the Laugavegur trail.
This project was awarded 700.000 ISK.

The committee had great difficulties to choose from the remaining five projects as they were all equally interesting. In the end the Board concluded to fund the following two projects: Marking the hiking path on Búlandstindur mountain and the reconstruction of the mountain hut at Heljadalsheiði.

The justification of this decision is the following:

Marking the hiking path on Búlandstindur mountain, applicant Djúpavogshreppur.
We believe that marking the hiking route to Búlandstindur prevents the creation of mutiple pathways and their widening on the mountain which would be a major blemish on a very beautiful mountain. The marking of a trail also increases the safety of travelers on the mountain. Icelandic Mountain Guides organize tours in the area and the marking of this route gives our groups the opportunity to use this marked trail.
The project was awarded 400.000 ISK

Reconstruction of the mountain hut at Heljadalsheiði, applicant Ferðafélag Svarfdælinga.
The Committee considers this a very exciting project that in the future opens new possibilities for hiking and ski trips in the area. The Board considers the safety aspect very important, as travelers can take shelter in the hut in bad weather.
The project was awarded 400.000 ISK

Project 2014

In 2013 the company decided to charge an environmental tax (1% of the trip price) for our most popular trek in Iceland, the Laugavegur Trail. As it is the most popular trek in Iceland, there are many people travelling there every summer. The trails have been damaged and the soil has eroded in many places along the path. On the company's 20th anniversary in 2014 it was decided to support an ongoing project to restore parts of the trail. The total sum of 500.000 ISK went to the maintenance project of the Iceland Forest Service to repair damaged sections of the Laugavegur Trail between Þröngá river and Emstrur. We plan to continue to charge this environmental tax to be able to support other future projects in this area.

You can view the 2014 project summary here.