Volunteering on a lighthouse island in the Norwegian sea



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  • Description


    This is a lighthouse located on a small island in the Norwegian sea in the arctic part of Norway. The lighthouse premises are the only buildings on the island. This is a non-profit organization in the process of turning the lighthouse into a special guest place. We are off grid and self sufficient with water, energy & boat transport.

    Elena is the lighthouse owner and the only person living here year round. She has received volunteers for several years to help her out with various projects. The last years it has been quite busy around here, but now she needs fewer volunteers and there are no guests.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Entretien / Bricolage

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Volunteers staying here will first of all learn how it is to be living off grid; as we are producing our own energy and collecting rainwater. We have some water flush toilets and some dry toilets. We need to go to the mainland to do our shopping and get rid of our garbage, even if we compost & recycle as much as possible. We have our own boat, handled by Elena who go out at sea in most weather, but prefer to avoid the real storm.

    We are the only persons living on the island, so we have quite a lot of space, but as we are sharing a limited house space, you'll learn to be considerate. To keep the spaces clean.

    Elena is the only Norwegian and fellow volunteers normally come from all around the world.

    Some keywords; the sea, the changing weather, the constant change of light through long summer nights and short winter days, various fish types, always fresh sea weed, wood collection, wood burning all winter through, Northern lights, midnight sun - and all the shades of light in between. Coastal history & culture going hundreds of years back. And even today; weather, season and tides needs to be coordinated with many activities at the lighthouse island.

    Life here takes more time to live than in an ordinary society; certain things just takes more time, as it is manual. So even if your work tasks are 5 hours per day, be prepared that the rest of the ordinary survival comes in addition and is quite well organised among us. We therefore recommend that you don't bring important projects with deadlines on the top of the volunteer work.

    Also: be prepared that it demands a certain amount of energy to get used to life and routines here.

  • Help


    I'm looking for responsible persons who are strong & handy. Heavy garden work is on the list with digging & weeding. Experience from stonework is relevant. So is carpentry. If you have experience with electrical work or concreting, this might also be relevant. So is experience with the sea and boat driving.

    Life here is physically quite demanding, so we do need persons who are fit and enjoy an active life. Volunteers coming here need to be interested in a self sustainable life at the edge of the ordinary comfort zone. It is also necessary that you respect the physical facilities made available to you and do your daily and weekly share of cleaning - for respect of yourself, the house and the others.

    Please write to us and describe any experience you may have relating to the tasks mentioned above. Also inform about the period you are available. Please DO NOT APPLY IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANY OF THE MENTIONED SKILLS that we are looking for. We are currently busy and unfortunately don't have time to respond to not-relevant offers.

    Depending on how long you are staying we do apply a TRIAL PERIOD of 2 weeks or 1 month, for every volunteer coming to the island. This will allow both parties to end the cooperation if things do not work out as desired.

    Please check the availability on our calendar, we keep it up to date.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, French, Norwegian

  • Accommodation


    Our volunteers share a small house by the sea which used to be a boathouse. Now it is pretty much as an old "Rorbu" or fisherman's cottage. It has a nice living room, a small bathroom and a kitchenette on the ground floor; the first floor is sectioned into 4 separate sleeping spaces.

    We normally share warm lunch together in the lighthouse keepers' house; breakfast and dinner is made in the boathouse. Our food is home-made and sound, often vegetarian, but we do use local and fresh fish quite often, sometimes also meat. We always make our own bread & jam and are experimenting with seaweed.

    Due to our off grid location in the Arctic and our daily routines WE CANNOT ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS WITH SPECIAL DIETARY REQUIREMENTS (i.e. vegans, different allergies & intolerance, etc).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    When applying please consider the travel expenses before contacting us! The cheapest way to come here is normally with plane from Oslo (Gardermoen) to Harstad/Narvik (Evenes). Check out the website for Norwegian or SAS. On an ordinary week day the airport shuttle bus to Sortland town is coordinating with flights if you're not arriving too late. Then bus from Sortland to Steine in Bø where you're picked up by boat. The absolute best is to start early from Oslo, otherwise you'll arrive too late to reach the poor bus connections!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours 5 days a week

Swimming in the ocean all the year around
Storing firewood - all smiles after the 209 steps ...
Sunny days in the garden
Gathering herbs and cleaning the island
Filleting 50 kg of fresh cod
Volunteer sleeping area on the first floor of the boathouse
Evenings are for the board games
Common living-room in the boathouse
Boathouse by the seashore - our home for volunteers

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