Please read all information here before writing us, to make sure this will be the right place for you :) As well we might allready have answered questions you have, and then we don't have to use time answering them again. We get quite a lot of inquirys, and since we have small children we don't use much time on the computer. That means that it might take some time before we are able to answer you sometimes :)
Our farm is beautifully located close to the sea on the coast of Helgeland. This is in Nordland, in the middle of Norway.
We have a small farm where we have some animals. We have 3 horses, a heard of 40 sheeps, 4 siberian huskeys, one indoor-dog, 3 cats and around 30 henses. Our animals are mainly a hobby, and to keep this place as a farm, we do not earn any money from the animals.
In summertime we also run a campsite where we have cabins and boats for rent, and also spaces for caravans.
We will not ask for help with handeling the tourists. We also have children and youths visiting the farm in weekends and holidays all year round. We will not ask you for help with the kids comeing to visit our farm, but you'll probably share time with them when you're with us.
We who live here are Anette (1979), André (1980) and our two sons (2013 and 2018). We will not ask you to take care of our children by yourself, but they will appriciate it if you'd speak with them and play with them once in a while :)
HOW TO GET HERE;
You can get here for excample from Oslo, Bodø or Trondheim by train to Mosjøen. This is the cheapest option, if you order early you can get at ticket for as cheep as 269 nok from Oslo to Mosjøen. Traintickets are available 3 months ahead of your journey, so you shold buy it good time in advance to get it as cheep as possible :)
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You can also take Hurtigruta to Sandnessjøen from many places along the coast in Norway. This is a beautiful, but slow journey. It's more expensive than the train, but might be cheeper than airplane.
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It's also possible to take the "speedboat" from Bodø to Sandnessjøen.
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You can take airplane from for excample Oslo, Trondheim or Bodø to Sandnessjøen or Mosjøen. We do not reccomend this since the planetickets within Norway often are quite expensive.
From Mosjøen you can take the bus to Leirfjord, it takes about 37 minutes. The busline has the number 23-705. The bus goes from the trainstation, and there is normally a bus waiting when the train arrives. When you are buying the trainticket you can ask us for help to check if there's a bus if you can't find the correct bustable. Normally there's a bus leaving 10 minutes after the train arrives.
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We'll pick you up at the busstation in Leirfjord (Tovveien kryss). Please make sure that you don't arrive there during the night :)
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Our farm is located at the beautiful coast of Helgeland (Helgelandsskysten). From here you can visit close-by islands, you can go hiking at a lot of beautiful mountains nearby, such as the Seven sisters (40 minutes driving to get there), you can learn norwegian, get to know locals, ride and train our horses, fishing, kayaking, learn dog-mushing, a lot of animal-contact, beeing togheter with locals, learn about how it's like to live on a farm and so on :)
What you'll benefit also will depend on what yourself will make of the stay :) We want the workawayers that stay with us to go home with a lot of nice memories - but this will also depend on your own engagement. If you want to do things with us in the weekends, please let us know, and as well we'll try to give you ideas of what to do by your self in the evenings and the weekends if you ask us :)
We are looking for all kinds of help at our family farm and around the house.
We always have different projects going on, and there's always something to do around here. We bought this farm autumn 2016, before that we lived on a smaller farm on an island 1 hour from our new home. Now we have a lot of renovateing to do at this farm, we hope to start renovateing the stable / barn during 2019.
All year round we need help with animal care, keeping the farm tidy and clean, and as well some help to clean our house. We work quite a lot with makeing wood, mainly in wintertime, but also sometimes in spring / autumn.
Just now (january 2019) we are renovateing our loft-living, and this project will probably go on during this spring. We also plan to build a dogtrailer and a greenhouse during this year, and maybe also a small cabin in the forrest just for fun :)
We would also love to have someone helping us to make a homepage, and it would be really nice to have some help translateing some of our signs at the campsite into your language :) Art-projects might also be interesting :)
Sometimes we need to leave the farm, and then we need help to take care of the place and animals while we're goone.
In wintertime we especially need help for painting indoors, different building projects - for excample to build new houses for the dogs or some fixing up in our house or in one of the cabins.
In springtime we especially need help with makeing the vegetable garden, help with the sheeps when the lambs are beeing born, we need help with the spring-cleaning of our cabins, prepareing the boats for the season...
In springtime and during summer we especially need help with mowing the lawn, cleaning cabins, painting outdoors, putting up fences, makeing our own hay for the horses...
In autumn we especially need help with cleaning the cabins, prepare the boats to be put away for the winter, put away all loose things around the farm before winter arrives...
We ask for help 5 hours per day, monday - friday. Normally the workhours are from 09.00 - 14.00, but sometimes it might be needed help in the evenings as well, so that in that case you`ll work for excample 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the evening. As, well - if you'd like - it's possible to start earlyer so that you'll get more out of the rest of the day. We are flexible, so if you'd like to change your days off because of the weather or other reasons, thats normally no problem. We ask the woulenteers to be precise and work the time we have agreed on.
Friday evening, saturday and sunday you are off :)
You should be prepared that even though we might host several workawayers at the same time, you must be able to work individually. A lot of the worktasks we do around here only needs one person to do, so we normally work alone on different tasks. When we work with wood or building something we work together.
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From october till the end of april we have available a big house (the big white house in the pictures) with three bedrooms (10 beds in the house). We normally host no more than 3 persons at the same time, so that each person will have their own bedroom. Occationally we might host coupples that share one bedroom, but still we'll probably not host more than 3 persons in total. We have the possibillity to host familys, but then we will not host somebody else at the same time.
The house has a good kitchen with dishwasher and good space for preparing food. The kitchen has a great seaview! The house has a big bathroom with shower and washingmachine. Toilet in a separate room. The livingroom is quite big and has a woodstove for heating. There is no tv and limited internet-access. In wintertime you have to be prepared to use the woodstove to keep the house warm.
We have just installed internet in the house for voulenteers. We don't like the radiation from wifi, and since the wifi from the voulenteers house reaches our house as well, we ask you to respect this and turn off wifi when you don't use it and when you go to bed :)
In summertime we have smaller cabins available, a caravan or a room in our house. This will depend on what's available.
Like in every house hold, helpers are expected to contribute in cooking and cleaning up after themselves. Even if your work tasks are up till 5 hours per day, be prepared that the rest of the ordinary survival comes in addition. This means that you have to help out with dinner, help to put in / empty dishwasher, clean up after dinner, bake breads, organice the other meals yourself, wash your own house, keep your house warm and so on.
Even though you might not live in our house with us, you are welcome to come and spend time with us in the evenings.
We share dinner in our house every day, this meal we prepare together or each our time. We'd like the time we spend toghether to be social, so we'll appreciate it if you'll respect that and put your mobilephone away while your spending time with us in our house :) It's very important for us since we are hosting workawayers almost all year round witch makes it a big part of our life - and we want that our children will experience that the grown ups are beeing present, instead of beeing occupied with the mobilephone :) If you think this will be difficult for you, you should consider if our farm is the right place for you to come.
The other meals you prepare for yourself in your house. In your house we will provide for bread, some toppings, milk, juice, tea, coffee.
All voulenteers have to wash the house they've been living in when they leave, it should look nice, clean and tidy - just as when you arrived :) This is very important, as the house must be ready for new voulenteers to come.
If you like the city-life, this is unfortunally not the place for you. We live in a silente place with very few neighbours. The closest food-store is 20 minutes driving from here. Closest shopping-possibilities is around 45 minutes driving from here (Sandnessjøen). There are buses passing a coupple of times per day, but they pass 2 kilometers from our house. We will help you get to the bus when needed. In weekends there's less buses than in weekdays. We can´t lend you our car because of insuranse-rules, but when we have the possibillity we`ll be helpful when you need to go somewhere. As it`s a long way to drive back and forth we prefere makeing plans for excample for going to Sandnessjøen, and then you might join if you`d like.
If you like animals, quiet and nature, this is a great place to be. If you like beeing outdoors, you will hopefully have a nice stay here. It´s not so much to do inside in your freetime, and you might be bored. If you travel alone you should think about if this will be okey for you or if you'll be bored.
In your time off, you can go horsebackrideing, do dog-mushing, go hikeing, visit near-by citys, kayaking, fishing, boat-trips, enjoy the silence and so on.. :) If you want to join us for sled-trips with the dogs, you should bring your own skiis and ski-boots as you normally must be able to handle a dog with skiis before we let you handle the sled by yourself.
Our life is quite busy with raising 2 children and takeing care of a business, so you must be prepared to entertain yourself in your own house or with outdoor activities in the evenings. We put our children to bed around 19.00 - 20.00, and after that we're normally occupied with paperwork or other things. Occationally we'll organice a movienight in wintertime if you'd like. If we have different social plans we'll invite you when it's possible. Normally you'll meet our friend and family while staying here.
We'd like you to think about what you would like to experience in your sparetime while you`re here. If you have concrete wishes and make good plans some time ahead, it will be easyer for us to help you succed with your plans for excample by giving you information and drive you if we have the time.
If you speak spanish, Anette would really like to practise the language while you're here :)
You must be prepared that in wintertime we have little daylight, maybe just 4 hours in the darkest period. It might also be very cold, from -10 till -20 sometimes. As well we might have a lot of wind, witch makes it even colder. Bring warm clothes and a headlamp in the period november - march.
In summer we have daylight all day round! It might be rainy though, so bring proper clothes :)
It's very important that you bring gloves and good boots for working around the farm, especially in wintertime.
If you want to go on trips in the afternoon and in weekends, you need to bring the equipment needed, such as sleepingbag, skiis and whatever kind of other equipment you'll need. Unfortunally we can't lend out equipment for these kind of excursiones. We have bikes that you can lend.
We don't have any tv in any of the houses at the farm, we don't accept smokeing inside any buildings and we can't accept partys.
Our diet is mainly plant-based, but we eat eggs and occationally fish. André eats meat. You can have any diet you want, and food-allergies is no problems as long as we are informed in advance. A complete vegan diet can be difficult here because it's not so easy to get good alternatives.
What workawayers staying here can expect from us:
*️️️️️️️️️ We will try to learn you some norwegian and tell you things about Norway if you'd like.
*️️️️️️️️️ We will treat you with the same respect that we expect from you.
*️️️️️️️️️ We will pick you up at the busstation and drive you there when you leave.
*️️️️️️️️️ We will not ask you to work more than 25 hours per week.
*️️️️️️️️️ Friday evening, saturday and sunday you are off.
*️️️️️️️️️ We will try to help you to have fun in your sparetime.
*️️️️️️ We can teach you what we know about dogsledding and horsebackrideing in your sparetime if you take initiative.
What we expect from workawayer's staying with us:
*️️️️️️️️️ We would like the workawayer's to be helpful, respectful and trustworthy.
*️️️️️️️️️ We would like the workawayer's to read our profile-information carefully to make sure you understand and agree to our conditions.
*️️️️️️️️️ We would like the workawayer's to be precise.
*️️️️️️ We would like the workawayer's to put their phone away while they spend time with us in our house :)
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week