Stay on a farm just below the arctic circle in Skonseng, Norway

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  • Last activity: 03/02/2023



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Update Winter 2022/2023:
    The workaway experience at our place, is mainly focused on a building project. We are building a house to have more space for accomodation. The house is constructed from second hand housing modules, and we have tried to reuse as much as possible, without compromising living standards and comfort.
    Parts of the house (bedrooms, living area) is almost complete, but we still have a lot of work on bathrooms and kitchen, as well as the outside of the house. For this reason, people with carpentry skills will have a great advantage, if you send us your application!! For this winter, especially someone with skills in tiling, would be greatly appreciated!! Also be prepared that working on the outside of a house close to the arctic circle in winter time, can be "chilly", but we have warm clothes that you can borrow!

    We also expect the Workawayers to take part in general household chores. We have quite a busy everyday schedule, with full jobs outside the farm, and children who need driving to different activities several days a week, so we are always falling behind on stuff that needs to be done. We appreciate very much those who are "self propelled", and simply just helps out where it's needed, without necessairily being given detailed instructions on every little task. This mainly concerns simple tasks, such as keeping the house clean, taking out the trash, etc.,

    General information:
    We are a family of 4, Ivar and Wirat in mid 40's, Jonas 8 yo, and Aria 15 yo. Grandparents living next door. Both parents have jobs outside the farm, so having help from workawayers is greatly appreciated. With two (soon three) houses on the farm, and a big garden, we basically never run out of stuff that should be taken care of, but time is always limited!

    The farm is located just below the arctic circle, at the base of Saltfjellet/Svartisen National Park, growing potatoes on about 10 hectares. Our family has been running the farm since around 1760, and we are proud to still be developing land for sustainable production of food.
    Though it is a conventional farm, we focus on environmental sustainability, and use modern technology to minimize consumption of herbicides and fertilizers. The production is relatively mechanized, and done with machines which require special certification, so workawayer participation in this production is limited to observation. But there are plenty of other stuff that needs doing!

    We are friendly, sociable people, and hope to make new friends, as well as getting help on the property, through the workaway experience! Aria sometimes needs to be dragged out of her room, but when you succeed, she loves to play cards, and is very social. Jonas is usually shy for about 5 minutes, but when he has warmed up, he loves to play. Any effort to get both of them away from phone, television, playstation, etc., for a while, is greatly appreciated!

    Worth to mention, since many workawayers have special dietary information, is that we are not vegetarians. Hunting and fishing has been part of the lifestyle on the farm since our forfathers made the first fields, and we are still self supplied with moosemeat from the wilderness, which we are happy to serve to our guests.

    The potato production is basically a business of it's own, and for the work intensive periods around harvest time, we hire seasonal workers outside the Workaway system for this. However, if you write "potato lover" in the headline, we will know that you actually read our profile, before applying. ;)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    When you stay at our farm, you will be a member of our family, and take part in our way of living. Although the tasks given are not directly related to potato production, you are welcome to tag along as a learning experience of how we produce potatoes in an arctic climate. If you are in a process of getting language training, we could be helpful both with Norwegian and English.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    You will be expected to help out with random tasks around the property. Anything from normal housework and gardening, to smaller refurbishing projects, maintenance and cleaning. Also at times, we have bigger building projects, so carpentry skills can be greatly appreciated.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate
    French: Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    Having worked abroad for many years, Ivar has an above average command of the English language, and can be a good conversationalist, in order to improve your own skills. However, he could use some more practice in German and French!

  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in a modern caravan, just next to our house. Access to bathroom and kitchen (and mostly everything else) inside the house. During the coming months, we plan to set up a new building, to accomodate workawayers, maybe you will take part in building this?!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    At the base of Saltfjellet/Svartisen National Park, you have a perfect starting point for hikes in the mountains. The nearby Svartisen Glacier is another popular sight. The farm is located kind of in the wilderness, so if you like to stay close to nature, it's a perfect spot. There is a river running through our valley, and we have both a canoe and a river kayak available, and there are very nice opportunities for fishing. Should you be here during winter, it is usually rich in snow, and mountains around the farm are popular among skiers. Up to more than 1000 altimeters of downhill, after climbing to the top can take the breath out of anyone!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Also possible to hook up to electricity from several outlets around the farmhouses.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    Up to 25 hours per week.

Host ref number: 118836939414

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