Help out on a small scale potato farm just below the arctic circle in Skonseng, Norway



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    Update October 11, 2020:

    Due to Covid-19 situation, it's difficult to receive travellers who aren't already in Norway. If you are in Norway, please read on!

    NB! We don't have any vacancies on paid jobs! We only offer paid jobs in September, during potato harvest! The rest of the season, usually May through August, we host volunteers!
    This year, we will try out hosting volunteers also october and november!

    We are a family of 4, Ivar and Wirat in mid 40's, Jonas 6 yo, and Aria 13 yo. Grandparents living next door. Both parents have jobs outside the farm, but the potato production is our lifestyle.

    The farm is located just below the arctic circle, at the base of Saltfjellet/Svartisen National Park.
    Growing potatoes on about 10 hectares.
    Though it is a conventional farm, we focus on environmental sustainability, and use modern technology to minimize consumption of herbicides and fertilizers.

    During harvest, usually 2nd and 3rd week of September, it can be pretty intense, as we have limited time to secure the harvest before winter and frost. During this period we offer wages for working full days as crew on the harvester, and sorting and packing potatoes in our warehouse. Anyone with tractor driving experience would also be hihgly apprecieated. During these weeks, we also need more help, so anything from 3-6 people would be possible to accomodate.

    We are friendly, sociable people, and hope to make new friends, as well as getting help on the farm, through the workaway experience!

    For anyone with special dietary requests, it could be important to know that we are not vegetarians. Meat is an important part of our household, and is served in at least 70% of our warm meals.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help

  • 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

    As well as taking part in small scale local farming, you will be part of a social family, in a very beautiful part of Norway. During harvest season, we pay wages according to norwegian regulations for seasonal work.

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

  • Help


    From May through August, you will be expected to help out with random tasks around the farm. Anything from normal housework and gardening, to smaller refurbishing projects, maintenance and cleaning buildings and equipment. Tasks related to the agricultural production will depend on the weather, but might include to help out with irrigation systems,
    crop registration, manual weed control, etc. Some of the tasks might be physically challenging, so we incourage people with good health to apply!

    During harvest, usually September, work is mainly sorting and packing potatoes, both in the field and inside warehouse.
    If anyone with tractor driving or fork lift skills should apply, it would be a great Advantage. During this time, we offer paid jobs.

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    Languages spoken
    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

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    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Up to 25 hours per week.

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