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

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  • Description

    Description

    Special information for November 2021-April 2022:
    The pandemic is still very much ongoing around the world, but over the last couple of months, it has become much easier to travel. We are getting many requests, which we are very happy about! Our accomodation capacity is limited though, and we are currently working on a house project to be able to accomodate more people. This house project is mainly focused on construction and carpentry skills, and at least until the spring, this will be what we are searching for from travellers.

    General information:
    We are a family of 4, Ivar and Wirat in mid 40's, Jonas 7 yo, and Aria 14 yo. Grandparents living next door. Both parents have jobs outside the farm, so having help from workawayers is greatly appreciated. With two 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 the actual farm production is very limited. But there are plenty of other stuff that needs doing!

    The workaway experience at our place, is a mix of taking part in general household chores, small and big maintenance jobs in house and garden, cleaning and tidying up in- and outside. It also includes looking after and activating the kids, in addition to being part of our family of course. In the coming months, we have a couple of building projects planned, so we are hoping to get applications from someone with some carpentry skills. We have planned to build a new terrace for the house, as well as setting up a new building for accomodating workawayers and other visitors to the farm.

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

    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. We do however respect anyones choice on this matter, and will do our best to feed also those less savage than ourselves! ;)

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    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

    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

    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

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    Hours expected

    Up to 25 hours per week.

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