Help us create an organic garden and share our folk culture in Valdres, Norway




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    Most of the coming season is booked. We need help outdoors: and we will be building a greenhouse amongst other projects.

    About us
    We are a couple, legally married for 26 years. We have both great interest in our local folk music, and these traditions have a central place in our lives. Knut Arne teaches traditional folk dance and folk song. We both do crafts in our spare time: Olav is 62 years old, and does woodcarving, while Knut Arne is 61 years, and makes stained glass windows, in addition to making national costumes.

    Olav is currently pursuing a BioChar / carbon capture scheme. The business is time consuming. This coming spring / summer our main focus will be establishing an organic market garden and a display garden.

    In the long run, our dream is to create a centre for folk crafts and culture, so that we can share these interests with others. This is easier said than done, as banks are reluctant to provide financing. We are therefore building our dream gradually.

    Where are we?
    We have a smallholding in the district of Valdres, near the central mountains of southern Norway. Our farm lays a three hour drive north of Oslo, between two National Parks, and with a splendid view over the majestic Jotunheimen mountains. Valdres is well known for its culture. We have rich food and craft traditions, and also strong traditions in our folk music. Valdres has six of Norway’s remaining medieval wooden stave churches.

    Our little farm is only eight minutes away from the Beitostølen ski resort. In the summertime our area is perfect for biking, hiking and canooing. Being rural, we’re still not far away from pubs and restaurants. We hope you will join us hiking in the mountains.

    We speak English and the Scandinavian languages. Our German is embarassing
    In the evenings we both like a glass of beer or wine, and we would enjoy your company.

    For Your Information: Spring comes late in these northern mountains, we have 6 to 7 months of snow. Gardening does usually not start before May, we still have more than 1 meter snow in April, but we hope to start from the end of April this year. Summer is short, so this leaves little time for all the projects to be done.

    Our first project this year will be establishing a market garden, or more correctly: doing all the foundational work prior to starting a garden. Last autumn we commissioned a “rock crusher” to totally redo the fields. The garden area will be ca 1500m2 ,including lawns and hedges. We will be using large amounts of BioChar, compost and minerals in the preparation.

    Summer explodes in the mountains, so all spring gardening must be done at the same time. There is of course the basic planting that must be done. In addition we will be raising a greenhouse.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    A Workawayer with a genuine interest in culture will benift from a stay.

  • Help


    Cooking and basic housekeeping is a part of daily life. All must do their share, so you will be asked to help out in the kitchen and with housecleaning. Normally this is not considered helping time, but exceptions are made for extraordinary housekeeping or housecleaning.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Scandinavian languages, English

  • Accommodation


    Our house is small, so we have bought a used camping wagon with a good standard for your use. We will share bathroom. The rest of our home is at your disposition, but you also have the possibility of privacy and retreat in your wagon.

    The wagon is fine for one person. Two friends or a couple should get along nicely.
    We will provide all meals, but we do not have the capacity to provide separate food requirements such as Halal, Kosher, Vegan etc.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We also love our Mountains, we hope you will join us hiking in the mountains once a week.

    We have reasonably good bus transportation nearby.
    A bicycle will be at your disposition, and we also have a canoe that you may use.

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    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

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

This is the fish pond that Workawayer Adam made for us. An incredible achievement!
This is a sketch of the garden gate we will build this summer
Workawayer Felippe doing woodcarving
This is the reason why we don't have Workawayers in the winter!
Olav & Knut Arne
Olav doing woodcarving
Knut Arne's national costume embroideries
Knut Arne with his stained glass
Camping wagon
Knut Arne Teaching dance
Workawayers canoeing
Our garden
Winter in Valdres
Olav & Knut Arne

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