Help with babysitting and farming in Austur Húnavatnssýsla, Iceland




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  • Description


    Hi, we are a young family of four in North West Iceland. Jon and I, Karen are 24 years old and have two sons. Sigursteinn, born in December 2017 and Þorsteinn born in August 2019. We run our own farm and Jón does other jobs some part of the year. Karen works full time in a kindergarten in our nearest village. We are looking for help with outdoor work on the farm and perhaps a little babysitting and housekeeping. We have around 490 sheep's, one stable-cat, a border collie and 20 horses which are more a hobby thing.
    We live very close to the sea and have, no doubt, the most beautiful sunset in the bright summer nights! It's a bit far to the nearest town, Skagastrond, around 40 km but you get used to the distance.
    My husband/boyfriend is 100% Icelandic, but I am half Danish. My parents live on the next farm.
    We would love to host a Danish speaking person!
    For our sons sake we highly prefer hosting workawayers who are able to stay 3 months or more. Constantly having new people in the home is hard on children as well as it is better considering the farmwork to not always have to spend time on teaching the same things over and over again :-)
    We pay wages to all our workers.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Animal Care
    Babysitting and creative play
    Help around the house

  • 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

    Get to know a young family taking their first steps as farmers. Living by the sea in a peaceful environment. We also pay wages.

  • 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


    As mentioned we highly prefer if workers could stay for 3 months or more. It takes time to adjust and learn how things work on new places :-).
    The work includes working on the farm and maybe a little housekeeping and babysitting now and then. Regarding the farm work we we're thinking assistance with feeding sheep's, keeping the stable clean, in May looking after the birth of lambs. In summer time (june-august) while the sheep's are on the mountain we have to clean the stable for next winter, keep fences in good shape, harvest our fields (grass mainly) and more. Autumn (september-october) we get the sheep's home/down from the mountains and have a lot of work around going through sheep's and lambs. Weighing every lamb and finding out whose to breed further on. Winter is a bit more off season if you could say so. The weather controles which outdoor projects you can do. But normally we don't feel like we are running out of projects. The sheep's are inside the stable so they have to be fed two times a day.
    Here I've tried to sum up the projects over the year on our farm but I'm for sure forgetting something. We are not requiring our work awayer to take care of all this on his own but if he/she is interested in helping we would be glad to have you.
    The babysitting includes taking care of Sigursteinn, our 3 year old boy and Þorsteinn, 1,5 years old, while we, parents are outside working. And the housekeeping could be cooking a few times per week/month or vacuuming the floor.
    The working hours per day can be variable, depending on how much you would like to work.

  • Languages spoken

    Danish: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Icelandic: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Staying with the family. We can provide a room for our workers. We would eat all together. Unfortunately we can't offer a separate toilet/restroom or television. We live in a big house with two floors. It's around 240 m2 so there is room enough for everyone. We are slowly working on fixing/reconstructing the house so there are 2 big bedrooms which are not in use at the moment.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There are some hot springs not that far away. River rafting about 100 km away from us. In Autumn there are wild blueberries close to the farm. Seals like to lie up on rocks very close to our farm when the weather is nice. Especially in spring and Autumn. We can borrow workawayers a car now and then. We don't smoke and don't want smoking inside the house. We have a good internet connection.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    Variable. 4-8 hours for example

The free going sheep enjoying a nice day in February 2019
Red building is a machine house built 2019. The white is our house and the one in between an old garage.
Sigursteinn Finnur and Þorsteinn Helgi
Riding up in the heath/plateau
We have beautiful summer nights!
Lambs are born!
Happy sheep inside when there's snow and windy outside
Late evening in August looking out the back door
Blesa likes to be scratched on her back
The room we can provide
The room we can provide
Host ref number: 346763546974