Carla and Geir are an American-Norwegian couple living in the Arctic fixing up a dear old farm which belonged to Geir's besteforeldrene (grandparents). It is located in Vikran, a 30 min drive from Tromsø, on a fjord with mountains all around. It is a beautiful and serene location. Our current projects include building a new garage/stable/workshop, a barn restoration, plus other small projects. There is plenty to experience up here, whether you like fishing, hiking, skiing or simply enjoying nature. The spring/summer months offer the midnight sun, while the fall/winter months offer some amazing northern lights.
Cooking / shopping
You will learn about the history of the people, property and surrounding areas, local cuisine, fishing and foraging practices, and exploring nature both on land and sea. Learn some Norwegian while you are at it!
We are building a 165 m2/1600 sq ft garage which includes a workshop. Its a single story building which will be traditionally framed in wood with wood siding. Its a 27 pitch roof with steel grade roof plates. Building will be insulated. Onsite will be scaffolding, ladders, compressed air, power and all other tools necessary to do the job. There is good space to store and work on materials. The concrete foundation has been poured and we will start construction in winter 2019/20. We need people with construction and carpentry skills in the early winter/spring. Were also undertaking fix up and remodelling of other buildings here and plan to do the kitchen and bathroom in the main house.
English, Norwegian, a little German
Sleeping arrangements are located in separate annexes, and include bedding and linens. You are welcome to set up a tent near our river, or anywhere on our 800 acre property, if you enjoy a camping experience (must have your own gear).
This is a rural area, with a population of 200, but there is public transportation by bus, boat or a lift from us or a kind neighbor. A drivers license is needed if you want to get around yourself, or if you will be transporting construction materials.
We are a friendly family who likes to go with the flow and play some rocking good tunes while we work. Dance skills not required :-D
Weather can be unpredictable. Be prepared to stop mid-project for a barbeque on the beach or a fishing trip to take advantage of a beautiful moment.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week