Help us with construction, carpentry and maintenance in Vikran, Tromsø - Norway - where nature is all and encompassing



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    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.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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!

  • Help


    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.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Norwegian, a little German

  • Accommodation


    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).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    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.

  • A little more information

    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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

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