Experience the immense, remote, quiet Arctic while helping out on permaculture project in Northern Norway

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  • Description

    Description

    IMPORTANT INFO BEFORE YOU APPLY
    1) Very extended response time, due to not being online on a regular basis.
    2) Please inform yourself on national and regional covid-19 guidelines and follow any restrictions accordingly.
    3) NO WIFI availability for digital nomads etc.
    4) Unfortunately can't offer transportation. We're situated 14 km. from nearest busstop.
    5) We have one DOG and two CATS, be aware in case of allergy.


    Hi,
    I'm Louise, living on this property, which is remotely and quietly situated. It's an old post WW2 farmhouse, which I'm trying to revive as a homestead for permaculture. In process, mind you. Everything is 1950-standard.
    While daily tasks on the property often require more than my two hands and single set of eyes, my partner is located in Denmark with only occational visits up here.
    So I choose to occationally host volunteering guests and sustainability change agents who seek another kind of Arctic experience than that of the ordinary tourist.

    We're located on the brink of 69/70 degrees northern lattitude, in the bottom of a Norwegian fiord, bordering the Finnmark Plateau.
    Wilderness is all around, offering immediate access to mountains, rivers, forrests and sea. In spring, we have a waterfall running through the back yard just next to the front door...it's really quite idyllic.

    We say goodbye to the sun each year on 5th on november, and welcome it back on february 5th with celebrations. In between, the land is submersed in the darkness of polar winter (= NO SUN).
    Usually we have loads of snow from january til may, while the fiord also freezes over...This place offers many spectacular, exotic experiences in winter though, e.g. northern lights, snowshoeing trips, ice fishing etc.

    In summer we have "midnight sun", which means 24/7 daylight. And also loads of mosquitos from the end of june to the end of august, so this is a perfect time to go fishing on the fiord, from the rowboat.

    Late summer, and autumn is an awesome time for venturing into the mountains, harvesting berries and mushroom.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    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

    Here, you'll enevitably become wiser on ALL THINGS NATURE.
    First and foremost, you'll get a chance to stay in a place with no noise and no light pollution, where the arctic nature is all around you...

    The house is remotely situated in a "corner" of the finest arctic nature, near the protected national parks of Kvænangen and Reisadalen, and close to fiord and rivers.
    Bathing or fishing in the fiord is 1 minute away from the doorstep, as is a hiking or skiing trip in the mountain in the backyard, which will eventually lead you to the Finnmark vidda. There are plenty of polar wilderness and wildlife experiences to find within the 370 acre property itself (A year ago I saw a family of two European Lynx right outside the kitchen window).

    NB: Bring your own equipment for leisure time (eg. skis, tent, fishing rod etc).

    Here is your chance to practice off grid life. Although we have eletricity, mobile phone and other modern ammenities, wilderness is really just a couple of steps away: Pine forrests, mountains, rivers and fiords...

    I'm Danish and have been living uphere for about 7 years, but you'll get the opportunity to learn about local/regional history and culture, especially if you venture out into the local community...

    Our house is a small, old fashioned post-WW2 farmhouse. Built in 1952 by local resettlers who returned from the south of Norway, after the majority of the population in Northern Norway had been forecefully and dramatically evacuated by the nazis as war was coming to an end. Their lives were severely affected by the fierce nazi war strategy, which outlined bombing and burndown of all settlements north of Tromsø (Scortched Land Strategy).
    The local familiy's home was (re)built with support loans from the Marshall help, and is traditional for the time it was built (= very retro)...

  • Help

    Help

    Staying here means participation alongside us in whatever everyday tasks we have to get done (depending on weather, season and need).

    FARM WORK eg.:
    - Fencing crop field and planting windbreakers
    - Retrieving seaweed from shore
    - Building hügel raised beds with wood, seaweed and compost
    - Sowing seeds and nurturing plants
    - Planning and building a sensory garden

    WOOD WORK eg.:
    - Building primitive wood shelters in outback country for refuge when working in forrest
    - Retrieving cut down trees
    - Cutting wood with chainsaw, manual saw or ax (only by instruction)
    - Building chairs and other wildernes furniture

    MAINTENANCE AND BUILDING PROJECTS, eg.:
    - Building wood shacks and other shacks...
    - Painting staircase walls
    - Laying new floors
    - Repairing and painting old windows
    - Installing doors
    - Building orangerie, greenhouse from recycling materials
    - Building mobile henhouse, from recycling materials
    - Building mass oven
    - Building wood decks outside houses

    GENERAL HOUSEHOLD:
    - Retrieving firewood
    - Preparing meals
    - Washing dishes
    - Vacuuming
    - Washing floors
    - Cleaning toilet and bathroom
    - Cleaning windows

    ANIMALS:
    - Taking dog with you on some of your hikes/walks
    - Feeding dog and two cats
    - Cleaning cat litterboxes
    - Making sure they're inside when dark (because of predator lynx).

    HOUSESITTING:
    - Checking water, heating and electricity in case we're away.

    Workawayers who can teach special and creative craftsman's skills are much appreciated. We need carpenter experience and a creative, open mindset.
    Weekends are free of work in case you wish to venture into nature or out to community.

    The Arctic climate offers a challenge, which requires special agricultural measures, thus we're only in the process of inside-planning for the summer's gardening of micro green and herbs.

  • Languages spoken

    Danish: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES:

    MAIN HOUSE:
    - 1 guest room ( 8 m2) with one single bed on loft*
    - 1 guest room (8 m2) with two single beds on loft*
    - 1 x extra spare room ON LOFT* (8 m2) with one bunkbed (two sleeping spaces)... limited space for luggage, due to the use of the room as a "library".

    *Mind you, the staircase to the loft is really steep, so unfortunately the rooms are not suitable for physically challenged people.

    ANNEX/GUEST CABIN (NOT available during winter, and reserved for paying guests):
    - 1 x bedroom with one bunkbed and a sleeping couch.
    - 1 livingroom with simple kitchen facilities (no sewage, no water, no toilet, no bath)

    SHARED FACILITIES in main house:
    - Toilet and shower (1)
    - Kitchen (1)
    - Livingroom (1)

    Interior is held more or less in simple, traditional 1950-standard. Not many ammenities, actually, we only have refrigerator, freezer, oven/stove, toaster, water cooker.
    Waste recycling system and compost system.
    NO TV ---- NO INTERNET.... but an assorted selection of books, and loads of arctic nature.
    *No smoking inside buildings.
    *Two CATS and a DOG access most of property (except guest rooms, unless you invite the cats). Special curfew rules apply for pets due to wild life predators roaming the property (lynx, fox and sea eagles).

    FOOD is NOT automatically included in your stay, but when I randomly cook (primarily pescatarian), I will make sure to cook for my guests too. You are welcome to use the kitchen for cooking your prefered traditional dishes, or trying out new ones.
    Nearest conveinience store is 18 km from the property (!), and with no public transportation, you have to plan shopping.
    I have one private car with just one passenger seat, and as long as it's functional (which it hasn't been lately) I make weekly shopping tours for your conveinience, if needed. I do not lend out the car for solo trips.
    A refrigerator shelf and a cabinet shelf is offered for your convenience. Pluss cold storage space in basement.

    ACCESS to big barn with spaces for creative expressions, relaxation, contemplation and so on... It willl also be one of the projects to undergo a transformation over the next years...

    WEATHER CONDITIONS:
    In WINTER season from october to may you must bring very warm winter clothes, and expect plenty of snow, thus reduced accesibility in mountains without skis or snowshoes. Normal temperature in winter is around zero to minus 15 degrees celcius, but bear in mind it's coastal climate, which can result in cold winds.

    in SPRING/SUMMER/AUTUMN, temperatures are more like subcontinental climate, and last year we had several weeks in juli with temperatures between 25 and 32 degrees celcius, but the more normal temperatures range from 8-20 degrees in summer, from may to october. It feels warmer due to dry air. Bring clothes for quick weather shifts at all times, since the arctic can offer extreme changes within a short time spand.
    ... Bring mosquito repellant in summer, if you're prone to be their primary food source...

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    PLEASE NOTE: VERY EXTENDED response rate may occur due to not being online on a regular basis.

    No public transportation (!) near the house, which is part of the rural charm.
    65 km from Sørkjosen Airport, and 120 km from Alta Airport.
    270 km north of Tromsø, 330 km south of North Cape....

    Bus # 150 from Tromsø or Alta, once a day in each direction...
    Hike or hitchhike 14 km from E6... a tiny step off the main road, maybe a huge step into yourself...nature is here, welcoming you....

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    We accept workawayers with dogs, if the dog is not aggressive and doesn't chase after cats and/or wildlife. But mind you we've just adopted a big old dog... 55 kilos and castrated, he is used to people, and most other dogs...

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Appr. 4-5 hours' work per day's stay



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