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For as long as Norwegian authorities uphold travel restrictions due to corona virus, there are special requirements for visiting.
This place is remote and quiet.
In the winter months of november, december, january and february, the land is submersed in the darkness of polar winter, and snow, which can last from october til around may...are you ready for such kind of "silent retreat"?
I recently aquired this old post WW2 farmhouse, which is on route to becoming a tiny arctic permaculture project/micro community offering educational health retreats on sensory life dimensions.
While daily tasks on the property often require more than two hands and one set of eyes, my partner is located in Denmark with occational visits up here, which is why we choose to occationally host guests who seek another kind of Arctic visit than that of the consumptuous 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...
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
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 (only last week I saw a family of two European Lynx right outside the kitchen window) all around the year.
Forrests, mountains and fiords... and a chance to be off grid with pristine presence and sensory awareness, for a moment in time and space. Here, you can find peace, compassion and a holistic life balance approach with a sustainability perspective on all life dimensions...
Bring your own equipment, skis, tent, fishing rod if you want to fish etc.
... And mosquito repellant if you're prone to be their primary food source...
You'll also get the opportunity to learn a lot about local/regional history and culture, especially if you venture out into the local community..
I live in a tranquil 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..
We are currently rehabilitating an old, small farm to develop a retreat centre, in which a.o. to teach sensory design and planning, sensory marketing and sensory therapy.
The farm will optimally be run by permacultural principles, and as far as possible in the future give us self sufficiency in plants (and later on eggs). The Arctic climate offers a challenge, which requires special agricultural measures, thus we're in the process of planning an orangerie/green house for next summer's gardening of micro green and herbs.
Planning and developing a sensory garden for therapeutic and educational purposes, will also be one of the most important projects the next two years, aside from getting living quarters ready n' comfy by and for workawayer's and retreat participants.
Retrieving wood in the forrest (woodstove is our only heating source)... bringing it home, and stacking it... plenty of volunteering with that chore alone if you want to stay warm and cosy inside...mind you, use of axes and saws only allowed after formalised training and with use of protective gear.
Building projects for living quarters: renovation of guesthouse and barn (only skilled, qualified, certified volunteers for alpine construction work on foundation).
Painting and general maintenance
ADDITIONAL SPRING/SUMMER/AUTUMN IDEAS:
1) Gardening (vegetables)
2) Planning and building a "sensory garden" and campfire sites, co creating co-living spaces with creative, hand crafted solutions...
3) Building henhouse
4) Building Orangerie/greenhouse
5) Fencing grazing pasture to keep future live stock in (and predators and reindeer out)
6) Learning bee keeping and honey making for future bee project.
7) Teaching permaculture tricks
8) Making creative spaces for arts and crafts activities. Designing and building a pottery oven, stone oven etc.
9) Teaching cookery...or pottery... ...Whatever skill or super power you have, and whatever your bliss... it may very well come in handy, and your volunteering will be much appreciated....
I have a total of three small guest rooms inside the main house (on the second floor loft), two with two single beds and one room with one single bed (Max capacity of five inside loft guests). One of the two-bed guestrooms is currently my "library", so this will only be used for additional guestroom when the house is full. Current capacity therefore is 3 guests.
Mind you, the staircase is really steep, so unfortunately the rooms are not suitable for physically challenged people.
Shared toilet and shower facilities in main residential house, one single shared bathroom on the main floor. Water supply by means of private well and pumping machinery (limited capacity).
Shared kitchen and livingroom.
All in traditional 1950-standard.
No TV and no internet, but an assorted selection of books, and nature.
*No smoking inside buildings.
*Two cats access most of property (except guest rooms, unless you let them). Special curfew rules apply for them due to wild life predators roaming the property (lynx, fox and sea eagles).
I am currentlig renovating an additional guest cabin, which will eventually house up to five persons in bunk beds and couch bed.
This cabin is currently without kitchen and toilet facilities, so building a decent compost toilet and a shower solution in separate structure outside this guest cabin is also a priority.
FOOD is NOT automatically included in your stay, but when I randomly cook, I will make sure to cook for my guests too. You are always welcome to use the kitchen for cooking your prefered dishes, and I'm game if you have cookery skills to share....
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.
Freezer- and refrigerator shelves are offered for your convenience.
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...
Nature all around... space inside and out...
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. Bring clothes for quick weather shifts at all times, since the arctic can offer extreme changes within a short time spand.
PLEASE NOTE: VERY EXTENDED response rate may occur due to not being online on a regular basis.
Hardly any 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...
14 km from E6... a tiny step off the main road, maybe a huge step into yourself...nature is here welcoming you....
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Appr. 4-5 hours' work per day's stay