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Hello, dear traveller!
We are Anna and Emilie, and we just moved to this new plot of land that we call The Northern Skies.
Our new home is on beautiful island of Engeløya (angel island), where we live on the tip of the land, with a view to our beloved Vestfjorden (West fjord). Anna grew up on a neighbouring farm in the village, and after studying landscape architecture and working in Oslo and Lofoten, we decided to buy our own plot of land and move back to the roots, and back to nature. We are currently living our dream, which is a comfortable life in touch with nature. This spring, from April, we will begin to establish a permaculture garden to grow food in a holistic way. One of the projects is to establish a forest garden with local perennial plants.
Another important part of our everyday at The Northern Skies is music and art. Anna and her sister has their studio in the house, where they produces and records music and make stage performances. This is very much a creative home!
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help with Eco Projects
Help around the house
Travelers who visit us will experience a truly beautiful and spectacular place on earth. You will get a taste of life in the countryside, with farming and enjoying nature and nature phenomenas like the northern lights and the midnight sun. If you like to go on hikes, this is a good place to be, with wild nature right outside the doorstep.
If you are interested in farming, we will be very happy to exchange knowledge and passions. You can learn about food culture in the north of Norway, and about the nordic flora.
We recently moved to The Northern Skies, so there is lots to do inside and outside the house, pluss the establishing of a edible garden from scratch. All help will be much appreciated, and we believe that you might have your own expertise that will be fun to make us of, in addition to the things we could come up with in the lists below:
The house needs painting and some fixing here and there. So if you are friends with carpenters tools, you will not be bored in this place.
Painting here and there
New skirting boards all over the house
Making shelves etc.
Organising food storage.
Outdoor building projects:
Home for chickens
Fixing the terrasse
From May - October there will be action in the garden, cultivating the land and creating a brand new garden. We need help with planting, weeding, harvesting, (cooking and enjoying the food) and finally conserving the harvested goods for the winter.
Plowing, tilling with tractor
Building raise beds
Sowing and planting
Making small greenhouses from old windows
This list is endless…
My brother is running the family farm nearby, so we have access to tractors and a nice toolshed!
Our house has two vacant bedrooms for travellers, with queen size beds. There is one bathroom in the house to share.
My dad who travels a lot also has a beautiful house nearby which also might be vacant.
You will get to experience the extreme contrasts in weather and seasons.
In December and January there is no sun in this area of the country, which is a special thing to experience. Even though there is no sun, the light is very unique at this time, and personally we love this time of year. This is also the best time to watch the northern lights, which usually dances on the sky above our house.
In June and July the sun never sets, and the place we live is where a lot of people come to watch the midnight sun in the summer. We feel very blessed to have the best view of this phenomena from our terrasse.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week