Experience daily life at the Arctic Circle with sled dogs and more in Lapland, Sweden

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Sweden

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  • Description

    Description

    UPDATE:
    We have enough helpers until June 2022. You are welcome to contact us for the available months. Looking forward to hear from you.
    Take care!

    Johanna and me (KAT) are living in the northern part of Sweden since 2007. We have seen many different places in the North and worked ourselves as helpers on different farms.

    This is our homestead since 2011. Here we are running a competitive sled dog kennel with around 25 dogs. Some of them are retired sled dogs, enjoying their live on the couch inside and the other ones are crazy super athletes who enjoy running 1000 km in a week.

    The sled dogs are the heart and soul at this place.

    We started a permaculture garden where we are growing vegetables like salad, tomatoes, pumpkins and much more (we take a break with the vegetables in summer 2019 due to many building projects).

    We pick a lot of berries in summer and autumn to make jam, dry fruits and vegetables, smoke meat and take fish from the lake. We love backing our bread, mainly with spelt flour, only thing missing is a clay oven outside. For sure one of the future projects.

    We like to skype or video call via Whats app with every interested helper - so enough room to ask all your questions.
    Looking forward to meet you.

    Your accommodation:
    Small log cabin next to the dogs. Simple but cozy. We use the cabin as well for dog treatments, so it won´t be free of dog hair :-) Kitchen is in the main house. Toilet and shower (sauna) outside.

    NOTE: We don’t have a toilet inside, but we have a simple and well working outdoor toilet. We shower in the sauna – typical Finnish style. You will love it!

    Food:
    High quality is more important for us than a high variation. That means we are buying a lot of biodynamical food and try to cook a lot of seasonal dishes. You will not find fresh exotic fruits here, ok – sometimes we buy bananas… But I think you get the point.
    We eat lunch and dinner together, great if you also like to share some of your favorite dishes with us!

    Projects during the year:
    - Fishing – laying out nets and taking care of the fish (may – oct)
    - Helping with daily tasks in the kennel – a lot of scooping the poop 😊, walking the retired dogs, feeding, giving massages, shoveling snow in winter (all year around)
    - Helping with building, repairing, painting – due to your interests and skills (april – oct)
    - Picking berries (aug-sept)
    - Gardening – moving the lawn, weeding, harvesting (may – sept)
    - Making firewood – splitting and stacking (April-may)
    - and cooking of course

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Farmstay help
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We will teach you everything we know about the daily life at the Arctic Circle, every season is different and you have to listen to Mother Nature :-)
    We like to have 2-4 helpers at our farm for a longer period in winter (sept-may). You can learn a lot about dog care and training.

  • Help

    Help

    The projects are very different from season to season, but you should love to help outside even when the sun is not shining :-) It often does shine but not always.
    You don´t need to be super strong but you should like to work hard.
    If you are open hearted, motivated and interested in our lifestyle we will have a great time together with the dogs.

    Some projects during the year:
    Animal Care, Cleaning, Construction projects, Cooking, Farm Tasks, general, Firewood splitting & gathering, Gardening tasks, general, Trail Maintenance, Weeding, snow showeling, walking the older dogs.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    Swedish: Fluent
    English: Intermediate

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Shared house, outdoor toilet, we shower in the sauna.
    If possible you can have an own room but often you need to share a room with another helper.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bikes and tents are available if you like to explore the region, many hiking possiblities in the nearby forest, fishing is also an option. Not ot forget the canoes whih you can use during your time off.

  • 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.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week




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