Living quietly in a simple, old-fashioned, eco-friendly way in the forest in Hatlestrand, Norway



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    I am a 63 year old retired female teacher living on an old farm on the west coast of Norway. My land is rented out for horses in the growth season. For my own joy I have two cats and a little chicken coop. In the old days there were copper mines in the forrest. The ruins are still visible. I have an old wooden roing boat and an old Ferguson tractor that both need maintenance, and there are possibilities for fishing trout. The house is mostly heated with wood.

    My special interest is simple, slow, contemplative, eco-friendly living.

    The farm lies quite isolated, at the edge of a beautiful lake, in an old pine forrest. There are about 500 people in my community. We have three shops; a food store, a shop for building and gardening, and a popular second hand shop. It takes 7 minutes to drive from my place to the centre of our little town, called Hatlestrand. A two hour bus ride will bring you to Bergen. The tickets are very affordable.

    I would like a couple to stay here with me. You will have a comfortable guest room with two beds, a small wood stove, and a tiny kitchen.The house has two bathrooms, so you will have your own.

    In your working hours you will help clean the house, make dinner, maintain the road and fences, cut the grass, chopping wood and start making a fruit and vegetable garden. I will provide for your food. We will share dinner together. I can help improve your English - or teach Norwegian - if you wish so.

    My children and their families come to visit me for a day or two from time to time. Then the house is lively.
    Otherwise I live very quietly.
    So - this is the place if you like peace and quiet surrounded by forrest and water.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Experience peace and quiet in an old and beautiful Norwegian farm. Old fashioned, eco-friendly living. As a retired teacher I can help improve English or Norwegian language. Fishing trout in the lake.

  • Help


    Make dinner, clean the house, general maintenance including the road. Start making a fruit and vegetable garden in the spring. Chopping wood.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian bokmål: Fluent
    Norwegian nynorsk: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    I can help you improve your English and teach Norwegian.

  • Accommodation


    You will have your own guest room with a tiny kitchen, a wood stove, two beds and two comfortable sitting chairs. Free Wifi. Your own bathroom.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Meditative walking in the forrest (forest bathing), climbing (easy climbing) local mountain tops, picking berries, swimming in the lake. There is a two hour bus drive to Bergen.

  • 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

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    You can use Wifi for free.

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    Hours expected

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

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Host ref number: 655775129835