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We are a family of five, Axel (43), Vala (38), Ragnar (7), Sigurbergur (5) and Ómar (15) who is away in collage over the winter.
We live on a family sheep farm in the north east coast of Iceland! Where the sun does not sett in the summer and the northern lights dance in the sky in winter.
Þórshöfn is the closest town (12 km away) We are mainly sheep farmers, and in our sheep house we have about 650 winter fed sheep and then we have at least 150 - 200 winter fed sheep outside the whole winter, but we have a house we sometimes use for them if the weather is really bad.
There is also a stable on the farm, where horses are breaded and trained, there are about 60 horses here on the property, and (depending on the season) you could get to ride them.
We are looking for a reliable person / persons to come and help us on our farm
There are various things to do both inside and out.
Tractor driving skills are not essential, but will be a great plus!
- Please note that!
- We can't host family's. -
- Minimum stay is three weeks. -
If you would like to know more about us and the facilities that are provided, please feel free to contact us, and we will answer as soon as possible.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
We love meeting new people, learning about culture and sharing ours!
We find it important for our kids to interact with as many cultures as possible, we believe it will benefit them in so many ways for the rest of their lives!
Of course, it will depend on the season you would join us, what kind of work is provided.
Please feel free to ask away and we will do our best to answer you :)
But here is an idea of what is the main chores we have.
January - February, are low season.
Mars - April, preparing for lambing season, more work in April.
May - Busy! Lambing season, the high point is always around 20th of May.
June - Lambing season ending, getting sheep and lambs to the highlands for summer.
July - Hey season starts.
August - Hey season ends.
September - Time to get the sheep back home, herding, weighing, flocking and sorting all of them!
October - Slaughter time, meat preparing for the year to come.
November - Rest of meat work is done, but slow season mostly.
December - Flocking sheep for the fertility season, the Rams get to meet the lady´s.
Please note, that of course there can always be something else to do also, at the same time :)
icelandic, english, danish.
We live in a big house, with lots of space.
You will have your own bedroom and bathroom down stairs, but share other parts of the house with us.
We offer our workawayers home made traditional food, mostly meat from our farm, and fish we get straight from the sea.
But vegetables and fruits are luxury products in Iceland and we have limited access to that and vegan products are almost unavailable. So please be noted that it´s almost impossible for us to host someone who does not eat what we are offering on daily bases.
We live at the northeast coast of Iceland.
How to get here?
This is the most common question we get.
One way is by bus, from Reykjavík to Akureyri. Sadly the bus then only goes to Húsavík, but usually we can find you a ride from there to us.
Flying is an option, the airlines are called Flugfélag Íslands and Eagle air. Flugfélag Íslands has a flight from Reykjavík all the way to Þórshöfn every weekday. Eagle air has flights every day but only to Husavík (180 km from here) But from there we would have to get you a ride or you could hitchhike.
What is there to see?
Its easy to go for a day trips, or a weekend away!
The fjord we live in is called Þistilfjörður, and has a lot of beautiful sights to see both here and close to us. Here you can read about some interesting spots close to our home.
Rauðanes Point - A hike around Rauðanes Point, it is here in Þistilfjörður district and is a 7 km walk in a beautiful and unique nature pearl.
Skálar Langanes - Langanes is a 40 km long peninsula stretching into the ocean from Iceland’s Northeast corner. In addition to being an enchanting nature pearl with lots of bird life, Langanes is a virtual outdoor museum holding fascinating remains of a time gone by.
Before the turn of the 20th century almost the entire peninsula was populated with farms but now only a couple of farms east of Þórshöfn are in residence. A trip to the outlying peninsula is an adventure as you pass remnants of ancient farms and more recently deserted buildings like Skoruvík. Each house or ruin holds a story of man’s survival and adaption to his environment in a changing world.
On the peninsula’s eastern shore, almost at the tip, is the deserted village of Skálar. Here, seemingly at the edge of the world, stood a thriving fishing village in the early 20th century, although short lived.
Ásbyrgi is just an hour drive away, Ásbyrgi is undoubtedly one of Icelands most beloved nature pearls. It is an enclosed canyon in Kelduhverfi district west of river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The enclosure is about 3.5 km long and 1.1 km wide, surrounded by cliffs which reach as high as 100 m. Extending from its opening and rising into the centre is 250 m wide cliff, called the Island, which ends in a tall narrow edge resembling a ship’s stern.
If you google edge of the arctics you will get a good page with info about this area.
In the wintertime we have the northern light dancing in the sky every night, as long as there are no clouds!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week