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We are a couple (Anna & Árni) in our late 20s that are taking over a small farm in north-east Iceland from her parents.
We had a little perfect baby girl in January 2018.
The family is quite big, and most of Anna's siblings have children of their own, and most of them visit quite frequently.
We live on the farm and her parents are here quite often as well. Especially during the summer they spend most of their time here.
The farm has 170 sheep, 16 horses , 9 chickens, two dogs and a cat.
Horses are mainly for fun but are also essential in the sheep roundup in september. Most of them can be ridden but some are still too young.
Horses are on vacation during the winter.
Árni is an avid mountain biker and the region around Akureyri is one of the best places in Iceland for mountain biking. He has a dream building mountain bike trails around the farm and any help with that would be greatly appreciated.
There is a spare mountain bike around (120mm Hardtail with a dropper post, size small) that people are welcome to use. There is not a bike rental around that we know of in the area, but if anyone would like to bring their own mountain bike that would be awesome and we would do our best to show you all the best trails around the area.
There is also a nice road bike (size small) that could be used to explore the surrounding area.
Anna grew up on the farm, went to farmer school and is a graduated farmer and also studied horse riding for two semesters. She's been working at a horse rental and training horses for the last few years therefore she is used to helping beginners riding horses and could help people growing as a rider.
We often play a lot of board games during the evening, and during the summer we frequently visit the swimming pool.
Just as a note we mostly cook and eat meat products, many of which we make ourselves (lamb/sheep meat).
We don't have any problems with vegetarians and you're welcome to cook your own food if you want to but dinner will usually be meat products. We are interested to try nice vegetarian dishes if you'd like to cook for us occasionally.
We are not sure the farm will be right for vegans.
Babysitting / child care
Cooking / shopping
Help in the house
Icelandic, culture, horseback riding, mountain biking, trying exotic Icelandic food
Helping around the house, household cleaning, babysitting, build mountain bike trails, general maintainance and such, possibly cooking.
To have someone that’s confident with children and can look after our daughter if we are outside working at the farm. Is the help we need right now.
Longer stays are preferable by us, but it's not a dealbreaker if it's not an option.
I try to answer all request but often they are so many I have hard time looking at all of them.
Icelandic, English, Danish and a little German by Anna
A private bedroom in the house with the family.
Nearby is one of the greatest waterfalls in Iceland Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss is also really beautiful waterfall in the neighborhood.
Drive to nearest town, the biggest town outside of the capital, Akureyri is 35 minutes. The surrounding is really beautiful also and not far away is lake Mývatn a extremely beautiful lake with wonderful wildlife and beautiful lava-fields, hot springs and more interesting things.
Whale watching is available both in Húsavík and Akureyri, both towns are a 45 minute drive.
Busses pass by the main road not long from the farm.
There is a swimming pool we frequently visit about a 15min drive from the farm.
We have had quite a few workaway-ers with good experience, the worst thing is usually just the goodbyes, we would gladly show people the beauty of the country and the culture. We've gotten to know people from all over the world and tried some very interesting food and get to know different cultures.
There usually is quite a lot of free time around the farm and people have had a good chance to do what they want, photographing, making music, writing books and just enjoying the country.
Our workawayers have usually been involved with what the family is doing, and usually gotten to join us at parties, horse and bike tournaments, concerts, trips and other activities.
We have a few horses around that most workawayers have been able to ride if interested. The mountains around the farm are nice for hiking, mountain skiing and biking.
If there are any questions don't hesitate to ask.
We usually get a lot of messages and sometimes it takes a while to reply. Giving out some basic information about yourself usually helps you stand out.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
1-5 hours, 5 days a week