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We are a couple (Anna & Árni) in our early 30s that have a small farm in the north of Iceland.
We have two girls, born in January 2018 and April 2020.
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 160 sheep, 20 horses , 8 chickens, dog and a cat.
During the summer and into the autumn we run a horse riding business from our farm. Horses are also essential in the sheep roundup in september. Since we have the riding business we have horses that everyone can ride. 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 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 studying hairdressing and is still working part time at a hair saloon as a part of her internship.
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 since we run a business producing meat.
We are not asking for help til run our business!
Types of help and learning opportunitiesLanguage practiceTeachingGardeningBabysitting and creative playCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseGeneral MaintenanceHelp with Computers/ Internet
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Icelandic culture, horseback riding, mountain biking, trying exotic Icelandic food, access to a car
Projects involving children
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Helping around the house, household cleaning, babysitting, general maintenance and such, possibly cooking.
Tidying around the house.
To have someone that’s confident with children and can look after our daughters if we have to do some things around the farm, or have to work later than the kindergarten is open.
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.
We don't need help with the horses or sheep.
This host offers a language exchange
Many Workawayers have learned quite some Icelandic by talking to our children and listening to conversations in the house. We can help you study Icelandic if interested, the children have started speaking english and We would like them to also learn more languages.
A private or shared bedroom in the house with the family.
What else ...
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, backcountry 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.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
We have a 1gbps fibre connection to the farm, so our internet connection is way above average. It would be no problem to be working a job while staying here.
How many Workawayers can stay?
1-5 hours, 5 days a week
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So after our experience with him staying in our house we offered… read more
The food was good and I enjoyed the meals with the whole family.
I was allowed to take the car for some trips to explore a lil… read more
Not only the whole family is so nice, but also working with the sheeps and playing with their daughter was so fun.
I had enough free time to explore the nature, Anna and Árni always figured out a way to make my plans come alive :)
Thank you so much for this unforgettable… read more
Easy going and easy to get along with!
I stayed at Anna & Arni's farm for almost 3 weeks at the end of February, mainly working to feed morning and evening the sheeps and the chicken. It was a lot of sheeps for me to get to know them, but I could I least remember few of them (6270 I think who… read more
For us it felt immediately like home we were welcomed with open arms by every member of the family.
Anna and Árni are very open-minded, friendly,… read more
It was amazing helping out with the animals – especially the sheep and all their… read more
I was there during the winter (March) so there's not a ton to do, but… read more
I was only meant to be with you for 3 weeks and ended up staying 2 months. Other than the normal running of the farm, in this time we… read more
I would recommend him… read more
The work is fun! It comes in waves, there's those lazy rainy-foggy days and then the sunny-hay days that are quite busy.
We got to ride a lot and there's really a lot you can learn… read more
I hope to come back one day and see all of you again!
We were allowed to go horse riding on our own (her horses are super well-trained; it was so… read more
It was such a wonderful time with good and interesting work. Such as shearing sheep, clipping their hoves, mucking out stables, cuddle the sheep, cooking together, some household stuff..
Baldur treated us like family and we felt at home right away.
At the weekends we met his… read more
Hope we'll see each other again!
10000% to recommend for all people who love animals, like to work outside and is interested in Icelandic culture.
Hope we'll see each other again :-)
But despite her being perfect for the help we needed, that wont be what we'll remember her for the most!
But how great it was to have her around and what a wonderful person she is.
She instantly became a part of the family… read more
Wish them the best of luck on their travelling!