Renovations, growing veggies and organic nutrition between beautiful fjords and mountains in Ørsta, Norway



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    Hello! :)
    We are a family of three, mom (Kristine), dad (Hans) and our 7 year old daughter. We live in Ørsta, in the middle of fjords and beautiful mountains, and have several exiting projects going on! :)

    We are renovating our two timber houses, grow a lot of vegetables, getting chickens very soon, try to live more ZeroWaste and loves food and health and the environment. :)

    I am educated as a nutritionist, but am currrently not working due to a cronic autoimmune illness (UC). I have good days and bad days. Hans is a traveling senior service engineer, and a real handyman. :)

    We practice attachment parenting with our daughter, folloving Gordon Neufelt, Jean Liedloff and Laura Markham as good as possible. We do not believe in punishment or time outs, we believe in love, connection and more love. Our daughter is bright, social and friendly. <3

    We eat organic, paleo/wapf, have five freezers full of meat/fish/poultry, and this year we are growing 40 types of veggies, berries and fruit in 16 raised garden beds in our quite small garden. :) I am very passionate about food, and still learning about growing food. :)

    My husband is in charge of the total renovating of our two houses (they are next to each other, both build in 1902) . He does pretty much everything himself in between worktrips, from building new foundations, to insulation, to electric and plumbing stuff. :)

    Me and Hans speak fluent english, and our daughter can make basic conversation as well. :)

    We rarely drink, do not smoke or use drugs, and will not want guests who are intoxicated or smoke. We also have a perfume free house.

    We do also eat a lot of (grassfed/game/free range) meat, so if you are stricly vegan/vegetarian, this may not be the best place for you. If you are flexible, then I think it will be okay. :)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Babysitting / child care
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We are social and outgoing people, with lots of knowledge about various subjects. My areas of knowledge and interests include: Food and health, attachment parenting, carrying, cloth diapers, ZeroWaste, growing foods, compost, edible insects, musicals, interior design, colors, personal styling, excersise, breastfeeding, fermentation, making beauty products and cleaning agents.

    Hans' areas include: building houses from foundation to roof including plumbing and electrics, fixing cars, computers, HiFi, driving tractors and operating heavy machinery, building all kinds of things from scratch, chopping wood.

    We both love to watch movies, hiking, good food, music, reading books (we have our own library!), and traveling. :)

    You may say that we have a fairly traditional household in terms of interests and responsability. ;)

    Our little village have amazing possibilities for anyone who loves the outdoors, there are options like hiking, skiing, bicyling, kayaking and fishing! :) We live in the middle of the Norwegian alps, some of the best mountains in the world! :)

  • Help


    We are looking for someone to cook for us, Paleo style. You need to be creative in the kitchen, take initiative, and be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.

    You will be making dinner for the family most nights, and also other meals, treats and snacks (we will get you the best of foods to work with!). :)

    We would like to have someone here to help with various tasks around the house, because on my bad days I cant do much (fatigue), and maybe take our daughter out to play or bike.

    Someone who will help with the gardening, and some light house work. We have a robot vacuum named Xia, but no other indoor pets. 😜 We are getting chickens soon, but not a 100% sure when. Before the summer at least! :)

    We are also developing our small garden, we will be growing food in 16 raised beds this year. You may help with that too. Also some foraging and other projects inside and outside. :)

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    Norwegian, English

  • Accommodation


    You will be staying in our attic guest bedroom that sleep two people in a double bed. We have one bathroom, plus an infrared sauna and a tub in our unfinished basement, a home cinema, a really charming old house with bright colors and good couches. :)

    You will have to make most of your own food. We will provide all the foods, you just have to prepare it. ;)

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will have access to a car whenever you want it, and there are lots of good mountain routes in walking distance. Shops, gyms, library, cinema, and buss between 5-10 minutes walk from our house. The closest airport (Hovden) is 8 minutes by car.

    Our closest City is Ålesund (1.5 hour drive), witch is known for its Jugend/Art Nouveau architecture, and its salt water aquarium.

    Message us with the word Sjokolade (means chocolate in Norwegian) in the subject line, so that we know that you read the whole profile. :)

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    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    Hours expected

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

Our two houses! :) We live in the green one, the white one is under renovation. :)
We have the most beautiful mountains in Norway just outside our door! :)
We love to forage! :) Here we collect birch sap.
Lots of great hikes!
Our cozy pavillion, the best place to enjoy the garden. <3
Our first year of growing food, 2018. This year we doubled the amount, and next year we will have 16 raised beds! :) And maybe a greenhouse! 😍
Our daughter is with us for most activities, she loves to help! :)
We love food! 😍
Great views! 😍
The saltwater aquarium in Ålesund is worth a visit! :)
Hans with our daughter
Hikes for everyone! 😍

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