Help around the house and restorations at a Gapme (Sami house) in the village of Kjøpsvik, Norway




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    PS: When the things underneath are happening I don't know... Things have moved around a bit because of Covid-19. Message me, and I will let you know the plans etc. as soon as I'm able.

    My family and I are working with odd jobs at our family's house(s) this summer. They are located in the quiet town of Kjøpsvik (postal code 8590). Painting of houses, a bit of carpentry, etc.
    I own a house in Kjøpsvik with plenty of beds, couches, etc. I have some work painting and doing small jobs in the house...

    We will also work with a Gapme - a old sami structure which we have built. We will build a kiln or an outdoor fireplace, perhaps make a floor, and do anything else we get the time for. Company and helpful hands are very appreciated, whatever you can do!
    Life up in the camp is quite rough: there are plenty of mosquitoes, but I have spent many summers there and have made myself not too bad of a camp site. We have a outdoor toilet, a "mini-cabin" which my guests can use for sleeping, and enough tents, including a military tent with an oven. (Sometimes cold can set in in the mountain even in summer and early autumn. Once, in July, there was frost!)

    We divide our times by learning old techniques, trying new things, and working on improving our camp or our gapme. We are a friendly bunch and the summer is also our vacation so we like to have fun and relax by the campfire!

    It's usually my father, my girlfriend and I, sometimes some friends.

    More information:

    The Gapme: It's no floor so you cannot live in it yet. It is on the other side of a water about 40 minutes of walking from a country road. It is located about 12 km from the village of Storjord, close to the village of Bognes near the ferry in Nordland.
    You can travel to it by boat from Kjøpsvik. It takes 40 minutes. I have a boat by the coast, it's a beautiful ride.

    My house: It is in Kjøpsvik (8590) in Narvik kommune. It has two floors and a cellar. My father and my sisters live in the same neighbourhood. Kjøpsvik is an industrial village.

    About Kjøpsvik:
    If you like hiking there are lots of possibilities for nice, long hikes from Kjøpsvik. We can help you with the planning. You can follow the mountain range to Sweden or even to the most northern parts of Norway!
    It's an industrial village. Not too much to do, two pubs and two colonial stores. About 800 inhabitants. Quiet and calm.
    It's by the fjord. We have a boat and we like to go on trips in the fjords etc. There are very many beautiful mountain, among other the national mountain.

    Let me know if I can help you with information or if you have any questions!

    - Vegar

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will learn something about building stuff with whole wooden logs, and the stuff involved. You can even put up the whole structure without using a single nail, even though we didn't do that. I also know a bit about the process how the vikings put up their (similar) houses. I am mostly a historian, not a carpenter, but it`s a lot of fun facts.

    As I said, we to a great degree enjoy the social side of this. The work is rough, or tedious, so we even it out by laughter or having a good time. I am interested in all aspect of old times, norwegian and local history. There`s a lot of funny stories about how they used to do it in the old times around these parts, or around the viking age. E.g., did you know that the vikings try to make a kingdom outside Jerusalem? Or that one killed his friend, because "he had such a good angle for a chop." Etc etc.

  • Help


    Painting, carpentry, cooking, moving stuff around (I'm "redecorating", so to speak). Odd jobs, but a bit company and small tasks is very helpful as it's a lot of small jobs, too much for only one person.

    The gapme/the woods:
    See above.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

    This host offers a language exchange
    Hi, am interested in learning languages, preferably asian ones ! I have previously tried learning chinese, but made no progress. I any case I am interested in trying.

  • Accommodation


    See above. Life in the woods is not recommended unless you like to sleep a bit of rough and get your hands dirty etc. But we have a small hut (like, 2.4x2.4 m) which is good for people that don't like sleeping in the tents. Through the summer we might fix floor in the gapme and get some bunk beds up.

    Kjøpsvik: 3x beds (including mine) + a big sleeping sofa, though not very good. If there's many also my father has a house that is not in use!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Plenty of opportunities for fishing or hiking.

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    Big parking lot + relatively big lawn (ok to park there).

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    I like pets! Don't care about hair etc., every house should have a dog or a cat! (I myself have none, as I move a lot about.)

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    about 3 hours a day, 4-days a week (depends on the work)

Some nice edible mushrooms picked by my girl. They are chanterelles.
Workawayers from France visiting. Hugo and wife! :-) This is by the lake by the cabin in the woods.
An early start of the project.
The water by the place.

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