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



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    Update summer 2021:

    Hi, everyone! This summer me and my friends will do a bit of this and that. I will fix my house In KJøpsvik, Narvik, painting, a bit of fixing-up, so I can rent it out when I leave. Also, we will do a bit of volounteer work at an old farm.

    We are working together with those responsible, in order to make the farm as close to operational, at least in principle, to its state back in the days. My job is mostly to do light fixing on wood work, paint jobs etc. I will also fix a couple of old peat roofs, and some other projects. My girl and some other people will join me from time to time, + I know a lot of the locals.

    Lastly, we enjoy camping and staying in the woods. We have a camp ca. 20-40 minutes from the road, where Rørvik gård is located, and there me and some friends have built a pretty large gapme. Its very rudimentary, and somewhat ugly, but we think it's cool. We try to have a good time, do some hiking, some fishing, and work a bit on different projects. This year's project is fixing the gapme inside, putting in an oven; perhaps upgrading the camp outside with a better outside oven etc.
    We don't work too hard, but try to have a bit of fun on the way. Learning and trying new things are a bit of the thing. I am interested in history, old techniques, thinking and late night discussing, a little party in the woods mood is right. We have a lot of interesting people coming by, and we like to be social. We also have a bit going across the fjord; my house is on one side of the fjord, and the other stuff on the other; the shortest path is usually by boat.

    ::::Sleeping etc.:::
    In my house I have three bedrooms + a bed in the living room ("day bed", you can call it). When we stay up in the woods, or a the farm, we can stay in tents (I have a military tent + small tents, + a shed up in the woods). But usually, if the weather's bad, my father got a place not to far from it all, which I sometimes borrow. I have a car.

    Let me know if your interested! The whole project is a bit fluid, since the work is semi-weather dependent. Let me know your plans, and we work something out!

    Ps: Just ask, if it's anything.



    - Fixing/painting etc. a modern house.
    - Fixing an old farm.
    - Camping in the woods and fixing an gapme, inside work (the gapme is finished outside) (look at the pictures).

    Look above. Dogs, smoking, etc. is all okay for me. I have room for about 4 people. Ask if it's anything.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance

  • 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.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

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  • 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 spoken

    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    German: Intermediate

  • 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 ...

    Lots of mountains. Ocean and lakes with fish. We have boats both in lake and ocean (although, the one in the lake is damaged). The national mountain of Norway is here, STetind. We have some relics from the war, etc. Ask me!

  • 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

    Yeah, I guess. Not all places have electricity, but most have.

  • 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

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    Hours expected

    about 3 hours a day, 4-days a week (different work, weather dependent. Better to plan for longer work some days, e.g. with better weather for painting, and then take some days off.)

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