Hello! I am restoring and restarting a small old farm on a beautiful island on the south eats coast of Norway. (Telemark)

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  • Last activity: 22/12/2022



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Hello! I am restoring and restarting a small old farm on a beautiful island on the south eats coast of Norway. The place is located next to a small road in the forest, about 10 minutes walk from the sea. I'm building a sheep herd with an old style Viking sheep, setting up fences, chopping wood for cooking and heating, making hay, working a vegetable garden, collecting mush rooms, apples (making apple sauce), jam, herbs, wild berries and sea weed. Fixing my old truck, my old tractor, my old boat. Repairing the house, getting used building materials everywhere, renewing my barn to make it an art studio and I want to build a guest cabin close to the main house. Also, I carry out nature management and do ecological research. There's always a lot to do and you can also carry out your own projects over here. Artists are also welcome to work over here :)
    There is no strict schedule of activities: I rather have people here doing something they choose and like to do, since there are many different sorts of work to be done.

    I am easy going and social, I studied art (sculpture) and forestry, and have traveled many years all over the world as a forester, mainly in central and west Africa, Europe and Scandinavia. I like to cook and eat well, I like to exchange and talk, I like to share and I like the input and fresh perspective guests bring in over here.

    Just feel free to contact me any time if you are interested to stay a while!

    Cheers, Wouter

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Art Projects
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Because I have traveled much and had many different sorts of work and many interests, I can show how to live in a self supporting way and share many experiences. Furthermore, the nature here is so beautiful and overwhelming. I try to live my life close to nature, taking the ecosystem serious and be serious about (organic) self produced food. Also, I do ecological research.
    There are interesting people living over here, like neighbors who have a farm and carry out many different projects.

  • Help


    Building, cutting fire wood, setting up sheep fences, garden work, construction, fixing machines, collecting mush rooms, apples and berries, etc.

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent
    Finnish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    I have 3 guest rooms in the main house and am planning to build a guest cabin nearby. There's also plenty of room for camping.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The island is reachable by ferry, from the ferry it is a 30min. walk to my place. Be sure you are able to carry your own luggage with you: less is more :) I have many extra blankets and warm sweaters etc. Be sure to bring work clothes. There are no shops on the island, but on the main land there's a beautiful small town with shops and bars etc. During the winter it is very beautiful and very quiet over here. You have to like that :)

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 942292275139

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