Come and be part of the flock on our farm in Børselv, Norway



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 Min stay requested: at least 3 weeks

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    We, Bjørnar and Svanhild, have been passionate sheep farmers for a few years , but are also into diversifying growing organic vegetables with a friend -Birgitta ; potatoes, and some fruit. We take a active and healthy approach to life, through food, work and religion. We are Christian. Our flock is still growing and the farm is working progress. As you can appreciate this is a lifestyle , rather then 9 to 5 work. So hours of work can vary day to day so to the lengh of days depending on the work involved. Mainly the days consist of taking care of the sheep, but there is always enjoyable work to be done but once the work is done. We have free time and get to explore and discover Finmark and more about Norway.

    Because we live so far north, we have short, hectic summers and long winters. Days are long with the midnight sun for 2 months in summer. The first autumn frost usually (but not always) comes sometime in August - we do hope the frost will come much later this year! Then we have the “dark period” or polar night for 2 months from late November (with a few hours of twilight in the middle of the day) and a very unstable climate. We have seen the northern light - aurora borealis, in the last days of August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March and to the middle of April. It depends of the weather. But when it comes to the weather, we just never know, because of this the work is varied. We prefer that voluteers to stay at least three weeks though it is not an absolute requirement, we feel you get more out of the experiance and work is planned better.

    We ask for more help from April - October. We do not need many volunteers in December, January and February, onlu a few. From April - September we have light nights, a fantastic time. We can see the midnight sun in May, June and July. We love the light nights.

    What we can offer in return apart from the the wild and beautiful nature of Finmark is a pleasant and inclusive atmosphere, you will find us very easy to get along. Many people from all over the world have had a fabulous time here and a few have come back.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Finnmark has two minorities, the Sami people who are quite well known, and the lesser known Kven people who are actually not recognized as they should. You will get to learn alot more about the Kven culture and language.

  • Help


    We need help with:

    Making fences
    Herding sheep
    Picking berries
    Preparing new land
    Clearing brush

    Our desire is that those who want to come to our farm are positive, honest, industrious, flexible and enterprising.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Norwegian: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    Please contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    You get to stay with us , in our beautiful home and experiance a typical Norwegain day on the farm. All we kindly ask is that please be respectful of our wishes as this is our home as you can appreciate, this goes for drinking (alcohol) taking drugs and smoking we ask that while staying with us that you dont as we don’t.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Here are good possibilities for hiking - both up on the rather low mountains for a beautiful view of the area, or along the shoreline of the beautiful Porsanger fjord (fourth longest in Norway at 123 km long). Børselv has the world's northernmost pine forest, a canyon and some beautiful dolomite cliffs. Bus goes daily (except Saturdays) and we have some older bicycles.

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    • 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

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours /5 days a week

Midnight in summer
Preparing more ground
A few of the sheep
Dolomite cliffs
From the garden
Taking a picture of the midnight sun
Winter, the beginning of March

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Host ref number: 961136526195