Revive old farm in Hjørundfjord, Ørsta, Møre og Romsdal, Norway



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    I am Tor Eirik and I am 39 years old. I have recently moved back to my family farm in the middle of Sunnmøre Alps, Møre og Romsdal to follow my dream. My girlfriend Jill and her little charming dog Milla will also stay here with me often.

    I have a panoramic view of the lovely Hjørundfjord. The farm have been shut down for some years and is a bit degraded, but we will bring this farm back to its former glory.

    We both use a electronic vape cigarette, but we didn't check the box for "smoker" although I believe it will qualify as smoking for some people.

    The farm is steep and have few areas where traditional farming equipment can be used, so very much help i'd love to get from you is manual or with small agricultural machines. I have some small fields with vegetables since I am very glad in growing my own food and like to see the farmland being used.

    I am starting off in 2020 with a few goats. I will be expanding as the time goes. Before that the animals needs to get their house fixed and prepared.

    My cat Kira is very cuddly and keeps mice away. Give her attention and she will keep you occupied. Milla, the little charming Yorkshire Terrier will melt your hearts.

  • 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
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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

    You will experience the life on a old farm by the fjord where the fields are too steep to be harvested by traditional farming machines. You will be experiencing one of the most beatiful areas in Norway and stay at a truly unique place.

    Tourists come from all over the world to this area to visit Christian Gaard and the famous swing, to see the fjord and the mountains and many of them go hiking.

    I work full time from 7 to 16 in weekdays where I design stamps and doorsigns for customers. Not sure if this qualifies me the title graphical designer, but it's what I do, so my girlfriend will do much of the daily contact with you.

    You will need to take the ferry to get back and forth from Trandal since there is no road to the "mainland". Getting around in this area is done by car. Public transportation is very poor from the ferry to the nearest villages. When you get to Ørsta, Volda or Ålesund things are different and you can ride with bus pretty much where you want.

  • Help


    The farm is at least 400 years old, but have been out of use for some time and need some care.

    The barn needs to be cleaned and needs new flooring. Some beams have to be replaced and reinforced.

    Trees are taking over the farm, so cutting them down and clearing areas are one of the main tasks, so it is a plus if you know how to operate tractor and chainsaw. From summer 2020 there will be around 25 cows and some goats on the farm. There is no need to milk any of the animals.

    I grow some vegetables, mainly potatoes, so tasks includes planting, weeding and harvesting plants and grass.

    I love trying new kinds of food and if you like to cook I will be very glad.

    Other tasks may be housekeeping, renovating/building, painting, take care of the cat , etc.

    You will need the ability to be independent since I leave for work weekdays between 7 and 16.
    This time of day can be planned so you go exploring the area.

  • 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.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    The house has four bedrooms at the moment, with the possibility for one more. One bedroom is best suited for one person or max two. Two larger bedrooms where one room holds 4 persons (or 6 max).

    There are two kitchens, three living rooms and but only one bathroom.

    Vegetables are grown on the farm, fish can be catched in the fjord, deer hunted in the mountains by dedicated hunters and the rest we get from the grocery stores. Meals will be eaten together (if you want).

    I don't know how to cook vegan food, so I prefer if you are a carnivore 😉

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    You will practically speaking stay at the destination of many peoples journey, and the area around Trandal is rich with things to see and do. It's a hour travel time to the nearest city Ålesund by car.

    Airports are located in Vigra (Ålesund) and Ørsta (10 minutes ferry travel and 20 minutes drive from Trandal)

    You can hop on a tourist passenger boat that will bring you directly to Ålesund in the summer time. In the summer there is a lot of things happening on Christian Gaard Bygdetun (10 minutes walk) , including three unique festivals, rock, blues and country, respectively in june, july and august.

    You can go hike in the mountains, borrow the boat to go fishing or exploring other parts of the area.

  • 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

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    2-4 hours a day or as needed.

Host ref number: 972195537774