Farming In Northern Norway

FREE / ★★★★★


DONE BY: Aeshna Chandra | Milton Academy '16, Columbia University '21

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: www.wwoof.net 

LENGTH: 4 weeks  

LOCATION: Tromsø, Norway (located 200 miles above the Arctic Circle; best place in the world to see the northern lights) 

FUN: ★★★★☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★★★

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE (WEEKDAYS):

  • 8:40am: Wake up
  • 9:00am: Start work
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Lunch break! (help cook/clean) 
  • 2:00pm-4:00pm: Work again
  • Technically had evenings off, but usually helped cook dinner
  • ~9:00pm: Sleep  

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE (WEEKENDS):

  • Sleep, sit outside and read, journal 
  • Sometimes go out to the city (not a whole lot to do, though extremely safe. Everything is closed on Sundays) 

TYPES OF WORK DONE: 

Harvesting, cleaning up after the chickens, cooking, planting 

 IN EXCHANGE OF  25  OF WORK/WEEK, PROVIDES: 

  • 3 meals/day, 7 days/week (weekdays: individually cooked breakfast with provided food and cooked lunch/dinner together; on weekends, cooked only dinner together)
  • Accommodation: shared room (had one roommate) 

TOP 3-5 TIPS: 

  1. Take rainboots. Worn every day on the farm! 
  2. Make sure to carry snacks like granola bars if your farm host doesn't provide snacks
  3. Research how to efficiently pack backpacks on travel blogs. Also a helpful website for visiting Norway: www.visitnorway.com 
  4. Bring a portable charger 
  5. May be helpful to work out before going

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY:

Connecting with the earth, working hard with my body, not being able to eat or sleep until I had paid it off with my own labor, and being so responsible for myself for the first time.

MORE NO-CRAP TALK:

I got to hitch hike in a Tesla when I was out in the city once, which was awesome. 

 

Jiyoung Jeong