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Persons: 2-4
Category: Accommodation Business
Host ID: 28397
Country: Norway

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Last Updated: October 24, 2017

-About us-


Our organization started in 2010 as the realization of a dream: Bringing people back to the basics of life, which inevitably means: Back to Nature! To achieve this, we take people out of their stressful everyday lives by letting them experience and appreciate nature and discover their own place in it.

Our organization consists of a tunnel complex, a pancake house, and a yurt resort in Osa, where it all began.

In early 2014, we took over a hotel. All of this is located on the beautiful Hardanger Fjord of Norway.

Our team is a mix of people who have become friends, while others have become a part of our family…
Our group combines its knowledge, skills, energy and experience to make our dream a success.

Besides our infrastructure, we also run an activity centre, from where we plan and organize guided hikes, workshops, team builds and the rental of bikes, kayaks, rowboats, and so on…
Our wish is to let every guest in the yurt resort, as well the hotel, experience and remember how magnificent nature truly is.

For the volunteers, we hope to create an enriching environment for you to learn new skills, both in the resort as well as in the hotel. Depending on your location of work, we will provide you with a hotel room or a bed in one of our yurts. Through work and leisure, we hope you enjoy all that Hardanger Fjord has to offer!

If you are interested and you have any questions, or have already made up your mind to work with us, please feel free to send us a message! We expect and value open communication with all of our current and prospective volunteers.


Although it may seem as if we are already a firmly established company, it is still in its infancy. However, it is growing rapidly, the result being: no shortage of work for volunteers.

Work at the hotel and at Basecamp (the yurt resort) include, but are not limited to:

At the hotel:
• Room service
• Cleaning rooms
• Help in the kitchen
• Waiting tables
• Renovations
• General maintenance, repairs, and upkeep of the hotel (dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, painting, gardening, etc.)

At the Yurt resort:
• Cleaning yurts and restrooms
• Help with operations and serving our customers in the pancake house.
• Picking wild fruit and vegetables and processing them into jam, cake or salad dishes.
• Helping with all kinds of outdoor jobs (painting, chopping wood, etc.)
• Some indoor jobs, for when it rains too hard

In the Activity center:
• Helping with the rental of bikes or kayaks
• Promoting activities
• Maintaining equipment
• Help with events or programs
• Guiding
• Teambuilding

Days and schedules will vary depending on the work that you are assigned to, so flexibility is an important quality and extra effort is appreciated.
If you decide to volunteer with us for a longer period, we will provide more specific training according to your work assignments.

In addition, we provide the opportunity to take different courses and workshops, which come in handy both at work and in your future life. So if you like to learn more about plants, food and digestion, fire, survival and much more, we can teach you this.

The work can be demanding:
For example: Depending on the season, festivals are organized and a lot of cruise liners moor in Ulvik-fjord. Obviously, our workload maximizes at those times, therefore we may ask you to put in some extra effort.

We ask our volunteers to help us out for 6 days a week, 8 hours a day.

To avoid misunderstandings, confusion or other feelings which might spoil your experience, we are open to clear, honest and respectful communication.


Depending on the location of work and availability you will get a bed in the Strand Fjordhotel or in one of our yurts in the resort. It is likely that you will share a room/yurt together with other volunteers.

We also provide breakfast, lunch and dinner.

-What else-

Ulvik and Osa are located at the end of Hardangerfjord and are known amongst the Norwegians as the “Pearl of Hardanger.”

This region is very rich in history and provides everything you need for any outdoor activity you can think of.

Osa is internationally recognized for having, according to tests, the purest water in the world. On top of that, the fresh air, the diversity in nature and the magnificent views make this an unforgettable place.

Right in the backyard of Osa is Hardanger Vidda, a 100 km-wide mountain plateau.

Ulvik is also known for and promoted as the fruit garden of Norway because of its many apple, pear and cherry orchards. Local farms make juice, liquor, wine and cider from their apples and are sold locally in town.

We are approximately 2 hours away from Bergen and 1 hour from Voss (by car or bus).
Nearby are some well-known attractions: Trolltunga – Preikestolen – Folgafonna Glacier.

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