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Norwegian settlements seem specially designed for farm holidays, as the farms are often extremely idyllic, and also offer plenty of nature-based activities in the immediate vicinity, like hiking, fishing, horse riding, and kayaking.
On many farms you get to help with the chores and learn about the daily operation and the animals, or about how to farm organically. And if you really want to get into eco-friendly farming, you can volunteer as a woofer (yes, that’s woofing with two Ws) on more than a hundred Norwegian farms.
More and more farms are modernized in harmony with the original style. Some host mostly adults seeking peace and quiet in good company, whilst others are specifically designed for lively families with children who run in all directions and enjoy everything from dwarf rabbits to cows, or take part in the agricultural work.
And the food? Let’s just say that most of the ingredients are extremely local – and that food critics rave about the culinary delights many of the farms serve.
On Norwegian animal farms, you can come close, pat, and even “get acquainted” with cows, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, cats, dogs, and even lamas and peacocks in some cases.
Around mountain farms, many farm animals roam freely in the summer.