Looking for a unique way to experience bucolic Norwegian life without breaking the bank? Nestled in the beautiful Gudbrandsdalen valley (about two and half hours north of Lillehammer), Tynnøl Backpackers Lodge offers visitors the chance to stay in a rustic timber farmhouse while experiencing farm life amid a working dairy farm.
Activities include hiking, fishing, and bicycling (bike rental available at reasonable rates). Accommodations are basic, comfortable, and clean. Think "awesome farm hostel" and you've got the right idea. Best of all, you can reduce the cost of your stay to nothing by doing farm work, with every three hours of labor going towards a free night (and three free nights for a full day's work).