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We'd love to hear from you! Send an e-mail or use the contact form. Perhaps you have suggestions about a village you believe should be a part of Freysta? Are you working in a municipality and have questions? Have you got ideas for topics we should write about – or maybe you have something entirely different on your mind? Write to us in English or Norwegian, and we'll respond as swiftly as we can. 


Marion grew up as the oldest of three kids on a sheep farm in Solheim, a hamlet of Hyen in the Nordfjord region. She went on to work as a radio and tv news reporter in NRK (the public broadcaster in Norway) and later became a communications advisor in academia. She has a lot of experience with consulting and conducting courses in areas of presentation techniques, media training and communication strategies.

The interest in village life has always been strong. When the idea of Freysta was born, Marion decided that this was the best way she could use her skills to make a difference. Because, to be honest, she could never be a farmer – she didn’t get her fathers practical genes.


Many dream of a life in the Norwegian countryside, an everyday life closer to nature with more breathing space. A safe place for children to grow up, where you can grow your own tomatoes. If you feel like it. But how do you find that dream place, perfect for you?

It's not always easy, because there's a jungle of various websites about villages, municipalities, and regions. Some in Norwegian, some in English. It might feel like searching for a needle in a haystack, and it's challenging to find good, relevant, and, most importantly, comparable information about different rural areas. Many of the smaller villages aren't even written about on the web.


The digital jungle might be a huge challenge if you’re looking for Norwegian villages online.

Until now. Freysta aims to make it easier to find the information you need if you're considering moving to a Norwegian village - or just visiting.

Our goal is to simplify the process of finding your dream village. We want to be the first comprehensive portal for Norwegian villages, where you can search for the place that matches your own desires, interests, and needs the best.

In short, Freysta is a new kind of matchmaking – between people and villages.

In addition, we'll also include many articles about life in Norway to provide insight for those interested in Norwegian culture.

Enjoy! And best of luck! 

Marion Solheim
Tom Arild Rysjedal


Tom is in many ways the opposite of Marion. He grew up as the youngest in his siblings' group in Norway's second-largest city, Bergen. However, his childhood summers were often spent on his grandparents' farm in what he himself believes is the most beautiful place in the world, Unstad in Lofoten.


He studied child protection and child welfare, but his interest in computers quickly took over. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a senior consultant in a software company. His interest in data has always been significant. From his first Commodore 64 in childhood to the modern PC, he has always enjoyed creating in the digital world. The satisfaction of being able to turn something complex and chaotic into something structured and organized is fundamental to him. Tom is perhaps what many would call a control freak. If something needs to be done, it needs to be done properly and orderly.


For someone who is well above average when it comes to order and system, the lack of well-structured information about Norwegian villages, combined with an information jungle of hundreds of different websites, presented an irresistible challenge.

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