We arrived at
the Lofoten by the south of the islands in Moskenes under a radiant sun.
We only have 130km to reach Svolvaer, place of the event.
Arriving at the site in the city center of Svolvaer, we join the
registration tent where we await our registration with pin patch program
and bracelet to access the site.
Then direct our hotel book, via the website of the Nordic Harley Chapter
Poor Alex, impossible to find his reservation, there was only mine. The
receptionist then tells us that there is no reservation for Alex. I show
him his confirmation mail and we find on his face a great moment of
solitude. Alex listens to the exchanges and understands nothing, but he
sees that there is a worry. Then, the receptionist gives him the key to
a room in the neighboring hotel to replace her room. We go finally after
3 / 4h of speaking and discover in the substitute room panties, socks,
suitcases, toothbrushes etc.... Return to the office a little bit angry
when at the same time the boss arrives and finds Alex in the computer
reservations ... .Yes!!
The boss of the hotel offered us a beer to apologize. Norwegian customer
service at the top.
Shower and visit on the site, very close this Wednesday August 3rd. Not
many people yet and it's very small compared to what we usually see in
Meeting on the site of Sylvie and Eric arriving from Savoy which will
continue until the North Cape. As we walked around the square we met
Babette and René of the Gruyère Chapter from Switzerland, happy to find
Bikers speaking the language of Molière. We will not quit any more the
We meet a staff member and ask if we could make an interview of the
chapter director. Immediately with a smile he picks up his phone calls
the manager explains and passes it to me. We agree for a meeting to the
hotel the next day.
On the morning of 4th, under the bright sun, we return to the boat,
which has been dropped off by the Chapter, which takes us to the
Trollfjord to discover the sea eagles. We find ourselves on the boat
with the Harley Davidson flag floating in the wind for a mini cruise. 3
hours. Superb ballad of the breathtaking landscapes all accompanied by a
small coffee in the morning and then a fish soup on the noon shots all
with two musicians who play us tunes of Rock and Country. Great that she
organizes down tothe details.
Returning from the ballad in the early afternoon we find Knut-Bjarne
Klaussen, (we will stay on Knut) director of the Artic Chapter and
organizer of the event for an interview.
- Hello Knut I'm preparing a report on the Rally HOG of the Nordic
Harley days which will be diffused by Internet on a site dedicated to
the events of the Chapters in Europe, of all that revolves around our
passion and especially in the francophone countries: www.
- Ok Knut how many members are you in the Artic Chapter?
- We are now 175 members and depend on 2 concessions Ballanger and
- You can drive over what period in the north of Norway.
- Overall from April to September, a little more or a little less
depending on the weather conditions and then here we wait for the day to
come back because at the moment you do not see it at night it always
makes day at midnight but in winter it’s the reverse you can have
daylight from 8am to noon see less.
- Knut, is “Nordic Harley Days” the first meeting you do?
- No in 2010 we had already had a national rally HOG and had also done
on the LofotenIslands in Svolvaer.
- You often meet the chapter members for small runs?
- No it is complicated because our members are scattered within a radius
of 500km and some take up to 6 hours to come to the meeting point.
- But for the preparation of this Rally how did you do?
- We started working on the project with the 12 members of the office in
2013 and in the end we have 110 members of the Chapter who work as help
for the smooth running of the event, you will recognize them, they all
have an orange tee-shirt With Staff written on it.
- How many bikers for this rally?
- You are 1830 bikers for this rally, of course it is much less than in
the south of Europe but these 1830 bikers come from 30 different
countries and we estimated that they will cover about 5 million
kilometers to go and Come to Nordic Harley Days
"For when, Knut, the next meeting in the Lofoten?"
- You know we are part of the "Nordic Area" Finland, Norway Sweden and
Denmark so it turns for the HOG rally. I cannot tell you when the next
one will be.
- Thank you Knut for those explanations and we congratulate you and your
team for this superb organization and this kindness all the time.
The next day a run organized by the Nordic Chapter at the Viking Museum
in Borg. Run went back a hundred kilometers by a fabulous seaside road.
Viking History and Culture. We retained that at that time, it was the
Viking Ladies who were depriving power and that the men had to be clean
and make war. Otherwise they get out from the community…..
Back on the site of the Nordic Harley with the international female
concourse of the launch of cod cage, yes yes it is not invented, the
winner is seen restoring a pint of beer.
The Saturday Parade. We had a meeting in the parking lot of
Svolvaerregional airport at 13 pm. Everyone is waiting patiently and
watching the regional plane that has just landed. Some fifty passengers
get down the plane and then fifty others embark. The plane take off and
to the general surprise the gates of the tracks open, we are invited to
come and put us up for the parade on the runway. Giant.
- "Alex you think we could have done that in France"
- "After 95000 forms 3500 phone calls and 98 meetings a small leader
would have told us: NO"
The parade runs under the control of the local police from the airport's
runway for a 1: 1/2 run in Svolvaer and its surroundings.
Back on the site a troop disguised as Vikings goes on the stage and
announces us that they will sing us a song that comes back of the ages.
From the time when Vikings went as far as the south of France to fight
the Saracens. This song was written in honor of a Franc soldier who rang
the horn to call for help as he was attacked in the Col de Ronceveaux.
We are astonished, we 4 French present, that a piece of our history
appears on an island in the north of Norway by 64 °, 14 '' of north
The end of this meeting is approaching and we prepare the way back.
What memories of an extraordinary welcome of the Norwegians, a joy of
living and an unfailing organization. Congratulations to the entire
Nordic Harley Chapter team.
For those who wish visit norway, I invite you to discover the National
Hog Rally of Roros in Norway from June 29 to July 2, 2017 and organized
by the Chapter 5 of Trondheim. The welcome and the Norwegian kindness
will be there.