Slartibartfast Rally 2019
August 17 to September 2, 2019
The Rally That Follows The ‘lovely Crinkly Edges of Norway’
The Slartibartfast is a two week rally which brings together the best of Scandinavia including Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Norwegian fjords from its starting point in The Netherlands.
Slartibartfast was a character in 1980’s best seller The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the galaxy. He ‘designed’ the fjords of Norway for the mice who created the earth as a giant computer to find out the meaning of life. Unfortunately the earth was demolished to make way for an intergalactic by-pass moments before it was due to give the answer.
We are honouring his great work with a rally from Apeldoorn in The Netherlands to Kirkenes, the most northerly town of Norway from where we take the Hurtigruten ferry to Bergen, following the crinkly bits, as they were described. But, we don’t just sit on the ship and watch the world go by. No. Each morning we disembark and rally along the great roads of Norway, catching up with our floating hotel in the evening.
For 2019 we have a new start for the rally in Apeldoorn, a beautiful location in the more scenic area of The Netherlands. From here we will head to Nordenham in Germany, which sits on the Elbe, one of Germany’s most historic estuaries.
To get to Roskilde, our next night stop, we cross the Fehmarn Bridge then take the Puttgarden to Rodby Ferry which has 48 sailings per day. We have a rest day in Roskilde to take stock and fettle the cars. From here we cross into Sweden where our first overnight is in Jonkoping, once famous for its matchstick industry.
Our journey through the lakes of Sweden take us to Mora, famous for its clocks, scenery and Mora Witch Trials in 1669. Now it’s a peaceful town better known for its scenery and tranquil lifestyle.
After Mora we head for Ostersund on Lake Storsjon which resisted the industrial revolution in order to keep its clean air and become a centre of outdoor activities and education.
From Ostersund we continue north to Arjeplog which is the home of automotive winter testing. Very close to the Arctic Circle it has long days and short nights in the summer.
Arjeplog to Levi takes us through the Arctic Circle into Swedish Lapland and on to Finland. Levi is a wintersports resort so is pretty quite in the summer months.
From Levi we head on through Reindeer country where the trees begin to thin out and there’s a biting wind all winter. Our destination on this day is Kirkenes, the most northerly port in Norway (and its also further east than Istanbul).
The following day we join the MS Midnatsol, our floating hotel for the next few days, and from which we can admire the work of Slartibartfast on our way to Bergen.
Your Ship: We will be on the MS Midnatsol, one of the newest and most luxurious on the fleet.Its more cruise than ferry and has comprehensive facilities on board including a couple of bars, two dining rooms, a grill a food court and even an outside Jacuzzi.. The dining is exceptional and if you choose a suite you won’t be disappointed despite the extra cost. ty of 35 cars.
Quotes from Slartibartfast:
Slartibartfast: “Science has achieved some wonderful things of course, but I’d far rather be happy than right any day.”
Arthur: All my life I’ve had this strange feeling there’s something big and sinister going on in the world.
Slartibartfast: No, that’s normal paranoia. Everyone in the universe gets that.
About Norway: “Pity,” said Slartibartfast, “that was one of mine. Won an award you know. Lovely crinkly edges. I was most upset to hear about its destruction.”
Note: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction “trilogy” by Douglas Adams. The novel is an adaptation of the first four parts of Adams’ radio series of the same name. Copies can be found at online sites. The radio series is also available from the BBC.
SLARTIBARTFAST RALLY 2017
Starting in Holland we find great accommodation all the way to Kirkenes where we board the ferry for six days and five nights which means you don’t have to unpack your bags for nearly a week – simply unique on any rally.
We will provide mechanical back-up and, of course, the services of our great team to make it all as smooth as possible.
All roads have been checked and the route is completely open. It is a mix of tarmac and a some dirt, mainly in Sweden, so is suitable for all types of vehicles. The winning car in 2017 was an E-Type Jaguar.
Picking the right time of year to do everything is difficult but the end of August/beginning of September gives good weather and a chance to see the Northern Lights plus spectacular marine life. It also means that there is no frost overnight although the mornings can be quite cool. Being out of the main tourist season also makes the journey more pleasant.
Twin or double room in all hotels
5 nights on MS Midnatsol
Full board on the ship
Evening meals on other days
The crinkly edged fjords of Norway
Our experienced team
GPS and Roadbook
A unique experience
Competition up to Finland