- A nice break from the office chair

As a volunteer in Holmenkollen, Henrik Harsem (33) fixes all kinds of things in the arena.

Since 2016, Henrik has been a volunteer during the Biathlon World Cup in Holmenkollen and is part of the "Rigging group". This versatile group helps with many different operational tasks, often before and at the start of the ski races. For example, there are fence rigging, taking out garbage racks, shoveling and other ad hoc tasks that arise just before the race starts.

- We can handle most things. No task is too big or too small, and we get a variable working day where we can use our bodies outdoors. It's cool to be a small part of making the event in Holmenkollen a great experience for people.

Volunteer in "Kollen" received a medal from the King.


- Time passes incredibly quickly in Holmenkollen. There are a lot of cool people who volunteer here. It's a nice break from my day job as a construction engineer, where I sit in an office chair for eight hours," says Henrik with a twinkle in his eye.

Full thrust

- The best thing about biathlon in "Kollen" is feeling the crowds. We've had some restrictions in recent years, but in 2023 the crowds were back with full stands for several days! Now I'm looking forward to the 2024 edition of the Biathlon World Cup.

What do you think is a prerequisite for being a volunteer on your group in "Kollen"?

- To fit in here, you need to be in a good mood, be prepared for interval work and have a good work ethic. It's a big advantage to have a driver's license, and a plus if you also have experience of snowmobile driving. "It's even more fun if you like biathlon, because we get to get close to the race, the athletes and the atmosphere," concludes Henrik.