Monday, June 27, 2011

"M/S Nordnorge" ready for another roundtrip

The name of this ship, "M/S Nordnorge" may not mean much to any foreign visitors, but at the moment it is the most famous ship in Norway. This ship is one of the eleven ships in "Hurtigruten" (the Norwegian Coastal Voyage) that sails from Bergen in the south/west to Kirkenes in the north/east. A roundtrip takes eleven days. Eleven days ago NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) started a unique program: they sent the whole trip north continuously - in real time - from Bergen to Kirkenes. The program lasted for 5 and a half days. And it turned out to be a gigantic success. One of the most popluar programs ever made in Norway. People met the ship in small vessels, flags were waived, crowds gathered at the ports of call with bands playing - an unbelievable experience to watch. A commentator called it Zen-TV - a reaction against the hasty and quick-and-dirty TV filled with commercials we see every day. NRK have posted an excerpt here.

Hurtigruten usually passes beneath my windows just outside Bergen every evening, so why didn't I post this photo 11 days ago? I was ready on my terrace with two cameras and three lenses. But the ship chose an alternative route out of Bergen, and all I got was a shot with the ship so far in the distance that it was not worth posting. But today I was luckier, and here she is.

I wish I had been aboard ...

22 comments:

Woody said...

That's a neat angle to photograph from, I really think this is a great photo! That's quite a long movie, I'd like to watch the entire thing because the views are spectacular!

Malyss said...

I told about that fabulous experiment on my blog,at June, 18th!
I kept my computer on during five days, following the travel of the boat along the norvegian coast!I made me remember of old times, when I was lucky enough to travel by boat to and along Norway.
How I envy you to see such boats from your windows! And I posted boats today too! Being, or not being adict...:o)

VALKYRIEN said...

Var ikke det et herlig program ja! :) Jeg var nok ikke like stillesittende foran TV-en som noen jeg vet om, men det ble da litt! Så igjen huset jeg er født i på vestlandet, og ble jo kjemperørt vettu! Det var jo absolutt noen høydepunkter langs ruta som ellers var verdt å få med seg! Dessverre har jeg aldri reist med hurtigruta selv, men har stått i Ålesund mange ganger og tatt imot turistene som ramler ut av båten! :)

becky said...

Yes, it was the coolest thing on TV. Something peaceful to replace the crazy tempo of most television programming. It was exciting to see local guides chatting excitedly away with reporters, watching enthusiastic Norwegians waving their flags from the shores, not to mention the little sidetrip videos that were inserted over the view from time to time, just to change it up a bit...good and true television :)

Nice shot of the ship!

E Squared and Mui said...

I friend sent me a link to the voyage broadcast. As luck would have it, the ship was coming into Tromso when I tuned in to check it out ... especially exciting for me since we will be in Tromso ourselves by late Friday. Our first visit to Norway, and we're very much looking forward to it.

GW Bill Miller said...

What a wonderful idea for a TV program. It is a way to take the whole world along for the ride. I envy your window view.

Dagrun said...

Et flott program, så absolutt, selv om jeg må innrømme at jeg fikk mest med meg reprisene og ikke selve programmet.

Håper du har det fint, Rune, og at sommeren er fin der du er.

Lew said...

You have a magnificent view of the entrance to Bergen!

Dina said...

I can't stop watching the TV link you gave us. It is so peaceful and beautiful!
How lucky you are.

John said...

My wife was on it some time ago and loved the trip.

imac said...

Ah, this is what you sent to me the other day - I guess and it didnt work.
This is really great and I would love to take this cruise my friend.
(pity about that rain tho,in the film lol)

Hans HB said...

Har nok reist så mye med hurtigruta at jeg prioriterte ikke tvprogrammet. Jeg så kun inn Trollfjorden!
Flott bilde av båten!
Ha en fortsatt fin kveld, RuneE!

Truels said...

This is a great idea from NRK! We heard about it here too, I did not see all the 134 hours ;-) but thanks for the link that made me look at some moments from this trip. - And I wish i was onboard too!!!

Anne-Berit said...

Det var en flott satsing av NRK,og vi så det vi hadde tid å se av turen.Tror det var mange som ble in\mponert over vår vakre kyst.Fint bilde av den flotte båten:)

Lucy Corrander : Photos said...

The only flaw in their plan was that they didn't invite me to come along too and take photos.

(You could have come too to do the long shots and the grand scenes - I'd have done the table legs, nuts, bolts and captain's collars.)

Lucy

La sonrisa de Hiperión said...

Inmensa la foto que no has dejado de este barco. Estupenda.

Saludos y un abrazo.

Wenche said...

Flott bilde av hurtigruta! Det var eit flott program, men må innrømme at det er flottare å ha tatt turen sjølv. Har tatt rundtur med hurtigruta for to år sidan og det var absolutt verdt å ta turen. Eit lite tips er å ta med data..treng den til å tømme alle bildene inn på etter ein endt dag:)

Marie said...

Eg fekk med meg små brotstykke av reisa på tv, fantastisk reise frå eiga stove!

katney said...

Any cruise is delightful, but that would have been a very special experience. Special enough that they shared it with the whole country!

lynnwiles said...

What a brilliant idea. Wish I had 134 free hours to watch all of it and learn the language beforehand or better still, take the trip!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Agh - I have just spent five hours downloading this video and with 2 minutes to go it produced an error message and gave up!

Kate said...

I think that you are not the only person who wishes to have been aboard.