Saturday 18 June 2011

Hurtigruten: 5 day TV marathon using Google Earth and Maps

My workplace, The Norwegian Public Service broadcaster NRK,  is currently transmitting a 134 hour boat trip along the coast of Norway, live and non stop! It's already a big hit on Norwegian TV.

Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Express Line, has for well over 100 years been the backbone of coastal Norway, bringing people and goods up and down the weather-beaten coast. Viewers are able to follow every minute of the trip on NRK’s channel 2.

You can see the live position of the ship, MS Nordnorge, on Google Earth (updated every 10 seconds):

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The live stream is available below and at from Thursday June 16th 2011 until the ship lands in Kirkenes Wednesday June 22nd. Don't expect a lot of action, just relax and follow the great scenery - this is Slow TV!

There's also a Flickr photostream and a twitter hashtag #hurtigruten.

The video material from the forward facing camera and an export from all the ship's data systems will be available for download. Read more about this project on NRKbeta.

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