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The world’s longest live video documentary – NRK wants your help!

16 January, 2011

On Saturday, (January 15, 2011), the Norwegian National Broadcasting company announced the plans to broadcast the longest and strangest live documentary ever.

The crazy plan

During the summer of 2011, NRK will equip a Hurtigruten ship with video cameras and record what some people call the most beautiful voyage in the world – in its entirety! The voyage starts in Bergen on the west coast of Norway and ends 8040 minutes later in the Northern city of Kirkenes.

(Foto: Aldebaran / Wikimedia Commons)

The Classic Voyage

On this classic voyage, the ship stops in 34 ports along the Norwegian coast. The voyage passes some of the world most beautiful tourist destination, including the famous Geiranger in the Geirangerfjord, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and the island groups of Lofoten and Vesteralen with some of the most stunning scenery in the world.

Hurtigruten ports

All of Hurtigrutens ports (image from NRKbeta)

We need your help to do it

In a blog post on NRKbeta, the team is asking for input on how to make the live recording as exciting as possible. More than 100 people have already commented with suggestions!

Here’s what they have(this section is copied from Ruth Marie. Thanks!):

  • Five days on board the coastal steamer in the summer
  • Multiple cameras
  • A link for live broadcast
  • Connection to the web
  • Lots of metadata from the ship (position, speed and a lot of information from the boat’s instruments)
  • 34 arrivals at the various ports of call
  • and much more!

They want public to let them know:

  • What should they do online?
  • What do you want to download later?
  • What can the audience out there contribute?

The Global web team at Hurtigruten is excited about the plans and with this blog post we encourage the international community to send in suggestions as well.

PS. If you need ideas, take a look at what happened last time NRK did something similar

5 Comments leave one →
  1. 17 January, 2011 10:45

    This is a great project to keep up a transmission for the full duration of Hurtigruten’s voyage north from Bergen to Kirkenes. I notice that it will be on the web, so hopefully we’ll be able to track the broadcasts in the UK.

  2. 17 January, 2011 16:02

    I wrote about this project in my blog a few weeks ago 😉 I’ll write about it in french forum. I look forward to this event

  3. 19 January, 2011 11:26

    This is a unique opportunity for Hurtigruten to show potential customers what a fantastic voyage it can provide. From a marketing viewpoint I guess it’s a priceless opportunity, this kind of event is so special that the news will travel the world on it’s own. And it won’t cost Hurtigruten a dime (krone!), the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation pays for it. Fantastic! I’ve written about it on my Hurtigruten blog (english and german text also):

  4. Hallvor Engen permalink
    31 January, 2011 15:03

    One thing I’m missing since we are discussing this stunt and talk about logging data, is a fact sheet for each boat about what equipment it has onboard. So a sub page for each boat called e.g. technical details.

    I’m thinking something like:
    General: name: Nordkapp, LOA: ??, (you have most of these on the site already)
    Registration: flag: Norway, register: NOR, class: DNV, class notation: 1A1-???, IMO nr: ?, etc.
    Navigation: integrated bridge system from ????, Radars: , AIS: ECDIS:
    Machinery: main engines: , aux eng:
    Communication: GMDSS equipment make and modell
    Safety equipment: lifeboats: e.g. 8x make/modell for 40 passenger

    I’m sure you got the point. And I’m sure there must be others to that is geeky enough to be interested in this. Maybe you could make a pdf version to and have that available on the boats to give to the geeky passengers asking questions.


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