The marathon live broadcast from Hurtigruten, which followed a ship on its 134-hour voyage from Bergen to Kirkenes has become an unexpected TV sensation. It is believed viewers from 148 countries tuned in to view the journey along the Norwegian coastline on television or streamed onto their computer screens, and the exercise has been awarded a Guinness World Record for the longest live documentary.
In Norway itself three-quarters of the population tuned in at some time during the six-day event, and the UK was the fifth-largest audience.
Kathryn Beadle, UK managing director of Hurtigruten, said: ” Nobody could have imagined just how popular this show would prove to be. Along the coast, crowds turned up in every port to welcome the ship and boats joined in to escort her along the way. The impressive figures demonstrate clearly the incredible interest there is in Hurtigruten’s voyages along the Norwegian coastline and the global fascination there is for NRK’s innovative concept – Slow-TV.”
Now footage from the broadcast is being made available to amateur film-makers. If you haven’t got time to follow the entire voyage again, take a look at the two-hour segment (above) from Måløy to Florø , condensed by Frank Eiving Round Holt into just one minute.