A local television company has decided to go its own way and offer global viewers something else than 24-hour wall-to-wall Hurtigruten.
Norway’s shortest ferry distance is just 92 metres. The “Ole III” will be travelling at a specially slow speed for 1 minute and 20 seconds in honour of its special TV appearance.
TV Vestfold’s Executive Editor, Rune Nordseter, tells paper Tønsbergs Blad “We think NRK’s ‘Hurtigruten: 5 day TV marathon in the midnight sun’ (Hurtigruten minutt for minutt) programme is a bit tedious. Therefore, we’ve decided to make ‘Ole III second by second’.”
Armed with four cameras -- one on shore, three on deck -- no pomp and circumstance, and meeting few other passengers, the TV crew recorded the journey in calm seas.
“I normally take 40-50 people over on during the week, but today it’s just been a few workers and two English bike tourists,” says skipper Johansen with a smile.
Readers of The Foreigner can watch the journey using this external link (in Norwegian).
Bike tourists coming to Norway may be interested to know the ferry forms part of national cycle route 1, and runs all year. Tønsberg Municipality’s timetable can be found here.
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