Thursday, 12 July 2018

NRK Sommer - Lars Monsen Minute by Minute

NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
And so it has begun. The NRK Summer 2018 Slow TV schedule with Lars Monsen - this year it's live hiking in a number of Norwegian wildernesses. I love this stuff. Slow TV as only NRK do. More about "the how" tomorrow.

Over the next four weeks there will be live TV shows in the daytime. In the evenings, it becomes summertime from places on the road, in the same way as in previous years. It will be Slow TV during the day and show with guests, artists and audiences in the summertime in new places every night. Watch the transmission over the internet HERE.

"I am looking forward to it! Nature experiences are about a good time. Transmitting mountain tours minute by minute is simply brilliant", says Lars Monsen.

Once more NRK stretches Slow TV to something new, pushing broadcasting boundaries. The project manager is again Thomas Hellum, who has been at the centre of slow television, both by train and boat so far. And now by hiking.

NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
Earlier in 2018, understating the task Thomas Hellum points out, "To transmit directly, minute by minute, from mountain areas where barely mobile coverage is mildly challenging".

Lars Monsen is keen on the fact that very many may want to go hiking with him and NRK. Could it be we could have a long time of struggling to light a fire with damp kindling? "In a regular TV show, maybe we only show five seconds when I light up a fire. Here we can risk it takes an hour... People will understand more", Monsen says.

Everything must be carried, too. While the previous Slow TV broadcasts have meant long journeys and far distances, everything becomes different when moving on foot and the equipment must be worn.

"On the map, our travels are only a few small lines this summer. Nevertheless, we will showcase unique mountain and hiking areas. We Norwegians love the walking culture in the mountains, and we are looking forward to displaying the Norwegian Mountain World as live broadcast television", says NRK Project Manager Thomas Hellum.

So, if wet kindling and televised walking in the rain doesn't dampen your spirits, brace yourselves for several weeks of Walking with Slow TV this summer.

Week 1: 12-15 July Hardangervidda
Week 2: 18-22 July Jotunheimen
Week 3: 25-29 July Vesterålen
Week 4: 1 - 5 August Indre Troms


  • Thursday 12.7: Monsen goes from Dyranut to Stigstuv. 
  • Friday 13.7: Monsen goes from Stigstuv to Rauhelleren.
  • Saturday 14.7: Monsen goes from Rauhelleren to Heinseter.
  • Sunday 15.7: Monsen goes from Hein to Tuva.
  • Wednesday 18.7: Monsen goes from Bøvertun to Sognefjellshytta.
  • Thursday 19.7: Monsen goes from Sognefjellshytta to Fannaråken.
  • Friday 20.7: Monsen goes from Fannaråken to Skogadalsbøen. 
  • Saturday 21.7: Monsen goes from Skogadalsbøen to the tent camp in the Flesdal valley.
  • Sunday 22.7: Monsen goes from Flesdal to Øvre Årdal. 
  • Wednesday 25.7: Monsen goes from Nyksund to Stø over the mountain.
  • Thursday 26.7: Monsen goes from Stø back to Nyksund along the coast.
  • Friday 27.7: Monsen crosses Breitinden to Guvåghytta. 
  • Saturday 28.7: Monsen crosses Lynghaugtinden to the tent camp at Korselva. 
  • Sunday 29.7: Monsen goes from the tent camp at Korselva over to Bø. 
Indre Troms:
  • Wednesday 1.8: Monsen goes from Rostadalen to the tent camp in the Isdalen valley.
  • Thursday 2.8: Monsen goes from Isdalen to Gappohytta.
  • Friday 3.8: Monsen goes from Gappohytta to Goldahytta.
  • Saturday 4.8: Monsen is a day trip from Goldahytta to Treriksrøysa. 
  • Sunday 5.8: Monsen goes from Goldahytta to Gálggojávri. 
NRK Sommer 2018 - Hardangervidda - Image NRK
Above information shortened from the main NRK post (in Norwegian) HERE.

Norwegian Tourist Board information (in Norwegian) HERE.

Many thanks to livnomes on Instagram for bringing this Slow TV project to The Slow TV Blog's attention, and also to Albert Solberg, also on Instagram for reminders.

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