Ready to give «Alt for Norge»?

Season 5 of Norway’s hit reality show premiers as casting for season 6 gets underway

Photo courtesy TV Norge In the program, participants learn more about Norway and Norwegians in Oslo. Clockwise from top: Leah Perzichilli, Beth Butala, Candice Peters, Breyanne Nordtvedt, Marshell Moy.

Photo courtesy TV Norge
In the program, participants learn more about Norway and Norwegians in Oslo. Clockwise from top: Leah Perzichilli, Beth Butala, Candice Peters, Breyanne Nordtvedt, Marshell Moy.

Molly Jones
Norwegian American Weekly

The fifth season of TVNorge’s Alt for Norge has begun! This popular Norwegian reality-TV show premiered on August 31, with host Henriette Bruusgaard introducing a new group of eager Norwegian-Americans ready to explore their mother land. The 12 Americans were cast in early 2014, and they represent the diversity of the Norwegian-American community well. There’s a pastor from Texas, a model/carpenter from Utah, and a firefighter from Idaho, among others from Minnesota, Illinois, Washington, California, North Dakota, and Florida.

In the coming weeks, the Americans will travel throughout the country and compete in a series of challenges to learn about Norwegian culture. The lucky winner will have the honor of visiting their family farm.

Photo courtesy TV Norge As part of their journey, participants traveled in northern Norway.

Photo courtesy TV Norge
As part of their journey, participants traveled in northern Norway.

The participants are first introduced to Norway when arriving at Jotunheimen via helicopter. Here they find skis, sleds, and camping gear and must spend their first night in the cold, snowy mountains.

From Jotunheimen, they traveled through Lom on to Oslo to explore Norwegian everyday life. They must search for Norwegian stereotypes, like the hiker with a Marius-sweater and backpack and a couple headed to the Mediterranean wearing matching outfits. Henriette’s family and other native Norwegians take the liberty of teaching them about Norwegian classics like Grandiosa pizza and Friday tacos.

After leaving the capitol, the participants were lucky enough to celebrate Syttende Mai in Ålesund with wild russ celebrations, beautiful bunads, and patriotic singing.

Throughout autumn, viewers in Norway will continue to watch the journey of these fearless Norwegian-Americans as they discover their Norwegian roots. Who knows where Henriette will take them next?

Photo courtesy of TV Norge What the heck are these guys doing? Watch season 5 of Alt for Norge to find out. U.S. viewers can subscribe at www.tvnorge.no to watch episodes online.

Photo courtesy of TV Norge
What the heck are these guys doing? Watch season 5 of Alt for Norge to find out. U.S. viewers can subscribe at www.tvnorge.no to watch episodes online.

Meanwhile, casting has begun for the sixth season of “The Great Norway Adventure.” If you are a descendant of Norway who has never traveled to Norway, get your introductory video together now. Applications are due by December 3. For more info, visit oconnorcasting.tv/norway.

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 19, 2014 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (800) 305-0271.

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