See Norway by Train. From Your Laptop.
The Bergensbanen is an amazing stretch of rail linking Bergen on the west coast of Norway with the capital city of Oslo. The tracks are the highest in all of Northern Europe, crossing the Hardangervidda plateau some 4,060 feet above sea level. It’s a spectacular ride with spectacular scenery. And now you can take it without leaving home.
But you’d better have a really fast internet connection.
About 1.4 million people tuned in last month to see “Bergensbanen,” a documentary about the 126-year-old rail line. It clocks in at almost 7.5 hours. It was a big hit, with more than 1,000 Tweets as it was broadcast. Now NRK is offering the film for download free of charge under a Creative Commons license.
They had to do a little editing — not for length, but for content. The film featured interviews with passengers, background music and shots from both sides of the trains. Copyright issues required ditching the sound and some video, so they’ve opted to offer “a clean front-camera version.”
The original file was 165 GB, so they coded a smaller 1280×720 version. It’s still a huge file at 22 gigs. You can download the Bergensbanen torrent here. For more info, go to NRK2.
Now if you’ll excuse us, our copy is almost done downloading.