Slow TV puts Svalbard in the spotlight

David Nikel Trondheim, Norway Already known for broadcasting some of the longest uninterrupted TV programs, Norway’s state-owned NRK aired its longest and most ambitious show yet this winter. Svalbard: minute by minute followed the nine-day, five-hour journey of the Hurtigruten expedition vessel MS Spitsbergen, as it sailed around its namesake Spitsbergen, the largest island of Svalbard, home to the world’s northernmost permanently inhabited communities. Built in 2009 and fully refurbished in 2016, the MS Spitsbergen has a maximum capacity of 335 passengers. Its small size and good maneuverability is well-suited for polar voyages. Multiple external cameras and dro
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David Nikel

David Nikel is a freelance writer based in Norway. He runs the popular www.lifeinnorway.net website and podcast and is the author of the Moon Norway guidebook, available now in all good bookstores.

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