“The Seven Sisters”, the Geirangerfjord, Møre and Romsdal
Get a bird’s eye view of Norway in virtual reality with these immersive 360 panoramas. Fly hundreds of meters above the deep blue fjords, waterfalls, mountains and glaciers – all from the safety of your own couch.
Virtual reality (VR) is something most people have been eagerly waiting for since the term became popular sometime in the 90s. Now, technology has come far enough that VR headsets are available for home use.
Visit Norway recently launched the app Visit Norway VR for use with mobile-based VR headsets.
“VR is moving into the mass market with lightning speed. We have had 360 photos and videos on the Visit Norway website for quite a while. This is a new way of experiencing them,” says Hans Petter Aalmo, head of web and mobile at Visit Norway.
The web portal has previously won the prestigious Webby Awards for a 360-degree presentation of Geiranger and Sunnmøre. The Hamar based company MakingView got the footage using purpose-built cameras and helicopters.
“This is the closest you’ll get to flying over the beautiful Norwegian nature for real. It is obviously not intended to replace the journey, though. We want this to be an experience that gives a new perspective and that inspires to visit these places,” says Aalmo.
You can explore the panoramas from your smartphone. To experience it in real VR, you need a VR headset, such as Google Cardboard.
These are some of the Norwegian landscapes that you may experience in VR:
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