This steep Flåm railway ride may be the prettiest VR experience we’ve seen.
One of the greatest successes of national broadcaster NRK these past few years has been the rise of slow tv, a concept that had the whole nation tuning in to anything from a slow cruise with the iconic Hurtigruten to a train ride headed for Bergen, minute by minute, from the first stop to the last.
Earlier this year, some of these slow shows were made available internationally via Netflix, and now travel company Expedia have also decided to join the trend, combining it with another trend – virtual reality.
In collaboration with Visit Flåm, they’ve focused on the picturesque and steep Flåm railway line, chosen by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the ten best train rides in Europe – and chosen by Lonely Planet Traveler as the best in the world back in 2014.
The result – Virtual Flåm – lets you experience the 44 minute train ride between Myrdal station and Flåm through the lens of a 360 degree camera, allowing you to enjoy an unobstructed view of the beautiful sights in all directions. Read more and try Virtual Flåm.
There are two versions. If you have a VR headset like Google Cardboard at hand, immerse yourself in that one. If you just want to view this on an ordinary screen, opt for the video version.
If you’re missing a touch of snow on all these mountain tops, fear not. NRK made a slow tv show from the Flåm railway back in 2010, which is available on YouTube.
This version is not as interactive, but was NRKs first attempt at 3D television.
For those of you with a couple of 3D glasses still lying around, head to NRKbeta for that version.
And should you be itching for a ride on the non-virtual Flåm railway, drop by Visit Flåm for information on tickets and other practicalities.
Each year, several hundred thousand visitors arrive in Flåm to ride the Flåmsbana Railway, cycle Rallarvegen, or go hiking in the dramatic landscape surrounding the tiny village.
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