Preikestolen and Lysefjorden in Ryfylke
In the mood for a close encounter with Norwegian nature during your lunch break? These VR experiences will take you to Norway right now.
Published 13 March 2017
Over the course of a few years, virtual reality and 360 degree videos that can transport you anywhere on the planet have really taken off. That goes for Norway as well, with a host of amazing – or curious – experiences popping up, some of which we’ve gathered in this guide.
Although you’ll be perfectly fine viewing these videos on a regular flatscreen, changing viewpoints with a mouse or touchscreen as you go, for the best experience you really should opt for VR goggles.
Whether you choose an expensive headset or the cheap Google Cardboard variety for your smart phone, it will take your virtual journey to a new level of immersion.
Expedia and Visit Flåm are behind this virtual ridealong, rolling down the beautiful route chosen by National Geographic Traveler Magazine as one of the ten best train rides in Europe. Here, you can enjoy 44 minutes of relaxing and gorgeous views – or up the tempo if your lunch break is of the shorter variety.
For this passion project, Ove Kristian Leirgulen and his Romvesen colleagues went out and shot 360 panoramas of their entire home municipality of Bremanger. Then they set up Bremanger 360, a site allowing anyone to travel around the picturesque town at the click of a button.
“This is the best town in Norway, and the people who live here are the best in Norway”, Leirgulen told Visit Norway recently.
“This is where I want to live, and I want to show that to the rest of the world.”
Joining wingsuit maestro Jokke Sommer and his colleague Halvor Angvik for one of their breakneck flights through the air above Sogn og Fjordane is a guaranteed recipe for forgetting to breathe.
This short time-lapse video offers a few glorious seconds of bathing in the northern lights. Time well spent.
In this video, tag along with a skrei fisherman from Sommarøy in Troms from the moment he undocks and begins his day out on the banks of fish, until the moment returns home to deliver his catch.
Here, you will find sea crashing against the bow sending foam in all directions, a chorus of seagulls resting crests of icy waves and, in the deep underneath, the endless movement of spawning fish.
Last year, the world’s tallest bonfire was lit in Ålesund. In this video, you’re along for a steep climb all the way to the top before the burn commences.
Journalist Anna Yelizarova assembled this short documentary from 360 footage of four international travellers she met at a hostel in Oslo.
The video sees them reflecting on their experiences of Norway, while inviting the viewer along for canoeing in fjords, bike rides on Norwegian roads and hikes up to the iconic Trolltunga cliff.
The gang behind Click Research decided to climb all the way to the top of a boat mast in Trollfjord in Nordland to achieve this panoramic view of what they call “the most beautiful fjord of Norway”.
Sometimes, you’d like nothing more than to take a breather and gaze out on the Oslofjord from the roof of the Oslo Opera House. This video will let you do just that for a few minutes, with no additional bells or whistles.
If you’d like to carry around a few panoramic snaps of some of the best views Norway has to offer in your pocket, head over to the AppStore or to Google Play to download Visit Norway VR, a free app that goes well with Google Cardboard.
PS! If you’re really into VR and happen to be in Oslo, drop by VR Games in Grensen 9 in the city centre. They’re offering a unique VR experience of the escape room variety, teaming up several players and making them collaborate on the commandeering of a spaceship.
The nearest restaurants, the best attractions, the way to the northern lights … It is certainly true that there is an app for everything these days.
Morten Rustad is back with his most ambitious film to date – one whole year of Norwegian nature condensed to seven minutes.