Norwegian «slow TV» follows reindeer herd to the coast of the Barents Sea

Reindeer herd on the coast of the Barents Sea. (Thomas Nilsen/The Independent Barents Observer)
Weeklong 24/7 live broadcast follows the Sami herder family and almost 1500 reindeers from winter to summer pastures.

Starting Monday evening*, a TV team from the Norwegian broadcasting corporation NRK, will provide TV viewers with amazing pictures of the journey from between Lake Iesjárvi on the Finnmark mountain plateau to Kvalsund on the coast to the Barents Sea.

The 100 kilometer journey will take a week, weather depending.

Broadcasted live on national TV, the more than 20 people large team uses creative application technology to film the migration. A GoPro camera is attached to one reindeer, drones films from the air and other camera crews drive alongside with snowmobiles.

Slow TV’s success

NRK has had great success with slow TV projects over the last few years. Earlier, shows like «Hurtigruten minute by minute» and «Nordlandsbanen minute by minute» have given the viewers  the feeling of being present in real time and space, along the coast and along Norway’s longest railway line.

The reindeer herding show has its own portal where updates and track-the-herds-on-map are provided.

At this time of the year, the TV viewers don’t have to worry about lack of light during night time. Although the midnight sun is not yet shining, Finnmark nights are light enough for good views.

Viewers outside Norway
  • Follow the 24/7 live broadcast on NRK’s website
  • See more photos and follow the production via the Instagram hashtag #nrkrein

*This story was first published on April 24, 2017 on The Independent Barents Observer website.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Environmental group sues Canadian government over caribou, Radio Canada International

Finland: Lapland reindeer herders still carrying radiation from Cold War nuclear tests, Yle News

Norway: Arctic bird cliff will be Norway’s next contribution to slow TV, The Independent Barents Observer

Sweden: High-speed train kills 54 reindeer in Arctic Sweden, Radio Sweden

United States: Northwest Alaska caribou herd may finally be growing after steep decline, Alaska Dispatch News


Thomas Nilsen, The Independent Barents Observer

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