Some people say it’s the world’s “most beautiful sea voyage,” and lucky for us cheapskates, the whole thing was just recorded on film and proudly given the title of “the longest continuously aired documentary” by The Guinness Book of World Records.
The footage taken from the bow of the Norwegian Coastal Express’s “Hurtigruten” totals 134 hours over a distance of 2600 kilometres, from Bergen to Kirkenes. It was streamed LIVE by the Norwegian Public Service broadcaster NRK, and finally made into this five-minute time lapse video.
The entire thing takes viewers through an epic variety of landscapes and scenes, including mountains, fjords, sunsets and coastal communities. On the ship’s website, if you switch to the English setting, there’s a full itinerary pointing out places of interest in the video (including UNESCO World Heritage sites, and more). Plus the song they’ve selected to play throughout the five minutes, Something Elated by Broke For Free, might be the most perfect music choice ever. It’s dreamy, and we love it.
The video in question:
So we have to wonder…are you more apt to take a cruise voyage when seeing epic video footage like this? In our opinion, it’s a brilliant tourism marketing tactic: there is no room for errors when you live stream an entire tour, and those incredible views prove it really might be the world’s most beautiful cruise. Sign us up!