The Norwegian public broadcaster, NRK, marks the 100th anniversary of the Svalbard Treaty by offering the longest slow TV-broadcast ever: A nine-day Arctic expedition around Spitsbergen, the largest of the Svalbard islands. The broadcast premieres Friday, January 31.
Viewers will be dazzled by jaw-dropping scenery and close encounters with natural wildlife during the nine-day, five hour and 59-minute long broadcast. Or: The 13 319 minutes of slow TV – uninterrupted.
The journey will be broadcast in its entirety on channel NRK2 in Norway from 6 PM (CET) January 31. until February 9, 2020. International viewers can follow the spectacular expedition online: https://www.nrk.no/svalbard/
The NRK team joined Hurtigruten’s expedition ship «MS Spitsbergen» in August of 2019.
– Through 17 cameras, an abundance of stories, history and information, all accompanied by Norwegian and Sámi music, we offer viewers from all over the world the closest and most sustainable way possible to experience the real deal. This is the slowest – and at the same time the most amazing slow production so far, promises NRKs Project Lead, Thomas Hellum. Hellum is the master mind behind all the previous slow-TV productions from NRK: Slow TV
The Svalbard Treaty
The treaty between Norway, The United States of America, Denmark, France, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Ireland and the British overseas Dominions and Sweden was signed in Paris, February 9, 1920. It recognizes the sovereignty of Norway over the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. This sovereignty is subject to specific stipulations. The signatories were given equal rights to engage in commercial activities on the islands.