TV studio: Every summer, MS Sjøkurs travels along the Norwegian coast hosting TV show Sommeråpent. (Photo: Sindre Skrede/NRK)
Yes, you have read correctly. Not many pleasures in Norway are free, but Norwegian Broadcasting’s (NRK) holiday talk show Sommeråpent is one of very few.
On Sunday, this year’s TV show Sommeråpent (English: Summer Open) premieres on NRK with daily live broadcasts from the ship MS “Sjøkurs”.
The former Hurtigruten ship “Ragnvald Jarl”, now named MS “Sjøkurs”, has been transformed into a mobile TV and radio studio, and the program became a huge success during the summer of 2013. On June 21, the show starts in the far north of Norway, in Vadsø, and ends in Oslo on Saturday 15 August.
The ship will pay a visit to forty cities and villages along the Norwegian coast presenting local history, interviews and entertainment.
-New to this year are six actors who will produce a 14-minute play every day where they must solve the mystery of the missing chef Thor, who has disappeared, says project manager Thomas Hellum to NRK.no.
Norwegians are strongly attached to the coast and their hometown, and the audience and their stories play the main role in Sommeråpent.
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews