Posted by: Sarah | February 17, 2013

12 Prime Time Hours Of Wood Burning TV…Only In Norway!

firelplaceOn Friday night the Norwegian public television station NRK, broadcast a burning fireplace for 12 hours with firewood experts providing commentary, wood burning advice and poetry throughout the program.

The idea for the show came as a result of a firewood book called “Hel Ved” which means Strong Character in English.  This book has sold close to 130,000 copies in Norway (which is pretty high given the population is only 5M) with the publisher claiming that only “Fifty Shades of Grey” sold more copies.

“People in Norway have a spiritual relationship with fire” Rune Moeklebust, a producer for NRK said. “Fire is the reason we’re here, if there was no firewood, we couldn’t live in Norway, we’d freeze.”

It’s true, the Norwegians do seem to have passion for fire.  Most houses have open fires and during the winter months Norwegians go mad for candles.  They’re everywhere!  Outside coffee shops, inside homes and even in some offices.  We live in an apartment with no chimney so it was quite nice to have a fireplace crackling for the evening :-)

hurtigrutenThis marathon fire burning program sounds quite a strange thing to do but NRK have been here before.  In 2011 the channel broadcast 134 hours of non-stop footage of the Hurtigruten cruise ship sailing the west coast of Norway from Bergen to Kirkeness.

The “Hurtigruten Minute By Minute” program attracted huge audiences – during one weekend nearly half of the Norwegian population tuned in.  Before that, NRK broadcast live coverage of the 7 hour train journey along the Bergens Line.  It was so popular that they had to broadcast a repeat for folks who missed it the first time!

So, if you fancy watching the full 12 hours yourself, just make your way to NRK and watch it for yourself. 



  1. I hope the BBC does something similar soon, about sunshine!

    • Brilliant idea – I think we would need a summers worth of broadcasting though.

      • Yes, and just as important, some sunglasses and cold beer.

  2. Reblogged this on the blog of the Llama… and commented:
    Surreal and wonderful

  3. When I saw the non-stop footage of the Hurtigruten cruise ship sailing on NRK after the Chrismass and before 2012 new year’s eve, I thought NRK employees put it on autopilot and went on vacation.

  4. Nothing more relaxing than a crackling fire place. We stayed in a hotel during our last trip where the cabel was out, the only thing that we could watch was a crackling fire on the tv screen. I loved it. We left it on all night! :)

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