Photo: Eirik Helland Urke

The Norwegian Trekking Association’s (DNT) marked its 150th anniversary in 2018. As part of the celebration, DNT and the Norwegian Broadcasting Association (NRK) partnered up to promote Norwegian nature and outdoor recreation. Vesterålen was one of four selected regions for this purpose, and Dronningruta in Vesterålen was chosen to highlight hiking paths along the coast.

The hikes in the four regions were all led by the famous Norwegian adventurer Lars Monsen. The goal of the project was to get as many people as possible to join him on his journey exploring the Norwegian mountains. The whole event was broadcasted live on NRK as slow-TV – “minute by minute”.

Lars Monsen and his entourage completed Dronningruta on the 25th and 26th of July 2018. Additionally, in the evening the NRK programme “Sommeråpent” was broadcasted from Stø and Nyksund with interviews, guests, live music, and recaps from the hike earlier in the day.

You can find more information here:

From the website of Monsen hikes Dronningruta minute by minute

DNT’s websites

See the Head of Culture in Øksnes municipality talk about the preparations for welcoming so many enthusiastic hikers (NRK).

NRK programme: Monsen minute by minute Stø – Nyksund on 25.07.2018.

NRK programme: Sommeråpent (from Nyksund and Stø), 25.07.2018.

The magazine Vesterålen wrote this about the hike.