Would you watch a 7-hour movie on a flight?

And no, I’m not talking about Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings with all of the deleted material.

British Airways, as reported by Bloomberg and referenced by my friend Chris Guillebeau, is planning on debuting a unique, “slower” take on in-flight entertainment.  Namely, they’ve purchased the rights to: a 7-hour train ride from Bergen, Norway, to Oslo, Norway.  There will be no commentary, no voice-overs, no confessionals, and none of the train cars will be voted off the island.

Welcome to the era of Slow TV.

I found the video they’re planning to use on Youtube, see it below.

Apparently Norweigans love this style of TV.  They say it’s more relaxing, less noisy, and you never know what you’ll see.  They literally just put a camera on the front of a train.  Now, it probably helps that the train is traveling through some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.

For a really scientific survey, I went on youtube and looked up some similar videos to see how many views they have.  Looks to me like they might have a winner.

Other train rides

Fireplaces are more popular

Would you watch this for at least part of your journey?  I honestly think I would.  At a certain point on my longer flights I’ll usually zone out and just stare at the flight map that plays on the screen, and really this isn’t too much different from that.

Leave me your thoughts in the comments!


  1. As soon as I started reading this, I thought the Norweigans would. Then, I scrolled to down to see that you have found the fireplace video, trumping the cleverness of my comment.

    • I tell you what, as a test I’ve had the fireplace video playing on one of my monitors, it’s been pretty dang peaceful at the office today.

      • yes ive been watching it for 3 days straight, i need help.

  2. The Yule Log, i.e., a fireplace video loop, was (is) a NY X-mas eve tradition.

  3. This is the exact opposite of television and films today and definitely a great way to spend a long flight, especially if you hate flying. Of course if you’re just watching this at home, I might tell you to just by a train ticket and experience it first hand.

  4. I have actually been on the bergen to oslo train both ways. It’s nice but after seven hours it gets boring..


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