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Experience Norway with a guide on your mobile

Protects wild reindeer in Rondane with audio guide

-The large conservation areas in Rondane ensure that the interaction with nature is not disturbed, and they are an important part of the work to prevent plants and animals from becoming extinct. At the same time, these are also areas in which we humans travel, – and the knowledge of protection is not always good enough when we travel in grazing areas for wild reindeer. With audio guides and digital trails, we can encourage behavior that does not result in harm to animals and nature.

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Create quiz based on GPS location

-Both the goats and Voice Of Norway use geofence (GPS) technology with a specific purpose. For the goats, this means that they must stay in a certain area. In Voice Of Norway, quizzes appear when your guests are in certain places. Digital guiz is fun along nature and cultural trails, in museums and parks, and in connection with team building and learning at school. When needing to control groups of people and their movement patterns, and the feeling of boredom waiting in queues, this is a smart way to solve the challenge.

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Sustainability seriously – at The Fjords

– Our guests enjoy the silence, the experience and the stories along the way along our fantastically beautiful Norwegian fjords. The electric boats allow travelers to hear birds chirping and listen to the sound of gurgling water, instead of boat engines and vibrations. Guiding takes place via their own mobile and travelers choose whether they want to participate. The silence and tranquility is magical, and we have the feeling of being completely in nature, but without leaving a trace, says John Vonli, general manager at The Fjords.

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Rovdyrsenter in Østerdalen offers digital nature communication

-Nature is open all the time and when we wanted to create an offer that is always open, it was very appropriate to do it out in nature, on well-established hiking trails. There is a lot of beauty in the forest that is easy to walk past, now visitors can stop and learn more along the way, says Runhild Dammen, general manager of the predator visitor center in Stor-elvdal municipality. The visitor center uses the app Voice Of Norway both in teaching and as an offer to visitors.

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Rørt Bjørn Sundquist – shares stories from his hometown Hammerfest

The atmosphere in the studio was charged when Bjørn Sundquist read stories from his own hometown. We felt both goosebumps and tears in our eyes at the empathy Bjørn had in the storytelling, because this time it is also real. -Join this personal tour with Sundquist here in Hammerfest, says tourism manager Sten Harald Norund Hansson, who has now launched a lot of exciting things in the Voice Of Norway audio guide!

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The coastal pilgrimage route – an experience all year round

– With the Voice Of Norway smart guide, the Coastal Pilgrims Path will be available all year round. The guide, who is on his own mobile phone, tells the story of the place the walker is at, and the information is available around the clock, says Laila Skaret, general manager at the Gurisenteret in Smøla, which is the northernmost of the 4 pilgrimage centers along the Coastal Pilgrims’ Trail.

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Family experiences in Herøy and Havlandet – teacher by hologram

– There are no opening hours or closed doors when the tourist resort Fosnavåg launches its new venture product – hologram, says Hilde Gråberg Bakke in Opplev Havlandet. The aim of the venture is to create even greater interest in attractions and experiences, in an exciting way. Young and old are most welcome to meet both people from the Viking Age, hear about secrets and go on a treasure hunt, says Hilde and mentions that the hologram experiences are free.

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Vanylven – a new tourism hub

The world’s largest sunflower, Cleopatra’s periodont diamonds, witch burning, Viking graves, the most beautiful summit hikes at 1000 m above sea level, salmon rivers, stone museum and future ship tunnel! Yes, Vanylven can offer something very special. -Now we create an audio guide so that visitors can more easily find all these hidden gems, and so that the stories are not forgotten, says Erlend Løvold in Vanylven Utvikling.

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Hologram of peace prize winners in your own living room

– Peace prize winners Dmitry Muratov and Maria Ressa’s messages are important. Right now, they are working under very difficult conditions in their home countries with, among other things, a ban on leaving the country and strict censorship. Thus, it is interesting to explore new ways of sharing their message. With a hologram, everyone in the whole world can be visited by the peace prize winners in their own living room, and hear their own story, told by them themselves, says Kim Reksten Grønneberg, Nobel Peace Center, who recently launched the holograms in the Voice Of Norway app.

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Sustainable dissemination of cultural heritage

In Norway, we have committed ourselves to follow UNESCO’s Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and it is the Cultural Council that is responsible for implementing this UNESCO Convention. We have looked at the possibilities for sustainable dissemination and protection of both intangible and tangible cultural heritage.

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Vy launches an audio guide on the Bergen Railway

– In order to deliver on our vision of “more and more satisfied customers”, the travel experience and entertainment on board is an area of focus, says Linn Therese Blindheim, customer experience advisor, Vy tog Vest. The audio guide on Bergensbanen was launched in May 2022.

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We in Ullensvang offer real experiences all year round

-We have a lot of visitors all summer, and now we want to make all the good things we have available all year round, says Harald Alvavoll, and talks about a forward-leaning municipality that has a close collaboration between Hotel Ullensvang, Alvavoll Frukt & Sidergard and The Fjords .

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Visit Hammerfest makes it easy to visit

-Our visitors take their morning coffee on the stairs together with the reindeer that wander the streets, and the northern lights come when they want. Now we make the experiences available around the clock so that visitors will have a good experience when they visit us. The “Voice of the Arctic Coast” project started one year ago and now the funds of around NOK 600,000 are in place. By the summer we will be ready, says Sten Harald Norund Hansson who is tourism manager and project manager.

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Hologram – revolutionizes the experience of stories and cultural heritage

– Hologram is a hundred times better than going to a museum, says Aksel Torset! Engaged, he turns his mobile around and sees the 3D model of the Viking ship on Edøya. Actually, the Viking ship is in the ground below him. With the technology AR (Augmented Reality) we can revolutionize the experience of history and cultural heritage in a sustainable way!

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6 tips – how to write good audio stories

– You have probably experienced it: Goosebumps that spread over your body when you hear beautiful music, the high pulse and terror when the music in a horror film reaches you, the pleasure you feel from a good narration in the audio book. Hearing helps to enrich our senses and the human voice is what has the most influence on us. We give you 6 tips so that you can engage your listeners in the best possible way.

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Nordkapp chooses a sustainable app as a guide

– Our guests find it charming with strong winds and lots of weather, and they come from all over the world to experience the Nordkapplatået. We get many questions from our guests and they are very pleased when we can tell stories from the place. We now give all guests the same opportunity for guided experiences through the Voice Of Norway audio guide.

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Tomorrow’s tourism is already a focus area – Hardangervidda National Park, Skinnarbu

– Our tourists want to learn more about Norway and we have done something about that! We meet visitors in their own mother tongue, and now offer audio guides in 11 languages, says Per Lykke at the Hardangervidda National Park Center in Skinnarbu. Our own guides top it all off with more information for those who are particularly interested, and we see this as a great success!

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Permaculture visitor center with audio guide – Jevnaker Hage

With poor hearing, it was difficult for Trude to be able to offer guiding in the beautiful Jevnaker Hage. Guiding was one of the criteria for becoming a certified Permaculture visitor centre, a so-called LAND centre. The place is always open to everyone, and has a great diversity of members and visitors of all ages and from different cultures. With the audio guide solution, we feel that we can offer a very good offer to all visitors and we thus also have the opportunity to apply to become a LAND centre, exults initiator Trude Skåre Johansen.

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Arctic Train offers an audio guide on Ofotbanen

– There has been a great demand for guiding on our section along the Ofot Railway – which is one of Europe’s most beautiful train journeys. With the Voice Of Norway audio guide, all tourists now have access to the stories along the route, both rally stories, war stories and about hiking opportunities in the area. The trip will be richer in content and it will provide opportunities for more experiences in the area, says Kjetil Westby Bjørkaas, project manager in Arctic Train, who welcomes everyone to both the northern lights show and arctic experiences.

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Sustainable communication solution in the Voice Of Norway app

– It goes without saying for us to offer smart solutions that do not pollute nature and the environment. The smart sound app Voice Of Norway supports several of the UN’s sustainability goals and, in addition, it is a goal that the solution is also universally designed (UU), says our chairman Robert Vingsnes.

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Experience Midsund – with an audio guide you get to hear the good stories too

– The audio guide is part of the good hospitality and we want our visitors to discover places and things they did not know before. At Midsund you can, among other things, walk Norway’s longest continuous staircase, spend the night in a hammock, rent kayaks and bicycles, fish and hear the most wonderful stories in the audio guide while you experience the area here, Hilde Bergebakken says.

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Learn more about the Sámi Parliament

-Here in Karasjok, we have many visitors who come to look at the architecturally beautiful building, which the Sami Parliament is. Usually we hold tours inside the building, but in connection with the pandemic we have now had a great audio guide made that will give our visitors a tour of the outdoor area around the Sami Parliament, says Siv Eli Vuolab.

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Experience Nesset – with an audio guide on your mobile

– We have chosen to offer an audio guide since we see it as a natural part of our digital everyday life. The mobile is always with you and thus you also have a guide at all times. The service is free and we invite both guests and permanent residents to take the trip around Nesset, and experience a little more along the way.

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Lofoten’s natural pearl Skrova – is expanding its offer to its visitors

Skrova – just 30 minutes by ferry from Svolvær in Lofoten. The place where people and fish meet art and culture. An island where you can lower your shoulders, forget stress and picture-taking. Here, everything is within walking distance and you get to experience the presence of nature out here in the sea gap.
With your own guide on your mobile phone, you can now also walk around the island and take in cultural history along the way.

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Experience Ålesund with your own personal city guide on your mobile!

Is it your first trip to Ålesund or do you simply want to get to know your own city? Now you have a unique opportunity to go on a journey of discovery with your own mobile as your personal guide. There are 4 routes and a total of 76 points that you can experience completely free of charge in the Voice Of Norway app. Try city guide in Ålesund too!

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Detective Agency No. 2 solves mystery in the Voice Of Norway app

There has been a theft raid in central Larvik and Tiril and Oliver from Detective Agency No. 2, from Jørn Lier Horst’s children’s books, are on the case! Together with the children, they must use their logical sense to solve the everyday mysteries that appear on the trail around the center of Larvik.

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Vestfossen brings the stories to life with an audio guide

The cultural capital Vestfossen is now showcasing its peculiarities, soul and individuality digitally. From being a center of power for Vikings in the 8th century, center for the timber adventure in the 19th century, they are now guarding the history and making the idea more accessible. Now they bring the stories to life in a completely new way and with an audio guide, the offer is available around the clock.

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The students’ project lives forever

The students at the junior level at Rødberg School have been very engaged in the local history project this spring. The result is of great value to the municipality and the tourism industry. With such success, both NRK TV, Distriktssendingen, Norge i dag, radio and local newspapers have been interested in hearing more about what the project has entailed.

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Behind the scenes during AR recording

-I walk into the room, then I hear it, the desperate voice, the way she breathes, the woman’s immersion in the play. Then comes the howl! What happens during the recording of AR is part of what you get to experience in the Voice Of Norway audio guide.

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Travel like the locals – with FRAM

FRAM now offers 29 exclusive guided bus routes in Møre and Romsdal. The focus is added value for travelers and showing off sights in the county, says Marit Holen at FRAM in Møre and Romsdal County Municipality.

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HoloCap and Experio enter into a partnership to provide better user experiences in the Voice Of Norway mobile guide

With the technology AR – augmented reality, our users get an even better experience when they use their mobile as a guide. Imagine standing in the area where a historic event took place and at the same time being able to have the story told by real people, who belong to the story, right on your mobile. In this way, historical events and people can be linked together in the form of a volumetric experience. This is the future we are building now!

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Smart sound in school and teaching

What advantages and synergies can be gained by leaving the teaching outside the areas of the school and the teaching place? How about learning about the event exactly where it happened in the local environment? Can education collaborate with other industries, such as the tourism industry? We are looking at the possibilities with smart sound!

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Color the stories with your voice

It was the horror of giving a speech at his own wedding that started the whole story of how he could use his voice to please others. The road there was both tortuous and exciting, but now Sean Antony is sitting in his sound studio in Essex, England, creating sound stories that make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, that bring joy and surprise. But, the trip first went to Norway so that he could learn pronunciation in Æ Ø and Å , and to see fjords and mountains. And how did the wedding speech go?

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Highlighting Larvik in the mobile guide

This year there will be a digital Easter egg in Larvik! To find out what this is, you have to go for a walk in Larvik’s streets. Find out who the 9 strong women from the center were, and what they have meant for women’s causes. You can also walk along the piers and streets in Torstrand and hear stories about funny events, colorful personalities and the industrial history that unfolded in the village over time. And – it doesn’t stop there! Many more walking routes will appear in the future, says Anne Meek, who is local dramaturg for Larvik municipality in the anniversary year. She goes on to say that the children can look forward to a detective trail in the city centre.

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With the mobile phone as a guide

People want to experience more! With the mobile phone as a guide, they experience more where they are, and can stay in your exact location a little longer. The smartguide solution is suitable for all industries and all people. Is your location visible?

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With the mobile phone as a guide along Akerselva

Did you know that they produced hats, paper, brushes, radios, yeast, nails, sail cloth, Solo and much else here along Akerselva? That the river could turn blue? Or that we had child labor in Norway? Life along the Akerselva was unique and now you can follow the entire industrial history from the 18th century until our time. Use your mobile phone as a guide.

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Make Sami cultural monuments visible

Sami cultural monuments include all physical traces of Sami presence, such as gam tufts, trapping facilities, meat caches, burial grounds and sacrifice places. In Tynset you can learn more about this – listen to the stories in the audio guide.

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Make cultural heritage accessible!

New cultural monuments are registered daily in Kulturminnesøk.no, but do we make this information visible to ordinary people? Now all the stories about the cultural monuments can be presented in a popular way, so that curious people throughout Norway can access them via their own mobile phone.

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The perfect gift costs time, love and maybe a cup of coffee

-What should we give as a present? They have everything! Yes, many of us think that way. In a busy everyday life, perhaps the perfect gift is to set aside time with your loved ones. And what’s better than a trip in beautiful surroundings, learning something new and enjoying a coffee and a waffle along the way!

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Smøla succeeds in implementing an audio guide

The small island community of Smøla had a total of 766 downloads of the audio guide in late summer 2020. – We have succeeded in engaging business players, says Lena Knutsen, and adds that the entire local community is proud of its place and has a desire to succeed with the use of audio guides to provide added value to visitors.

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In our blogs, you can read about the advantages our customers think they have from being able to offer audio guides to visitors in their municipality. And the tourists benefit from using their own mobile as a guide. Some smart ideas about how other municipalities and industries have solved this can help you get started. Also read tips on where you can apply for funding .

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