Many – if not all – of the roads around Second Norway are mesh, and make driving relatively smooth for the most part, and sim boundaries are clearly signposted and require only a drop in speed to negotiate safely. The Neuspa handled things very well, and I particularly liked running it along the Atlantic road, over the bridges and up into Fjell, in the north-east of Second Norway, where I also gave the 43S GT a run.
All of the roads are open to public traffic, but do keep in mind that not all the land around them is – much of it is given over to private residences, many with driveways coming off the main roads; so please respect people’s privacy when exploring (I confess to turning off the main road and hurtling up around a hill climb to find myself in someone’s front yard 😦 ).
For those who do like to race, Second Norway features a sky-built racing track owned and operated by Kejwla Anwyl and LittleUnicorn Meredith. This is a huge multi-level structure and offers a terrific venue for car and bike racing while keeping things within the boundaries of a single region – although I did encounter some issues on the upper levels while riding my Neuspa, so some care is required.
As well as the roads, the regions in Second Norway are all interconnected via waterways, allowing visitors to explore them by boat. There are several docks and marinas scattered across the regions where boats can be rezzed (Autoreturn is active across the regions to prevent them becoming cluttered with visitors’ forgotten boats and cars), and a link to Blake Sea via Snug Harbour ensures they can be reached from open water.
The waterways themselves are often high-sided and narrow, so in some areas it’s best to travel under engine power rather than wind power. Bridges across the waterways present little in the way of navigation problems, as most are of the draw bridge variety, and proximity-activated, swinging open as you approach and closing again once you’ve passed. However, a couple are still manually operated (or didn’t sense my approach) and require a click to open. Channels are clearly marked with buoys and signs to keep you away from shallows, and the marinas offer places to “tie-up alongside”.
For me, sailing through Second Norway was the best way to see it – most of the houses have water access and private piers, so you do get to see a lot when pottering through on the water. For those living here, of course, access to Blake Sea means they have extensive opportunities for boating, including trips to Corsica, Nautilus and elsewhere.
It is this additional space which makes Second Norway attractive to aviation enthusiasts. There are a couple of small airstrips available for use, as well as helicopter pads among the private residences, and a new international airport will shortly be opening in the south-west corner of Second Norway which may attract even more visitors.
As a community, Second Norway has a lot of offer those fortunate enough to live there. As a destination to visit, it provides a pleasing and engaging mixture of things to see and do. There are one or two eclectic elements to be found – the huge pirate ship sitting in one of the bays wasn’t something I expected to come across – but overall the theme is very Nordic, with even Kejwlaa and LittleUnicorn re-working their regions (which pre-dated the arrival of Second Norway into the area) from a more tropical look and feel to match the rest of the regions.
Second Norway is supported by a website, which provides news and articles on the goings-on within the regions, and which includes a good dose of humour as well; I hope Ey in particular has recovered from his, um, “scrape” with the runway at Antilaghi Regional Airport! The website is presented in both Norwegian and English and does make for a pleasant read, providing a range of hints on places which are well worth a visit.
Overall, I enjoyed my days exploring Second Norway. The care with which the regions have been developed and are curated makes them a great place to visit, while the historical elements found within them give added depth to any tour. For SL photographers there’s a lot on offer here, and Second Norway naturally lends itself to a wide range of windlight settings which can be used to great effect to produce some amazing images (would I had the talent to do the place justice).
- Second Norway main teleport, Norge SLurl (Rated Moderate)
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9 thoughts on “A Nordic adventure”
We recently filmed a Designing Worlds episode (http://bit.ly/QjKolS) at Second Norway, It is a terrific region, and the owners are awesome people! Did you they donate a SL Christmas tree to SL London every year, echoing the real life tradition? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trafalgar_Square_Christmas_tree
I really enjoyed my explorations, and will most certainly be back there – especially as I’ve a lot more to see around Blake Sea (I’m getting royally bitten by the sailing bug!); would also like to try my hand at flying around there as well (Blake Sea and Second Norway). No, I didn’t know about the Christmas tree! I’ll drop Ey a line and see about covering the event this year :).
Thanks for the mention, Inara. 🙂
It was your comment which inspired me :).
TBH, during my first outing, I’d steered clear of the landmasses around Blake Sea and focused on the islands, etc. After reading your feedback, I became curious, and so returned to Half Hitch and set out to explore more properly :).
Ah, I thought I saw you on my radar around Second Norway earlier in the week. I recently relocated there myself, nice parcel on the coast road in Norway Fjord. Beautiful region, good people to live around.
Was there over several days :). Very tempting, location-wise! Hope you’ve settled-in well.
Glad you are enjoying the beauty of Sailing and other activities that we can do ion Sl without need of teleporting;)
That reminds me that i need to go fly over there again:), now that Niran released a new version of his viewer that allows even smoother cross sims!
I recently moved to Second Norway in July 2012 and fell in love with the place the moment I saw it. I love the roadways and waterways and the fact that no security system is needed as people are polite and respect private homes.
I also love the seasonal changes and right now it is deep snow 😉
I came close to looking into getting a place there myself during the couple of weeks I was touring / sailing / flying in the area. I’m planning a return visit in the upcoming weeks to grab more snaps of the winter look (snow scenes in SL are every bit as romantic as RL, but without the cold toes / soggy socks which can also be a party to the experience), probably after I’ve completed my wanderings through the winter-themed regions at the Calas Galadhon park estate.
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