Second Norway: a closer look

Second Norway Airport

At the start of August 2020, we made the move to Second Norway (see Farewell, Isla Pey, hello, Isla Caitinara). Since then we’ve been settling in, and as I noted a few days ago, I’ve been playing with a scene rezzing system so that we can have a choice of homes on our island (see: House changing with a scene rezzer in Second Life – and we’re up to three designs now 🙂 ).

However, what surprised me about our move was the feedback (comments on this blog and via IM) from people under the misapprehension that the April / May change in ownership of the estate had somehow resulted it in being “broken up” and replaced by “cookie cutter islands”. In fact, while there have been changes to the estate, much of the original Second Norway remains – and as a frequent visitor-turned-resident, I can also say that none of its spirit has been lost.

In this, I hope this small selection of photos helps to illustrate that point.

The central regions in the estate still have their road and rail system – the latter having (I understand) been ungraded. For water access, this roads mean that the familiar drawbridges are still present

Of course, the airport is still there – as can be seen in the banner image for this piece. So to – contrary to rumour – the road and rail system, as shown above.

The estate also has a good mix of residential and commercial spaces – Motor Loon’s famous MLCC brand is still present for example. On the south side of the estate, AustinLiam has taken this a stage further – an entire group of regions set out as a village, offering his houses and commercial units and other buildings in a contiguous setting with roads, waterfront areas, moorings, and more.

AustinLiam;s regions on the south side of Second Norway

Of course, there are the outer islands – which in the future may well expand, depending on demand, but the Vanity Bonito’s team have also put in new infrastructure that offers opportunities that may not have been so readily available previously: such as the Eidet Event Centre sitting on is own wooded island.

The Eidet Event Centre, Second Norway

Residents within the estate have also sought to offer places of interest as well – camp sites, vacation centres, air fields (although the latter seem to mostly lack rez zones) – all of which add to the estate’s appeal.

Another look at AustinLiam’s commercial regions

With a balanced approach to building codes and themes, as well as offering tenants terraforming rights on their islands, Second Norway is a good mix of the “old” – the central regions with their roadways, rail lines, airport and bridges – and the “new”, with the updated island designs, allowing it to both retain its character whilst offering newcomers a good mix of opportunities.

So if you’ve not paid Second Norway since the changes, now’s the time to hop in your boat or ‘plane, pull up the map and take a look!

 

5 thoughts on “Second Norway: a closer look

  1. Inara, we feel honored having you and your lovely home over at Second Norway! Indeed the estate has not lost any of it’s charm since we were put in charge some weeks ago and we are still banging on things but I can already announce that a first expansion is on the way now that we got all regions re-decorated. We are just waiting for Linden Lab’s land store to re-open. In the meantime we would like to invite everyone to party with us! On Friday at 11:00am we will have a first event at our new EIDET EVENT CENTER (http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/EIDET%20EVENT%20CENTER/66/30/26) with AnLaik live on stage! For a first impression, check out his youtube channel! -> https://www.youtube.com/user/unlike13 – We hope to see you all there!

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    1. Vanity,

      I’d like to thank you and your team for making us feel so welcome and for the outstanding support given to new renters. Looking forward to attending events at Eidet! 🙂

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  2. Second Norway is a great place for flying or driving or living. Much of the time I’ve found that most or all of the offered plots are taken with the exception of the budget-busting really b-i-g ones. That tells me a lot about satisfaction and quality in Second Norway: People stay there despite the rather high rental fees.
    I routinely use Second Norway’s Lufthaven (Airport) as either a starting or finish point for longer flights since access is so very easy with literally a five-sim over water approach line.
    There have been changes in the “Downtown” area with the relocation of the Stave church and the removal of several unused structures, which actually makes the place look better than before.
    All in all, Second Norway is a great place to live or to base yourself for other adventures on the grid.

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    1. The stave church and “down town Bergen” area at Brygen actually changed prior to Luxory Estates taking over direct management, the church moved to be positioned over the “gateway” to the estate when approaching by water. Pricing-wise, there has been a change with Luxory taking over: as I noted when writing about our move, we actually moved to a location with the same land capacity as our old place, but at a lower weekly fee and a larger island land mass. But yes, SN is a great place to live and use for a base for explorations.

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