NORWAY – Bruce McToose, the “Intrepid Traveler,” has finally made his way to the fjords of Norway – the real fjords of Norway, that is.

Oyvind Heen, Web master of www.fjords.com and a resident of Oppegaard, Norway, which is close to the capital city of Oslo, has linked “Intrepid Traveler” information to his Web page.

“He found out about what we were doing through the magic of the Web and wanted to find out more,” said Josh Hrehovcik, who is Bruce McToose on the popular series that has been aired on television throughout Maine. “I sent him a DVD and he liked it so much he added his own nice write-up about it on his home page.”

Last year Steve Hrehovcik, producer of the show, and his son Josh arrived in Norway to film the first in a series of the “Intrepid Traveler” show. The show features adventurer “Bruce McToose” who wanders through the towns of Maine with “foreign” connections. In Norway, he looks for the famous fjords, traveling down Main Street to local businesses and ending up at Lake Pennesseewassee with Selectman Bruce Cook, who is president of the lake association.

The connection to the Norway fjords caught Heen’s attention when he read the story on the Sun Journal’s Web page, www.sunjournal.com.

“It was one of the many pleasant surprises that came from this project and we continue to keep in touch,” said Hrehovcik, who has linked Heen’s Web page on his own Web page, www.brucemctoose.com.

“I did not know that one could find a town (or city) called Norway in the USA! Not before I saw Bruce’s video from Norway – Maine,” Heen wrote in an e-mail interview. “And I did not know that Norway is so close to Paris.”

Heen said he saw similarities between the two Norways in the Bruce McToose video.

“The similarities I first think of is the snow and the beautiful scenery – the nature,” said Heen, whose interest in nature comes from the area he grew up in called Isfjorden. It means ice fjord and is on Norway’s west coast.

“This is a place with lots of mountains, fjords, activity like climbing, skiing, walk in the mountains, fishing etc.,” he said.

He said there is similar scenery in the two Norways. “We also have lots of forest and lakes in Norway. Norway, Maine, looks more like eastern Norway; it’s flatter and more ‘hilly,’ he said. “Western Norway and the fjords are dominated by steep mountains diving into the fjords … the longest fjord are more than 200 (kilometers) long.”

Perhaps most important were the similarities he saw in the people: “friendly and well-mannered.”

Heen said he hopes to visit Norway, Maine.

“And say hello to Bruce if you see him. He is a nice and funny man!”


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