Since 1888 the “National Geographic Magazine” has been published without interruption. In fact, the magazine was born only nine months after the society which bares the same name.
For more than a century readers have read the magazine and been transported in their mind to exotic lands and periods of history.
With their VR 360 Degree experiences National Geographic has taken this to the next level. Readers no longer need to just imagine what it is like to be these far off places and times, they can actually be transported for a few minutes to those locations.
The range of free 360 videos from National Geographic is amazing. Dream experiences like going into outer space or visiting Antartica are now in reach for anyone with an internet connection and a Google Cardboard headset.
Below we have chosen our top ten of the National Geographic VR videos for you to enjoy and be inspired by:
Viking Battle 360
Vikings are famed for their ferocity on the battlefield. In this VR video from National Geographic you are plunged directly into the middle of a pitched battle with the warriors from the North. This battles features more than six hundred reenactors each carefully equipped with swords and axes from the period. The 360 experience is part of the Wolin Viking Festival, one of Europe’s largest reanactment events.
Live From Mars 360
In the series “Live from Audiences” viewers are asked to imagine what it would be like if humans could explore the red planet. In National Geographic “Live From Mars 360” that is taken one step further as viewers can experience for themselves futuristic, Martian sets in 360.
There are few places still out of easy reach for the intrepid travellers, but to some extent Antartica is one. In Antartica 360 viewers can experience for themselves what it is like to be in this icy wonderland. During the experience you are able to explore a seal and penguin seal colony as a storm moves in.
Glow Worm Caves of New Zealand 360
The Glow Worm Caves in Waitomo are one of New Zealand’s most specular tourist destinations. Unfortunately the long flight to New Zealand means that many people will never experience this for themselves. National Geographic provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy being underground in a cavern as the worms glow like stars in the night sky.
Journey To The Edge Of Space 360
Imagine what it is like to leave Earth then tavel over 90,000 feet into the startstopshere. In this experience of Journey to the Edge of Space, you can see what few others have.
Swimming with Bears in 360
Swimming along side a gang of hungry bears is properly not advisable under normal experiences. But, in 360 video you can enjoy this experience from the safety of your own home.
Oil Rig Ecosystem Dive 360
In this 360 video you can explore the fascinating ecosystem which has developed around an ageing oil rig.
Being a young male lion isn’t easy, as this 360 video clearly shows. In this experience a young lion named Gibson struggles against his pride’s alpha male. Watch to find out how the challenge is resolved.
Great Hammerhead Shark Encounter 360
Sharks both fascinate and terrify most people in equal measure. In this 360 video you come face to face with one of the most intriguing of sharks – the great hammerhead.
Underwater National Park 360
Discover the majestic beauty of the underwater world of the Buck Island Reef in the Caribbean. This fascinating world is Americas first protected marine monument.