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Here's what you need to know about the Icelandic crime-drama "Trapped"

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  • Popular Trapped is set in a small, unnamed fishing village in East Iceland, and follows the investigation of the murder of an unknown man found in the ocean.

The Icelandic crime-drama Trapped (Ófærð) has gained international popularity after having been picked up by BBC Four, RTÉ2, France Télévisions, and German broadcaster ZDF. The series premiered on the National Broadcasting Service, RÚV, on 27 December 2015.

Trapped is set in a small, unnamed fishing village in East Iceland, and follows the murder investigation of an unknown man found in the ocean. Shortly after the body is discovered, a blizzard hits the town, making the only road in or out impassable and therefore trapping the residents – and murderer – inside the village.

The series is produced by RVK Studios, a production company owned by internationally acclaimed director Baltasar Kormákur.

According to newsagent Vísir, roughly 5 million people in France tuned in to watch the first episode of Trapped when it aired on Monday on France Télévisions.


Here’s a list of things you need to know about the popular series:

1. The series was filmed in the fishing village of Siglufjörður, North Iceland. Ironically, the cast and crew were left “trapped” in Siglufjörður numerous times during filming due to severe weather and heavy snow. Some outdoor scenes were filmed in the Eastfjords.

2. The series cost around 1 billion ISK (6.430.454 euros), making it the most expensive Icelandic television series to date.

3. The Norræna ferry featured in the series does exist. The ferry sails between Scandinavia and Iceland, docking in Seyðisfjörður, East Iceland. Around 1,100 passengers arrive with Norræna weekly during high season.  

4. The pool party scene was filmed in the old Hafnarfjörður swimming pool, in the Reykjavík suburb of Hafnarfjörður.

5. Actor Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who plays the role of chief police officer Andri, has been increasingly in demand for international projects. He played the role of the drunken helicopter pilot in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and starred alongside Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in the HBO television series True Detective. He also starred alongside Liam Neeson in the film A Walk Among the Tombstones. Last year, he signed up to play a giant in Steven Spielberg’s adaption of the Roald Dahl classic The BFG.

6. Producer Baltasar Kormákur became a household name after making it big in Hollywood. He has directed such films as Contraband and 2 Guns, both starring Mark Wahlberg in the lead roles, and Everest.

7. Baltasar Breki Samper, who plays the character Hjörtur Stefánsson, is Baltasar Kormákur’s son. He studied acting at the Icelandic Academy of the Arts.

8. Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir, who plays police officer Hinrika, is a well-known actress and comedian in Iceland. She portrays Sjöfn in the award-winning film Fúsi (Virgin Mountain), directed by Dagur Kári. 

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