Trapped: Iceland Film Locations
Acclaimed Icelandic crime drama, Trapped (Ófærð, 2016), is now on its second series on BBC4 and we could not be more excited. Those who enjoyed the spectacular scenery of the first series (wowing viewers back in 2016) will be sure to welcome the return of this series to our screens, featuring many of the same towns and villages including one of the remotest settlements in the north of Iceland, the historic fishing town of Siglufjörður, as well as the East fjord town of Seyðisfjörður and the country’s capital, Reykjavík.
This new series follows Detective Andri Ólafsson as he investigates a string of politically motivated murders alongside police chief sidekicks Hinrika and Ásgeir, this time taking place during the lighter spring and summer months when clearer skies and grassy vistas replace the dark winter scenes of series one.
Fans can tune in every Saturday night for the next few weeks, while those looking to explore the main Trapped locations for themselves can embark on a tailor-made Northern Highlights self-drive holiday. Our team of specialists have travelled extensively in all these regions and so we take a closer look at the filming locations to share what it is we love so much about them.
Beautiful, rugged, vast landscapes surround the historic fishing town by the fjord, Siglufjörður. Perched in the far north of the island, it plays a prominent role in Trapped, with mountain panoramas and stylish Hotel Siglo taking centre stage. In the early 1900’s, Siglufjörður became the capital of the herring fishing industry in Iceland and the hotel is built directly on the site of the old herring factory. Chefs today are often seen picking fresh fish from the harbourside, serving traditional Icelandic and international dishes in The Marina Village restaurants. Across the road from Hotel Siglo is the award-winning Herring Era Museum, which is full of old fishing memorabilia including two large vintage fishing boats while a variety of easy hiking trails can be enjoyed in the valleys beyond.
Some outdoor scenes were shot in the fjord-side town of Seyðisfjörður where pastel-coloured houses and independent cafés jostle for attention. Waterfalls and rivers spill down the mountains to the sheltered fjord below where Trapped fans will recognise the Norraena ferry, which arrives from Scandinavia once a week. The town is known for its arts and crafts scene as well as one of the country’s best seafood restaurants NORÐ AUSTUR (even flying its sushi chefs in from New York each Summer). Further along, the fjord is a beautiful nature reserve called Skalanes – where you can roam the gentle trails spotting birds, seals and reindeer.
Known for being the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik is a buzzing, cosmopolitan city. Combined with Arctic city living, there is also the opportunity to explore many of the surrounding natural wonders. A great destination for foodies, Reykjavik now boasts its first Michelin-starred restaurant DILL., while buzzing nightlife, trendy shops and museums delving into Vikings, whales and volcanoes add to its year-round appeal. Away from the city, visitors can partake in a range of optional excursions from visiting the world-famous Blue Lagoon to a guided tour of the famous Golden Circle. Read our pick of 13 top things to do in and around Reykjavik.
Has Trapped got you hooked? The north and east of Iceland remain uncrowded and offer visitors a wonderfully uninhibited holiday. Speak to one of our Iceland experts today and plan your Trapped-inspired holiday.