Icelandic crime drama Hraunið debuts on Netflix today


the-lava-field-tv-series-netflix-castIt’s all happening! Apologies, but I’ve been away from the site for a few days at a family wedding, but I’ll endeavour to get some reviews up (especially of The Out-Laws) in the coming days. One piece of news that warrants your attention is that a new Icelandic crime drama – Hraunið (or The Lava Field – is now in our midst. If it’s half as good as Trapped, then we’re in for a treat.

Trapped, of course, was an incredible Icelandic drama, really making good use of its location with great characters and an intriguing premise thrown in for good measure. The Lava Field, however, is different, and while it’s Icelandic, Hraunið looks as though it won’t be crazy-snowy like Trapped.

Here’s the blurb:

When Reykjavik crime detective Helgi Marvin Runarsson is called in to investigate a suicide case on Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the case turns out to be far from simple. Pulled into a sinister trail of evidence, Helgi’s own deeply hidden secrets are unearthed. Will Helgi turn a blind eye to murder in order to save the life of his daughter?

Runarsson is played by Björn Hlynur Haraldsson (who we’ve seen in Sky Atlantic’s Fortitude and, indeed, Trapped, playing the deliciously boo-hiss Trausti), and there are some familiar elements there: trouble detective, current case providing an opportunity to add closure to a current personal problem, and, erm, a Nordic setting.

Here’s a trailer (Icelandic only):

It’s available to watch on Netflix today.

UPDATE: To read a review of the series, go here



5 thoughts on “Icelandic crime drama Hraunið debuts on Netflix today

  1. Might as well find a volcano and watch lava cool into stone, this series is boring. Made it through the 1st 2 episodes thinking it might pick up. Everyone, especially the lead detective guy, seems to have taken a double-dose of xanax before coming to their acting jobs. Beautiful scenery, but that’s about it :-(


  2. Matt

    I don’t agree with the first comment here at all. Just finished all ten episodes and it wasn’t boring in the least. Once the storyline gets going, it’s actually really riveting. Definitely one of my favorite shows of the year and very much worth watching!


  3. Kenneth Neil

    Couldn’t disagree more with the first comment. A gripping series. The intrigue may seem muted to some, but the intrigue is, well… intriguing.


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