Series two of Trapped begins shooting in Siglufjörður

(C) RVK Studios – Photographer: Lilja Jonsdottir

Today we bought more news of series four of The Bridge, and now news reaches us of another Nordic heavyweight – Trapped. The Icelandic series won The Killing Times Best Crime Drama Of 2016 with a stunning debut season. We’ve been waiting patiently for news of series two, and now we have some – series two has started filming in northern Iceland.

Thanks to our eagle-eyed Charlotte, the news has broken on Icelandic state broadcaster (and home to Trapped) RÚV’s website that series two has now started filming in the northern, coastal town of Siglufjörður for the next two weeks. Producer Sigurjón Kjartansson said in the post that he “promised plenty of disaster, death and terror.”

Not only do we get a promise of disaster, death and terror, but director and producer Baltasar Kormákur has also given us a hint of what series two might contain, plot-wise… and it all starts with some dead sheep.

“It’s amazing to be back in Siglufjörður. It’s very unfortunate to start with 40 dead sheep, but you have to start somewhere,” said Kormákur. “There is a protest [in the town] about power plants and the potential construction of an aluminium smelter. And it is here in the square in Siglufjörður and farmers are crazy. And this launches an event that can not handle the end.”

Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, who plays the magnificent Andri, also chipped in:

“It feels a bit like the family is coming back together. It’s awesome. We have done this before. This is hardly difficult. It’s like running a very, very long marathon. But it’s incredibly fun and I think we’re all very proud of what we did for the first time with Trapped and I think we’re going to do even better this time.”

Kjartansson also added that the story may take us away from the town of Siglufjörður and said that we’re going to see a “little Icelandic saga”. In the article’s accompanying video, we hear Ólafsson mention that characters Hínrika and Ásgeir, so it’s safe to assume they will be returning.

Trapped 2 also welcomes best-selling Icelandic crime novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir to the writing team, and it’s slated to transmit on RÚV next autumn.

I wonder if we’ll get it here in the UK in time for Christmas…

More news as we get it.

For all our Trapped news and reviews, go here

For our interview with Ólafur Darri Ólafsson go here

For our interview with Ilmur Kristjánsdóttir go here

For our interview with co-writer Clive Bradley go here



8 Comments Add yours

  1. Seija says:

    Such wonderful news! Thank you, CC, and thank you, Paul. And now the waiting game starts again, when is series 2 ready to be broadcast abroad…


    1. Paul Hirons says:

      Lots of great stuff to come next year Seija! It’s just a shame we have to wait.


    2. Charlotte Carling says:

      Hej Seija,

      In order to be competitive with payed for streaming services, the Nordic public service channels have recently made a joint commitment of minimum yearly drama production and better terms for keeping each other’s productions available for longer online. Let’s hope that also translates to quick premiers.

      At least while we wait there’s another Bridge to cross and some more Beck to be had. I’ve also got my eye on Tobias Santelmann in Grenseland which is about to start in Norway. Teaser here:



  2. PKCox says:

    Thanks for he clip, Charlotte, and the “Trapped” news. What does “Grenseland” translate to? That music is very foreboding.


    1. Charlotte Carling says:

      Happy to spread news of the Nordic goods :)

      Grenseland means borderland and I assume it’s where this copper is morally. Here is the storyline from imdb: To protect his family, police detective Nikolai covers up a murder case. But when his co-investigator Anniken suspects foul play, he is trapped in a dangerous game on duty, blurring the line between right and wrong.

      And here is another little clip that I just saw: They talk about it being difficult to witness against a colleague but Nikolaj goes “He’s not a colleague, he’s a killer.”

      Ominous music, of course, but I guess there will be fewer swords and axes than when we last saw Santelmann. More’s the pity, he’s my favourite viking from The Last Kingdom. Nevertheless, I have a very good feeling about this one.


      1. PKCox says:

        Thank you for the second clip, Charlotte, and the translation. This really looks good, and I hope it makes it over here. So we have a Borderland and a Hinterland, and both look well filmed. Fascinating concept too.


  3. Reblogged this on Nordic Noir and commented:
    Great news about Trapped!


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