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9 Best Icelandic TV series & movies on Netflix (2021)

9 Best Icelandic TV series & movies on Netflix (2021)

Netflix has some excellent Scandinavian shows that are worth binge-watching. We absolutely love Icelandic TV shows and dramas (and also the scenery which sometimes does steal the limelight). If you’re planning to visit Iceland, these shows will provide inspiration for some of the must-visit places!

In this article, you will find the best Icelandic TV series and movies available on Netflix including information about where in Iceland they were made.

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Best Icelandic TV series on Netflix

Katla

Year of release – 2021

Number of seasons – 1

Number of episodes

Genre – Mystery thriller, Supernatural

Synopsis – An underground volcano that has been erupting for over a year starts to affect a local community in ways they could not predict when naked people start to emerge covered in ash. This is all the more horrifying when people who have been missing or died start to appear.

The series explores the impacts of loss and grieving.

Starring? Guðrún Ýr Eyfjörð, Íris Tanja Flygenring, Ingvar Sigurðsson, and Sólveig Arnarsdóttir.

Where was it filmed in Iceland? It was filmed in Vík in Iceland

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Many Icelandic TV series are filmed in Vik Iceland.

Fortitude

Year of release – 2015

Number of seasons – 3

Number of episodes – 26

Genre – A horror thriller

Synopsis – The series is set in the fictional Arctic Norwegian settlement of Fortitude. The show presents a small community that is rocked by a savage murder. The Sheriff is forced to make his town safe again, but he has no idea what lies ahead. As more people die, it becomes apparent that the town has seemingly been infiltrated by a savage predator.

This is an interesting horror thriller show with Nordic Noir elements.

Starring? Dennis Quaid, Richard Dormer and Christopher Eccleston.

Where was it filmed in Iceland? It was filmed in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland.

Reyðarfjörður, Iceland.

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Trapped (Ófærð)

Year of release – 2015

Number of seasons – 2

Number of episodes – 20

Genre – A crime drama series.

Synopsis – In season one the body of a murder victim appears just as a major snowstorm is about the hit. Police officers Högni (Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson) and Árni (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), Polar Patrol, uncover how the body ended up there as a storm rages around them.

In season two the crime thriller follows an investigation into a young girl’s disappearance and how it connects to a series of murders around the town.

Starring? – Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Ingvar E. Sigurðsson

Where was it filmed in Iceland? Season one was filmed predominantly on location around Egilsstaðir and Höfn – including the Mývatn area. Season two was filmed in Reyðarfjörður.

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Egilsstaðir in Iceland.

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Entrapped (Ófærð – Eftir Ást)

Year of release – 2017

Number of seasons – 1

Number of episodes – 6

Genre – A crime drama series.

Synopsis – The series follows a serial killer, who leaves victims in an unusual manner: he locks them into specially adapted rooms filled with water, and they need to find ways to escape before they drown.

Starring? – Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson

Where was it filmed in Iceland? Filmed on location around Reyðarfjörður and Akureyri.

Click to watch on Netflix

Akureyri in Iceland.

The Valhalla Murders (Brot)

Year of release – 2016

Number of seasons – 1

Number of episodes – 6

Genre – A crime thriller.

Synopsis – A detective embarks upon a blood-soaked mission to solve the disappearance of his wife and son in this dark Icelandic mystery series, following six all-new mysteries set during the final days leading up to Yule, the day when spirits roam the world of the living.

Starring? – Georgina Haig, Elliot Cowan and Hugo Petterson

Where was it filmed in Iceland? – The first two episodes were set and filmed on location at various areas around Iceland while the remaining four are shot in stages at Pinewood Studios in Reyðarfjörður.

Click to watch on Netflix

Reyðarfjörður in Iceland.

Case

Year of release – 2015

Number of seasons – 1

Number of episodes – 9

Genre – An award-winning Icelandic crime drama that is best described as a Nordic Noir.

Synopsis – The series is about a chief detective investigating the murder of a young woman. As he delves into the case, his own life begins to unravel.

Starring? – Þorsteinn Bachmann and Helgi Björnsson

Where was it filmed in Iceland? – The series was mainly shot in southeast Iceland, including Hveragerði, Selfoss and around Reykjanes peninsula. Some scenes were also shot in Reykjavik.

Click to watch Case on Netflix

Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland.

Out of thin air

Year of release – 2017

Number of seasons – 1

Number of episodes – 8

Genre – A true crime mini-series.

Synopsis – This documentary series explores the unsolved murder of two drug dealers, in Iceland’s most notorious prison, Litla Hraun. The story is told, for the first time by inmates and prison guards and is still one of Iceland’s most controversial cases.

Where was it filmed in Iceland? – The shooting locations are mainly near Hólmur and Reyðarfjörður, West Iceland.

Click to watch on Netflix

Reyðarfjörður in Iceland.

And Breathe Normally

Year of release – 2018

Genre – Drama

Synopsis – An Icelandic couple have to decide how far they will go when faced with an impossible dilemma: to save the lives of their young children, should they use every means at their disposal? Or are there moral limits that even parents shouldn’t cross? This searingly honest portrayal was written and directed by Ísold Uggadóttir whose own experiences as a parent inspired this deeply personal story.

Starring – Kristín Thóra Haraldsdóttir (Breathe), Björn Hur Haraldsson (Breathe), Sóley Huld Sigurðardóttir, Steinn Ármann Magnússon, Hlynur Pálmason

Where was it filmed in Iceland? – It was shot on location around Reykjavik.

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Reykjavik in Iceland.

Heartstone

Year of release – 2016

Genre – Drama

Synopsis – In a remote Icelandic farming valley, two orphaned boys vie for the affection of their beautiful foster mother while struggling to come to terms with their own parents’ abandonment and betrayal.

Starring – Steinþór Hróar Steinþórsson (Heartstone), Jóhannes Haukur Jónsson (Reykjavik-Rotterdam), Sævar Ásgeirsson (Brennuflöt).

Where was it filmed in Iceland? – The movie was filmed on location in Skagafjörður

Click to watch on Amazon Prime

Skagafjörður in Iceland.

More to watch from around the world

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