Trapped (Icelandic TV series)

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Also known asÓfærð
Created byBaltasar Kormákur
Developed by
Written by
Directed by
  • Baltasar Kormákur
  • Baldvin Zophoníasson
  • Börkur Sigthorsson
  • Óskar Thor Axelsson
Country of origin Iceland
Original language(s)
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Sigurjón Kjartansson
  • Magnus V. Sigurdsson
  • Baltasar Kormákur
Production location(s)
CinematographyBergsteinn Björgúlfsson
Editor(s)Sigvaldi J. Kárason
Running time50 minutes (approx.)
Production company(s)RVK Studios
DistributorDynamic Television
Original networkRÚV
Picture format16:9 (1080i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 December 2015 (2015-12-27) –
External links

Trapped (Icelandic: Ófærð) is an Icelandic television mystery drama series, created by Baltasar Kormákur and produced by RVK Studios. Broadcast in Iceland on RÚV started on 27 December 2015.[1] Co-written by Sigurjón Kjartansson and Clive Bradley, the first series of ten episodes follows Andri Olafsson (Ólafur Darri Ólafsson), the chief of police in a remote town in Iceland, solving the murder of a former townsman whose mutilated corpse is recovered by fishermen. The series was directed by Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Óskar Thor Axelsson and Börkur Sigthorsson.

Golden Globe winner Jóhann Jóhannsson composed the music. Sigurjón Kjartansson acted as executive producer, alongside Kormákur and Magnus V. Sigurdsson as producers. Dagblaðið Vísir reported on 2 May 2015 that Trapped is the most expensive television series ever made in Iceland, with overall costs estimated to be about 1,000,000,000 kr (€6,500,000). Before this, most Icelandic television series rarely exceeded production costs of 100–200,000,000 kr.[2] RVK Studios provided most of the funding, while Creative Europe also supported the project with 75,000,000 kr. Filming for the first series took place in Siglufjörður, Seyðisfjörður and Reykjavík between December 2014 and May 2015.[2][3][4]

The series received its worldwide premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 20 September 2015. It has since been sold to numerous broadcasters across the world, including the BBC, which began screening it in the United Kingdom on BBC Four on 13 February 2016.[5] The Weinstein Company purchased the US distribution rights.[6]

In September 2016, RÚV announced that a ten-episode second series had been commissioned for broadcast in late 2018 featuring the same lead characters.[7] Principal photography for the second series began in October 2017 in Siglufjörður. The first episode was premiered on RÚV on 26 December 2018,[8] and broadcast on BBC Four during February/March 2019, with two episodes being shown back-to-back.

As of December 2018, early work on a third series was already under way.[9]



Series 1 (2016)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [10]
1"Episode 1"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 February 2016 (2016-02-13)1.27
Hjörtur and his girlfriend Dagný have created a secret hideaway in an abandoned factory, where they come to drink, smoke and have sex. When Hjörtur goes downstairs, he discovers that a fire has broken out. He desperately tries but fails to rescue Dagný from the flames. Seven years later, a mutilated torso is caught in fishing nets just off the local harbour, shortly before the arrival of the ferry from Hirtshals in Denmark. Andri, the town's chief of police, starts the investigation with his staff of two junior officers, Hinrika and Ásgeir, while a blizzard sets in, preventing detectives from Reykjavík from reaching the town. The discovery of the torso is initially linked to someone aboard the ferry. Andri therefore orders that no-one may leave the vessel, pending the arrival of the investigation team from Reykjavík. However, the passengers, frustrated by the delay in disembarkation, are eventually allowed off the ship after ferry captain Søren Carlsen shuts down the heating system in the hope of avoiding a police investigation on board. Jonas Malakauskas, a Lithuanian criminal involved in human trafficking, manages to escape from the ferry driving a campervan, where he has imprisoned Joy, a Nigerian girl, and her younger sister Nishadi. Jonas crashes the vehicle and flees on foot, but is quickly captured.
2"Episode 2"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson13 February 2016 (2016-02-13)1.12
Joy and Nishadi find refuge at Hinrika's home. Local officials, led by former police chief Hrafn Eysteinsson and politician Friðrik Davíðsson, try to tempt the locals to sell their land with a view to Chinese investment in the port, but are met by strong opposition from Guðmundur, an old fisherman and hunter. Meanwhile, the torso is stolen from the fish factory where it was being stored, and Jonas escapes from a police cell, but is found dead after crashing a stolen police car.
3"Episode 3"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Ólafur Egilsson20 February 2016 (2016-02-20)0.97
After a photo of the torso is posted on Twitter, Hjörtur is arrested. He admits to posting the tweet, but denies stealing the body, and is later released when a further body part is found in the harbour together with a receipt which shows that the dead man was never on the ferry.
4"Episode 4"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson20 February 2016 (2016-02-20)0.92
The police determine the identity of the dead man. Guðmundur warns Hrafn about the likelihood of an avalanche and sets off with dynamite to try to draw the snow down safely. His son, Sigurður, tries to stop him, and Andri follows, but the charge, though initially successful, sets off a second avalanche which engulfs all three men.
5"Episode 5"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Ólafur Egilsson27 February 2016 (2016-02-27)0.97
Guðmundur dies of heart failure while locals attempt a rescue, and the avalanche results in the temporary loss of power to the community. Hinrika, cut off by the weather, goes to the house of Rögnvaldur, a disabled man who spends much of his time observing others through a telescope. He tells her that he has seen Hrafn beating his wife. Later, Hrafn is burned to death in his garden shed, with the door locked from the outside.
6"Episode 6"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson27 February 2016 (2016-02-27)0.93
Hinrika questions Hrafn's wife, Kolbrún, who admits she did not get on with her husband. Ásgeir comes across a camera containing a short film of Sigurður quarrelling with a man named Geirmundur, who is believed to be the murder victim. When Andri tries to question Sigurður, he runs away. Andri follows him to his boat in the harbour, where he finds the missing torso in the hold.
7"Episode 7"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)1.09
Sigurður, apparently in a catatonic state, offers no explanation. The weather, having cleared sufficiently for the detective team to arrive from Reykjavik, sees the investigation taken over by Trausti, a former colleague of Andri's. Ignoring Andri's request for Sigurður to be seen by a doctor, Trausti forces a confession and announces he has solved the murders. Sigurður is taken to Reykjavik by helicopter, but suddenly opens the emergency exit mid flight and jumps to his death. When Andri writes a report for his superiors, highlighting the errors made during Trausti's investigation, Ásgeir leaks the contents to a journalist, resulting in an inquiry, to be led by Andri. Meanwhile, Hinrika continues the investigation into the human trafficking operation, and Captain Carlsen is arrested.
8"Episode 8"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)1.08
Confidence wanes in the Reykjavik police's conclusions, and Andri is given the reins over the murder investigations. The ferry captain reveals that he is being controlled by the Faroese "engineer", and the agrees to cooperate with Andri provided that his family in Denmark receives police protection. The engineer is captured, and warns Andri that the murders are nothing to do with him, implying that there are bigger criminals operating in the town. It becomes apparent that Guðni, the hotel manager, is acquainted with the engineer and involved in the trafficking. However, Andri is shocked at the chance discovery that his father-in-law, Eirikur, has in his possession the key to Hrafn's shed padlock, evidently tying him to the murder.
9"Episode 9"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)1.11
On being confronted with the evidence, Eirikur confesses to having set fire to the shed when he realised that Hrafn and his colleagues had conspired to cause the fire in which his daughter Dagný died so that they could claim the insurance payout. Andri and Hinrika learn from Rögnvaldur that Geirmundur had a car, and they eventually find it, leading to the discovery that Geirmundur was the absent father of Maggi, who is the grandchild of Leifur, the proprietor of the fish factory.
10"Episode 10"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)1.05
Andri deduces that seven years earlier, Geirmundur had raped Maria, but in exchange for not pressing charges Hrafn made a deal with Geirmundur to burn down the fish factory and leave town. Andri coaxes Maggi's mother, Maria, into confessing that she killed Geirmundur in self-defence after he returned to town looking for Maggi, broke into her home, and attacked her. Leifur and his conspirators in the factory fire, including Hrafn, Guðni, and Sigurður, covered up the death and disposed of the body. Guðni, cornered in the fish factory, tries to escape by threatening Andri and Leifur with a gun and locking them in the deep freeze. He shoots Ásgeir, who has come to assist, and threatens to harm Maggi if Hinrika does not allow him to go free. Andri escapes from the freezer, and he and Hinrika arrest Guðni. Agnes leaves town with her boyfriend, her daughters, and her mother, leaving Andri behind alone. The stranded ferry casts off with a new captain, and departs the fjord.

Series 2 (2019)[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"Episode 1"Baltasar KormákurClive Bradley & Sigurjón Kjartansson16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)1.31
12"Episode 2"Börkur SigþórssonClive Bradley16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)1.12
13"Episode 3"Börkur SigþórssonMargrét Örnólfsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley23 February 2019 (2019-02-23)1.04
14"Episode 4"Ugla HauksdóttirSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley23 February 2019 (2019-02-23)0.97
15"Episode 5"Börkur SigþórssonClive Bradley2 March 2019 (2019-03-02)0.94
16"Episode 6"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley2 March 2019 (2019-03-02)0.95
17"Episode 7"Ugla HauksdóttirHolly Phillips, Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley9 March 2019 (2019-03-09)0.91
18"Episode 8"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley9 March 2019 (2019-03-09)0.91
19"Episode 9"Óskar Thór AxelssonClive Bradley16 March 2019 (2019-03-16)N/A
20"Episode 10"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley16 March 2019 (2019-03-16)N/A


Recurring characters from the first series include:[11]

  • Andri Olafsson, now with the Reykjavik police
  • Hinrika, now chief of police
  • Ásgeir, police officer
  • Agnes Eiríksdóttir, Andri's ex-wife
  • Hjörtur, now employed as a supervisor at a local factory
  • Þórhildur, Andri and Agnes's older daughter
  • Perla, Andri and Agnes's younger daughter
  • Laufey Eiríksdóttir, Agnes's sister
  • Kolbrún, widow of the former mayor
  • Trausti Einarssson, chief of the Reykjavik Bureau of Investigation
  • Guðjón Pedersen as Bárður, Hinrika's partner


The first episode received its worldwide premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 20 September 2015, as part of the festival's new Primetime platform of selected television projects.[12] The first series began broadcasting on RÚV in Iceland on 27 December 2015, and broadcasting rights have since been sold to several countries. The series commenced on NRK1 in Norway on 18 January 2016, under the title Innesperret, and on Yle Fem in Finland on 2 February under the titles Fångade (Swedish) and Loukussa (Finnish).[13][14] The series first aired on BBC Four in the United Kingdom on 13 February and on RTÉ2 in Ireland on 21 February under the title Trapped.[15][16][17]

The series has also aired on France 2 in France, and on ZDF in Germany. In Australia, SBS on Demand released the entire first season for streaming on 16 June 2016, followed by a televisual broadcast on SBS One on 30 November 2016.[18] In Poland, Ale Kino+ began broadcasting the series on 7 September 2016, airing two episodes per week, back-to-back.[19] In Denmark, DR2 began broadcasting the series on 30 November 2016, airing two episodes per week, back-to-back, under the title Fanget.[20]

In the United States, Viceland began broadcasting the series on 19 February 2017. In Belgium, Canvas began broadcasting the series on 11 March 2017. In Portugal, RTP2 began broadcasting the series under the title Encurralados on 13 October 2017. In the Czech Republic, ČT2 began broadcasting the series under the title V Pasti on 12 January 2018.[21] In Italy, TIMvision made the entire first series available on demand from 5 February 2018.


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