Trapped (Icelandic TV series)

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Also known as Ófærð
Genre Mystery, Thriller
Created by Baltasar Kormákur
Developed by Baltasar Kormákur, Sigurjón Kjartansson
Written by Sigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley
Directed by Baltasar Kormákur, Baldvin Z, Börkur Sigthorsson, Óskar Thor Axelsson
Composer(s) Jóhann Jóhannsson, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Country of origin  Iceland
Original language(s) Icelandic (with portions in Danish and English)
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Sigurjón Kjartansson
  • Magnus V. Sigurdsson
  • Baltasar Kormákur
Production location(s) Siglufjörður, Iceland, Seyðisfjörður, Iceland, Reykjavík, Iceland
Running time 52 min
Production company(s) RVK Studios
Distributor Dynamic Television
Original network RÚV
Picture format 16:9 HD
Original release December 27, 2015 (2015-12-27) – present
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Trapped (Icelandic: Ófærð) is an Icelandic mystery television series created by Baltasar Kormákur and produced by RVK Studios.

After its first screening at the Toronto International Film Festival on 20 September 2015, it was first broadcast on RÚV on 27 December. It has since been sold to numerous broadcasters across the world, including the BBC, which began screening it on 13 February 2016. The Weinstein Company purchased the US distribution rights.[1]

In September 2016, RÚV announced that a second 10-episode season had been commissioned for release in late 2018, to feature the same lead characters facing "an even more complex and challenging murder case".[2]


Series 1 is set in an unnamed, remote town in Iceland. In an introductory scene, Hjörtur and his girlfriend Dagný speed on a motorbike towards an abandoned factory, where they have created a secret hideaway, 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.[3] 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. The girls find refuge at Hinrika's home.

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. After a photo of the torso is posted on Twitter, Hjörtur – one of the ferry's passengers – 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.

Local officials, led by former police chief Hrafn Eysteinsson and politician Friðrik Davíðsson, are trying to tempt the locals to sell their land with a view to Chinese investment in the port, which is met by strong opposition from Guðmundur, an old fisherman and hunter. 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. 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, when Hrafn is burned to death in his garden shed, with the door locked from the outside, Hinrika questions his widow, 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.[4] When the police try to question Sigurður, he runs away. They follow him to his boat in the harbour, where they find the missing torso in the hold. Sigurður, apparently in a catatonic state, offers no explanation.

The weather having cleared sufficiently for the detective team to arrive from Reykjavik, the investigation is 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 to be taken to Reykjavik by helicopter, but suddenly opens the emergency exit and jumps to his death. 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 enquiry, to be led by Andri.

In the meantime, Hinrika continues the investigation of the human trafficking operation, and Captain Carlsen is arrested. A crew member reveals that the Faroese "engineer" is in fact controlling the captain, and the captain 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. 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. 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.



RVK Studios is the production company behind the series. The executive producer and screenwriter is Sigurjón Kjartansson and the series is produced by Baltasar Kormákur and Magnus V. Sigurdsson. The plot is based on an original idea by Baltasar Kormákur who also directed episodes 1 and 10. The remaining episodes were directed by Baldvin Z (2, 3, and 4), Óskar Thor Axelsson (5, 7, and 8), and Börkur Sigthorsson (6 and 9). Golden Globe winner Jóhann Jóhannsson composed the music for the series.

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.[5] Creative Europe also supported the project with 75,000,000 kr.

The series' 10 episodes were mainly filmed in Siglufjörður between January and May 2015, with some scenes also filmed in Reykjavík in December 2014.[5][6][7]


The first episode was screened at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival on 20 September, as part of the festival's new Primetime platform of selected television projects.[8]

Trapped was first aired on RÚV on 27 December 2015, and broadcasting rights have since been sold to several countries. It first aired on NRK1 in Norway on 18 January 2016 with the title Innesperret, and on Yle Fem in Finland on 2 February with the titles Fångade (Swedish) and Loukussa (Finnish).[9][10]

It first aired on BBC Four in the United Kingdom on 13 February and on RTÉ2 in Ireland on 21 February, both with the title Trapped.[11][12][13]

The show has also aired on France 2 in France, and on ZDF in Germany.

In Australia, the SBS On Demand online streaming service released the full first season of Trapped on 16 June 2016.[14] Episodes started airing on SBS One on 30 November 2016.

In Poland, Ale Kino+ began airing the series in double episodes on 7 September 2016.[15]

In Denmark, DR2 began airing the series in double episodes on 30 November 2016, using the title Fanget.[16]

In the United States, Viceland began airing the series on 19 February 2017.

In Belgium, Canvas began airing the series (as Trapped) on 11 March 2017.

In Portugal, RTP2 began airing the series (as Encurralados) on 13 October 2017.

In Czech republic, ČT2 began airing the series (as V pasti) on 12 January 2018.[17]

In Italy, the series is available on TIMvision since 5 February 2018 (as Trapped).

Series 2[edit]

In October 2017 principal photography of series 2 began in Siglufjörður, Iceland. It is set to premier on RUV in Iceland by the fall of 2018.


  1. ^ "'Trapped': TIFF Review", 18 September 2015
  2. ^ "Icelandic Crime Series 'Trapped' Gets Second Season", Hollywood Reporter, 14 September 2016. Accessed 15 September 2016
  3. ^ "Trapped review: stuck in a stormy, moody fjord with a killer on the loose? Yes please", The Guardian, 15 February 2016. Accessed 21 February 2016
  4. ^ BBC Four: Trapped - Who was Geirmundur Jonsson? Geirmundur is thought to have had a feud with Hrafn. Accessed 11 March 2016
  5. ^ a b Atli Már Gylfason (May 5, 2015). "Dýrasta sería Íslandssögunnar: Sjáðu stikluna". DV (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on February 5, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tökur á "Ófærð" hafnar á Siglufirði". Klapptré (in Icelandic). January 24, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  7. ^ Jakob Bjarnar (January 24, 2015). "Baltasar leggur Siglufjörð undir sig". Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved September 14, 2015. 
  8. ^ "TIFF's First-Ever TV Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Casual' and 'Heroes Reborn'". Indiewire, August 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "NRK TV – Se Innesperret". NRK TV. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Jakso 2 | Loukussa". Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  11. ^ "TRAPPED ***NEW SERIES*** | RTÉ Presspack". Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  12. ^ "BBC Four announces brand new drama acquisition, Trapped". April 27, 2015. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  13. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (February 1, 2015). "Baltasar Kormakur's Icelandic Crimer 'Trapped' Set to Travel Abroad (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2015. 
  14. ^ Knox, David (May 31, 2016). "SBS On Demand: Trapped". TV Tonight. Retrieved July 25, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Ale kino+ Trapped - Serial kryminalny". Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  16. ^ "DR2 fanget". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
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