The Norwegian city of Bergen has seen a rise in international productions shooting in the area, thanks to Norway’s new film incentive, regional funds, and Bergen’s cultural heritage and natural beauty.

The BBC crime drama Shetland has been shooting in and around Bergen using a local crew. The series stars Douglas Henshall as detective inspector Jimmy Perez and Alison O’Donnell as detective sergeant Alison MacIntosh. The series received backing from Norway’s new 25% cash rebate via the film incentive. It also received funding from Zefyr, the second largest regional fund for audiovisual production in the Nordic region.

Also shooting in Bergen is Berlin Station, with tw0 hundred locals in front of and behind the camera. This espionage drama stars Richard Armitage, Leland Orser, Richard Jenkin’s, and is produced by Paramount Television. Icelandic production company Truenorth is the local partner. Truenorth is also prepping a shoot at the iconic Pulpit Rock for Mission Impossible 6.

The German television series Das Traumschiff, by ZDF, is also shooting around Bergen and the fjords of Møre & Romsdal and Sogn & Fjordane. The film series follows a cruise ship (fitting since Bergen is the largest cruise port in Norway) and its characters travel to all parts of the world. Since its debut in 1981, it has become one of the most-watched television shows in Germany.

Lastly, the Tollywood film Balakrishnudu shot in Bergen and Western Norway. The Indian film stars Rohith Nara and Regina Cassandra.

Info: Western Norway Film Commission

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.