Scandinavian film locations: Norway



More films and programs shot in Norway

  • Lillehammer – for The TV series – Lilyhammer
  • Juvet Landskapshotel – the Film Ex-Macina
  • Bergen – for several films including Golden Compass
  • Trolltunga – Many Indian movies
  • Målselv – Popular for several international films
  • Hammerfest – the German film “Genade”
  • Lom – for the film “Into the white”
  • Finse – “Star Wars”

For an up to date list, head to www.norwegianfilm.com


  • Oslo, 31 August: Directed by Joachim Trier, this film follows recovering drug addict Anders as he wanders the Norwegian capital, realising all that he has missed out on.
  • Hawaii, Oslo: Directed by Erik Poppe, Hawaii Oslo is a combination of several individual stories that intertwine through the Oslo streets during the hottest day in the year.
  • Headhunters: Jo Nesbø’s ‘Oslo series’ featured Harry Hole solving crime in the capital. However, his standalone novel Headhunters also takes place in Oslo. A definite must see for the ultra-modern, lavish side of the city.

Norwegian Slow Television

Slow television is a term used to describe a genre of live marathon television coverage of an ordinary event in its complete length. Between 2009 and 2013, NRK, Norway’s public broadcaster, has produced several slow television programs that have gained high ratings. Known as Sakte-tv, it was named the word of the year in Norway in 2013.

The television program that kicked off the genre (and is, in our opinion, the best one) was Bergensbanen – minutt for minutt. The television program covered a train journey from Bergen to Oslo along the Bergen Line. It aired on NRK2 on the 27th of November 2009 and was planned as part of the 100 year anniversary for the existence of the Bergen line. Eastimates for the broadcast show that the event was followed by an average of 176,000 viewers, and that 1,246,000 Norwegian viewers were watching the event at least once during the screentime. Following this success NRK also filmed the Flåm line in 2010 and the Bergen Light Rail in June 2010.

The footage was so popular that there was a competition that involved coming up with the most unique way to use the footage. The winning entry involved rigging the film up to a treadmill that would speed up/slow down depending on your walking speed.

We recommend you book the train journey and undertake it yourself. It’s definitely scenic and worth doing if in Norway. Tickets are reasonably priced (considering how expensive Norway is), and include free wifi and meals!

You can watch the film in its entirety on Youtube. Head to our website for a link.


Emma Vestrheim

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.