TV series TRAPPED breaks records in Iceland

The first episode of the Icelandic crime series Trapped launched in Iceland late last year with a bang after having a 50% rating and 90% share (or around 132,000 people watching), making it the strongest premiere for any television series in Icelandic history.

Trapped is a new series created by Baltasar Kormakur, and follows the story of a troubled police officer investigating a grisly murder in a small Icelandic fjord town. A blizzard strikes the town, leaving the villagers confined with the likely killer. The series stars Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Illmur Kristjansdottir and Ingvar E. Sigurdsson,


The second episode continued the strong audience numbers, with a 55% rating and a 91% share (or 141,000 people watching), figures that are remarkable for a country with 329,000 people.

The series will soon begin its international roll out, and here are the launch dates for around the world:

  • Norway: January 11
  • France: February
  • Sweden and Denmark: March
  • Germany: Autumn

The UK and the US have acquired rights to air the series (in fact it’s the first deal for an Icelandic TV show in the US), but no release dates have been set.

Kormákur created the premise for the show, which is written by Clive Bradley and Sigurjon Kjartansson. Kormákur directed two of the series’ ten 60-minute episodes and serves as a producer along with RVK Studios’ Magnus Viðar Sigurdsson.

Trapped first screened in Toronto’s new Primetime strand, and will also be part of the Goteborg International Film Festival’s new TV section next February.



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.