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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.

Also known asÓfærð
Created byBaltasar Kormákur
Developed by
Written by
Directed by
  • Baltasar Kormákur
  • Baldvin Zophoníasson
  • Börkur Sigthorsson
  • Óskar Thor Axelsson
Country of originIceland
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) –
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Golden Globe winner Jóhann Jóhannsson with Hildur Gudnadóttir & Ruther Hoedemaekers 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 ISK (€6,500,000 EUR). Before this, most Icelandic television series rarely exceeded production costs of 100–200,000,000 ISK.[2] RVK Studios provided most of the funding, while Creative Europe also supported the project with 75,000,000 ISK. 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"Þáttur 1 (Episode 1)"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 February 2016 (2016-02-13)1.27
2"Þáttur 2 (Episode 2)"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson13 February 2016 (2016-02-13)1.12
3"Þáttur 3 (Episode 3)"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Ólafur Egilsson20 February 2016 (2016-02-20)0.97
4"Þáttur 4 (Episode 4)"Baldvin ZophoníassonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson20 February 2016 (2016-02-20)0.92
5"Þáttur 5 (Episode 5)"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Ólafur Egilsson27 February 2016 (2016-02-27)0.97
6"Þáttur 6 (Episode 6)"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson27 February 2016 (2016-02-27)0.93
7"Þáttur 7 (Episode 7)"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)1.09
8"Þáttur 8 (Episode 8)"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson, Clive Bradley, Ólafur Egilsson & Jóhann Ævar Grímsson6 March 2016 (2016-03-06)1.08
9"Þáttur 9 (Episode 9)"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)1.11
10"Þáttur 10 (Episode 10)"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley13 March 2016 (2016-03-13)1.05

Series 2 (2019)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUK viewers
11"Þáttur 1 (Episode 1)"Baltasar KormákurClive Bradley & Sigurjón Kjartansson16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)1.31
12"Þáttur 2 (Episode 2)"Börkur SigþórssonClive Bradley16 February 2019 (2019-02-16)1.12
13"Þáttur 3 (Episode 3)"Börkur SigþórssonMargrét Örnólfsdóttir, Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley23 February 2019 (2019-02-23)1.04
14"Þáttur 4 (Episode 4)"Ugla HauksdóttirSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley23 February 2019 (2019-02-23)0.99
15"Þáttur 5 (Episode 5)"Börkur SigþórssonClive Bradley2 March 2019 (2019-03-02)0.94
16"Þáttur 6 (Episode 6)"Börkur SigþórssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley2 March 2019 (2019-03-02)0.95
17"Þáttur 7 (Episode 7)"Ugla HauksdóttirHolly Phillips, Sigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley9 March 2019 (2019-03-09)0.91
18"Þáttur 8 (Episode 8)"Óskar Thór AxelssonSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley9 March 2019 (2019-03-09)0.91
19"Þáttur 9 (Episode 9)"Óskar Thór AxelssonClive Bradley16 March 2019 (2019-03-16)0.86
20"Þáttur 10 (Episode 10)"Baltasar KormákurSigurjón Kjartansson & Clive Bradley16 March 2019 (2019-03-16)0.86


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 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 first series available on demand from 5 February 2018.


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  2. ^ a b Gylfason, Atli Már (5 May 2015). "Dýrasta sería Íslandssögunnar" [The most expensive series in Icelandic history]. DV (in Icelandic). Archived from the original on 5 February 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  3. ^ "Tökur á "Ófærð" hafnar á Siglufirði" ["Trapped" filming in Siglufjörður harbor]. Klapptré (in Icelandic). 24 January 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  4. ^ Bjarnar, Jakob (24 January 2015). "Baltasar leggur Siglufjörð undir sig". Vísir (in Icelandic). Retrieved 14 September 2015.
  5. ^ "Trapped: Episode 1, series 1". BBC Four. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  6. ^ Dalton, Stephen (18 September 2015). "Trapped': TIFF Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  7. ^ Roxborough, Scott (14 September 2016). "Icelandic Crime Series 'Trapped' Gets Second Season". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Landsmenn tísta um Ófærð 2". Morgunblaðið (in Icelandic). 26 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  9. ^ "Work on Trapped Season Three Already Underway". Iceland Review. 18 December 2018. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Weekly Top 30 Programmes". BARB. 19 May 2013. Retrieved 26 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Kormákur brings more women aboard Trapped 2". Nordisk FIlm & TV Fond. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  12. ^ Travers, Ben (13 August 2015). "TIFF's First-Ever TV Lineup Includes Jason Reitman's 'Casual' and 'Heroes Reborn'". IndieWire. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  13. ^ "Se Innesperret". NRK TV. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Jakso 2 | Loukussa". Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Trapped ***New Series***". Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 28 February 2016. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  16. ^ "BBC Four announces brand new drama acquisition, Trapped". BBC. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  17. ^ Keslassy, Elsa (1 February 2015). "Baltasar Kormakur's Icelandic Crimer 'Trapped' Set to Travel Abroad". Variety. Retrieved 14 August 2015.
  18. ^ Knox, David (31 May 2016). "SBS On Demand: Trapped". TV Tonight. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Trapped – Serial kryminalny". Ale Kino+. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Fanget". DR2. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  21. ^ "V Pasti". Česká televize (in Czech). Retrieved 2 January 2019.

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