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Norway has some stunning locations for film-makers which is why Daniel Craig was there making his last Bond movie. Which lead us to thinking what else has been filmed there?

Apart from Danile, Tom Cruise. Matt Damon. Hailey Aitwell. Pom Klementieff. John David Washington, Michael Fassbender. Rebecca Ferguson. Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, have all been on location. Here’s some of the film locations you can discover in Norway. 

 

No Time to Die 

Originally scheduled for November 2020. The much-awaited James Bond’s “No Time to Die” is coming to the big screen in 2021. This will be the last Bond movie that will be featuring Daniel Craig as agent 007. In the trailer, we can see a girl running from a masked man on a frozen lake. The real life location is the quiet Langvann lake near Hakadal (Nittedal municipality) in the Akershus region, just north of Oslo.

The Atlantic Road in the Western part of Norway is one of the most beautiful roads in the world and provides another stunning location from Norway in ‘No Time to Die’.

Several other locations in Norway are rumoured to have made the final cut, like Lutvann lake in the Østmarka forest in Oslo and Rauma in the Western part of Norway. Guess we will just have to wait until the premiere…

 

Dune

Based on the sci-fi novel with the same name and directed by Denis Villeneuve, "Dune" will premiere at the end of 2020.In one of the first photos available from the production, Timothée Chalamet plays Paul Atreides and is seen walking on a beach on his home planet Caladan before he travels to Arrakis. The beautiful beach in the background is actually in Norway, more precisely on the west coast of the peninsula Stadlandet in the northwestern part of Nordfjord.

In addition to Stadlandet, a visit to nearby Vestkapp is also highly recommended. Although this is not the westernmost point of Norway as the name may suggest (that one is further south), its striking cape towers 500 metres above sea level.

Tenet

In cinemas just recently ( August 2020), Christopher Nolan’s new film “Tene”t starring John David Washington, as the protagonist who  has to save the entire world from collapse., while the laws of time bend. Enter one of the most impressive architectural pieces in Oslo: The Opera House. In the scene in which John David Washington and Robert Pattinson in the role of Neil are talking about an aeroplane accident, they are standing on the opera roof. The building has a futuristic architecture and a gleaming white marble facade. Apart from being the perfect film location for a Nolan film, it has served as the venue for the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet since 2008. The roof is freely accessible to visitors and offers a beautiful view of the city and the Oslofjord. When you visit the Bjørvika area, you should also take a look at the brand-new building right next to the opera: The Deichman Library opened in June 2020.

Ex Machina

In this science fiction thriller (2014), programmer Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) wins a stay in the private retreat of the mega rich company boss Nathan (Oscar Isaac), where Caleb has to carry out a Turing test of robot girl Ava (Alicia Vikander). A large part of this film takes place in a hi-tech property in Alaska. The mysterious setting in the middle of the untouched wilderness in the film is actually Juvet Landscape Hotel in Valldal, north of the Norddalsfjord, in the Western part of Norway, approx. a 90 minute drive from Ålesund.  This unique and isolated hotel is embedded in a breathtaking landscape with a fantastic view from the super-modern and individually designed chalets. This tranquil place is located between the UNESCO world heritage Geirangerfjord and the dramatic road and viewing point Trollstigen, and can be reached by driving the Norwegian Scenic Route Trollstigen.

 


The Snowman

In the Harry Hole crime novel series by bestselling Norwegian author Jo Nesbø, Oslo plays a major role and the city can almost be considered as an additional character. Jo Nesbø’s novels include many real places in Oslo, including Harry Hole’s apartment block in Sofies gate 5.

Parts of the film adaption of “The Snowman” (2017), starring Michael Fassbender as investigator Harry Hole, were of course also filmed in the Norwegian capital. The locations in Oslo include Restaurant Schrøder in Waldemar Thranes gate 8, the Fram Museum, the Henie Onstad art centre, the Oslo Spektrum Arena, the Holmenkollen ski jump, and the Oslo City Hall.

The Snowman was also filmed at the harbour and on Mount Ulriken in Bergen, on the famous Bergen Railway, in Rjukan (Telemark) and on the Atlantic Road, which is also a location in No Time to Die. Other locations in the Rjukan area are the town center, Rudsgrend and Hydro's facility at Vemork.

Downsizing

In this sci-fi comedy from 2017 starring Matt Damon and Christoph Waltz, the scenes filmed in Trollfjorden in Vesterålen (Northern Norway) are simply breathtaking. Trollfjorden is a small fjord compared to many other fjords in Norway, being only three kilometers long and 70 meters wide at the mouth.

The dramatic landcape here is unique, as the fjord penetrates deep into the 1000 meter high Trolltindan, and finishes in a dead end in the dark and dramatic Raftsundet. The narrow and magical Trollfjorden can be reached by Hurtigruten. The ship stops there every day on its way north and south, the exception being when it is too dark or when there is a risk of avalanche in the winter months.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout

Scared of heights? This is certainly not the case of secret agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), who hangs from a cliff in the battle scene at the end of “Mission: Impossible – Fallout”. The spectacular scene was filmed on Preikestolen, the famous Pulpit Rock in Western Norway, close to Stavanger, although in the movie it’s Kashmir that gets mentioned, as it sometimes happen in Hollywood.

Preikestolen is one of the most iconic attractions in Norway. The hike to the plateau takes about two hours. The reward is a magnificent view of the Lysefjord. Alternatively, you can admire Preikestolen from a boat departing from the port of Stavanger.

Mission: Impossible 7 (2021)

Tom Cruise enjoyed Norway so much last time around that he and the Mission: Impossible crew recently stayed for about one month in the Åndalsnes area to shoot some spectacular scenes of the seventh film of the Mission: Impossible series.

The Hollywood star (58) made headlines worldwide with some challenging film stunts while in Norway, while film director Christopher McQuarrie shared stunning pictures from Fjord Norway on his Instagram account during the production.

We certainly look forward to seeing spectacular scenes from Norway in the next Mission: Impossible movie.

Star Wars: The Empire strikes back

The original Star Wars trilogy has reached legendary status, as the Star Wars universe keeps growing and involving new generations of fans. The locations of the original trilogy have also become iconic. This also applies to the ice planet Hoth, on which the new secret base of the rebels is tracked down by the armed forces around Darth Vader in the fifth episode of the saga, “The Empire Strikes Back”.The scenes in which Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) have to fight both the cold and the Imperial All Terrain Armored Transports were filmed in Norway. More precisely, in and around the mountain village of Finse on the edge of the glacier Hardangerjøkulen in 1979.

During the worst blizzard in 100 years, Lucasfilm shot iconic scenes of Planet Hoth here. The feeling of being taken into a galaxy far, far away is even stronger when you get to Finse by train. Finse is the highest station on the entire Norwegian railway system. You can get to Finse by railway, walking or biking on the Rallarvegen.

The Bergen line is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world. You can continue the journey into spectacular natural sights by getting to Flåm with the Flåm railway.

Frozen and Frozen 2

It is a well-known fact that the producer or Frozen and Frozen 2, Peter del Vecho, went to Norway and found inspiration and background for the adventures of Anna (Kristin Bell), Elsa (Idinia Menzel), Olaf (Josh Gad), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and of course Sven and all the other characters in the movies.In Frozen (2013), the story takes place in Arendelle, a town inspired with elements from the Wharf in Bergen, the Akershus Fortress in Oslo , Stiftsgaarden in Trondheim, Norwegian stave churches, architecture, design, clothing, and of course the splendour of the Norwegian fjords – especially the Sognefjord and the village of Balestrand.

In Frozen 2 (2019), the heroes travel beyond Arendelle on new adventures to the far north to the Land of the Northern Lights, where they encounter the Sami people and culture, the beautiful mountain plateaus, magic forests and of course the family of Sven the reindeer.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Although most all of the magical world around the famous wizard Harry Potter is located in England and Wales, one of the scenes was actually filmed in Norway. The Rauma Railway between Bjorli and Åndalsnes Åndalsnes in Fjord Norway served as a backdrop for the train ride with Hogwarts Express through the snowy landscape in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (2009), the sixth instalment in the series.

By the way, the same railway is also being used in the newest Tom Cruise movie “Mission: Impossible 7". The scene in which Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) and Ron (Rupert Grint) are talking about the unbreakable curse of Snap was filmed inside a museum train owned by the Norwegian Railway Club. The Rauma Railway runs all year round and is a fantastic way of experiencing the beautiful and dramatic Rauma river and the majestic Romsdalstindene mountains leading down to Romsdalsfjorden.

Luxury link: www.visitnorway.com


Posted 23/10/2020
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