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Finding Fortitude

In the thriller Fortitude, gruesome things happen in a small Arctic town. It’s supposed to be located on Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago about halfway between the mainland and the North Pole, but is actually filmed in east Iceland.

Partly thanks to spectacular cameos in Game of Thrones and Star Wars, this vast Nordic country with a tiny population of 333,140 has enjoyed a huge influx of tourists in the past five years. Yet very few make it to the remote east, especially in winter, when the temperature drops well below zero, the sun disappears and the mountains are often blanketed in snow. 

See more in The Radio Times. 


East Iceland

Towns & Villages

Each town in East Iceland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages the influence of North European neighbours is obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Fljótsdalshérað Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur