Spotlight on Norway

Norway draws in blockbusters with a 25% incentive, skilled crew and diverse and stunning scenery at every turn. 

By Chris Evans 14 Dec 2021

Spotlight on Norway
BBC and See-Saw Films' The North Water

Norway has proven extremely popular as a filming location for big productions, including Marvel’s Black Widow, Warner Bros’ Dune and Tenet, and Eon Productions’ Bond film No Time To Die, thanks to its great locations, 25% tax incentive rebate and hard-working crew.

Even during Covid, Paramount’s Mission: Impossible 7 managed to shoot in western Norway, with the production chartering two cruise ships to house cast and crew. Mission: Impossible 8 is expected to return to the country.

Netflix is also active in Norway with productions including Ragnarok, Post Mortem: No One Dies In Skarnes and, more recently, Roar Uthaug’s action feature Troll, with local partners Motion Blur.

“Norway is very busy. There’s a lot of international projects in the pipeline,” says Per Henry Borch, executive producer of Truenorth, one of the country’s leading production service providers.

New film commissioner Meghan Beaton insists Norway has been ahead of the Covid curve, being one of the first to accept UK vaccine passports. “We’re already rigged to distance, we’ve such big amounts of space here,” she says.

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“There are so many different places you could shoot in Norway — mountainous landscapes, North Sea coasts, Arctic wildernesses and pretty cities,” says Matt Spooner, production safety supervisor for the Mission: Impossible films.


This small city north of Oslo hosted No Time To Die on its frozen lake for the opening sequence and a driving scene on the Atlantic Ocean Road.

Barbara Broccoli, producer of No Time To Die “I take my hat off to all the support we got in Norway and to the highly skilled film workers.”


This archipelago, which recently hosted BBC series The North Water, is known for its glaciers and tundra where you can see the Northern Lights in winter, while summer brings 24-hour sunlight.

Colin Farrell, star of The North Water “I felt the vastness, beauty and the power of nature like never before.”


This 500-metre peninsular in the Nordfjord district, overlooked by Tarvaldsegga peak, doubled for a planet in Dune.

The location has been nominated for European Location of the Year in the European Film Commission Network (EUFCN) Location Award 2021

This feature is a condensed version of the Norway profile due to appear in our forthcoming issue of the Production Guide.

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