3 British films you didn’t know were filmed in Norway

Norway has long been known worldwide for its beautiful and attractive sightseeings as well as its mesmerizing nature.

The mix of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls, northern lights – makes it enchanting and favorable to its visitors.

Well, the unique characteristics of Norwegian nature have led to many movie directors to film particular scenes from their movies in Norway. This article will examine the 3 British films that you had no idea were actually filmed in Norway.


1. The Golden Compass

Based on the Philip Pullman’s trilogy His Dark Materials Golden Compass stars one of the most prominent actors and actresses in cinema such as Eva Green, Nicole Kidman, Ian McKellen, Daniel Craig.

The movie is about Lyra Belacqua, who is living in a parallel universe where the strict ruler is against free inquiry. It is an excellent adventure movie with incredibly powerful special effects. The budget for the film was approximately $180 million.

Well as you know, major scenes in the movies take place with armored polar bears and snowy landscapes. Therefore the site where the action happens is in Norway, Svalbard, which is the natural habitat for bears. It further explains da proves why the directors choose to film certain scenes from their movies in Norway – it is a perfect setting for any movie genre due to its distinctive features.


2. Ex Machina

The development of artificial intelligence is widely regarded as a controversial issue for many people worldwide. Some assume it is a threat to humankind, while others think it can provide a lot of benefits to humans.

The threats can be visible in different spheres of life, such as taking over the technologies and using them against humans. While it is still theoretical, they can be dangerous in gambling and online casino websites in the future, as they can significantly influence the process of playing and use it against humans.

According to this Nye Сasino website, Norwegians liked the movie so much that developers started dishing out Ex Machina-themed casino games and they were all the rage while the movie was being shown in the theatres. They’re still some of the most popular games in the region.

But while the 2014 science fiction movie Ex Machina is far from this kind of danger, it partly shows what artificial intelligence is capable of given all the circumstances for further development. It tells a story of a humanoid robot Ava (Alicia Vikander) who is perfectly capable of thinking and consciousness. Nathan(Oscar Isaac) who is the CEO of a company called Blue Book invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his home to test Ava.

Actually, the house where Nathan is living is a hotel in Norway, called Juvet Landscape Hotel and it has a fantastic view. No wonder why Alex Garland, the director of Ex Machina, chose this place as a site to shoot the movie.

As the movie progresses, things gradually start to reveal and finish with pretty much surprising ending. The film was met with critical acclaim and won the nomination in Best Visual Effects.


3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter movies enjoy wide popularity and success across the countries. The adventures of a young wizard are staying one of the best fantasy novels in the world.

For Potterheads, it would be very pleasing to declare that one particular scene in Half-Blood Prince, where the Hogwarts train goes through a snowy landscape is actually shot on the Rauma Railway line, which is closer to the capital Oslo.

We hope that the Fantastic Beast series will feature some Norwegian sightseeings also – as it is utterly captivating to watch.