As we approach awards season it seems like the perfect time to take a look at the most exciting Scandinavian films of recent years - the tense Nordic dramas that have flooded our screens are only one aspect of a thriving Scandinavian film industry! During Transun's many years of taking travellers out to Lapland, Tromso, the Lofoten islands, and all the other natural wonders Scandinavia has to offer its travel experts have come to love the landscape and culture of these amazing places, and when we’re back in rainy old Britain we love nothing more than catching up on the latest flicks from the north. Here are a few of our favourites:
The Milenium Trilogy
Stieg Larson's series, beginning with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, caught the attention of the world and his popularity was only cemented by his tragic, untimely death. The Swedish language adaptations (the best, in our opinion) and David Fincher's later English-language take on the story showcase the bleak yet beautiful Swedish landscape and introduced the world to the endlessly interesting Lisbeth Salander. Be warned though, this is not a tale for the faint-hearted
Troll Hunter (Trolljegeren)
Taking advantage of the hand-held camera format first popularised by The Blair Witch Project, Troll Hunter follows the exploits of a young team of documentary makers who find themselves caught up in the conspiracy surrounding Norway's hidden troll population. After watching this film you'd absolutely be forgiven for thinking that trolls are real. Watch out, anyone who's taking one of our trips to Norway; you never know what might be lurking around the next fjord!
Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars alongside Aksel Hennie in this thrilling adaptation of Jo Nesbo's novel. The twists and turns of this caper, along with the gorgeous scenery and a memorable scene involving a long-drop toilet, will keep your eyes glued to the screen...and your hands over your eyes! Currently the highest grossing Norwegian film of all time and so definitely worth a watch.
Let the Right One In (Låt den rätte komma in)
Another Swedish novel adaptation, this film focuses on the young Oskar who unknowingly befriends a vampire. It is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying, and the falling snow provides a perfect backdrop for this tale of loneliness, love and despair. The performances in particular are spot-on and every shot is strikingly filmed.
Letters to Father Jaakob (Postia pappi Jaakobille)
Finland also has a lot to offer to the cinema-goer and Letters to Father Jaakob is our pick for today. The small cast and lazy setting draw you in, and the moral questions thrown up throughout the film capture your attention. This is a story of transformation and you cannot help but feel that you have taken a journey along with Leila.
If these films have whet your appetite for Scandinavia and you fancy exploring Norway’s fjords, Sweden’s frozen lakes or Finland’s rolling countryside, make sure to take a look at our Arctic Spirit breaks and keep an eye out for our upcoming Arctic Summer brochure.