What Is the Current Status of Trapped: Season Three?

Ófærð (Trapped)

The first season of the TV series Trapped, created by Baltasar Kormákur and produced by RVK Studios, was broadcast in Iceland in December 2015. The most expensive TV series in Icelandic history, Trapped follows detective Andri Ólafsson (portrayed by Ólafur Darri Ólafsson) as he works to solve the murder of a former townsman whose mutilated corpse is recovered by fishermen in a remote Icelandic town.

Following the success of the first season – broadcasting rights were purchased by networks across the world, including the BBC, and the series received favourable reviews – season two of Trapped premiered in Iceland in early 2019, with many recurring characters from season one.

While RVK Studios has announced that season three has been in the works since late 2018, the company has offered few updates; recently, however, Iceland Review spoke to a representative from RVK Studios who was willing to offer a few points regarding the much-anticipated third season:

1. The general storyline has already been mapped out.
2. Writers are currently working to finish the script.
3. RVK Studios hopes to start production later this year or the next (although nothing has been officially confirmed).
4. The company is determined to go ahead with the project and release season three in the near future.

Ministers to Visit Flateyri in Wake of Avalanches

Bjarni, Katrín, Sigurður Ingi coalition

The chairmen of the three coalition parties, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Bjarni Benediktsson, and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, will travel by helicopter to Flateyri this afternoon, RÚV reports. The ministers intend to survey the damage wrought by two large avalanches that descended upon the town this week.

Significant Damages

Just before midnight on January 15, two large avalanches fell on the town of Flateyri in the Westfjords (and one in Súgandafjörður, as well). Although no one was seriously injured, properties were damaged, and Flateyri’s small-boat harbour was completely destroyed.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister and chairman of the Left-Green Party; Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and chairman of the Independence Party; and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Transport and Local government, and chair of the Progressive Party, will travel by the coast guard helicopter to Flateyri this afternoon. The ministers will spend the day in the Westfjords, surveying the damage caused by the avalanches, before returning to Reykjavík in the evening.

Representatives from the Icelandic Red Cross and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management will also be travelling with the ministers, including Hulda Ragnheiður Árnadóttir, director of the National Catastrophe Insurance of Iceland, and Jón Svanberg Hjartarson, director of ICE-SAR.

The Landslide Fund

As RÚV reported this morning, former mayor of Ísafjörður Halldór Halldórsson has criticised the government’s allocation of funds to avalanche protection. As a board member of the Landslide Fund, Halldór estimates that the fund has roughly ISK 23 billion, which could be used to improve avalanche protection throughout the country.

According to Halldór, plans were initially drawn in the aughts that called for the completion of mitigation measures against avalanches in 2010. Later regulation pushed back these plans to 2020. Current plans assume that these measures won’t be finalised until 2050.

“We must prioritise and act quickly … I’m glad that the government has declared that it will examine the protective barriers. Everything needs to be as safe as possible, so that future avalanches won’t flow over the barriers.”

Snow from both of the avalanches that fell in Flateyri this week flowed over two protective barriers, which were constructed following a large avalanche in 1995.

Halldór added that there is much that needs to be done in the Westfjords, in the Eastfjords, and in North Iceland: “I’ve thought a lot about how these protective measures are decided in the eyes of the law. We’re only protecting residential properties, not residential areas or harbours.”

Icelanders Disappoint the Danes at 2020 Euro

Danes Exit Euro 2020

The Hungarian national handball team defeated Iceland in the teams’ final game of the 2020 Euro group stages. As a result of the Icelanders’ loss, the Danish national team was eliminated from the competition. The Danish press expressed its disappointment following the Danish exit, Vísir reports.

Following a six-goal loss against Hungary yesterday, the Icelandic national handball team advances to the main round of the 2020 Euro (with zero points). As noted by the Danish Jyllands-Posten, “what Hungary and Iceland have in common is that they will play their first game of the main rounds on Friday. Denmark will not.”

The Danish press has criticised the performance of the Danish national team ever since its loss against Iceland last Saturday. The criticism continued yesterday. The Danes did, however, secure a consolation victory against Russia yesterday – in a game that, as far as the competition went, meant nothing.

“No help: Danes exit the Euro,” a headline from Ekstra Bladet reads. Other observations include, “Iceland couldn’t help the Danes” and “the Danes needed the Icelanders’ help to advance to the main round, but no such thing happened.”

Claus Møller Jakobsen, a commentator with TV 2 Sport, agrees that there is no other word for the Danes’ performance than “fiasco.”

“There’s no doubt that this is a fiasco. Denmark has, in two games, not displayed the quality the team possesses.”

Iceland will face off against Slovenia tomorrow at 3 pm in the team’s first match in the main rounds.