Explore the lesser-visited Northern and Eastern highlights of Iceland, the main filming locations for hit BBC4 ‘Nordic noir’ drama series Trapped, which has just returned for a second season, on a new self-drive adventure from Iceland travel specialist Discover the World.
Those who enjoyed the spectacular Icelandic scenery of the first series (which wowed viewers back in 2016) will be sure to welcome the return of Trapped to our screens, featuring many of the same towns and villages including one of Iceland’s remotest settlements in the north, the historic fishing town of Siglufjörður, as well as the Eastern fjord town of Seyðisfjörður and the country’s capital, Reykjavík.
This series follows Detective Andri Ólafsson as he investigates a string of politically motivated murders alongside police chief sidekicks Hinrika and Ásgeir, this time taking place during the lighter spring and summer months when sunshine and grassy vistas replace the bleak snowscape of series one. Fans can tune in every Saturday night for the next few weeks, while those looking to explore the main Trapped locations for themselves can embark on this new self-drive holiday.
“The first series was such an overnight success and we expect even more from this one. We’ve already had several people enquiring about the locations they have seen on-screen and asking whether we can arrange a road trip around these places, which of course we can!” says Clive Stacey, Managing Director of Discover the World.
“There are many visitors to Iceland each year, yet they are only scratching the surface by visiting Reykjavik and areas along the south coast, meaning many of the stunning fjord towns and villages are overlooked. Our new ‘Trapped’ itinerary offers the perfect excuse for visitors to explore the lesser-discovered areas, which offer a spectacular mix of highland scenery, hidden valleys, uncrowded coastlines, some of Europe’s finest walks and a thriving arty scene”
The itinerary will also give visitors the chance to explore the towns and villages soon to be highlighted on the new Arctic Coast Way, due to launch later this year as an alternative to the well-known Route One, taking visitors further North and encouraging time spent off the beaten track by offering a range of experiences en-route, from fishing with a local chef to hiking the best Midnight Sun viewing spots.
New ‘Trapped’ Self-Drive:
This nine-night self-drive can be tailor-made to enable Trapped superfans to venture in the footsteps of their favourite characters, combining buzzy Reykjavik with the remote East Fjords and a heady mixture of volcanic natural wonders and world-class whale watching in the North.
After a short flight to Reykjavik via Keflavik (and the chance to overnight in Reykjavik’s cosmopolitan centre) take a domestic flight to the rural lakeside town of Egilsstaðir in the East. From here, guests can explore Iceland’s largest forest, hike to the third highest waterfall in the country and discover the rural fjordside village of Borgafjördur Eystri which boats invigorating mountain hikes and superb puffin watching. Next, head to the village of Seyðisfjörður, where many of the outdoor scenes from Trapped were shot, to take in its pastel-coloured houses, independent cafés and mountain views. After three nights in the East, visit Lake Myvatn in the North to spot bubbling mud pits, lava fields and kilometre-wide Hverfjall volcano before stopping in Husavik for an optional whale-watching boat trip. Finish up in Siglufjörður, Iceland’s northernmost town, which plays a prominent role in Trapped, with its steep mountains, family-run sheep farms and stylish Hotel Siglo all taking centre stage.
The nine-night self-drive (available between May-September 2019) is available from £1,478pp based on two sharing accommodation on a B&B basis including car rental throughout and exclusive use of Discover the World’s digital travel app iDiscover. Price excludes flights, which are priced from approx. £70pp.
For more information, please visit www.discover-the-world.com or call 01737 886 131. Cover photo: Siglufjordur fishing village ® Jordanlye
Mark Bibby Jackson
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