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Norway

Norway Film & Photography Production Services

Are you a media company, brand, ad agency or production company looking for film / photography production support or shooting crew in Norway? We have fully vetted, locally based fixers, service producers, directors, DP’s, videographers, cameramen, photographers, sound operators, production drivers, and a range of other film crew. Contact us for referrals, questions, cost estimates and references.

Want to know more about shooting in Norway? See below for an introduction to Norway locations, permits, when to shoot, costs, talent, crews, fringes and premiums, equipment, art department, studios, post facilities, visas and work permits, film friendly hotels, transport, communications and safety advice.

Norway Film Locations

Norway is famous for its mountains, glaciers, deep coastal fjords, and Viking history. Film locations of interest to visiting productions can be divided by the following regions:

Northern Norway is Europe’s northernmost region.

Finnmark lies entirely above the Arctic Circle. Coastal areas have no trees and some areas look like they could be on the moon. The indigenous Sami people live in the Norwegian Lapland. Finnmark’s ice hotels of note include Kirkenes Snowhotel and Sorrisniva.

Troms county is known for its wild coastal alpine mountains and the vast valleys of the interior. Tromsø is a university town, cultural hub, and the main population centre in Northern Norway. Sitting above the Arctic Cirlce, it is a great place to base when photographing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). One location of note in Tromsø is Polaria, an aquarium that looks like knocked-over dominoes.

Nordland is known for the Vesterålen archipelago and the Lofoten Islands. Off the coast of Lofoten you can find the unique Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadion, a remote soccer field. Torghatten is a granite mountain with a hole through the middle, located on Torget island. The Svartisen glacier and Helgeland coast are also located in Nordland.

The Svalbard Islands are a popular place to film and photograph Polar Bears and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

Trøndelag national parks are home to wild nature including salmon runs and musk ox. The colourful mining village of Røros is a UNESCO heritage site. The city of Trondheim is known for the lively old town of Bakklandet, and Nidaros Cathedral.

Western Norway. The northwest part of this region is know for its beautiful car roads through spectacular landscapes such as Trollstigen Mountain Road, Atlantic Ocean Road and Storseisundet Bridge.

Ålesund is a picturesque Art Nouveau city located at the entrance to the Geirangerfjord, a fjord surrounded by majestic, snow-covered mountain peaks, wild waterfalls and lush, green vegetation. Ålesund is located in a beautiful setting of islands stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean.

Bergen is Norway’s second largest city. It’s best known location is Bryggen, a medieval wharf in the historic harbour district known for its colourful, wooden-clad boat houses. Outside of Bergen you can find the Fantoft Stave Church, and Tubakub design cabin. Bergen is the gateway to Norway’s fjords.

The Hardangerfjord is one of the longest fjords in the world. Trolltunga is a spectacular cliff edge that sticks out over a fjord. Steinsdalsfossen is an overhanging waterfall that you can walk under.

The city of Stavanger offers some of Europe’s best preserved wooden houses. On the corporate side, Stavanger is one of Europe’s oil and energy capitals. Outside of Stavanger you can find the Sverd i fjell monument. This area also has location curiosities popular with photographers including Preikestolen (a flat clifftop used by BASE jumpers) and Kjeragbolten (a boulder is wedged between two mountains with a deep drop below).

The interior of Western Norway has many beautiful film locations…

The small village of Flåm is the starting point of the Flåmsbana (Flåm Railway), one of the world’s great scenic train journeys. There are several film locations of note just outside of Flåm. Nærøyfjord is the world’s most narrow fjord. Laerdal Tunnel is the world’s longest road tunnel. The Aurland Lookout is a contemporary structure that looks out on some of Norway’s most expansive fjords.

Farther still… Sognefjord is Norway’s longest and deepest fjord. Urnes Stave Church is also located in this area. Vøringsfossen is a beautiful waterfall. Jostedalsbreen is Europe’s largest glacier and nearby Nigardsbreen Ice Cave is a spectacular location.

Southern Norway. Film locations of note include Kilden Performing Arts Centre, Lindesnes Lighthouse, Lista Lighthouse, Setesdalsbanen Railway line, and Raet National Park.

Eastern Norway. Oslo is the capital offering several interesting film locations including the Opera House, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, and the intriguing Vigeland Sculpture Park.

Outside of Oslo, Lillehammer has 1994 Winter Olympics venues. Trysil is Norway’s largest ski resort. Heddal Stave Church looks like a location out of a fairytale. Fredrikstad fortress has interesting aerial views. Bastøy Prison has gained worldwide recognition as the most humane and tolerant prison in the world.

Norway Film Location Permits

Norway has a film friendly and streamlined permitting process. Several different permits may be required depending on the location. Special permits are required for national parks, parking, shutting streets, etc. Please contact us for more location specific information.

When To Shoot?

Owing to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, coastal Norway is much warmer than what would otherwise be expected of a country so far north. Inland temperatures are more extreme with hotter summers and colder winters. The short spring (May to June) and summer (July to August) are the best times to film for long daylight hours and warm weather. Norway north of the Arctic Circle experiences continuous daylight during midsummer when the sun doesn’t dip below the horizon. Fall (September to October) sees colourful leaves. Winters (November to April) are long and very cold. These are the best months to film snowy landscapes. Daylight hours are very short with areas north of the Arctic Circle experiencing twilight all day long during midwinter. The best time for filming the Aurora Borealis is between September and March. For monthly weather statistics please see here.

Norway hosts a variety of interesting festivals and events including:

• Geilo Ice Music Festival takes place in January / February.
• Midnight Sun Marathon in June.
• Ekstremsportveko extreme sports events in June.
• Viking Festival in June.
• Risor Wooden Boat Festival in August.
• Christmas markets in December.

Public holidays may affect timing, availability and costs. See here for public holiday dates in Norway.

Costs & Tax Incentives

Costs. For large, complex projects, Norway is a relatively expensive place to shoot. Our Norwegian service producer / fixer will negotiate local deals and provide the appropriate level of production support to match every budget.

Tax Incentives. Norway offers tax incentives. See here for more information.

Film Crew & Talent

Crews. Norway has a good but small pool of local directors, directors of photography and stills photographers. Local crews are of the highest international standard. Norway has a good depth of key and support crew that speak fluent English. Should you need to look further, Norway is a short flight from other major European production centres.

Contact us if you are looking for an Oslo or Bergen based director, DP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, or any other film crew in Norway.

Talent is non-union and buyouts are negotiable. Norway offers mainly Nordic looks. Some Middle Eastern looks also exist. The Sami people are an indigenous minority living in Lapland. All other talent looks need to be brought in from abroad.

Fringes and Premiums. Add 26% for social costs.

Norway Film Equipment

Good depth and standard of locally available camera, grip and lighting equipment. Some specialized equipment needs to be brought in from abroad. For productions looking to bring in film equipment Norway is an ATA carnet country.

In terms of communications, Norway has one of the fastest internet speeds in the world.

Art Department, Studios, Backlots, & Post Production

Art department and set construction is of a high standard. Set construction is very expensive.

Studios. Norway has some good studio facilities.

Post Production. Impressive local facilities including editing, online, grading and sound design suites. Stockholm or Copenhagen are the closest places to process film.

Visas & Work Permits

Norway is a Schengen Area member state. Crews travelling on US passports do not require visas or work permits to enter and film in Norway for stays of up to 90 days.

Transport & Accommodation

Transportation Infrastructure. Norway has a comprehensive network of well maintained roads including 3 of the world’s top 10 longest tunnels. Smaller mountain passes are often blocked during winter snowfalls. The Hurtigruten ferry is a picturesque way to travel up the Norwegian coast. Norway’s size and mountainous roads make domestic flights a good, fast and cheap alternative to getting around. Several international and budget airlines service flights to Norway. Even remote northern parts of Norway can be accessed by the country’s extensive network of roads and airports.

Accommodation. Contact us for recommended film friendly hotels in Oslo. For longer stays we can also organize serviced apartments. Hotels of note include:

The Thief

Final Notes

Safety. Norway is a very safe and reliable place for foreign productions to visit. See here for up to date travel advice.

Projects. For an example of TV commercials, stills campaigns, online content, corporate videos, virtual reality 360 content, feature films, TV series and documentaries shot in Norway, please see below:

Hire Norway Production Support & Shooting Crew

If you are looking for a film or photographic production service company, line producer or fixer for your shoot in Norway, please contact us.

If you are looking for a shooting crew for your shoot in Norway, such as a director, DoP, photographer, videographer (cameraman / camera operator), camera assistant (focus puller), sound operator, grip, gaffer, stylist, hair and makeup, PA / runner, production driver, please contact us.

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