Norway is famous for its deep coastal fjords, mountains, glaciers, boreal forests, picturesque fishing villages, spectacular bridges, Viking history, and Scandinavian design.
Oil and gas, hydropower, fishing, and trees are Norway’s major industries.
Cost & Rebates
For large, complex projects, Norway is a relatively expensive place to shoot.
Norway offers a 25% rebate on qualifying spend.
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.
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.
Cast, Crew & Equipment
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. 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.
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.