New Icelandic-Danish Thriller Against The Ice Coming To Netflix In 2021

New Icelandic-Danish Thriller “Against The Ice” Coming To Netflix In 2021

Netflix has announced that photography for Against The Ice, adapted by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game Of Thrones) and Joe Derrick, is now complete.

Against The Ice is a 2021 Icelandic-Danish survival film directed by Peter Flinth. Based on the novel Two Against The Ice by Ejnar Mikkelsen, it stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Mikkelsen, Joe Cole as Iver Iversen, and Charles Dance and Heida Reed in undisclosed roles.

Some Background

In 1909, Denmark’s Alabama Expedition led by Captain Ejnar Mikkelsen (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) was attempting to disprove the United States’ claim to North Eastern Greenland, a claim that was rooted in the idea that Greenland was broken up into two different pieces of land.

“Against The Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning…”

Leaving their crew behind with the ship, Mikkelsen sleds across the ice with his inexperienced crew member, Iver Iversen (Joe Cole). The two men succeed in finding the proof that Greenland is one island, but returning to the ship takes longer and is much harder than expected.

Battling extreme hunger, fatigue and a polar bear attack, they finally arrive to find their ship crushed in the ice and the camp abandoned. Hoping to be rescued, they now must fight to stay alive. As the days grow longer, their mental hold on reality starts to fade, breeding mistrust and paranoia as they fight to survive.


The English-language movie is being produced by Kormákur’s RVK Studios, the Icelandic production company behind the Netflix original series Katla and newly announced Entrapped. It is also the first project from Coster-Waldau and Derrick’s fledgling production co Ill Kippers to progress into production.

“Against The Ice has been a passion project for me from the very beginning. It combines a lot of themes that excite me: adventure, Greenland, companionship, loyalty and love. It is an intense exploration of two men, two opposites, trapped in an epic dangerous setting,” said Coster-Waldau.


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