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Arctic Circle 

Arctic Circle is set in the unforgiving polar region, amidst the icy landscapes of Finnish Lapland. After Nina Kautsalo, a Finnish police officer, finds a dying prostitute in an old cabin ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Iina Kuustonen ...  Nina Kautsalo 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Maximilian Brückner ...  Thomas Lorenz 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Pihla Viitala ...  Marita Kautsalo 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Anna Ackerman Anna Ackerman ...  Irina 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Susanna Haavisto Susanna Haavisto ...  Elina Kautsalo 10 episodes, 2018-2019
Clemens Schick ...  Marcus Eiben 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Joi Johannsson ...  Jens Mathiesen 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Kari Ketonen ...  Jaakko Stenius 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ...  Reino Ylikorpi 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Anu Sinisalo Anu Sinisalo ...  Nurse Ella 9 episodes, 2018-2019
Janne Kataja Janne Kataja ...  Niilo Aikio 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Mikko Leppilampi ...  Esko Kangasniemi 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Maria Ylipää ...  Gunilla Lorenz 8 episodes, 2018-2019
Jari Virman ...  Raunola 7 episodes, 2018-2019
Inka Kallén ...  Sari Nikander 6 episodes, 2018
Raili Raitala Raili Raitala ...  Sanjay 5 episodes, 2018-2019
Alina Tomnikov ...  Lana 5 episodes, 2018-2019


Arctic Circle is set in the unforgiving polar region, amidst the icy landscapes of Finnish Lapland. After Nina Kautsalo, a Finnish police officer, finds a dying prostitute in an old cabin in the wilderness, the ensuing criminal investigation takes a surprise twist when a deadly virus is discovered in the prostitute's blood. However, when Thomas Lorenz, a German virologist, travels to Lapland to investigate the virus, he and Nina suddenly find themselves in the middle of an exceedingly unusual criminal investigation. Written by Yellow Film & TV

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Evil is contagious


Crime | Thriller


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Official Sites:

Elisa Viihde [Finland]


Finland | Germany


Finnish | English | German

Release Date:

21 December 2018 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ivalo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ivalo, Finland


Box Office


€6,450,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pihla Viitala (Marita Kautsalo) & Anu Sinisalo (Nurse Ella) also worked together on Mustat lesket (2014) as Veera Joentie & Mirjami Pentikäinen respectively. See more »


Featured in Rikoksen musta pohjoinen (2018) See more »

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Oh what awesome pleasure this drama is!
18 April 2019 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

(How is it that mine is the only review here? That's just mental.)

While the British TV makers are farting about with blurry vision, wobbly cameras, pointless flashbacks, insane diversity quotas, incomprehensible accents and disco-volume 'background' music, the Finnish (and the rest of Europe) are quietly making riveting TV drama the way it should be made.

Nobody is crying or shouting... people are making sensible decisions and every camera has a working tripod that anchors it to the floor. It's truly awesome to see television like this and you really have to wonder why the UK have lost their touch when it comes to quality crime drama.

Anyway... Russian prostitutes are showing up in Lapland dead, or nearly dead. The one thing they have in common is the virus they share... and the infection runs deep into this ice cold rural area.

This has attracted the centers for disease control in Germany and Helsinki and experts are sent to figure out what's going on.

The local police team up with the Russian cops and the bio experts bring in their own teams of investigators. Nobody is sharing information, so of course, the situation deteriorates rapidly.

Watching this drama unfold is simply a joyous way to spend time. The dialog is about half in Finnish and half in English. Top notch TV and a master class in how television drama should be made.

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