Arctic Circle

Series: Season 1 from 16.02. | Sunday | 10:15 pm | ZDF

Arctic Circle is set in the exotic polar region, amidst the icy landscapes of Finnish Lapland. Finnish policewoman, Nina Kautsalo, finds a nearly dead prostitute in an old cabin in the wilderness. Criminal investigation takes a surprise twist, when a deadly virus is discovered in the prostitute’s blood sample. A German virologist, Thomas Lorenz, travels to Lapland to investigate the virus. Nina and Thomas suddenly find themselves in the middle of an exceedingly unusual criminal investigation that ends up forcing them outside the law.

Pictures: Hannele Majaniemi


2021 Winner "Deutscher Hörfilmpreis" - category "TV, Digital Libraries, Streaming Services"

Cast & Crew

Executive Producers

Moritz Polter, Milla Bruneau


Olli Haikka, Jarkko Hentula

Coproduction company

Yellow Film & TV 


Elisa Viihde (Streaming), YLE (TV)

Development Executive

Emily Rhodes


Joona Tena


Hannu Salonen

Director of Photography

Mikael Gustafsson


Maximilian Brückner, Clemens Schick, Iina Kuustonen, Pihla Viitala, Joi Johannsson, Aleksandar Jovanovic, et al.


Katri Aksola

Line Producer

Essi Tuukkanen

Costume Design

Susse Roos, Emmi Leeve


Kaisa Pätilä


ZDF acquires crime thriller series "Arctic Circle"

Wed, 10. Jul 2019
Munich - German public broadcaster ZDF has secured the first Finnish-German drama co-production, "Arctic Circle", an Elisa Viihde original series, from Bavaria Fiction. Co-produced by Yellow Film & TV the acclaimed crime-thriller series will now be available to German audiences next year on ZDF.

Pan-European coproduction "Arctic Circle" to commence filming

Tue, 7. Nov 2017
Paris / Helsinki / Munich - New Finnish-German drama co-production Arctic Circle, an Elisa Viihde original series, is confirmed to start shooting in Finland on 27th November. Co-produced by ...

Arctic Circle selected for MIPDrama Buyers’ Summit

Wed, 7. Mar 2018
Finland - Our Finnish drama co-production “Arctic Circle” is among six high end international dramas to be sneak-previewed to some 450 TV executives in Cannes on April 8.

International crime thriller Arctic Circle to be set in Northern Europe

Mon, 3. Apr 2017
Munich/Helsinki – Already commissioned by Elisa Viihde and Yleisradio in Finland the production is getting ready for a launch at the end of 2018. Shooting for the Finnish-German co-produc...