On Christmas Eve in 1986, an Icelandic cargo ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. Of the eleven men on board, five lived. This is the remarkable story of the heroic rescue mission that brought them home.


Impact depicts the story of a horrific accident one fateful night on Christmas Eve in 1986 when an Icelandic cargo ship sank in the North Atlantic Ocean. 11 men were on board and five lived to tell their tale of 14 hour wait. Several nations assisted in the heroic rescue mission. In the end it was the Danish Coast Guard that saved the men. The cause of the accident was considered to be the cargo despite rumors of submarine in the area at the time of the accident.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: December 28, 2014
  • Length: 75 min.
  • Language: Icelandic
  • Original Title: Höggið
  • International Title: Impact
  • Production Year: 2014
  • Production Countries: Iceland
  • Premiere TV Channel: Stöð 2
  • IMDB: Impact
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Based on a : Non-fiction work
  • Antecendent Title: Mayday on Christmas Eve
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Screening format and subtitles: DCP, English subtitles



Company Credits


  • Edduverðlaunin / Edda Awards, 2015 - Award: Documentary of the year.
  • Nordische Filmtage Lübeck, 2015

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