Last Days of the Arctic
Last Days of the Arctic

Last Days of the Arctic

He is an adventurer who loves it when the cold creeps in and people are struggling with nature in its most extreme form. He blends in with forgotten people like just another force of nature. He has found his diamond mine, capturing the faces of the North.


Ragnar Alexsson, a.k.a. RAX, is among the most celebrated photographers in the world. His series Faces of the North are a living document of the dying cultures of the far northern reaches of the planet. His photo essays of farmers and fishermen in Icleand, and of the great hunters of Greenland give an amazing insight into everyday life of people who struggle a daily battle with the Arctic nature.

A celebration of the photographer and his subjects, Last Days of the Arctic is an elegy for a disappearing landscape and the people who inhabit it.

About the film

  • Type: Documentary
  • National Premiere Date: August 19, 2011, Bíó Paradís
  • International Premiere Date: September 5, 2011, BBC Four - Storyville
  • Length: 90 min.
  • Language: Icelandic, English, Danish, Greenlandic
  • Original Title: Andlit norðursins
  • International Title: Last Days of the Arctic
  • Production Year: 2011
  • Production Countries: Iceland, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Holland
  • Premiere TV Channel: BBC Four
  • Website:
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant: Yes
  • Production Format: HD
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Color: Yes
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Screening format and subtitles: Blu Ray w/English subtitles



Company Credits


  • Mirgorod Film Festival, Poltava, Úkraína, 2016
  • Icelandic Film Festival, Nuuk, 2014
  • 4 Steps into the Great North - Icelandic Days, Rome, Italy, 2012
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2012
  • Sheffield Doc/Fest, 2011 - Award: In competition for the Sheffield Green Award.

Television distribution

  • England: BBC Four, 2011
  • Iceland: RÚV, 2011

Cinema distribution

  • Iceland: Bíó Paradís, 2011

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