The Circle

The Ring Road is an experiment in the fields of physics, mathematics and geography but also in film directing, cinematography and sound. The procedure: a camera is fastened to a car’s dashboard, a computer is connected the camera, and the car is taken on a joyride down Highway No.1. Every twelve meters, a single frame is shot, thus simulating the speed of sound.

The result: This road trip along Iceland’s Ring Road, completed in 1974 in commemoration of the 1100th anniversary of the country’s first human settlement, presents the viewer Iceland in all her beauty: from rolling hills, snow-capped volcanoes, valleys, seacoast, lakes, glaciers and geysers to small towns, isolated farms and ever-changing colours. A frame is made every twelve meters.

About the film

  • Type
  • National Premiere Date
    March 2, 1985
  • Genre
  • Length
    81 min.
  • Original Title
  • International Title
    The Circle
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Production Format
  • Color

Company Credits


  • 2015
    The Icewoman Returneth, Melbourne
  • 2015
    Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
  • 2014
    Nordic Film Fest, Rome
  • 2012
    Film and Art Festival Two Riversides
  • 2011
    Filmfest Hamburg, Icelandic retrospective
  • 2010
    Artfilmfest International Film Festival
  • 2010
    Summer Film School
  • 2002
    Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival

Television distribution

  • Iceland
    RÚV, 1990