Under the Glacier

Our hero is Umbi (an acronym for emissary of the bishop), sent by him to undertake an important investigation at Snæfell-glacier. In particular he is to look into the conduct and behavior of Jón Prímus, the old pastor at Snæfell. Fantastic rumors are rife: amongst other things it is said that a corpse is lodged in the glacier! Armed with his tape recorder and notebook, Umbi embarks upon his mission. He tries to question the weird locals, a weird lot, but gets evasive answers. Slowly he is dragged into a quagmire of strange happenings and his efforts to understand only make him confused. If at the beginning he is a chipper, a mere device, by the end of the story he is inextricably involved, a committed participant in the bizarre events.

About the film

  • Type
    Feature Film
  • National Premiere Date
    February 25, 1989
  • Genre
    Drama, Drama
  • Length
    91 min.
  • Language
  • Original Title
    Kristnihald undir jökli
  • International Title
    Under the Glacier
  • Production Year
  • Production Countries
  • IMDB
  • Icelandic Film Centre Grant
  • Based on a
  • Production Format
  • Aspect Ratio
  • Color
  • Sound
    Dolby Stereo SR
  • Screening format and subtitles
    35mm film with English sub. - DCP with English sub.

Company Credits


  • 2019
    TIFF - Wayward Heroes: A Survey of Modern Icelandic Cinema
  • ????
    Academy Awards

Television distribution

  • Iceland
    RÚV, 1991
  • Iceland
    RÚV, 1992


  • Bergvík, 2000 - mynddiskur (DVD)
  • Bergvík, 1994 - myndsnælda
  • Námsgagnastofnun, 1989 - myndband