Location scouting at Finse: Snow locations

The film commission has been out of office location scouting at Finse the last few days. Finse has previously doubled for the North Pole, the South Pole, the Northwest Passage and Siberia, and famously for the ice planet Hoth in Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars used the Finse lake, the glacier and its surroundings for some climactic action scenes - arguably some of the Star Wars series' most memorable sequences.

Finse lies on the Hardanger Mountain Plateau, and is the highest station on the Norwegian railway service between Bergen and Oslo. Finse is covered with snow from October to late May. Close to the station there's a 3.2 square kilometers lake. The low altitude (1222 meters, 4000 feet), the alpine variety and snow and glacier secure conditions, makes the area an attractive and comfortable alternative to high altitude mountain areas in other areas of the world.

At the station there's a good hotel, a hostel, a convenient store and several cabins. Near Finse lies Hardangerjøkulen - the sixth largest glacier in mainland Norway. Hardangerjøkulen's highest point is 1863 m above sea level.