After its own bouts with the Corona virus, Norway’s shipping and cruise line Hurtigruten has seemed to be on an impossible mission to carry out scheduled cruises. Now it’s ironically housing film crews needed for the next “Mission Impossible” movie in Norway, also after a crew member on Hurtigruten’s vessel MS Fridtjof Nansen tested positive to the virus.
Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported Monday evening that the Fridtjof Nansen crew member tested positive after returning home to the Philippines last week. All remaining crew on board the vessel, which has been docked in Bergen following cancelled cruises and Corona on board last spring, had to be re-tested. A Hurtigruten spokesman claimed none showed any symptoms but all crew must remain on board the vessel.
The vessel, meanwhile, was berthed at Hellesylt in Sunnmøre this week, chartered to serve as a floating hotel during the filming of “Mission Impossible,” which has received state support through Norway’s incentive program for movie-making. NRK reported that the filming will take place through September, both from Hellesylt and Åndalsnes in Møre og Romsdal. Hundreds of crew will be staying on board both the Fridtjof Nansen and Hurtigruten’s Vesterålen. Film star Tom Cruise, however, is reportedly staying at a cabin in the area and has been showing up at the nearby historic Hotel Union Øye, when not being flown by helicopter between various filming locations.