Shackleton On Set (Fortitude)

"The Endurance Parka is an absolute, genuine, totally incredible life-saver..." (Simon Donald, Fortitude Creator & Showrunner)


Location: Svalbard
Production Co: Sky Atlantic

This year we sent our Endurance Parka into the Arctic Circle to the set of big-budget noir thriller Fortitude (the only British drama film shot on location in the Arctic). Mindful of the harsh conditions, the Fortitude team asked us to deliver some of our toughest outerwear to the cast and crew. Pictured below is Set Sjorstrand – Torsten Øby on the show – after he put our jacket through the mill and got it nice and blood-spattered for us….

For those who haven’t seen the series, Fortitude is the only British drama shot on location inside the Arctic Circle. It’s a world of morally ambiguous sheriffs, troubled scientists, American detectives and idealistic governors. A gritty drama that unfolds under the atmospheric high contrast scenery of Svalbard, Iceland, where hungry polar bears roam the coasts and an icy darkness pervades the ethereal mountains. Out there, temperatures can descend as low as -50C and rifle-carrying is a common necessity.

We wanted to see how our Endurance Parka would fair during shoots in the little town of Longyearbyen – fans will know it as the fictional town of Fortitude – and around the rest of the ice-shod archipelago. So we sent one of our jackets to series creator and showrunner Simon Donald. Simon wore the jacket whilst capturing footage for the final season, directing rooftop gunfights through whirling snow storms and night-shoots on ice-fields in punishing wind-chill.  

Set Fortitude Final Season

Ahead of the release of Season Three, Simon wrote to us to let us know if he and the jacket were still on good terms:

“[The parka is an] absolute, genuine, totally incredible life-saver…” Simon said, “Even outside for hours on end during at night-shoot at -27C I was snug and safe. This is an absolutely magnificent jacket. It was the first night-shoot on the edge of the ice-field which really brought home how wickedly punishing this place can be. The temperature, with wind-chill factored in was -30C. The wind was a low, steady, remorseless push of skin-freezing air. As we worked into the night the crew became quieter and more and more internalised."

'...the crew unconsciously formed a sixty strong huddle, like a gang of penguins, all standing with their backs to the perishing cold blast.’

"People stopped talking, using all their energy to concentrate on their work. In the pauses between set-ups the crew unconsciously formed a sixty strong huddle, like a gang of penguins, all standing with their backs to the perishing cold blast. It was primal and exhausting. In three weeks we didn't drop a single shot. The footage we've brought home for the final season of Fortitude is utterly wonderful.” 


The first episode of Fortitude Season Three will air on Sky Atlantic on Thursday December 6th. All four-episode box set will be available immediately after the first episode airs through Sky On Demand.


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