Channel 4 filmmakers need Brit families living wild in Iceland

Published:  4 Apr at 6 PM
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A team of BBC Channel 4 documentary filmmakers is searching for British expat couples and families who’ve gone back to nature in rural Iceland.

The documentary series Escape to the Wild focuses on Brits who’ve dumped the pressures of Western city life in favour of sustainable living amongst stunning natural beauty and peace in rural areas overseas. Iceland is the latest remote location to be featured, and the team is now looking for families and couples who’ve exchanged the commercialisation of big city life for the challenges of one of the planet’s most spectacular spots.

Requirements include being totally off-grid, growing their own foodstuffs and having built themselves a rustic home. Livestock-raising is another plus point as is a lifestyle with self-sufficiency at its heart. Head of the London- based team executive producer Patrick Furlong told local newsletter IcelandMag he’s hoping to meet up with expats who’ve traded the rat race for happiness in Iceland’s spectacularly lovely hinterlands.

Previous episodes of the series have focused on Sweden, Belize, Tonga and Chile, but Iceland gives perhaps the most challenges for those looking to survive in its volcanic, glacier-dotted interior. Plus points include innumerable hot springs and geothermic hotspots set amongst desolate vistas of snow and ice, and the island’s mean temperatures are surprisingly mild due to the Gulf Steam’s proximity to its shores. .

Another challenge for those wanting the simple life in a dramatic setting is the seasonal variation in daylight hours. Set close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland’s summer nights are lit by the midnight sun and its winter days are dark and cold, with wind chill affecting the temperature and making it feel even colder. Getting around is by car – four-wheel drive is best- or small plane.

Once the documentary has been shown, brave Brits looking for the ultimate escape from their humdrum lives will find emigrating to Iceland relatively easy. The country has agreements with the UK which allow citizens to enter for an initial three months before registering an intention to stay and being given an ID number. Conditions of support apply and include proof of income and marital status.
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