also known as Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Directed by Irvin Kershner
The film is set three years after Star Wars. The Galactic Empire, under the leadership of the villainous Darth Vader, has taken over the Rebel base on the icy planet Hoth. Vader and the Emperor Palpatine is in pursuit of Luke Skywalker and the rest of the Rebel Alliance. While Vader chases a small band of Luke's friends, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, C-3PO and others across the galaxy, Luke travels to the forgotten planet of Dagobah where he studies the Force under Jedi Master Yoda. When Vader captures Luke's friends, Luke must decide whether to complete his training and become a full Jedi Knight or to confront Vader and save his friends.
The Empire Strikes Back used Hardangerjøkulen in Norway as a filming location, for scenes of the ice planet Hoth, including a memorable battle in the snow.
The glacier is easily accessed from the north in the winter, from the village of Finse(about 180 miles Northwest of Oslo), which is only accessible by stopping at Finse Station on the Bergensbanen railway line. In the winter the highest point can be accessed from Finse using only skis.
Location manager Philip Kohler was seeking a frozen and remote location for the desolate ice planet Hoth. When Kohler first visited Finse, he expressed: “There’s nothing there.” It was the Perfect location.