Movies filmed in Iceland and their Locations!

Movies filmed in Iceland and their Locations!

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Did you know that some of these films were filmed in Iceland? Do you want to know how you can go visit the shooting locations?

We all know and love Iceland for its crazy terrain and amazing landscapes. Its beauty has also attracted some of the world's leading actors and producers to shoot various scenes and films in Iceland.

 

From Sci-fi to adventure, comedies and fantasy, Iceland has become a scene of choice for so many great films and TV series!

So here is a list of some of the best films and series that were filmed in Iceland with the various locations that they were filmed at. 

Maybe you can come on a tour with us to see some of these places... ​


Here is a quick overview of what we'll be looking at in this blog:

  • 10 films and TV series that were filmed in Iceland
  • Where were they filmed in Iceland? 
  • Can you go there? How? 

Journey to the CENTER OF THE EARTH (2008)

Part of the 2008 screen adaptation of Jules Verne 1864 novel 'Journey to the Center of the Earth' was partly filmed in Iceland

Directed by Erik Brevig and starring Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Anita Briem, the movie follows the journey of a professor, his nephew and their guide as they try to find volcanic tubes that lead to the center of the earth. ​

Where in Iceland was it filmed? ​

At the start of the movie, the professor ​takes his nephew as he becomes sure that there are volcanic pathways to be found leading to the center of the earth. To look for them they make their way to Iceland and more precisely, to the Snaefellsjokull volcano mountain glacier.

The Snaefellsjokull volcano glacier is located in the Snaefellsjokull national park on the ​Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

How can you go there? ​

You can easily do a 1-day self-drive trip to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. In fact, this one day trip made it on our list of the best 1-day trips you can do from Reykjavik!​

If you don't have a car, why not just come with us? We offer an amazing Snaefellsnes Peninsula Adventure Tour on which we will take you to see the National Park and more! 


Star Wars saga

© LucasFilms / Walt Disney Pictures

​Both in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' and 'Star Wars: Rogue One' will you be able to find some scenes shot in Iceland
With the Sci-fi aspect of Star Wars and the need for planetary diversity, Iceland became an obvious location for shooting some of the scenes for the ice planet of Hoth and for the planet Eadu in Rogue One.

Where in Iceland were these films shot? ​

In filming the Star Wars Saga films, a number of different locations were used all over Iceland in order to increase scenic diversity.

Two glaciers were used as filming locations which are the infamous Eyjafjallajokull glacier on the South Coast near Vik, and the ​Svínafellsjökull at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. 

Other locations include ​Reynisfjara and Mýrdalssandur which are both situated on the South Coast of Iceland near Vik. Those areas were chosen for their barren volcanic landscapes which suit the Star Wars Universe well!

Finally, the Star Wars Saga movies also shot scenes in the North of Iceland at lake Myvatn and Lake Viti  both chosen for their geothermal activity mixed with the beautiful volcanic landscape.

How can you go to these places?​

The Eyjafjallajokull glacier,​ as well as Reynisfjara and Mýrdalssandur, are all located fairly close to each other near the southern coastal town of Vik


Actually, if you prefer, we can take you there on our South Coast Adventure tour! You'll truly get to feel immersed in otherworldly landscapes and you'll even get to discover even more amazing waterfalls and landscapes which aren't even in the film!


Oblivion (2013)

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In Tom Cruise's epic post-apocalyptic sci-fi movie 'Oblivion', a vast majority of the landscapes that you see as Captain Harper supervises what remains of Earth are actually landscapes of Iceland!

The vast unusual landscapes of Iceland made it perfect for shooting the barren and harsh world that was left after a devastating war between humans and aliens. 

Where was it filmed in Iceland? ​

For this film, the chosen locations are a little bit more remote than the ones we mentioned up to now.

Indeed some of the locations used for the film include Drekavatn, a lake situated in the center of Iceland on the border of the Vatnajokull National Park, and ​Jarlhettur, on the root of Langjokull Glacier.

Another location which was used was the Hrossaborg crater located in the North of Iceland East of Lake Myvatn. This crater was then used in the film as the location in which Tom Cruise is in a giant Baseball stadium in ruins.

Can you go to these places? 

​From the locations that were used to shoot Oblivion, the easiest to find would probably be the Hrossaborg crater which is located on the main road East of Myvatn. 

The other locations are more difficult to access and unless you have a good 4x4 with an experienced driver as they are not on main roads and require some hiking.

However, if you want to do some hiking on some glaciers, we've got you covered! Join us on our glacier hike with Ice climbing tour!​

Facts about Iceland

Interstellar (2014)

© Warner Bros

Christopher Nolan's 2014 sci-fi thriller is sure to mess with your mind a little bit. With a unique plot and fantastic visuals, this films was sure to need the help of Iceland to shoot some of the scenes on other planets!

Where was it filmed in Iceland?​

​The location used for filming the scenes on the Ice planet is the Svínafellsjökull glacier at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Now known as the 'Hollywood Glacier', we can understand why because this is the same glacier that was used for Star Wars! 

The scene in which the crew goes to a shallow ocean planet was also filmed in Iceland in a place called Máfabót, a low land area situated between the open sea and a river on the South Coast close to the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Can you go there?

​All of these places are situated on the South Coast of Iceland between Vik and Hofn. These are probably a bit far to do in 1 day but definitely places you could check out on your road-trip around Iceland!


The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty (2013)

Not many people know this but Ben Stiller loves Iceland! In fact, he loves it so much that in his adaptation of James Thurber's 1939 short story, most of the film was filmed in Iceland!

In the film, Ben Stiller plays an odd photography asset manager, and the last picture needed for the final print of the magazine goes missing. In a desperate attempt to find the negative of the photo, Mitty goes on a crazy adventure to different places in the world.

Where was it filmed in Iceland? 

The scenes set in Greenland were actually filmed in Iceland and more particularly in Stykkishólmur, on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and Hofn on the South Coast.

The famous scene in which Mitty uses a longboard on the road was filmed on the East coast in Seyðisfjörður.

Finally, the story even takes Mitty to the Himalayas, but these scenes were also filmed in Iceland! More particularly at Skógafoss Waterfall in the South and in the Vatnajokull National Park.

Can you go to these places?​

Yes, you can!

If you do a road trip around Iceland, you'll be able to go to all of these places! Check out the guide to doing a road trip around Iceland in 7 days!

If you don't have that much time, there are two tours which you can do with us to see some of these locations: ​

South Coast in Iceland

Prometheus (2012)

© Twentieth Century Fox

Ridley Scott's amazing Sci-fi 'Prometheus' was filmed largely in Iceland. Indeed, the filmed required (like many others on this list) a very alien-looking world that would fit the atmosphere of the film. 

The chosen location was set to be Marocco, changes had to be made and Iceland was then chosen for its ​"rough and Jurassic-like" landscapes. It is fair to say it was a good choice in the end! 

​Where was it filmed in Iceland?

Some of the scenes from Prometheus were filmed at the volcanically active Hekla volcano​. The rugged and odd feel of the place was a great choice for such a film. 

Other parts of the film were shot at Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss​

Can you go to these places?​

​Yes

Although Hekla is volcanically active, you can still go hike there. It is very close to the Golden Circle route, in the South West of the island. So if you fancy doing the Golden Circle route and you have a good car and some good hiking shoes, just take route 26 and enjoy the scenery!

Don't forget to check out our ultimate guide to doing the Golden Circle!​

If you want to go to Dettifoss​ waterfall, you need to go North towards Myvatn, there you can take route 864 off the main road and you'll get there! 


Captain America: Civil War (2016)

© Marvel Studios

Captain America: Civil War was the second Marvel Studio which featured Iceland in its scenery. The first being Thor: The Dark World (2013).

In this film, we witness Captain America and Iron man going to Winter Soldier’s land​ which was actually filmed in Iceland!

Where was it filmed in Iceland?​

The chosen locations for this Marvel feature film were the areas surrounding Vik on the South Coast of Iceland. Vik seems to be more and more popular as a filming set, mostly due to its valleys, cliffs, and natural black sands.​

​Can you go there?

Of course, you can!

Vik is easily accessible from Reykjavik. It is actually possible to do a 1-day trip there! There are loads to see on the way there too. To find out more about this self-drive trip click here!

At Wake Up Reykjavik we also do a south coast adventure tour where we take you to Vik and where you get to see all the most beautiful areas surrounding!​

Best South Coast Iceland tour

Conclusion & final words

There are so many films that were shot in Iceland that it was difficult to narrow down just a few for this list! Let me know if you would like to see a Part 2 for this list, maybe we could include some TV series in the next one too!

Do have a look at the tours that we offer because many of them can take you to various film locations and we have experiences available that will truly make you feel like you're on another planet yourself!

Let us know which is your favourite film on this list and if you recognized any of the locations!

Sincerely,

Your travel Guide and friend,

Guillaume​

We all know and love Iceland for its crazy terrain and amazing landscapes. Its beauty has also attracted some of the world’s leading actors and producers to shoot various scenes and films in Iceland.
Check out this list of movies that were filmed in Iceland and find out how you can visit these locations!

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