Over the past decade, Iceland has become a popular destination, not only for tourists, but also for filmmakers, who come from all over the world to film here.
Iceland is a haven for filmmakers, with its majestic waterfalls, imposing glaciers, lava fields, sulphurous mountains, lakes and lagoons of blue water. The spectacular scenery is not the only attraction for filming here: the Icelandic government also offers generous tax incentives to encourage more filming on the island.
Before the 2000s, there were just a few internationally known films shot in Iceland. However, in 2005, a scene from the movie Batman Begins (2005), that was filmed on the Svínafellsjökull glacier, caught the attention of filmmakers.
Some movies that have scenes shot in Iceland include 2 James Bond films (1985 and 2002), Interstellar, Star Trek Into Darkness, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. There are many others … You can easily recognize the waterfall Dettifoss in the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus (2012), and some familiar landscapes in Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (2014) -Russell Crowe, the main actor in the film, is a regular visitor to Iceland. A scene from the American film, Hostel: Part II, was shot at the blue lagoon.
In March 2016, the film crew from the Fast & Furious 8 made quite a stir when a car drove into the frozen Lake Myvatn and a horse named Jupiter was killed near the set after a fake iceberg being used for filming was blown by gale force winds into its paddock.
Iceland also gained exposure on TV programme such as Sense8, Fortitude and Game Of Thrones. Visitors from all over the world now travel to Iceland to enjoy the “Game of Thrones Tour“, which takes them to areas that were used in the series such as Mývatn and the hot spring Grjótagjá.
The above map was made by Film in Iceland; It shows all the main foreign movies which have filmed one or more scenes in Iceland, and tells you in which region they are in.
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