Hollywood Adores Iceland - Popular Movie Locations



Hollywood adores Iceland and chooses many of our popular movie locations to film movies or TV shows. They keep coming back and we truly understand why! In Iceland, we have wondrous, magical, and dramatic places to visit and it makes great scenery for movies. Have you ever wondered, while watching your favorite movie or TV show, where all the majestic and dramatic scenes are recorded?

Sit back, wonder no more, and here come our top 7 movies, that were shot in our wonderful country that is Iceland!

Top 7 popular movie locations shot in Iceland

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

You might have seen this movie, it is super popular and was mainly filmed in the US and in Iceland. You will come across some of Iceland's most beautiful and popular places to ever visit. And it is yet another reason to come visit Iceland yourself!

Hollywood covers the town Garður (Gardur). Here you will come across Iceland's oldest lighthouse that was built in 1847. Garður is a fishing village merely a few kilometers from Keflavik airport.

They go through the capital of the famous Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Stykkishólmur. It is such an eye-pleasing small town where you can find lots of old buildings.

Vatnajökull - a popular movie location
Vatnajökull

In the film, where Walter (Ben Stiller) is trying to track down his friend in Afghanistan but if you did not know, this place is actually the national park of Vatnajökull! Here you find Iceland's biggest and most majestic glacier of the same name, which covers roughly 8% of Iceland's surface. We sure understand why Hollywood adores Iceland, as especially this popular movie location of scenery is outstandingly awe-inspiring.

Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)

Kirkjufell - popular movie locations
Kirkjufell in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

A Journey to the Center of the Earth. A movie most likely everyone has seen! Did you know, some scenes were shot in Iceland? This amazing movie is an adaptation of the legendary novel written by Jules Verne. This is an American movie starring Brendan Frasier, Josh Hutcherson, and the Icelandic actor, Anita Briem.

Even though Jules Verne had NEVER visited Iceland, he managed to pull off a shocking and legendary story about Snæfellsnes Peninsula and its majestic glacier/volcano which is supposedly the door to the center of the earth.

Star Wars: The Force Unleashed (2015) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Svínajökull a popular movie place
Svínajökull

The Ice Planet of Hoth, which already appears in the movies in the 1980s, is the amazing Svínafellsjökull. Hollywood adores this location in Iceland, as it is a pretty raw and intense place to be in. Many different movies have been filmed in this dramatic movie locations.

Game of Thrones

Grjótagjá - popular movie locations
Grjótagjá Cave

My favorite place where Game of Thrones was filmed, is Grjótagjá Cave, merely a few kilometers from Lake Mývatn. This cave contains geothermal water but it is strictly prohibited to bathe in, as signs will tell you. The pristine water is simply too hot to bathe in. What I can tell you, though, is that place plays a lot with your adventurous side! If you are brave enough, you can crawl in between the rocks and go a bit further into the cave.

Dimmuborgir, also quite close to Mývatn, is the location north of the wall. This location is also where Samwell Tarly and Lord Commander Mormont are attacked by the dreading White Walkers.

I highly recommend visiting these places, if you are a hardcore Game of Thrones fan. Hollywood adores Iceland and our popular movie locations and they sure seem to agree with us!

Prometheus (2012)

Dettifoss - popular movie locations
Dettifoss

The beginning of Prometheus starts roaringly! In the background, you will see Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss! We, the Icelandic people, are very proud of it and can see why Hollywood chose this break-taking and popular movie location. It sits in the north-eastern part of Iceland and is a part of Iceland's biggest national park, Vatnajökull.

The waterfall can be approached on both sides and there is a path to a boardwalk giving you the utmost ideal view at the front! Beware of major sprays from the waterfall, but it is all a part of the experience. Enjoy it!

Thor: The Dark World (2013)

A movie about our favorite hero Thor and ancient Norse mythology is not complete without a little bit of Iceland in it.

Landmannalaugar - popular movie locations
Landmannalaugar

The dramatic scenes of the black sand landscapes of Svartalfheim were shot around Landmannalaugar, near the majestic volcano Hekla located in the south of Iceland. Landmannalauagar is one of Iceland's most photographed places due to its oddly colorful oasis deep into the highlands. It is also surrounded by tall-standing mountains along with steaming hot springs.

Another immaculate waterfall providing beautiful scenery is Skógarfoss. Its location is amazing as it lies right next to the Ring Road on the south coast. Fjaðrárgljúfur (Fjadrargljufur) is yet another filming location and is fairly close to Skógarfoss. It is one of the most beautiful canyons you will ever see. The color contrast is amazing and such an eye-pleasing sight.

Fast & Furious 8 (2017)

A few scenes in this incredible movie were shot in Iceland.

Lake Mývatn - popular movie locations
Lake Mývatn

The amazingly epic car chase scene on the frozen lake was filmed in northern Iceland at Lake Mývatn, where the Russian submarine blasts through the ice! During summer, Lake Mývatn is one of the most magical places to ever visit. It is a picture-perfect lake with pristine water surrounded with outstandingly beautiful nature.

How do I get to all these popular movie locations?

That is super easy! All you would need is a rental car suitable for you and perhaps a GPS!

We can provide you with the best and cheapest vehicles to make your trip your best one yet. We value quality over quantity and assure you, you would be in great hands renting from us.

If you do not feel like driving or do not trust yourself to it, there are many experienced bus tours available! There is a tour available, that will take you to all the places Game of Thrones were filmed. And it is absolutely magnificent.

Another tour will take you on the Diamond Circle, almost all of the destinations are where popular cinematic movies were filmed. Hollywood truly adores Iceland and should you explore it yourself, you would want to come again and again!