Iceland Travel Tips

Driving Through a Scene in a Movie: Iceland and Hollywood


If you feel like you are in a movie when driving around the spectacular Icelandic scenery, you are probably in a location used in numerous famous Hollywood movies and TV shows in recent years. On your trip around Iceland in your Lava Car Rental, you can visit places from your favorite movies and even recreate a shot from your favorite movie with you as the new leading star!

Hollywood Movie Magic

When driving through Grundarfjörður or Stykkishólmur on Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, or in Höfn or in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland you may find yourself in locations for scenes in the 2013 Hollywood movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. You might even think you are in Greenland, Afghanistan or the Himalayas because Stykkishólmur and Höfn served as locations in Greenland in that movie (Walter didn't quite make it to the actual Greenland, you see). Scenes shot on Vatnajökull glacier stood in for locations like Afghanistan and the Himalayas.

Even the scenes set in Iceland messed with the geography of the country. Walter Mitty was actually in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland when he witnessed Eyjafjallajökull erupt, while the movie would have you believe he was in Stykkishólmur in West Iceland and the volcano was located in the town’s vicinity. Eyjafjallajökull is nowhere near either of the two towns in reality; instead, it’s located in South Iceland.

These scenes from the movie Prometheus were taken at Dettifoss.

The Icelandic company True North is the local organizer many of movie studios use and in the video below, they have assembled an amazing collage of clips from movies and tv shows shot here in Iceland.

Among the movies shot in Iceland over the past few years are Star Wars: Rogue One, Captain America: Civil War, Jason Borne, The Huntsman, Noah, Prometheus, Oblivion, Secret life of Walter Mitty, Thor: The Dark World, Fast and Furious 8, Transformers, Sense8, The Last Witch Hunter, Flags of our Fathers, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Justice League!

These scenes from the movie Prometheus were taken at Dettifoss waterfall.

Check out our article on making a day drive of Dettifoss Circle and see this magnificent waterfall from both sides.

 Finally here is the longboard scene from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller. (The Icelandic at the beginning is the character trying to warn Walter that there is about to be a volcanic eruption, but Walter is on a mission and can't be stopped). :) 

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