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March 2014

Iceland, the largest outdoor studio in Hollywood!

The natural landscapes of Iceland are becoming a more and more popular choice for the setting of Hollywood films. Photos by Ludovis Bischoff Photo 3 © films in Iceland

Grandiose and larger than life, the landscapes of Iceland have taken over the studios of Hollywood cinema. More and more films are shot in the natural scenery of the island and it is very easy for anyone to visit these outdoor film sets in order to step into the world of Batman, Lara Croft and James Bond! It was the famous British spy who started the trend in the early 2000s to film a car chase scene from “Die Another Day” on the frozen lagoon of Jökulsarlon, at the foot of the largest icecap of Europe, Vatnajökull. Since then, many directors have been inspired by the highly photogenic landscapes of Iceland. The opening scene of the sci-fi film “Prometheus”, by Ridley Scott, which sees an alien spaceship flying over rugged landscapes, was filmed over in Iceland. Ditto for “Oblivion”, the film in which Tom Cruise walks into a post-apocalyptic future in Jarlhettur and Hrossaborg. As for the scenes in the “Game of Thrones” series that take place beyond the “North Wall”, these are regularly immortalized in Godafoss, Dimmuborgir or Hverfjall, in the north of the island. Recently, Ben Stiller spent five weeks filming the majority of his film “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” on the slopes of Sultartungnagil, a glacier near the city of Hofn, which was supposed to represent the Himalayas in the movie! Ditto for the blockbuster by Darren Aronofsky, “Noah” with Russell Crowe, which was filmed in various parts of the country (the beach of Reynisfjara , the most southerly of the island and even the Raufarholshellir Lava Cave). But wherever you look on this island depending on the winds, it’s easy to imagine it as a cinematic setting…

Cinema tours by Iceland Travel:
http://www.icelandtravel.is
http://www.icelandtravel.is

Link to video of movies shot in Iceland:
http://www.planiceland.com

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