Sometimes one of the many reasons travelers may plan to go to a specific country, is to visit where their favorite movie locations were filmed. Likely they’ve been inspired by a specific character, culture, or landscape feature and have to see it for themselves. Therefore, finding Iceland movie locations is becoming more popular as of late. Maybe because so many wonderful ones were filmed here!
Movies Filmed in Iceland: Vik Expeditions Role
The leader of Vik Expeditions, Davíð Geir Jónasson spent a solid 10 years in the film industry. First, he was doing special effects for all of the big and small movie and television shows that came to Iceland. Second, when he became a professional guide he still partook part-time as he chose. Third, Davíð has extensive knowledge of the Iceland movie locations filmed in Vik. So why not hear it right from someone who was actually on the sets, making the magic?
List of Movies & TV Shows Shot in Iceland
Allow us to educate you a bit on what movies and television shows were filmed in Iceland. After all it may be a nice little walk down memory lane for you too! However, this will not be an inclusive list, as we are choosing to leave out the older (2000 and earlier only) and very local ones.
Movies Filmed in Iceland:
- Choosoddaam Randi (2000)
- Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
- Die Another Day (2002)
- True Love (Once Removed) 2002
- Batman Begins (2005)
- Beowulf & Grendel (2005)
- Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
- Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
- Hostel: Part II (2007)
- Stardust (2007)
- Journey to the Center of the Earth (2008)
- Aadhavan (2010)
- Namo Venkatesa (2010)
- Faust (2011)
- Nova Zembla (2011)
- Prometheus (2012)
- Hanuman.com (2013)
- Naayak (2013)
- Oblivion (2013)
- Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
- The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
- Thor: The Dark World (2013)
- Interstellar (2014)
- Land Ho! (2014)
- Noah (2014)
- Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead (2014)
- Dilwale (2015)
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Bokeh (2017)
- Crocodile (Black Mirror) 2017
- Fast & Furious 8 (2017)
- Through Night and Day (2018)
- Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
- The Midnight Sky (2020)
- Tomorrows World (2021)
TV Shows Filmed in Iceland
- Game of Thrones
- Sense 8
- Stella Blómkvist
- Black Mirror
- Halo: Nightfall
- The Eagle
- Katla (2021 Netflix Series)
Vik Iceland Movie Locations
Southern Iceland is such a dynamic area of Iceland to film projects. From glaciers, canyons, waterfalls, black sand beaches, cliffs, rock formations, etc there is no shortage of options! So I bet you will not be surprised to find out that Vik Iceland is often used for the plethora of landscapes. Meanwhile, I would love to share with you some specific Vik Iceland movie locations…
A hidden gem within Vik Iceland is truly Katla Glacier. In the middle of an Icelandic desert sits a beautiful subglacial volcano. Furthermore, this area is part of Mýrdalsjökull is minutes away from the town of Vik and offers so much adventure. For example, you can embark on an ice climbing expedition, visit ice caves, go glacier walking, and other unforgettable adventures! Also, if you’re a thriller lover, checkout the new series on Netflix, Katla for some epic shots of Katla Glacier!
Basalt stacks and black beaches are magical landscape features. Therefore, Reynisdrangar has been a popular spot for Vik Iceland movie locations. To illustrate, the Russel Crow movie, Noah was specifically filmed at this location within the cave that sits on the beach. Further the Bollywood film, Dilwale was also filmed on this beach too! In fact, Star Trek: Into Darkness was filmed further down on the beach as well.
Solheimasandur DC-3 Plane Wreck in Vik
Many marvel over the DC-3 that sits abandoned about 15 minutes outside of the town of Vik. Bollywood and Justin Bieber did too! Which is exactly why those folks used the plane and black desert as the backdrop to their Iceland movie locations!
Dyrholaey Sea Arch
Game of Thrones fans rejoice! One of Vik Iceland movie locations is Dyrholaey Sea Arch and Beach. For instance, GOT uses the location to be the beach beneath Eastwatch (season 5 episode 7 and season 6 episode 7). Also Vikings and Beowulf used Dyrholaey as their backdrops.
Maybe you will recognize this mountain named Hafursey, from the movies: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; Noah; Transformers: The Last Night, and Captain America: Civil War. Further, you’ll be happy to know this lovely mountain is not far from Katla Glacier too! Truly one of the best Iceland movie locations!
Another hidden gem in Vik Iceland is Þakgil. Additionally, it is a place where you’ll find rock formations, crazy basalt features, and lunar-like vibes. The award winning movie, Beowulf was filmed throughout this area and also GOT. Vik Expeditions would love to point out the specific spots to you if you wish! Contact us for more details.
Town of Vik
Although Vik is a countryside town of only 300ish people year round, it is picturesque. From the hilltop church to the uncanny view of Reynisdrangar and surrounding mountains, it’s EPIC. Likely why the new series, Katla was primary filmed and based in the town of Vik!
Continuing the journey through interesting Iceland movie locations in Vik we find Hjörleifshöfði. To illustrate, it is a famous mountain just outside of the town of Vik where a traditional Viking grave sits and also a huge cave. Worth a stop when you are doing your Iceland self-drive journey!
Iceland Movie Location Tours
In conclusion, which Iceland movie location in Vik was your favorite today? We’d love to hear from you! And if you’re feeling like you’d like to see and do more, we’d be happy to share with you several more offbeat locations. Feel free to contact us for more information on planning that Vik expedition!
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