Paradise for filmmakers
If an Oscar ecxisted for the most fantastic and fascinating landscapes, Island would stand a very good chance. It’s not a coincidence that one after the other Blockbuster was filmed here. A few examples: ‘The Secret life of Walter Mitty’ (Ben Stiller and Sean Penn), ‘Die Another Day’ (James Bond), the latest Star Trek movie, ‘Game of Thrones’ (hit series), ‘Oblivion’ (Tom Cruise), ‘Prometheus’ (Ridley Scott), ‘Thor: The Dark World’ (Natalie Porter) and so we could go on and on.
What makes Iceland so special?
Some examples: The Vatnajokull glacier, with a surface of approximately 8100 km², which coveres 8% of Iceland, with an ice cap that is up to 1000 feet thick. The highlight of the glacier is the Iceberg sea, where broken pieces of the Icebergs are floating slowly towards the sea. In between are seals swimming. On this Lake was a Chase filmed for ‘Die Another Day’.
Where there are glaciers, there are waterfalls. The waterfalls on Iceland are enormous. The Dettifoss in the Northeast is the largest in Europe. The road to this waterfall takes you along a treeless landscape with lonely point mountains in the distance. It seems here as if you’re on another planet.
Just past the Detifoss there is a landscape that looks even more alien. The rocks here color orange, yellow and light brown. Little Lakes contain green/blue water. This is the area of the Krafla volcano. This volcano is about 25 KM2 in size. Here you find simmering mud pools and hot little Lakes. In some places outside the hiking trails, the ground is very hot. The last eruption was 30 years ago, but it looks like it only just has taken place. There is still steam coming from the rocks. You can imagine yourself being in… a movie.
There is no landscape on earth that resembles the Moon as much as the Hverfell and Ludent-craters. These craters that are formed about thousand years ago, consist entirely of lava-rock. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin practiced here in 1967 as a preparation for their moon landing. Since that time various film crews filmed a ‘moon walk’ here.
On the other side of the country is the largest geyser of Iceland, called Strokkur, which every six, seven minutes, suddenly is spitting out a jet of boiling water, about 20 meters high. Near the geyser is the Gullfoss, the most popular waterfall in Iceland, not much smaller than the Dettlisfoss but by many considered to be more beautiful. The waterfall played a role in the first ‘Thor’ movie and in the series ‘Game of Thrones’.
Iceland has so much more special landscapes, which are used in movies and video clip, there are too many to name. So we finally just name a few tourist attrractions that you simply should not miss, visiting Iceland.
Blue Lagoon: A light blue lake with water of 39 degrees, that became the basis for the world most famous spa. Go for a wim, get massaged, enjoy.
Reykjavik: The capital of Iceland, with about 120,000 inhabitants. You can imagine yourself here in a true metropolis, everything can be found here. The nightlife is particularly lively.
Pingvellir: National Park, and the base of the Icelandic democracy. In agent times the chiefs came here traditionally to arrange their affairs. The area is also the dividing line between the North American and the European continent, with the plain itself as separation. Iceland is driven apart in this place, at an average speed of 1 to 2 cm per year.
Whale safari: Humpback whales, minke whales or pilot whales. you can find them all in the waters of Island.
Northern lights: Even the sky over Iceland offers great spectacle. If it really gets dark, after the long summer, solar parts can cause the northern lights, an unbelievable show of dancing light, a true wonder of nature.
Take a Look at the Iceland Photo gallery below and get Inspired!
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