Sitting cooped up in our houses with not much to do, except dream of travelling to far-off exotic lands–that’s what most of our vacay plans have been reduced to. In these times, all we want to do is to escape to another place, free of worries and pandemics. And can there be a more apt place than Iceland, the Nordic island nation that has often been used to represent other worlds in different movies? With its natural landscapes, icy glaciers, lava fields and rugged terrains, Iceland is a place unlike any other. Here’s a movie compilation that’s bound to transport you to this gorgeous island country.Journey to The Center Of The Earth (2008)
An adaptation of Jules Verne’s 1864 novel of the same name, this Eric Brevig directorial is about one man’s journey to find his missing brother, which takes him to the centre of the earth. Actors Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson and Icelandic actress Anita Briem transport us to the breathtaking beauty of the Snæfellsnes glacier where many of the movie's segments were shot.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoBatman Begins (2005)
Cited as one of the most influential films of the 2000's, Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins traces the origins of Bruce Wayne from the death of his parents to become Batman. The film is a thing of beauty–not just when it comes to understanding the real essence of a superhero but also when it comes to its setting. The beautiful Vatnajökull glacier in Iceland was depicted as Bhutan in the film, where Christian Bale and Liam Neeson battle it out with a sword fight.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoRogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
The space opera film, the first of the Star Wars standalone movies, was about a group of unlikely heroes who come together to steal the plans to the Death Star, a weapon for mass destruction. The film’s locations included Reynisfjara, and the mountains of Hjörleifshöfði and Hafursey at Mýrdalssandur, used to represent the planets of Lah’mu and Eadu. The third highest grossing Star Wars film was nominated for Best Visual Effects at the Academy Awards.
Streaming on Disney + HotstarOblivion (2013)
Tom Cruise’s post-apocalyptic science fiction saga may have been shot in various locations across the US but it is the spectacular beauty of Iceland that catches the viewer’s eye. We can’t help but envy Cruise as he sits next to an 800-foot drop to water a plant and admire the view from the top of Jarlhettur mountain. Visually striking, the film set in 2077 is a sci-fi adventure you don’t want to miss.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoNoah (2014)
The rugged terrains and natural landscapes of Iceland provide the perfect setting for this epic Biblical drama inspired from Noah’s Ark from the Book of Genesis. The Russell Crowe-starrer was shot at various locations of the Nordic island nation to represent the world before it was flooded. Some of the filming locations included the gorgeous black sand beach Reynisfjara, the Reykjanes peninsula and the area around Lake Myvatn.
Streaming on NetflixInterstellar (2014)
In director Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar set in a dystopian future, humanity is struggling to survive on Earth and a team of astronauts is sent to look for other planets where they can survive. The Matthew McConaughey-Anne Hathaway starrer was shot in Máfabót, a low-land area in Iceland and Svínafellsjökull glacier, with the two locations used to represent two different planets.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoLara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
The gorgeous Angelina Jolie transformed into Lara Croft, an adventurer who sets out to retrieve some ancient artefacts from the Illuminati in this action-adventure film. While the movie was panned by critics, it was a box-office success, owing to Ms Jolie and the Tomb Raider video game on which it was based. There’s a three-minute sequence that takes you to the icy climes of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which represents Siberia in the film.
Streaming on Amazon Prime VideoThor: The Dark World (2013)
The sequel to 2011’s Thor, this superhero film received critical acclaim for its stunning visual effects and performances, particularly by Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston. The Norse mythology hero, Thor returns to his roots making this one of the most extensive projects to be shot in Iceland. While some scenes were filmed around Landmannalaugar, near the volcano Hekla in South Iceland, an aerial shot captured the spectacular shots of Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. The other waterfall shown in the film is the stunning Skógafoss.
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