15 Films and TV shows that were filmed in Iceland

The Icelandic nature is largely untouched by man. The beautiful nature and the dramatic scenery makes Iceland the perfect filming location for all sorts of movies and TV shows. If you are looking for some inspiration before your trip to Iceland, check out these fifteen movies and TV shows that were filmed in Iceland.

1. Batman Begins

Batman Begins was partly shot at Svinafellsjokull Glacier in Iceland. In the movie, Liam Neeson and Christian Bale have a famous sword fight on the glacier. The actors later told the press that they heard crackling beneath the ice when they were shooting the scene. If you want to do a glacier hike on the same glacier where these two fought, check out our glacier hike tour of Svinafellsjokull Glacier here.

2. Interstellar

The film Interstellar was also partly shot at Svínafellsjökull glacier. Even though Iceland didn’t play a huge role in the film, the scenery of the country was used largely for promotions for the film. Here we offer a glacier hike in Skaftafell in Svinafellsjokull Glacier.

3. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty was largely filmed in Iceland. The film even had some Icelandic actors in it. The crew went all over Iceland to film for this movie. Among other places they went to Seyðisfjörður, Grundarfjörður, Höfn, and Fjallsárlón.

4. Thor: The Dark World

Some scenes from the film Thor: The Dark World were filmed in Iceland. One of the filming locations was the highlands of Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve. The scenery in Landmannalaugar is stunning. Check out one of our tours of Landmannalaugar here.

Another scene from the movie was shot near the huge canyon of Ásbyrgi and Dettifoss waterfall. Dettifoss waterfall is Icelands most powerful waterfall, and it is quite a sight for sore eyes! We offer some tours to Dettifoss Waterfall here.


5. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

If you want to go in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie or Lara Croft, you need to visit Jokulsarlon, Iceland. Some parts of the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider were shot in Jokulsarlon. Click Here to check out our tour of Jokulsarlon. You get to sail on the glacier lagoon as well as hike on the glacier.

6. Oblivion

Tom Cruise saves the world with the beautiful Icelandic nature in the background in the film Oblivion. The film was shot in Hrossaborg Crater, on Jarlhettur mountain area, and near Dettifoss waterfall.

7. Journey to the Center of the Earth

This science fantasy adventure film was shot partly in Iceland. The film even featured some Icelandic actors and actresses. The movie is shot in Snæfellsjokull National Park. Click here if you want to explore Snæfellsjokull National Park.

8. Die Another Day

This 2002 James Bond film was largely shot in Iceland. One of the main filming locations was on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon. Other filming locations include the town Höfn and Vatnajökull Glacier. The 1985 film James Bond: A view to kill was also shot on Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.


9. Noah

Iceland was used as the land in the film Noah, before the world flooded. The gorgeous black sand beach Reynisfjara was largely used for the film. Here is one of our most popular tours of this area.

10. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Some scenes from the most recent Star Wars film, were shot on Eyjafjallajokull Glacier. If the name Eyjafjallajokull sounds familiar to you, it might be because of the infamous volcanic eruption in the year 2010 that stopped all air traffic for a few days. Click here to take a look at a tour of this area!

11. Captain America: Civil War

The film Captain America: Civil War was shot near the small village Vík. The village is located southernmost part of Iceland. The village is surrounded by beautiful valleys, cliffs, mountains, and beaches. We offer this great tour of the South Coast of Iceland where Captain America: Civil War was filmed.

12. The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life has a lot of stars in it; Brad Pitt Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn to name a few. But people who have been to Iceland will recognize Iceland as another star in the film. The Tree of life was partially shot at Krafla lava fields and Námafjall Geothermal Area. Click here if you want to visit the filming location of The Tree of Life.

13. Prometheus

The opening scene from the film Prometheus was shot in Iceland. Like other films on this list, Prometheus was filmed near Dettifoss Waterfall in Iceland. Here is a tour we offer around Iceland, where you get to explore Dettifoss, among so much more of what Iceland has to offer.

14. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is the only TV show on the list and we kept it here for a good reason. This popular tv show has used Iceland multiple times when filming, and the two go together perfectly. We offer a special Game of Thrones Tour for the real fans of the show!


15. Fast & Furious 8

This newest Fast & The Furious film, or Fast 8 as it will be called, will come out in 2017. There have already been reports of really nice cars being transported to the highlands of Iceland for the filming of Fast 8. Now we have something to look forward to and we just have to wait for 2017. In the meantime, you should visit Iceland!

Contributed: Birta Bjornsdottir