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10-Day Road Trip of Iceland Filming Locations I Ring Road - SD20

Visit real-life places from movies filmed in Iceland on this awesome self-drive tour around Iceland!

If you’re a movie buff then this Iceland 10-day itinerary is for you! Hop in your rental car and drive around Iceland’s Ring Road to explore Iceland’s most famous movie and TV locations. From Game of Thrones and Vikings to Star Wars and James Bond, exciting filming locations in Iceland will blow your mind. If you weren’t a cinema lover before, trust us, you will be after this!

Included in your 10-day self-drive package is a rental car at your selection, accommodation with private bathroom, and breakfast.
All at the best price guaranteed.


Duration: 10 days

Group maximum: 5

Available: All year

Age limit: No age limit

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Iceland movie locations
  • Capital City Reykjavik
  • The Golden Circle
  • The South Coast
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • East Fjords
  • Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area
  • North Iceland
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Pick-up:

Vehicle pick-up locations are at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) or at the BSI Bus Terminal in downtown Reykjavik. Pick-up times are flexible.

We recommend that you pick your car up early on your day of arrival and return it in the afternoon or evening on your last day for the best possible experience.

Drop-off:

The drop-off location for your car will be at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) no matter which pick-up location you have selected.

You may also drop off the car at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik on the last day of your tour if arranged prior to the tour. If you prefer the BSI drop-off location, you can change it immediately after booking (details are in your confirmation email).

Remember to bring:

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Good hiking shoes
  • A driver's license
  • A bathing suit
  • A towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera

Included:

  • Detailed 10-day itinerary & information package
  • 9 nights accommodation with private bathroom
  • 10-Day car rental (with all basic insurances: Collision Damage Waiver, Personal Accident Insurance and Theft Protection)
  • Breakfast each morning at hotels

Optional extras:

  • Whale watching in Dalvík
  • Blue Lagoon

Accommodation:

Comfort accommodation is included in the package.

Note: If you book for 2 or 4 persons you get twin / double rooms. If you book for 3 or 5 persons you get a combination of double/twin rooms and a single room.

Please Note:

This itinerary is perfect for morning arrivals. However, if you’re arriving to Iceland in the afternoon, we suggest a pre-night in Reykjavik before starting the regular itinerary.

In order to give you the best price possible, this self-drive package is fixed and cannot be changed or altered. The package has been optimized for the best experience.

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153 953 per adult

If 4 persons - May vary depending on group size, season and availability.


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Tour Details

Travel around Iceland on the Ring Road and visit incredible Iceland filming locations! From Keflavik Airport, depart to Reykjavik and begin driving the Ring Road to the Golden Circle and then on to the South Coast. On your way, see Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland in real life.

Next, drive southeast and follow in the footsteps of James Bond and Lara Croft as you explore the Vatnajökull Glacier area. Then explore the remote East Fjords and see where “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” star Ben Stiller went skateboarding.

For stunning Star Wars filming locations, set out for North Iceland before you reach Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where Jule Verne’s journey to the center of the earth begins. End your road trip in Reykjanes Peninsula, a pocket of Iceland that captured Clint Eastwood’s imagination.

Learn about epic movies shot in Iceland, keep your camera ready, snap and share!

Day 1 - Arrival & Reykjavik

Upon arrival, pick up your rental car at Keflavik Airport and head towards Reykjavik, the bustling capital of Iceland. On your way to Reykjavik, stop at Hafnarfjördur, the third-largest town in Iceland. The charming harbor town sits on a 7300-year-old lava field and is home to the annual Viking festival. In winter, Hafnarfjördur is home to the festive Christmas market. Next, arrive at Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital city. Your first big film location in Iceland is Reykjavik City Hall and Tjörnin Pond, featured in The Fifth Estate. In the 2013 movie about WikiLeaks, Julian Assange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) stands in front of the City Hall as a TV reporter announces the Icelandic bank collapse. Marvel at the impressive City Hall building, which looks as if it’s rising from the lake. The ground floor of the building is open to the public. Inside you’ll find an attractive cafe and a large 3D map of Iceland.

Day Highlights

  • Reykjavik City Hall
  • Tjörnin Pond
  • Hallgrimskirkja Church
  • Harpa Concert Hall
  • Perlan museum

Included

  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
Other city highlights include:
  • Árbæjarsafn Open Air Museum, located a 15-minute drive east from the city center, will take you back in time. Find historic buildings that offer a unique insight into the lives of Reykjavikians in the past. Enjoy various events and meet domestic animals up close. Kids love open spaces!
  • Hallgrimskirkja Church is Reykjavik’s most famous landmark. The church’s design resembles Iceland’s nature. Entrance to the church is free. For a fee, ride the elevator up to the tower and see panoramic views of Reykjavik.
  • Harpa Concert Hall features a stunning glass facade. Enter Harpa for free and take a look inside. According to Architectural Digest, Harpa is one of the best-designed buildings in the world. You simply can’t miss this awe-inspiring architectural wonder!
  • Perlan is another spectacular building that’s definitely worth a visit. Admire the rotating glass dome built on top of six water tanks. Buy a ticket to Perlan 360° Observation Deck for panoramic views over the city.

After an exciting day, rest at your hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

Enjoy your breakfast before you head to the Golden Circle, the most famous sightseeing route in Iceland. Game of Thrones fans will want to keep their cameras close! Producers of the hit HBO series ventured to the Golden Circle for major scenes. First, visit Þórufoss Waterfall, an attractive cascade surrounded by green fields. In the sixth episode of the fourth season, Drogon — the largest of Daenerys's three dragons — burns a herd of goats that graze near the waterfall. Next, stop at Hengill, a steaming geothermal area that was used in the tenth episode of the fourth season. It’s here where the brutal fight between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound was shot. From Hengill, it’s just a 10-minute drive to Thingvellir National Park, or the Bloody Gate from Game of Thrones. The park sits on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and American continental plates drift apart. The rugged scenery is simply breathtaking! No wonder the entrance to the indestructible Eyrie was shot at Thingvellir.

Day Highlights

  • Þórufoss Waterfall
  • Hengill
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall

Included

  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
Other day highlights include:
  • Geysir Geothermal Area is home to Strokkur, Iceland’s most active geyser. Strokkur hurls boiling water up to 30 m (100 ft) into the air every ten minutes or so!
  • Gullfoss Waterfall is the most famous cascade in the country. The 105-ft (32-m) high waterfall drops into the rugged canyon below with tremendous force.
  • Kerid is a 6500-year-old volcanic crater filled with milky blue water. Icelandic musician Björk once performed in the middle of the lake! Keep in mind that an entrance fee is now charged to visit the crater.
  • Faxi Waterfall, located 8 m (12 km) from Gullfoss, is one of Iceland’s hidden gems. Admire the wide, serene torrent of water without the tourist bustle. There you’ll also find a nice restaurant with awesome views.

Spend the night at your hotel in the Golden Circle area.

Day 3 - The South Coast

Today continue your Ring Road trip to the South Coast blessed with waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches. The dramatic scenery of the South Coast proves a perfect location for TV series and films as diverse as Game of Thrones, Vikings, Star Wars, and Captain America. First, stop at Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall that you can walk behind. Follow a footpath behind the cascade and see it from a new perspective! Then discover Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, the less-visited neighbor of the popular Seljalandsfoss. The elusive cascade tumbles into a hidden canyon, creating a beautiful effect that photographers love.

Day Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Mýrdalssandur
  • Dyrhólaey Promontory
  • Reynisfjara Beach

Included

  • Rental Car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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Next, arrive at Skógafoss Waterfall, a mesmerizing 60-m (200-ft) high cascade. Skógafoss appears in the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8. The waterfall provides a backdrop for Daenerys’s dragon’s impressive flight. The stunning scenery of Skógafoss was also featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Thor: The Dark World, and History's hit drama series Vikings. 

Once you’re done exploring the best waterfalls on the South Coast, head to Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. The imposing glacier becomes the Fist of the First Men in Game of Thrones season 2. Let the striking glacial landscapes transport you to Westeros.

Then drive through the vast black sands of Mýrdalssandur. These desolate landscapes were used to represent the planets of Lah’mu and Eadu in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Spend the second half of the day exploring the surrounding area of Vik. In the premiere of Vikings season 5, Flóki discovers an unknown land and lands on a black sand beach near Vik. Enjoy views from Dyrhólaey promontory, which was used in Game of Thrones season 7 to depict Eastwatch by the Sea. Next depart for Reynisfjara Beach, the most beautiful black sand beach in the world. Reynisfjara was a filming location for Noah, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Trek: Into Darkness. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in the village of Vik. Producers of Captain America: Civil War ventured to this small town on the South Coast to shoot scenes set in Siberia.

Day 4 - Skaftafell National Park

After breakfast leave the village of Vik behind and drive towards Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park, where you’ll find the land beyond the wall from Game of Thrones. Your first stop is Hjörleifshöfdi Hill, a 221-m (725-ft) high tuff headland and the real-life location of the Frostfang Mountains in season 2 of Game of Thrones. Then discover the beauty of Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon, which became popular when it was featured in Justin Bieber’s music video “I’ll Show You.” Daenerys’s dragons flew over the serpentine-shaped canyon in the premiere of Game of Thrones season 8.

Day Highlights

  • Hjörleifshöfdi Hill
  • Fjadrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Dverghamrar Cliffs
  • Lómagnúpur Mountain
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Svinafellsjökull Glacier

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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On your way to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, stop at Dverghamrar Cliffs (“The Dwarf Cliffs”), beautiful formations of columnar basalt, and at Lómagnúpur Mountain, one of the most recognizable peaks in the country.

Next arrive at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where you’ll find gushing waterfalls, glistening glaciers, and towering mountain peaks. Hike to Svartifoss Waterfall framed by black basalt columns. The beauty of Svartifoss inspired the architecture of Reykjavík’s National Theatre. The hike to the awe-inspiring falls takes about 45 minutes.

Today’s big screen highlight is Svinafellsjökull Glacier, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. Jon Snow and the Night Watch captures Ygritte on the glacier in season 2 of Game of Thrones. The brilliant blue glacier was also used in Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins for the famous training scene between Christian Bale and Liam Neeson.

Christoper Nolan seems to be a returning visitor to Iceland. Svinafellsjökull was also a stand-in for an ice planet in his film Interstellar.

After an exciting day, spend the night at your hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

Day 5 - Glacier Lagoons

Today follow in the footsteps of James Bond and Lara Croft. You'll visit some of the most beautiful glacial landscapes in the world, let alone Iceland.

Day Highlights

  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Stokksnesviti Lighthouse

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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First, head to Vatnajökull Glacier Viewpoint for breathtaking views over Europe's largest glacier. Then stop at Falljökull Glacier, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull, featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The ice cap doubled for scenes set in remote Afghanistan.

Next, visit Fjallsárlón, a quiet ice lagoon next to Vatnajökull Glacier. Considered one of Iceland's hidden gems, Fjallsárlón reveals fantastic up-close views of the glistening glacier.

After that, it's time for James Bond-style adventures! Arrive at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the main highlight of today. The lagoon is filled with stunning blue icebergs. Its cinematic scenery was used in James Bond: A View to Kill (1985). The film opens with a helicopter chasing Bond (played by Roger Moore) through snowy wilderness. He brings down the helicopter and makes his escape in a boat disguised as one of Jokulsarlon’s icebergs.

Special Agent 007 (this time played by Pierce Brosnan) returned to Jökulsárlón in James Bond: Die Another Day (2002). Bond engages in a high-speed car chase across the frozen lake. The scene was incredibly hard to shoot and used four Aston Martins and four Jaguars that were converted to four-wheel drive.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was also featured in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft makes an impressive entrance at the ice-filled lagoon.

Other day highlights include:

  • Diamond Beach, located right across the street from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, is a remarkable sight where giant icebergs from the nearby lagoon wash up on black sands.
  • Eystrahorn Mountain is a very steep peak and a true delight for photographers. The mountain is too dangerous to climb, but it's definitely worth stopping for the breathtaking view.
  • Stokksnesviti Lighthouse is a remote white tower that protects the coastline. The lighthouse was featured in the 2007 fantasy film Stardust. Find Stokksnesviti about 10 km (6 mi) east from the town of Höfn.

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in Höfn/Skaftafell.

Day 6 - East Fjords

After breakfast, continue off the beaten path to the East Fjords, one of the oldest regions in Iceland. Often overlooked by tourists, East Iceland with its spectacular fjords offers peace and tranquility. Explore thundering waterfalls and small fishing villages surrounded by towering mountains.

Day Highlights

  • Port town of Djúpivogur
  • Borgargardsvatn Lake
  • Saxa Cliff
  • Gufufoss Waterfall
  • The town of Seydisfjördur
  • Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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Your first stop is the charming port town of Djúpivogur. Dating back to the 16th century, Djúpivogur is dotted with beautiful historic buildings. Then head to Borgargardsvatn Lake surrounded by hulking mountains.

Next, discover the geological wonder of Saxa Cliff and watch ocean waves hurl high into the air. If you're on the hunt for more hidden gems, stop at Gufufoss Waterfall. The rectangular cascade drops into the narrow canyon below.

Today's big screen highlight is the town of Seydisfjördur. Surrounded by majestic mountains, the quaint town provided a backdrop for the famous longboarding scene in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Walter (played by Ben Stiller) gets on his skateboard and flies down the long winding road. Feel inspired by the utterly spectacular scenery as you drive down the same road!

For more eye-filling scenics, stop at Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls. While Hengifoss is Iceland's third-largest waterfall, Litlanesfoss is framed with impressive basalt formations. 

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in Egilsstadir, the capital of the East.

Day 7 - Lake Myvatn Geothermal Region

Today head towards Myvatn, the most spectacular destination in North Iceland. The name “Myvatn” refers to both the lake and the surrounding area. The entire lake area is graced with lava landscapes, volcanic craters, and hissing hot springs. With such astonishing scenery, it's no wonder that Myvatn made its way to the big screen.

Day Highlights

  • Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Hverarönd
  • Grjótagjá Cave
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Field
  • Godafoss Waterfall

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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Your first stop is Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Also called “The Niagara of Europe,” the cascade thunders over a 45 m (148 ft) cliff. In Ridley Scott's Prometheus, the striking waterfall is a backdrop for the opening scene. Dettifoss was also used as a stand-in for post-apocalypse America in the movie Oblivion starring Tom Cruise.

Next, visit Hverarönd, one of Iceland's most impressive geothermal areas. The area's bubbling and steaming landscape was featured in the opening scene of Game of Thrones season 3. Sam runs through a snowstorm in Hverarönd in search of safety. Hverarönd was also used to depict recreations of ancient Earth in The Tree of Life starring Brad Pitt. 

Then drive to Grjótagjá Cave, a true geological wonder. The small lava cave is home to a brilliant blue hot spring. This geological wonder was an ideal setting for the emotional Jon and Ygritte love scene in season 3 of Game of Thrones. Next up is Dimmuborgir Lava Field, which (together with Höfdi Peninsula) was used as a stand in for Mance Rayder's wildling army camp in the same season.

Upon arrival at Lake Mývatn, discover another beautiful scenery used to shoot the epic battle scene between the First Order and the Rebels for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The volcanic lake was also the setting for a thrilling car chase in Fast and Furious 8.

Your final stop is Godafoss Waterfall, a grand horseshoe-shaped cascade. The thundering falls have their own story. In the year 1000 CE, the Icelandic law speaker decided to convert the country to Christianity. After his conversion, he threw his statues of Norse gods into the falls, giving it the name “Waterfall of the Gods.”

After an action-packed day, rest at your hotel in Akureyri.

Day 8 - Akureyri and North Iceland

Today you’ll drive westward through the unspoiled landscapes of North Iceland. Prepare to be enticed by rugged scenery and charming old fishing villages, now filled with quaint shops and cozy family-owned eateries.

Day Highlights

  • Akureyri, the capital of the North
  • The fishing village of Dalvik
  • Optional whale watching from Dalvik
  • Hvitserkur Sea Stack
  • Kolugljúfur Canyon

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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Before you hit the road, spend some time exploring Akureyri, Iceland’s second city often called the capital of the North. Akureyri sits at the bottom of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. There you’ll find tempting restaurants and the world’s northernmost botanical gardens!

Next, head towards the fishing village of Dalvik, one of the best whale watching spots in Iceland. The chance of seeing whales at Dalvik exceeds 98%! You can book an optional whale watching tour from Dalvik at 1:00 p.m. (13:00). On this ocean adventure, sail the picturesque Eyjafjörður Fjord and see whales in the wild!

Then continue with your journey westward and stop at Hvitserkur Sea Stack, a bizarre rock formation and one of the main highlights of North Iceland. The impressive rock rises 15 m (50 ft) out of the ocean and resembles a dragon drinking water. Grab your camera, point, and click!

Today’s last highlight is Kolugljúfur Canyon, the picture-postcard gorge filled with gushing waterfalls.

In the evening, arrive at your hotel in the Stadur area.

Day 9 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast head out to Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. Often called “Iceland in Miniature,” Snæfellsnes collects the best of Iceland in one place: roaring cascades, glacier-capped volcanoes, and black sand beaches. It’s little wonder Hollywood directors consider the peninsula a perfect shooting location.

Day Highlights

  • The village of Stykkishólmur
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Snaefellsjökul National Park
  • Sneafellsjökull Glacier
  • Djúalónssandur Beach
  • Lóndrangar Cliff

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
  • Accommodation
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Today’s first highlight is Stykkishólmur, a colorful village overlooking a bay dotted with small islands. The adorable village was used to represent Nuuk in Greenland in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Walter (played by Ben Stiller) meets a drunken karaoke enthusiast who later turns out to be a helicopter pilot played by famed Icelandic actor Olafur Darri.

Next, stop at Kirkjufell Mountain, one of the most photographed places in Iceland. The cone-shaped mountain represented Arrowhead Mountain in Game of Thrones. Close to Kirkjufell, find the beautiful waterfalls of Kirkjufellsfoss resting against the mountain.

You don’t want to miss Snæfellsjökull National Park, which protects the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier. The ice cap covers a volcano and dominates the peninsula. Snæfellsjökull was immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. In the novel, the majestic glacier represents a doorway to the center of the earth. Snæfellsjökull was also featured in the movie adaptation of the novel. 

Other day highlights include:

  • Djúpalónssandur Beach and Dritvik Cove will make your jaw drop. Djúpalónssandur is a dramatic black pebble beach with huge rock formations. From Djúpalónssandur, a trail leads to Dritvík, an enclosed bay that once was the largest fishing station in Iceland. The bay, which used to be very busy, now feels remote and calm.
  • Lóndrangar Cliff. Gaze in wonder at two impressive basalt rock formations that surge into the air. From a distance, Lóndrangar looks like an abandoned medieval castle.
  • Arnarstapi Village is an attractive fishing village and home to Gatklettur, a dramatic stone arch that stands over in the sea. Close to Arnarstapi, find Sönghellir (Song Cave), known for its incredible acoustics.
  • Hellnar Village is a wee fishing village that once was one of the largest fishing centers on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Wander through the village and admire old buildings.

Spend the night at your hotel in the Snaefellsnes area.

Day 10 - Reykjanes Peninsula and Departure

Today is the last day of your epic 10 day road trip through Iceland. Enjoy your breakfast before you head to Reykjanes Peninsula, where you’ll find not only the world-famous Blue Lagoon but also landscapes unlike anything on Earth. Reykjanes sits directly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates drift apart. Be enchanted by moon-like lava fields and steaming vents!

Day Highlights

  • Kleifarvatn Lake
  • Hópsnesviti Lighthouse
  • Sandvík Cove
  • Blue Lagoon (for an additional fee)

Included

  • Rental car
  • Itinerary
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First, stop at Kleifarvatn Lake, the spookiest body of water in Iceland. The lake houses an aquatic monster the size of a whale, or so legend tells us. Surrounded by black sands, Kleifarvatn looks amazing in panoramic pictures.

Then find the bright orange Hópsnesviti Lighthouse standing in stark contrast to the surrounding black lava fields. On your way to the lighthouse discover a number of shipwrecks with plaques telling the stories of how the ships ended up here.

Next it’s time for relaxation! Book a ticket to Blue Lagoon, one of the most famous geothermal spas in the world. The 38°C (100°F) water will soothe your muscles. Keep in mind that pre-booking is essential. With its volcanic landscapes, the lagoon provided a mythic backdrop for the horror movie Hostel: Part II. The milky blue waters were also featured in The Fifth Estate.

After a visit to Blue Lagoon, head to Sandvík Cove, an astounding black sand beach. Sandvík was used as a stand-in for the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in Clint Eastwood’s Flags of our Fathers/Letters of Iwo Jima. The black volcanic sands of Sandvík are very similar to those found on the Pacific islands.

The breathtaking coastline of Reykjanes Peninsula was also featured in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty when Ben Stiller jumps into the Atlantic Ocean. Reykjanes also doubled as a future Earth in Judge Dredd.

That’s a wrap! Congratulations on completing the entire movie-themed Ring Road! It’s time to board your flight home filled with memories to last a lifetime.

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