Interstellar was my second time filming in Iceland and it was an otherworldly experience. Iceland truly represents the beautiful extremes that nature has to offer.  The local crew - both experienced and professional - warned us that the wind could be so strong at times, it would blow the asphalt off of the road. They weren’t exaggerating; we witnessed it firsthand.

-Christopher Nolan, Interstellar, 2014

Filming in Iceland was a particularly successful casting choice. This magnificent lady gave all of herself most graciously to our camera lenses creating a striking on-screen performance. Iceland as a performer deserves a best lead actress award in any movie she's in.

-Sergio Mimica-Gezzan, Halo: Nightfall, 2014

I have wanted to shoot in Iceland since I first visited in the 90’s. It is one of the most unique and inspiring landscapes on the planet. The crew is top notch and many have become like family. I look forward to returning with future films.

-Darren Aronofsky, Noah, 2014

It was really exciting to shoot the exteriors of Svartalfheim in Iceland, which of all the places on this planet I think is the most magical. It has an otherworldly quality to it and looks like another planet… you get purple skies. We were shooting on a volcanic lava field and you can get big picture, epic footage there, which you can’t get anywhere else. It’s a world of ravines and waterfalls and lava and expanses of black sand and the northern lights. It’s a good place for elves to be from!

-Tom Hiddleston, Thor: The Dark World, 2013

When we first went to Iceland, I was blown away by the experience. The topography is so different, you can go up on a glacier that’s only a few hundred feet above sea level and feel like you’re at the top of the world.  All you can see is ice for miles and miles and then huge cliffs.  The landscape creates such amazing, stunning imagery that for a movie, is a great place to film.

-Ben Stiller, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, 2013

Iceland was a perfect fit; at the height of summer, there are 22 hours of daylight, which was conducive to a productive filmmaking day.  The landscape looks like no other place on earth.  We shot on Earl’s Peak, a mountain in the middle of Iceland.  There is a glacier on one side and a black sand desert on the other.  It was one of those experiences that you dream about as a director, going to places most people have never seen and being able to capture it all in camera.  There’s a unique beauty in the landscape there that fit the aesthetic I wanted for Oblivion.

-Joe Kosinski, Oblivion, 2013

For the Far Northern locations of Game of Thrones, we wanted something shatteringly beautiful, barren and brutal.  In Iceland, we found all of that, as well as a highly professional production crew.

-Janet Graham Borba, Game of Thrones, 2013

Filming in Iceland was a spectacular experience! It is one of the most wonderful places I’ve ever been. The Icelandic crew were amazingly efficient and made the job a real pleasure.

-Ridley Scott, Prometheus, 2012

Iceland offers cinematic opportunities that cannot be matched anywhere on the planet. The Icelandic crews were terrific, and the country is small enough that anything can get arranged with one or two phone calls. The most spectacular locations, great facilities, wonderful crews, and delicious food. It’s hard to go wrong anywhere you point a camera. I can’t wait to go back there and film again.

-Eli Roth, Hostel: part II, 2007

Flying in over the black sand beaches and lava fields, I could see that Iceland had the rugged and unusual look we needed for our film, “Flags of Our Fathers”. I soon learned that Iceland also has friendly, hardworking people with a refreshing can-do spirit. The open roads and undisturbed countryside remind me of the way America was fifty years ago. With such gorgeous scenery, delicious fish and even golf, Iceland made for a terrific filming location.

-Clint Eastwood, Flags of Our Fathers, 2006

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A map of filming locations in Iceland. Find out where the beginning of time took place in Prometheus, where the frigid Frostfangs, Beyond the Wall in Game of Thrones were shot, and where the black beaches of Iwo Jima were recreated.

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