With its glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, it’s not the first time that Iceland has been part of the setting of Hollywood movies. Its jaw-dropping wonders have appeared in movies like Oblivion, Thor, Prometheus, and even in the TV series Game of Thrones. However, in the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, it was the first time for Iceland to take the lead role, representing the country itself.
Directed by Ben Stiller, the movie is based on the 1939 book of James Thurber. This is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of a daydreamer who challenges himself to go out and see the real world, leaving behind his fantasies. Iceland has become an integral part of the movie which has earned $45.7 million.
Various landscapes of Iceland were featured in the film. These include Seyðisfjörður, Grundarfjörður, Berserkjahraun lava field, fishing village of Garður, Höfn, and Vatnajökull national park.
When the country was visited by Fox executives to film the movie Prometheus, they saw that Iceland would also suit Ben Stiller’s Walter Mitty. In the recent years, the country has become one of the popular locations for films which paved way for an increase in publicity, a good thing especially for the tourism industry. In turn, Iceland is offering a 20% refund for the qualified expenditures of the film.