Does anyone remember the exact time Iceland became vogue? Everyone and their hairdresser is taking weekend breaks to the icy isle. They are spending their annual leave taking dips into thermal springs and climbing glaciers and volcanoes. I have to say, I too have been swept up in the buzz. Iceland featured in my list of places I’m itching to go to the most, on my bucket list destinations list and on my films that will make you want to travel list.
I only had one film on that list for Iceland, but luckily today I have a few more. Grab your ice grips and ski jacket, we’re heading to the Acrtic circle!
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Yeah, you knew this was going to be first. If anyone asked me about my absolute favourite travel films, Walter Mitty would be up there in my top 3. Though my obsession with it’s soundtrack has calmed slightly, my obsession with this film has not. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty follows a man prone to intense daydreams who one day, on the verge of redundancy, realises he has done nothing notable with his life.
Walter may journey to Greenland, Iceland and finally the Himalayas, but all of these locations were shot in Iceland. However, this is good for you if you’re dreaming of going there because you can just keep this fact in mind!
Die Another Day (2002)
James Bond films really do seem to have the most prolific locations around the world than any other film series. Octopussy (1982) I think was the last one I featured for my In-Flight movies to… India entry and that was only a couple of months ago. We head to Iceland because Bond has an axe to grind with a dude who lives in an ice palace and therefore loves being cold all the time. The trait of a maniac if I ever did see.
In Die Another Day, James Bond makes the most of the clear blue skies and sparkling white snow as an impressive backdrop for this frankly lukewarm film.
Honestly, I have not seen Rams yet but when it was showing in my local independent cinema I really, really wanted to watch it. Not just because it was set and filmed in Iceland, but because it got great response from critics. The film is about two farming brothers who essentially live next-door to each other but do not speak. When their flocks are under threat from infection, they have to work together to save their livelihoods and ultimately their familial ties.
When you live on a country the size of Ohio, it’s funny to imagine it must be hard avoiding anyone. And since this film has a very Icelandic subject matter and is in the Icelandic language, choose this film for an authentic insight into the country.
Other films: Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008), Non-Stop (2014)
Have you watched any of these films or visited Iceland?