Iceland: Dramatic Viking Movie Set and Black Sand Dune Beach
August 3, 2016 Leave a comment
An especially great place for photography in southeastern Iceland is Vestrahorn Mountain. Its 8-10 million year old gabbro and granophyre rocks are the remains of an ancient magma chamber of an extinct volcano. To get to it, drive on Ring Road 1 about one hour east of Jokulsarlon and exit to Stokksnes (an old WWII radar base). The exit is just before the tunnel entrance east of Hofn. Drive about 3 miles on the dirt road until you reach the remote family-owned Viking Café and pay a small entrance fee.
A short hike through this stunning landscape leads to a former Viking movie set. This Viking village is going to be revived next year (2017) to film the new movie “Vikingr” by Universal Studios. The movie is about epic Viking sagas by Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur – watch for it in the future!
An initial article about the movie dated October 2014 is at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-iceland-viking-movie-baltasar-kormakur-20141008-story.html In a follow-up article dated September 2016 Kormakur says that he expects to start work and filming of the Viking movie sometime in 2017: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/baltasar-kormakur-returning-iceland-oath-926795
Drive a very short distance in the other direction to the sea to photograph the black volcanic sand dunes and mist-covered mountains. The dunes are shaped by the wind and topography. This place is stunning and embodies the wildness and drama of the Icelandic landscape – the owners consider it Heaven on Earth!