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Star Wars The Force Awakens, which scenes were filmed in Iceland?

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  • Hoth or Iceland? Scenes in the latest Star Wars movie The Force Awakens taking place on the icy planet Hoth were filmed in Iceland, on Eyjafjallajökull. This photo, however, is taken on Sólheimajökull. A different glacier, altogether. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

The latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, was premiered last night. Fans in Iceland, as everywhere, were overjoyed to see this latest chapter in the saga. Adding to the excitement was the knowledge that parts of the film had been shot in Iceland. The film, everyone agreed, was great: "Star Wars is back!" one fan remarked. Fans who were expecting to see long landscape shots of Iceland were somewhat more disappointed. (Although everyone Iceland Magazine spoke to stressed that they had not come to see Iceland play a minor role: Fans were there for the saga - not the landscapes!)

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Film crews working on the movie visited Iceland on three occasions. Once last year, when a film crew made a stealth visit to Iceland, shooting scenes which were to take place on the icy planet Hoth. According to sources the crew also filmed some scenes in the geothermal areas close to Lake Víti in North Iceland.

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Film crews then came for a second visit this spring to film by Eyjafjallajökull in South Iceland. According to the sources of local news site Chewbacca and some Stormtroopers could be seen at the scene. Finally, the film crews returned for a third time late September to shoot scenes on the black volcanic sands of Mýrdalssandur beach, although those scenes were said to be for a different Star Wars movie, Rogue One, which is a stand-alone movie, featuring Mads Mikkelsen, to be released next year.

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Fans in Iceland who saw the film tell Iceland Magazine it was difficult to recognize any specific Icelandic landscapes in the movie: There were snowy scenes, for sure, but it was difficult to tell whether they had been shot in Iceland or not. The fans were unwilling to provide any specific details on when the scenes took place, pointing out that this could be considered a spoiler.

However, one short scene seemed to have been shot on a black volcanic beach in Iceland – suggesting that our previous intelligence on what scenes and movies the Star Wars film crews were shooting was wrong. Perhaps the visit in September had in fact not only shot scenes for Rogue One, but also The Force Awakens?

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