Day 3: South Coast - Vik
Approximate distance: ca145km / 90miles
Faust - The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – Noah – Game of Thrones – Thor II
Start your morning exploring the barren landscapes of Mt. Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. In the movie Prometheus (2012), the crew travels back and forth from their space ship to the alien base by driving across the barren alien wasteland that lies below the mountain.
Onwards to the renowned Eyjafjallajokull volcano that was also a setting in the German movie Faust. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, the powerful glacier capped volcano is spectacular as it is, full of rich history and various activities that you can enjoy nearby.
As you travel the area around the volcano , you'll witness one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss, which has appeared in Thor II: The Dark World (2013) and in the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Notice the open fields that surround you as you experience this waterfall. You can even climb stairs that take you above the top of the falls for a panoramic view.
Continue onwards to the dramatic black sands of Reynisfjara beach, where Russell Crowe prepared his ark for the coming of the flood in the 2014 movie Noah; and the impressive rock formations created a stark volcanic atmosphere in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013).
The last stretch of the day will be in the area of Vik where, at the foot of Myrdalsjokull Glacier, you'll find Hofdabrekka. This area was used to film the scenes in the treacherous Frostfangs in Game of Thrones. During shooting, the cast and crew stayed in and around Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland. East of Vik is Myrdalssandur, one of the locations used for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
For those wishing to visit the black sand landscape of Thor II’s ‘Svartalfheim’, the Dark Elves realm, you should book a category 5 rental car or higher so that you can visit the otherworldly Landmannalaugar wilderness area.
Overnight: Vik area