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Ben Stiller loves Iceland – The Country for Nature Lovers

02/01/2014 | By | Reply More

Ben Stiller said he had enjoyed every minute he spent in Iceland filming of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”


Ben Stiller in a still from The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, starring Ben Stiller, gives Iceland its first leading role in a Hollywood blockbuster. The movie will be showcasing various picturesque locations across Iceland with its worldwide release this Christmas Season.

From Game of Thrones to Thor, lots of productions are filmed in Iceland, but most have it doubling for another country or a mythical land. Until Ben Stiller’s “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”. The film features Iceland as an integral part of the story – a first for a blockbuster.

It’s not uncommon to find Iceland grabbing attention in Hollywood movies – it’s just rare for audiences to know it is Iceland.

In the last two years, the country’s glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and waterfalls have lent the required other-worldliness to films such as Oblivion, Prometheus and Thor, while also featuring in HBO’s Game of Thrones TV series.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a 2013-adaptation of James Thurber’s 1939 short story of the same name, and follows “a timid magazine reporter who lives life vicariously through daydreams, who embarks on a true-life adventure when a negative goes missing”, as stated by

During the filming of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Ben Stiller and the crew travelled to seven locations in Iceland, some unknown to most visiting the country. Icelandic media reported that locations in the film included Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland; the Stykkishólmur and Grundarfjörður, a fishing village on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West; and at the coast of Garður on Reykjanes Peninsula in Southwest Iceland.

It was reported that Ben Stiller spent five weeks in Iceland filming what has been announced as the most extensive foreign film project in the country for 2013 – according to, 250 Icelanders worked on the project. Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, the Icelandic actor who recently starred in Baltasar Kormákur’s The Deep, also played a major role in the movie.

Tour provider in Iceland Reykjavik Excursions is offering a tour that gives both fans of the film and fans of Iceland a chance to explore the various locations seen in the motion picture.

Watch video – Courtesy The Conan O’Brien’s show where Ben Stiller, promotes Iceland and the northern lights, December 3rd. 2013.


Ben Stiller´s Filming

Filming took place at locations across the country and reflects the diversity of the landscape. Enjoy the slides here below.

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Take your entire family to see The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty, now playing in theaters. With this trailer for “Mitty” audiences are shown wonderful imagery set to an engaging song (“Dirty Paws”) by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men, among others like Jose Gonzalez ‘Step Out space oddity David Bowie to name few.  “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Below can you see the extended film trailer.


If you are interested buying the DVD disk of the movie, can you find it on Amazon by clicking the album here below.

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Photograph – Courtesy Twentieth Century Fox


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