According to a new study from Tourism Competitive Intelligence, or TCI Research, an estimated 40 million people make their vacation plans based on what they've seen in movies and TV every year, Iceland Review reported. This is between 1 and 10 percent of tourists. Interestingly, Iceland should rank pretty high on a tourism list with this criterion - many films and television shows have been shot there over the years. Iceland offers strong incentives for directors to shoot in the country, so it's likely you've seen it many times in your movie-going experiences without realizing it. If your yen for cruise travel coincides with a taste for film, read on to find out what movies and shows have made Iceland familiar territory for you already:
'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'
This film is about a man's mundane life exploding into global adventure. The title character, Walter Mitty, lives in daydreams until his job is threatened and he needs to find a man who gave him an envelope full of photo negatives many years ago. This leads him around the world, and many of the scenes in the film were shot in Iceland. You may recognize some of them as you travel around the country, or you may have first gotten the idea of going to Iceland from the film itself.
'Game of Thrones'
As you probably know, a lot of Game of Thrones was shot in Iceland. Much of what you see beyond the wall, wildlings and white walkers included, happens to have been filmed in Iceland. There are tours available that will take you through areas where the show was filmed and connect you with other fans in Iceland for the same reason, which makes for a great pre- or post-cruise excursion. The cast and crew were reportedly charmed by Iceland's eerie landscapes and icy terrain, just as you will be when your cruise travel takes you to the country.
This 2012 film concerning a distant planet and what lies there in wait for a team of explorers was filmed largely in Iceland. It is a prequel to "Alien," for those interested in the entire series, and features scenes of haunting natural beauty. Parts of Iceland do indeed look so unfamiliar as to be almost otherworldly, a quality director Ridley Scott takes advantage of to the fullest to create the planet where the action of the film takes place.
'Star Trek Into Darkness'
This J.J. Abrams Star Trek film, featuring Zachary Quinto and Benedict Cumberbatch, was shot in part in Iceland as well. This continues the long tradition of using Iceland as the scene of another world. Younger viewers who have no memory of Star Trek on the air will enjoy it just as much as those who remember another actor playing the original Khan. Furthermore, it will fuel your desire to see Iceland's space-film-worthy places.
Keep an eye out on your cruise travel around Iceland and you just might see an iconic location from the silver screen.