Desolation and wind-swept roads…

We left Jökulsárlón, the glacier lakes along Iceland’s southern coast, on a bitterly cold, windy and rain-soaked night.  We stumbled upon the Hótel Skaftafell, a modern hotel in the middle of nowhere but which proved to be a welcome respite from the weather.  Although it was late, we made it a point to hit the hotel’s bar.  And thanks to Marco and Pedro, incredibly warm and engaging employees whom we quickly befriended, we enjoyed the best mojitos we had ever tasted.

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© Hótel Skaftafell
© Hótel Skaftafell

The isolated but pristine location of the hotel proved to be the Skaftafell’s greatest asset as Christopher Nolan, the visionary director / producer / writer of “The Dark Knight” trilogy and the mind-bending “Inception,” had been there just a couple of weeks prior to film his latest project, “Interstellar.”  Rather than filming on sound stages, he brought the crew and film to Iceland for certain exterior shots.  The film’s trailer has already been released and receiving rave reviews for its stunning visuals and soundtrack.  It seems as if the Mountains of the Moon have once again succeeded in seducing us.  This is not the only motion picture recently to be filmed here on this remote island, characterized by its beauty and other-worldliness of the landscapes.  The opening scene of Ridley Scott’s Promotheus, for example, was filmed in Vatnajökull National Park, the largest glacier in Europe.

© 2015

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