Iceland: Dramatic Viking Movie Set and Black Sand Dune Beach

Margie Jones
25/10/2023

Viking Cafe

Viking Cafe

Viking Village Panorama

 

Viking Village Panorama

Approach to Viking Movie Set

 

Approach to Viking Movie Set

Viking Long House

 

Viking Long House

Viking Turf Houses

 

Viking Turf Houses

Viking Catapult

 

Viking Catapult

Viking Hut with Horns

 

Viking Hut with Horns

Black Sand Dunes and Misty Vestrahorn Mountain

 

Black Sand Dunes and Misty Vestrahorn Mountain

Richard and Dunes for Scale

 

Richard and Dunes for Scale

Dune Covered with Green Grass

 

Dune Covered with Green Grass

Sideswept Dune

 

Sideswept Dune

Windswept Dunes

 

Windswept Dunes

Single Blade of Grass in Black Volcanic Sand

 

Single Blade of Grass in Black Volcanic Sand

Departure on Stokksnes Exit Road

 

Departure on Stokksnes Exit Road

Mist Flowing Down Mountain

 

Mist Flowing Down Mountain

Mist Flowing Over Mountain

 

Mist Flowing Over Mountain

Descriptive Map of Vestrahorn and Stokksnes Area

 

Descriptive Map of Vestrahorn and Stokksnes Area

Viking Cafe Map of Area

 

Viking Cafe Map of Area

An especially great place for photography in southeastern Iceland is Vestrahorn Mountain.  The 8-10 million year old gabbro and granophyre rocks are the remains of an ancient magma chamber of an extinct volcano.  To get to it, drive on Ring Road 1 about one hour east of Jokulsarlon and exit to Stokksnes (an old World War II NATO radar base).  The exit is just before the tunnel entrance east of Hofn.  Drive about 3 miles on the dirt road until you reach the remote family-owned Viking Café and pay a small entrance fee.

A short hike through this stunning landscape leads to a former Viking movie set.  This Viking village was initially planned to be revived in 2017 to film the movie “Vikingr” by Universal Studios.

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