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Walter Mitty Tour Boycotts Film Location In The East

Walter Mitty Tour Boycotts Film Location In The East

Published December 28, 2013

Residents in Seyðisfjörður are surprised why the Walter Mitty tours that went on sale last week don’t include East Iceland, where a large portion of Ben Stiller’s new movie was filmed.

As reported, Iceland plays a huge role in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which premiered this week. So much so that an Icelandic travel agency has decided to offer tourists and fans of the movie to retrace the steps of Walter Mitty around Iceland.

However, the seven day self-drive tour only takes you around Snæfellsnes peninsula and the South Coast, even though very few scenes were filmed in the southern part of Iceland.

Regional news website, Austurfrétt, points out that the travel agency completely boycotts East Iceland, which provided some of the greatest scenery in the film.

Quite a few scenes were filmed in Seyðisfjörður and on Fjarðarheiði heath in the autumn 2012, amongst them the spectacular scene where Walter Mitty (played by Stiller himself) skateboards along the road upon the heath.

According to Iceland Travel’s website, the Secret Life of Walter Mitty self-drive tour consists of one night in Reykjavík, then two nights in Vík with a quick look at the Golden Circle, some waterfalls, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón on the way.

Most of these places are not seen in the film but are some of Iceland’s natural treasures and “Even though your plan is to see all things Walter Mitty, you can’t visit Iceland without seeing the most popular sights,” the website reads.

The fourth day brings the traveller to Þingvellir National Park. Again, not a place seen in the film, and then it’s off to Borgarfjörður for the night – dropping in at the bakery in Borgarnes where some filming went on – before spending a day in Snæfellsnes peninsula, visting town Stykkishólmur where a few scenes were also filmed.

The last day is then spent in the Reykjavík area, with a trip to the Blue Lagoon is recommended, without it having anything to do with The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.



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