Iceland’s wild beauty, tax incentives lure Hollywood producers looking to portray other worlds
This remote North Atlantic islands vast and unforgiving landscape has served as a stand-in for other planets, the Himalayas and even HBOs Game of Thrones snow-filled fantasy world in recent productions. The countrys unique environment, along with generous tax incentives, continues to attract some of the biggest Hollywood filmmakers and television producers. By Associated Press, REYKJAVIK, Iceland It has doubled as an alien planet, a Himalayan peak and even the snow-filled fantasy world of the Game of Thrones. Still recovering from financial collapse, Iceland can perhaps be forgiven for seeking alternate identities. And Hollywood is providing the remote North Atlantic island much needed revenue and jobs as well as a touch of glamour as it struggles to emerge from its nationwide banking and currency debacle. The countrys unique environment, along with generous tax incentives, continues to attract some of the biggest Hollywood filmmakers and television producers. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas The main factor is the incredible landscape that we have, said Einar Sveinn Thordarson, the director of marketing for Pegasus, which provides production services for HBOs Game of Thrones; the hit series has filmed in Iceland three times. Its very unique, and thats what inspires people the most. This summer, about 300 crewmembers spent two weeks at Icelands Thingvellir National Park, shooting for the upcoming fourth season. Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman told Icelandic news website Visir this summer that they were creating the Westeros world in the drama and that Iceland fits the vision for the imaginary continent. Ive been filming here and working here for 25 years working on and off and I know, having driven around so much, that theres so much landscape here to make the show just seem enormous, said Newman.
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