Just traveling isn’t fun anymore? Need a purpose? There is a new trend in the world: movie tourism. Drive through the filming locations of your favorite movies, take photos against the same scenery… And then tell about it in your own blog!

Traveling to film locations is a fascinating activity. But it is also expensive and requires a lot of preparatory work. Especially if the goal is to take photos of the filming location.

A special chic – photos of filming locations with a perfect combination of a shot from the movie and the surrounding landscape. To make it happen, it is necessary:

  • Travel to the locations where the movies were filmed.
  • Find the point where the movie camera was standing.
  • Display the desired frame on the gadget.
  • Have a good camera, smartphone or tablet to take the picture.

In this endeavor, the role of local services is important, such as car rental. The convenience and flexibility of a rental service will enhance your travel experience.

For example, if you want to drive around all the locations in Dubai where Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Trek Beyond (2016) were filmed, it’s worth securing a Dubai long term car rental from a local rental store so you don’t have to think about transportation every time.

And if you’re on a budget, you can even rent a similar supercar like Vin Diesel’s main character from Furious 7 – a red Lykan HyperSport.

Lykan in Furious 7 (2015, Universal, screen capture)

So, let’s tell you about 4 more locations where filming of the sensational blockbusters took place!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Where to go: The islands of Kauai and Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Another place on the planet that makes you want to whisper “pinch me”! It is a paradise on earth, where the sun shines all year round and coconuts fall from tall palm trees. This is where Captain Jack Sparrow moored his ship in the fourth movie of the Pirates of the Caribbean saga.

By the way, the coconuts were carefully removed from the trees before filming so that the actors’ heads would not be damaged.  

Pirate fans have taken a liking to Halona Bay or, as they call it in the movie, Foam Bay near the island of Oahu. Every curious tourist wants to see if there are any dangerous mermaids left there.

What else has been filmed in Hawaii:

  • Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981.
  • Six Days Seven Nights, 1998
  • Pearl Harbor, 2001.


Where to go: Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

For those who want to do more than just stroll along the streets of beautiful cities or laze on a beach whose sands have become a movie set, there is a more serious offer.

In the southeastern part of Iceland on the glacier Svinafellsjökull filmed footage of the movie “Interstellar”. This place acted as the icy planet Mann, enveloped in chlorine and ammonia gas.

Svinafellsjökull is ideal for hiking.

Vatnajokull glacier (photo by Erik R.)

What else has been filmed in Iceland. Check my blog post Movie and TV locations trip around Iceland.


Where to go: Hunan Province, China

Traveling to Pandora in the footsteps of the Na’vi tribe is the dream of every fan of the Avatar movies. Riding the Toruk, the largest flying animal on Pandora, is a dream come true. And to find an ancient willow tree – the Tree of Souls – to connect with Eywa (the collective identity of the planet) will not be possible either.

But the unique landscapes and “soaring” rocks in the movie are quite real and anyone can admire them. The prototype of the nature on Pandora was Zhangjiajie National Park in China. After the movie, crowds of amazed movie tourists flocked there. One of the most picturesque sandstone columns was even renamed Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

ZhangJiaJie National Forest

What else has been filmed in China:

  • Mission: Impossible 3, 2006.
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2008.
  • 007: Skyfall, 2012.
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