Have you made your holiday plans yet? Perhaps this time, adventure will take you where the new Star Wars epic “Rogue One” was shot. Wouldn’t you like to know? 😉
1Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalssandur and Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland
Eyjafjallajökull is the world-famous glacier and volcano on the southern part of Iceland that erupted in 2010. The crew was also seen filming, reports wanderlust.co.uk, on the Mýrdalssandur black lava and sand flats nearby. Cntraveler.com adds that the black sand beach of Reynisfjara was also used as a set. These three locations, not at all far from each other are where the scenes for the fictional Planet Eadu were shot.
Once you get to Iceland, there are regular tours that can take you to the southern part of the island. Or you can choose to stay at a nearby hotel. If you’re lucky, you might even tour the area on a helicopter.
2Laamu Atoll, Maldives
The Planet of Scarif, a paradise out of a postcard, is orbited by the Death Star and so the islands of Laamu Gan and the Baresdhu of the Laamu Atoll were sets for the invasion of Imperial Forces. Try Six Senses Laamu or Reveries Diving Village for a great beach experience.
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Canary Wharf Tube Station was the set for shooting the interior of the Death Star. It’s not exactly the kind of place where you could stand ground and imagine the scenes from the movie as the crowds hurry along during the rush hours. But you could have a hell of a great time once you’re in London. Here’s a list of hotels in the area. Oh and by the way, if you’re interested in the Europe’s most expensive coffee that comes with a side of robotic fellatio, the place is to open soon near Paddington.
4Wadi Rum, Jordan
Jordan is one of the safest places to visit in the Middle East and this Jordanian dessert is the fictional home of the Planet Jedha, sacred ground for the believers of the Force. Don’t forget to visit the world famous Petra, an archeological site predating to 300BC, as it is only 1,5 hours away. Here are some hotel suggestions from the area for a great trip.
For more Star Wars locations, Skyscanner has a pretty good round-up of a number of destinations to visit from the previous movies of the series. If you’d like to have a quick idea, here’s a map of where the fictional Star Wars Universe was created in real life:
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