Iceland’s most remote region of the Westfjords is hoping to welcome more visitors next year thanks to the area’s role as a backdrop for a key scene in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ epic Justice League, out now in cinemas worldwide.
Djúpavík, a tiny hamlet of just five houses and one hotel, welcomed over 300 cast and crew members in October 2016.
The hamlet, part of the smallest municipality of Iceland, is 70km (45 miles) from the next nearest settlement of Hólmavík, which houses 375 inhabitants and 271 km (168 miles) from the region’s main town Ísafjörður, which has a population of just 2,600.
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A visit from the film’s director Zack Snyder confirmed the mysterious old herring factory in Djúpavík as the location for the first meeting between Batman (Ben Affleck) and Aquaman (Jason Momoa).
The factory has not been in traditional use since 1954 when the school of herring there moved away to a neighbouring fjord, forcing the fishing community to move on.
JASON MOMOA as Arthur Curry and BEN AFFLECK as Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “JUSTICE LEAGUE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Clay Enos/ TM & © DC Comics
Magnús Karl Pétursson, the manager of Hotel Djúpavík and owner of the old herring factory said:
“I was contacted by the film crew originally asking if they could come and visit. Fast forward a few weeks and Zack Snyder is landing his helicopter in Djúpavík and jumping out to say hello and have a tour.
“He liked the factory, thanks to its authenticity I think. We have tried to keep it as close to how it was originally built as possible, so you can really get a sense of what it was like to work here when it was an operating factory.
“Other parts of the factory were used as a canteen and make up studio and even at times for Jason Momoa, who plays Aquaman, to pump iron!
“We were all extras in the film and the whole experience was great for us.”
As a destination Djúpavík offers extensive hiking, kayaking and an Icelandic horse trekking trail.
Another focal point, in nearby Krossnes, is a geothermally heated pool that offers hot water swimming all year round and is picturesquely located on the beach.
This is the first time the Westfjords has been used as a location as part of a major Hollywood production.
Díana Jóhannsdóttir from Visit Westfjords said:
“Djúpavík is a miniature but very beautiful village. The views are stunning and it is situated on one of the deepest fjords in Iceland. It has a feeling of a place that is old and established. It’s quiet and remote and perfect for artists, photographers and anyone who wants to explore somewhere where the chance of bumping into other humans is slim.
“Iceland is very popular with tourists from all over the world. However, because the Westfjords is further away from the international airport it can often be bypassed as a place to come and see.
“If more people who come to Iceland travel a little bit further they will enhance their travelling experience. The Westfjords is truly untouched and remote and can offer something extra.
“We hope, thanks to Justice League, a few more people will come and visit.”
The Westfjords can be accessed by road from Reykjavik and is also serviced by two internal flights. A flight between Ísafjörður Airport and Reykjavik can take as little as
30 minutes and cars can be hired at the airport for exploring the other side.
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