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Iceland joins the big-time players

Foreign film companies make use of Atlantic Studios

Iceland passed a milestone in January, when the nation saw the opening of its first-ever film studio.

Atlantic Studios is situated in Asbru Enterprise Park, 30 minutes from Reykjavik and five minutes from Keflavik Airport.

Iceland is relatively small, so the studio is close to all the locations for which the country is known, including its black beaches, hot springs and rugged mountains.

Studio manager Jon Thor Eyflorsson tells Variety there is already a lot of interest from foreign film companies that want to use the studio for upcoming productions, although he does not want to mention any names or titles yet.

Iceland is an enticing location for producers, especially because it offers foreign productions rebates of up to 20% of the costs incurred while shooting in the country.

In recent years, high-profile U.S. pics such as “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” have been partially shot there.

Atlantic Studios covers 5,000 square meters (well over 50,000 square feet). It consists of a 2,200-square-meter sound stage and 2,800 square meters of production facilities such as offices, meeting rooms, workshops and makeup rooms.

The studio also offers a four-meter-deep swimming pool for underwater filming, a cinema and apartments both for single or family residents.

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