20 Star Wars locations you can visit in real life

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Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Don’t worry, we’re not going to ask you to pronounce this one.

If the icy climes of Hoth weren’t enough for you winter seekers out there, Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland should do the trick. It is a glacier-capped volcano that you might recognize from when it hit the headlines in 2010, when the volcano erupted and resulting ash caused heavy disruptions to flights around Europe.

It also provided the snowy location for Starkiller Base, the home of Kylo Ren and the First Order, in The Force Awakens.

It is, of course, very cold during the winter months, so don’t be like Chewie and forget to bring a coat because the Force won’t keep you warm here, nor will it anywhere else, because that’s not how the Force works. Do get ready to say that a lot, because if not, what is the point?

The trip to Eyjafjallajökull has plenty to off in and of itself. Iceland Travel recommends stopping at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, an awe-inspiring waterfall that visitors can actually walk behind, and the Seljavallalaug pool that sits at the foot of the Eyjafjoll mountains is also worth a visit, located just a little further up from the volcano’s visitor center. It is an outdoor pool, heated by thermal springs and its setting in the mountains makes it a fantastical place to swim and enjoy the Icelandic air.

Iceland has also played host to Game of Thrones and films like Interstellar and Die Another Day (as well as another Star Wars film that we’ll get to later). There’s a reason all those films are not particularly set in the real world — Iceland is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.