The galaxy far, far away is closer than you think. As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi gets closer to its debut, we are highlighting new Star Wars filming locations that are out of this world. Read on to see how you can pair them with unique Ker & Downey experiences in Europe.
In the 7th century on Skellig Michael, monks lived and prayed in stone beehive huts. At the top of the steps of this steep island, amidst these huts and actual stone ruins, Rey and Luke Skywalker first meet at the conclusion of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
While landing on this fragile and beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Site is possible by very special arrangement, you can’t miss exploring all of the Skellig islands by private boat. Your marine cruise with an expert Ker & Downey guide will reveal the second largest colony of gannets in the world. Plus you may see families of puffins, the quirky avian inspiration for some of the newest Star Wars creatures: porgs.
Photo: Jonathan Olley ©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
More to see in Ireland
Malin Head, the northernmost point of Ireland, is a lunar-like headland that certainly looks alien. We can’t wait to see its windswept landscape and ancient archaeological remains in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi. For the most immersive experience, take a short (but steep) bike ride along the coast. A guided hike over the dramatic coastal cliffs reveals an almost 360-degree view of the Atlantic.
If you crave a little woodland privacy, stay in an exclusive-use cottage in magical Puzzlewood. As the location of Kylo Ren’s snowy confrontation with Finn and Rey in The Force Awakens, and the inspiration for JRR Tolkein’s forests of Middle Earth, you’ll satisfy two fandoms in one place.
Canary Wharf Station
Smack in the middle of London’s financial district you’ll find the Imperial base from the planet Scarif, as featured in Rogue One. The steel and glass of this modern station made the perfect home for stormtroopers, droids, and heroes in Imperial disguise. Director Gareth Edwards had the station closed for a grueling overnight shoot to take full advantage of the futuristic setting.
After you see Canary Wharf Station, take an action-packed journey fit for a rebel along the Thames. Climb aboard your very own RIB boat and speed over the river at 35 knots—almost like hyperspace travel. You’ll go whizzing past the iconic sites of London, under the bridges to Canary Wharf and back again. Ker & Downey can also arrange a private visit to Pinewood Studios, home of the Star Wars and Harry Potter movie magic.
Many of the Rogue One scenes on the planet Eadu were shot near Krafla Volcano, located in the northern reaches of Iceland. This region is considered among the most beautiful and simultaneously catastrophic environments in the country. We think it’s perfect for an adventure. With Ker & Downey you can visit the Krafla Volcano area, see the power station that relies on geothermal steam energy, and soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths nearby.
More to see in Iceland
Head south to the village of Vik and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara to see more of the planet Eadu. The best way to experience the South Coast’s volcanoes and beaches is with an exclusive quad biking tour with Ker & Downey, which includes a traditional Icelandic lunch inside a cave and concludes with a walk among the basalt columns of Reynisfjara’s black sands.
Old and New Star Wars Locations
Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi debuts in theaters on December 15, 2017. Customize your own journey to the new Star Wars filming locations across the world with Ker & Downey. Contact your luxury travel consultant to get started.
All Star Wars images appear courtesy of Disney.