Following clues to the origin of mankind, a team finds a structure on a distant moon, but they soon realize they are not alone.

Dettifoss served as the backdrop of the iconic opening scene of the movie, where a humanoid alien mysteriously takes their own life and falls into the waterfall.

When director Ridley Scott had to pick a view to convey the feeling of other-worldliness and ancient power, and a quiet sense of impending doom, Dettifoss is where he went.

Later in the movie the crew travels from their space ship to and from the alien base, driving across the barren alien wasteland that lies below Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in the world, the last eruption having taken place as early as the year 2000.

  • Directed by Ridley Scott
  • Produced by Ridley Scott / Mark Huffam
  • Twentieth Century Fox 2012

Behind the lens