In a galaxy far, far away…You won’t need to chase down droid BB8 to map out the locations in the new Star Wars movie. From remote islands to picturesque lakes, we got the inside scoop on the Star Wars locations filmed in the new blockbuster.

Ireland

This stunning island captures the uniqueness of the Star Wars movie and it is now capturing the hearts of tourists around the world. As an island off the coast of County Kerry Ireland, Skellig Michael is known for its 7th century old monastery that sits on top of the island. “May the force be with you” during the climb because it’s a winding 618 steps up to the stone-built structure. Once you get to the top, you can take in the breathtaking view of the rest of the island and the Little Skellig island. This UNESCO Heritage site is also home to diverse wildlife with one of the largest sites for seabirds. With the spiritual aura of the monastery and the peaceful sounds of the birds, Skellig Michael is one of the most magical of the Star Wars locations.

Iceland

Mývatn Lake and Krafla Volcano

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Image via Telegraph UK

Craters, steamy lakes, and lava fields- no wonder JJ. Abrams chose Iceland for its wintery battle scenes. The Mývatn Lake is a shallow lake that was formed by a volcanic eruption around 2300 years ago. The serene lake is surrounded by a mossy landscape and people today visit the lagoon in Mývatn for its geothermal bath. For those not worrying about the threat of the First Order and  Kylo Ren, relax in the natural hot tub that’s heated from volcanic activity. Looking to see the northern lights? The Mývatn Lake is a prime spot to catch the spectacle. The Krafla volcano is a dormant volcano but its surrounding lava fields still shoot out steam from the Earth.  A prominent trait of this site is the teal colored lake that formed in its caldera or crater.

United Arab Emirates

Rub’ al Khali Desert in Abu Dhabi

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Image via Tom Girard

See where scavenger Rey and stormtrooper Finn met in the desert planet Jakku. Also known as the Empty Quarter Desert, Rub’ al Khali is the world’s largest sand desert characterized by large khaki-colored sand dunes. In this Star Wars location, you can engage in adventurous motor sports or ride camels for a real desert experience. Or you can reenact the desert battle between the Rebels and the Empire, it’s up to you. If you’re looking for a luxury oasis from the heat, check out the Qasr Al Sarah Desert Resort in the middle of the Rub’ al Khali Desert.

England

Puzzlewood Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Image via uktripper

In this location, Kylo Ren and Rey come head to head in a heated battle. This enchanting forest has been a prime spot for a variety of movies and shows from Harry Potter to Doctor Who. With its maze-like features, mossy pathways, and secret caves, this ancient forest is known to be the inspiration for J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle Earth in Lord of the Rings. Live out a fairy tale and take a hike through these magical woods or cuddle up with sheep and other wildlife.

Lake District 

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Jakku native Rey said “I didn’t know there was so much green in the whole galaxy” when she entered this English treasure. The Lake District was the Star Wars location that featured the intense aerial fight between the First Order and the Resistance. With its calm lake and the majestic mountains, Lake District is a prime spot for water sports and painting landscapes. This area has a northern English charm that features the Derwentwater lake and Derwent Island.

You don’t have to be a stormtrooper or a Jedi knight to visit these Star Wars locations. Grab the Chewbacca in your life and start your adventure today. With StudentUniverse, you can save on flights to these destinations and live out your Star Wars dreams.

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