If you’ve seen “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” featuring Ben Stiller as a chronic daydreamer, chances are you’ve got the itch to start wandering, too. And trekking through Iceland, where much of the movie was filmed, could be the first step. 

From black-sand deserts to glaciers sparkling under the Northern Lights, this Nordic country has more than its share of beauty. But there’s more to Iceland than just its chiseled good looks. For starters, the locals are welcoming (and, yes, many are named Thor); the wildlife is spectacular (think: miniature Icelandic horses and chubby puffins); and the cuisine is superb (as long as you stay away from kæstur hákarl, fermented shark). 

“The topography is so different, you can go up on a glacier that’s only a few hundred feet above sea level and feel like you’re at the top of the world,” says Stiller, who directed and starred in the film. “All you can see is ice for miles and miles, and then huge cliffs.”

Here are a few ways to follow in Walter Mitty’s footsteps: