Fans of the enduringly famous fantasy television series Game of Thrones were giddy with anticipation as it entered its eighth and final season. They learned what happened to their beloved fur-clad heroes and dragon mother. However, the thrill was bitter-sweet, and we could sense it in Iceland. With the series’ conclusion, Westeros no longer included our lovely nation. However, there is always a positive side. especially when you are in a nation that resembles a real-life dream movie set. We can accept the idea that the sites will remain dearly loved even after the cast and crew have returned to their regular lives. Iceland will always be ready to embrace you with open arms and take you down the memory lane of your most beloved TV show.
However, there is a catch. You must be aware of these wonderful locations in order to be able to visit them. While some are more obscured than others, it is always best to have a guide. We have compiled a list of every place used in the Game of Thrones films to make your location search a little easier. We give you this:
Filming Locations in the North of Iceland
Since season one, the cast of Game of Thrones have been fans of the intimidating and enigmatic scenery of North Iceland. The majority of North of the Wall’s filming took place in and around Lake Myvatn. The images are given a supernatural aspect by the geothermal hot springs of Hverir, some of which may have even contributed to their creation. I’m talking about the scene in season three’s opening where Sam braves a snowstorm. The “storm” was actually just mist originating from the nearby hot springs. Does that not sound absolutely exhilarating in its intensity?
Locals refer to the odd lava fields of Dimmuborgir as Gryla and Leppaludi’s abode. who, oddly enough, are the parents of the thirteen Yule Lads from Iceland. Yes, there are thirteen Santa Clauses in Iceland. What can we say? We are unique in almost every way. However, there are other reasons why the area would be well-known to Game of Thrones aficionados. It was used once more as a section of the Haunted Forest and is where the Wildling camp scene from season three was filmed. Therefore, if you intend to go, you might want to be on the lookout for any wandering White Walkers.
Jon Snow and Ygrette in the Cave Scene
There are numerous well-known Game of Thrones locations all surrounding Lake Myvatn. The Grjotagja cave is without a doubt the most romantic of these. Locals used to enjoy bathing in this tiny cave, but bathing is no longer allowed due to geological activity that raised the water’s temperature. That didn’t prevent Jon Snow and Ygrette from falling in love there in season three, though. Any memories of “You know nothing Jon Snow”? Bit of trivia: Actors Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie have also claimed that their romance began while they were filming in Iceland, stating that they fell in love while surrounded by the Northern Lights.
Although we can’t promise you’ll meet your soul mate in Northern Iceland, we can promise you’ll have a real bathing experience in the breathtaking Myvatn Nature Baths. The Blue Lagoon’s counterpart in the North. Take a soak in the nature baths’ aquamarine water. You’ll feel as though you’ve entered a magical world when in the geothermal area, which is filled with striking blacks and reds.
South Icelandic locales used for Game of Thrones filming
The glacier Skaftafell National Park area is the ideal location for filming the frigid lands North of the Wall. The greatest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, is located here, therefore the snowy sequences in seasons two and three hardly required any special effects. The majority of the scenes were shot on Vatnajokull and its outflow glacier Svinafellsjokull. Glacier hikes and other day trips are available at both locations. So it’s simple to go on a guided adventure to discover your inner Wildling. Reynisfjara, with its characteristic black beach and rock formations, has served as the setting for Eastwatch in season 7. returning in the form of Northern Westeros. Reynisdrangar’s magnificent basalt columns and the lovely Dyrholaey, which give the area its ethereal atmosphere, will stick in your memory. One of Iceland’s busiest beaches, Reynisfjara is a must-see for all tourists.
The killing of the Free Folk in season four takes place on the srong farmstead, a reconstruction of a Viking-era farm. With only Olly left, the idyllic old turf farm experience swiftly turns into a nightmare. The version of Stong in the episode was entirely unedited. This enhances the enjoyment of the trip. It also provides a good opportunity to observe how Iceland’s early immigrants lived. Bit of trivia: It’s thought that the very first farm was destroyed in 1104, after the eruption of the volcano Hekla. Fortunately, it was repaired in 1974 as part of the country’s commemorations of Iceland’s 1100th anniversary of settlement.
More Game of Thrones filming spots around the South Coast
Thingvellir National Park comes next. It is a section of Iceland’s most well-known tourist destination, the Golden Circle. The first parliament in the world, the Icelandic one, was established in Thingvellir. Due to its location directly on top of two tectonic plates that are steadily migrating apart, the park is also a geological wonder. As a result, Thingvellir features a rugged landscape with numerous canyons, gullies, and fractures. Which is precisely why it was included on the list of Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland, and the show’s creators have taken advantage of this, especially as the entry to Eyrie. When Sansa and Littlefinger arrive at Eyrie in seasons one and four, the major fortress of the House of Arryn is visible.
Near Thingvellir is a magnificent waterfall called Thorufoss. In season four, it was the scene of the tragic encounter between the dragon Drogon and an Icelandic goat. Icelandic goats are a threatened species. Fortunately, dragons are not indigenous to Iceland. Consequently, they typically pose no harm to the cute small animals. The sole goat farm in Iceland is where the goats that appeared in the episode were raised. On our blog post on farms in Iceland, you may read more about them.
The Vale is a more popular name for Nesjavellir among fans of Game of Thrones. The epic battle between Brienne and the Hound at the conclusion of season four took place there. In reality, the second-largest geothermal power plant near the nation is located in Nesjavellir. As you go through the lush fields near to Thingvellir National Park, you’ll notice columns of steam emerging from the earth as proof of the geothermal energy present underneath. In the region, specialized Game of Thrones excursions are offered that will take you to each shooting location. letting you know about the cast’s and the crew’s stay in Iceland behind the scenes.
Snaefellsnes Peninsula filming locations for Game of Thrones
Owing to its diversified environment, the Snaefellsnes peninsula is frequently referred to as “mini-Iceland” or “Iceland in a nutshell.” The magnificent Snaefellsnes glacier, as well as the country’s beautiful waterfalls and black-sand beaches, are all prominently displayed. One of the most widely pictured mountains in the nation is Mount Kirkjufell. In both seasons six and seven of Game of Thrones, it was infamously shown as the Arrowhead mountain. Anyone interested in what lies beyond the physical world must travel up West because Snaefellsnes is considered a supernatural location in Icelandic tradition and the glacier, Snaefellsjokull, is supposed to have healing properties.
Game of Thrones in the Highlands of Iceland
In the summer, the Thorsmork hills and valleys in the Icelandic highlands are breathtaking, and in the winter, they are eerie. The creators of Game of Thrones are not those to pass up the chance of natural sets. They enhanced the scenes taking place North of the Wall by utilizing Thorsmork’s beauty. The sequence in season seven where Jon Snow leads the group to ambush a pack of wights was filmed in the tranquilly of the Stakkholtsgja canyon. Once more, the Icelandic environment is absolutely ideal for the episode. The proximity of Stakkholtsgja Canyon and Kirkjufell Mountain, which are actually hundreds of kilometres distant in reality, is the only unrealistic aspect of the scene. The trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork, known as Laugavegur, is practically a rite of passage for any Icelander. Thorsmork is a particularly well-liked hiking destination. It’s the ideal method for admiring the mesmerizing views of these by water carved valleys and canyons.
We hope to see you touring the beautiful landscape of Iceland this year! Please reach out to us at Glacierheli.is, and we will get in touch with you to answer any questions that you may have. We would love to have you!