Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland
The epic HBO series Game of Thrones, was filmed all over Iceland’s countryside, and some of these locations are remote and hard to find. Enjoy a private tour around Iceland visiting the show’s legendary filming landmarks. Delve into a magical world by following in the footsteps of your favorite characters!
Any enthusiast of Game of Thrones is bound to love trekking through Iceland’s larger-than-life terrain, hearing stories about our local legends and sagas of old. After all, Icelanders practically perfected the craft of the epic!
Winter is Coming
Explore the real Westeros with a visit to the Vale lands where Arya practiced her swordsmanship, and the Mereen countryside where dragons have been known to roam. Perhaps you’ll even glimpse a wayward puffin or two!
Here are a few of the more notable filming locations of Game of Thrones in Iceland:
Höfðabrekkuheiði hiking area near Vik and Myrdalsjökull appeared in the show as the land beyond the wall in Season 2. Myrdalsjökull glacier stars as the snowy landmark, Fist of the First Men.
Kirkjufell’s cap-like mountain and the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula both appear in scenes depicting the pre-snow Land Beyond the Wall. The peak served as Arrowhead Mountain, whereas the foothills beneath it became the birthplace of the Night King. Here you can read more about the amazing Snæfellsnes.
The black sand beach of Reynisfjara shows up in the newest Season 7, as the beach near Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, a stronghold at the far eastern end of the Wall. Here you can see more information about the South Coast of Iceland where Reynisfjara is located.
Þjóðveldisbærinn farm is an ancient homestead, reconstructed from the Viking era. The farm was used as a filming location for Olly’s village in Season 4, Episode 3. When the Wildlings raided his small township in the Gift region of the North, Olly was the sole survivor—and ultimately led to his joining the Night’s Watch.
Þingvellir National Park
Many scenes were filmed in this jewel of the Golden Circle. This is where Ygritte and Tormund Giantsbane encountered Styr and his group of cannibal Thenns. It serves the backdrop for the Bloody Gate, a castle that guards the western edge of the Vale of Arryn and the Eyrie. It’s also where, later, Arya Stark and the Hound trek through the hills on their way to the impregnable Eyrie, and the site of Brienne and the Hound’s fierce battle. The waterfall appeared in Season 4, Episode 1, just before Arya sailed to Braavos.
The Golden Circle is the most popular sightseeing in Iceland - read more about it here.
The region surrounding the small yet delicate Þórufoss Waterfall appears in Game of Thrones as the countryside just outside of Meereen. Here there be dragons!
Glacier tongue Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell, known for its ghostly blue terrain, served as the backdrop for the epic fight between the dead and the living in Season 7.
The TV show’s wintry and icy North is epitomized by Iceland’s barren and achingly beautiful highlands, otherworldly landscapes and diverse topographical features. The area around Lake Myvatn is informally known as Wildling territory. Grjótagjá, a small lava cave with a blue-green pool, that appears as the backdrop for Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love scene. Dimmuborgir, the region of twisted rock spires, featured as the background to the Free Folk’s camp under Mance Rayder. Hverir geothermal area, with its sulfur springs and steam vents, stood in place of wind and snowstorms. Mývatn area has a lot to offer, read more about!
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