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Iceland’s Top Filming Locations: Following the Footsteps of “A Game of Thrones”

27 April 2021

A small yet utterly beautiful town in the Southern part of Croatia has become a Mecca for “A Game of Thrones” fans. Dubrovnik ― a primary filming location of the TV show’s King’s Landing, the place where the long-standing and deadly feuds over the Iron Throne between the houses of Westeros had brought nothing but woe. 

But picturesque Croatia was not the only filming location that provided the crew with fantastic scenery that will be forever associated with the fantasy world. Iceland presented “A Game of Thrones” with magnificent spots to create unforgettable stories with its unique nature and breathtaking views. Here are several such Iceland’s top filming locations of the world-known show. 

“A Game of Thrones” - magnificent spots to create unforgettable stories

Why Iceland

The show is based on an epic fantasy series called “A Song of Ice and Fire” created by George R. R. Martin. Even without reading the books, you might probably guess from the name that ice, snow, and frost play a vital role in the series, winter being the primary setting in the fantasy world. And you wouldn’t be wrong. 

Iceland is a beautiful country that looks like a fantasy world with its glaciers, volcanos, mountains, and magnificent lands and seascapes. It reflects the winter atmosphere of the epic saga no better than any other location. And there is no surprise that Iceland was chosen as a major spot for “A Game of Thrones” filming locations.

Beyond the Wall — Svinafellsjokull  — South Iceland

The wilding fights, the white walkers, the Night’s King — all these scenes take place beyond the wall, which serves to protect the Seven Kingdoms from foes that come from the white wilderness. And is there another place better to show the harshness of the North of the fantasy world than in Iceland’s Svinafellsjokull?

Svinafellsjokull is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, which is the largest icecap in Europe. 

The glacier is also dubbed “the Hollywood Glacier” as “A Game of Thrones” was not the only masterpiece shot there. Christoper Nolan’s “Batman Begins” also filmed his amazing scenes of the blockbuster there.

Svinafellsjokull - outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, largest icecap in Europe

The Mountain Beyond the Wall —  the Snaefellsnes Peninsula  — Western Iceland

“A mountain like an arrowhead” was a focal point of some epic sciences in the TV show. For instance, when Jon Snow and his party of brave men including Gendry, the Hound, Tormund, and others fought bravely against the white walkers, the Night King, eventually, is saved by the mother of dragons. 

So, where is the mountain located? The real mountain beyond the Wall is situated on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Western Iceland, and it’s called Kirkjufell. This is one of the most popular mountains and waterfalls in the country. 

The Mountain Beyond the Wall — Western Iceland

The Cave of Jon and Ygritte, Grjotagja Cave — North Iceland

The love of Jon and Ygritte is genuinely unforgettable. A fierce wildling and a ranger of the Night’s Watch who swore never to take a wife nor father a child madly fall in love with each other, and in a cave where Jon is ready to break his vows for the woman. 

Grjotagja Cave near the lake Mývatn in North Iceland was a perfect location to portray the happy moments of the characters and shoot one of the best love scenes of the TV show. The thermal spring inside the cave reflects light on the rock wall, creating an eerie and mystical atmosphere perfect for representing the love between the wildling and the ranger.

The Cave of Jon and Ygritte, Grjotagja Cave — North Iceland  

Jon Snow Riding a Dragon — Skogafoss Waterfall — South Iceland

No one had ever ridden a dragon except for Daenerys Targaryen. But Jon Snow was an exception to this rule. Jon and Dany land near a beautiful waterfall where she would fall in love with him even more. This beautiful and majestic waterfall is Skogafoss and it’s situated in South Iceland which is one of the most beloved and visited sites in the country. 

Iceland helped to turn the amazing world of “A Game of Thrones” into a captivating reality by providing its beautiful places, where the crew could shoot the TV show. But the country also has other majestic places to visit. 

If you want to explore this eye-catching country, you can make it as comfortable as possible! By booking Ragnar and sailing all the parts of Iceland! You will see all the top “A Games of Thrones” locations and plunge yourself into the atmosphere of the fantasy world that is full of adventure, excitement, and real emotions.

Skogafoss Waterfall — South Iceland

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