Game of Thrones Tour in Iceland

Are you familiar with the tune, “A Song of Fire and Ice?”  If you’re a Game of Thrones (GOT) fan, you likely can hum it from memory!  When you think about Game of Thrones, does Iceland come to mind?  It should!  There are countless areas around the country that were used as “sets” to portray the regions Game Of Thrones were filmed in.  Today we would love to share with you some of the locations where Game of Thrones was filmed in our neck of the woods, Southern Iceland!

Fun Fact: One of our primary guides, David Geir, previously worked in the film making industry before we snagged him to become a fantastic glacier guide and professional driver.  He was often on the Game of Thrones sets handling special effects.  You know, creating the extreme winds and snow that you see happening earlier on in the early to mid-seasons.

Why did Game of Thrones Choose Iceland?

If you haven’t found your way to Iceland you may not be able to quickly answer.  But the dynamic landscape really transports you to another world.  Plus, there are very few areas of the world that rival Southern Iceland’s glaciers and black sand beaches!  The diversity of the landscape really gave the show it’s edge.  Several of the Game of Thrones staff and actors talk more about their experience of filming in Iceland.

Filming Locations for Game of Thrones in Iceland:

Many times on our Vik Iceland super jeep tours throughout Southern Iceland, our guests ask us where Game of Thrones was filmed.  There are many locations that are available for visiting and exploring whereas, others are on private property and you need permission from landowners or special 4x4 super jeeps to get there. 

The Good News: Booking a Private Tour with us can lead you to have a very special Game of Thrones Tour in Iceland.  So come along with us and see a few of the landscapes that have inspired the amazing scenes throughout all 7 seasons (season 8 releases in April 2019) so far! 

 

Thingvellir National Park

Ever wonder where Game of Thrones found crazy amounts of lava rocks with moss growing over and awesome rock formations with water elements?  You will recognize this place below probably… Thingvellir National Park.  It is an area of Southern Iceland you are welcome to and we encourage you to visit yourself.  It is easily accessible by car in the days before or after your Katla Ice Cave Tour

A memorable moment in Game of Thrones for us that happened here, is the famed fight between Brienne and the Hound in Season 4 Episode 10.  Other areas are at the falls of Oxarafoss and between the tectonic plates of Silfra where many of the greatest massacres and bloody bath battles during the 7 seasons have taken place.  A few others to note: Entrance to the Eyrie in S01E05; S04E05; and S04E08.

Hidden Mountains:

Any diehard Game of Thrones fan, loved seeing the connection of our favorite Wildling, Ygritte and Jon Snow.  Their adventures north of the wall were filmed actually throughout some of our favorite hidden mountains.  Can you imagine witnessing this stomping ground of theirs?  It feels very old world as if you stepped back into the settlement era of Viking lodge.

North of the wall is most of the landscapes of Iceland throughout the many seasons of Game of Thrones.  The hidden mountains are for sure our second favorite (first follows below).  We would love to have you on a custom Game of Thrones tour with us where we show you these secret mountains and tell you some of the local stories that come with them.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in Southern Iceland

A super cool spot but one that has become a very heavily populated tourist spot you can visit on your own is Reynisfjara.  This black sand beach is the setting for the elaborate scenes of Castle East Watch by the sea seen in Season 7 Episode 5 and 6. 

Dyrhólaey Sea Arch

Dyrhólaey serves as The Wall and Castle East Watch which can be seen in Season 7 Episode 5 and 6.  There is also a private side of this beautiful area that we would love to introduce you to!

North of the Wall GOT Location:

There are 13 glaciers in Iceland and we are lucky to call our business home at the fourth largest, Myrdalsjökull.  This fantastic glacier also proved to inspire the construction of The Wall and being “North of the Wall” in the Game of Thrones series.  See S02E05 and others.

More often than not, exploring around this area you’ll feel like you walk in the footsteps the steps of the white walkers. Especially during winter in Iceland.  We would love to show you what North of the wall looks like and feels like on our Katla Ice Cave Tour.

Other Game of Thrones Filming Areas in Iceland:

  • Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellfoss Waterfall (Arrowhead Mountain) – S06E05; S07E06
  • Stöng í Þjórsádal (Village where Olly lived) – S04E03
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Area – North Iceland (Wildling Camp) S03E01, S03E02, S03E05
  • Nesjavellir (The Vale) – S04E10
  • Þórufoss Waterfall – Near to Thingveille National Park (Drogon eats the farmers goat) – S04E06
  • Grjótagjá – Northern Iceland (Famed Wildling hot spring cave) – S03E05

 

Unlike many other Game of Thrones Tour offerings, we prefer to offer our clients a private more custom tour that can be simply 1 day or several.  Three days would be ideal if you wish to get the sense of how elaborate the scenes and the filming locations were.  

All that said, we dare you to join us on a custom Iceland Game of Thrones Tour.  Truly an adventurous experience that takes you off road in your own private super jeep to explore the land of ice and fire!  Our Southern Iceland super jeep guides would love to educate you on the filming areas and also tell you stories from the area.  Please contact us for more information on booking your private Game of Thrones tour! 

Your Adventure Awaits,

– The Katlatrack Super Jeep Team in Vik Iceland

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