Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, what better way to really get into the spirit of proceedings than by visiting one of the exotic Game of Thrones destinations where filming for the program actually took place?

Filming spots included Höfðabrekkuheiði, the Myrdalsjokull glacier, the Vatnajökull glacier – Europe’s largest ice cap – and Lake Myvatn. Annual events hosted here include the Icelandic marathon. The lake is littered with unusual lava formations, aptly known as “black castles”. While a majority of scenes were filmed at the Lake, Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park was also put to good use. Lying in the south of Iceland, the park is well known for its surprisingly agreeable summer climate, although judging by the snow-topped scenery in Game of Thrones, filming at Skaftafell took place during winter.

While the life of an actor may seem glamorous, those who were involved in Icelandic scenes had to brave severely cold conditions. The scene where Jon Snow fights Qhorin Halfhand near the end of Season 2 took place on a cliff with a 500-meter drop in snow so deep the actors kept sinking into it during an exhausting two-day shoot.