If the hot springs and glaciers don’t reel you in, the “Game of Thrones” filming locations might just be the reason you plan your next trip to Iceland. It’s not a stretch to anyone who has seen at least one episode of the hit HBO show that this surreal location is home to a surprising amount of the scenes in the series.
Whether it’s snow-barren, white-out condition fields or a scene of volcanic rock formations, Iceland has no shortage of stop-you-in-your-tracks settings perfect for a show that makes you wish pet dragons were a real thing.
Ahead, consider this your official itinerary for making all of your “Game of Thrones” watching buddies jealous. From the spot where Ygritte and Jon Snow first met to the location for the iconic fight between Brienne of Tarth and The Hound, there’s a spot for every “Game of Thrones” enthusiast.
Otherwise known as “Church Mountain,” Kirkjufell was featured a number of times in season six and season seven of the show. It served as a very important destination for Jon Snow and his loyal hunters in season seven, episode six, making a guest appearance as the “mountain shaped like an arrowhead” the group was searching for.
Make sure to check out the small set of waterfalls across and down the street from Kirkjufell. You can also hike the mountain, but make sure you know what you’re doing. The hiking can get quite technical toward the top, where there’s a rope to help you reach the summit. As you climb, keep an eye out for fossils embedded in the mountain.
If you’re looking to live as the wildlings did, head to Höfði, where Mance Rayder’s (known to his followers as the “King Beyond the Wall”) group set up camp in episode five of season three.
This area, right on the edge of Lake Myvatn, is known for its strange volcanic rock formations. Footage of Höfði was also used for more general scenic moments in the show, like the opening credits.
Þingvellir National Park
As the home of Gulfoss, Geysir, Silfra Fissure, and a seemingly never-ending field of lava rock and deep cracks in the Earth, Þingvellir National Park will make you think of “Game of Thrones” even if you’ve never seen the show. One of the less busy spots to check out in the park, much in part to the fact that you can’t see it from the road, is Oxararfoss. The canyon to this waterfall doubled as the Bloody Gate, or the castle that acted as defense from the Vale of Arryn in season four.
Get away from the crowds of tourists and brave the gravel road to check out Þórufoss. This waterfall is located a few minutes drive on Route 48 off of the Ring Road east of Lake Þingvallavatn (Þingvellir National Park’s lake). Here, Drogon, one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons, swooped down to enjoy a roasted goat right in front of its herder in season four.
Þjórsárdalur Valley is actually a massive part of the country, consisting of many attractions worth visiting. Among them is Þjóðveldisbærinn Stöng, or a structure made to resemble a house and farm during the country’s Viking era. You’ll see it in episode three of season four when it serves as Olly’s village.
A quick refresher: Olly joined the Night’s Watch after his home was destroyed by the Free Folk. He became Jon Snow’s personal steward once he joined up.
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