Six Must-See Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland #GameofThrones

This article contains affiliate links at no cost to you. If you’re a fan of the famous television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire, then there’s no doubt you’ll want to add the Game of Thrones filming locations in Iceland to your bucket list. Iceland is actually called the land of fire and ice for its volcanoes and its glaciers making it the perfect film location for Game of Thrones.

 

Since airing in 2011, Game of Thrones has become a smash-hit. The season seven finale broke records with 16.5 million people watching. So if you’re a fan of the wildlings, or think Jon Snow might know a thing or two, after all, you’ll want to visit these incredible Game of Thrones filming locations while booking Iceland Tours for example.

 

Looking for more? Check out my posts on GOT film locations in Ireland, Malta, Croatia, and Spain.

 

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Game of Thrones Filming Locations in Iceland

 

Grjótagjá

 

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In Season Three of Game of Thrones, Jon Snow broke his vow to the Night’s Watch with the fiery wildling, Ygritte. The cave in which this memorable scene was recorded is called Grjótagjá. Grjótagjá is located in North East Iceland and reaches temperatures of 50 degrees Celsius.

 

Grjótagjá can be difficult to get to, as it has a small entrance often hidden by snow. Due to the fluctuating temperature, the caves are sometimes closed to swimmers. Be sure to talk to your tour guide before venturing out to this Game of Thrones fan favorite.

 

Vatnajökull

 

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Vatnajökull is one of three national parks in Iceland. You may recognize this ethereal landscape from the scenes happening north of the wall. Vatnajökull is within driving distance from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, making it an easy day trip. However, the park itself spans over a significant portion of the island, so a day trip will limit how much you are able to see.

 

Vatnajökull is a great destination for casual sightseers and experienced hikers looking for an icy adventure. As you gaze over the eerie blue and white expanse, you might find yourself fearing the sudden arrival of White Walkers.

 

Thingvellir

 

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Thingvellir (or Þingvellir in Icelandic) is another national park in Iceland. Located on the Golden Circle, Thingvellir is near Reykjavík– approximately a 40-minute drive– making the visit an easy day trip.

 

One of the most interesting features of Thingvellir is the continental rift where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Walk along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the continents clash, which acts as the path to the Eyrie in Game of Thrones. You may also recognize the area from Arya and the Hound’s journey in season four.

 

Reynisfjara

 

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Located near the coastal village of Vík, Reynisfjara is best known for its incredible black sand beaches and towering hexagonal basalt columns. This is also the location of the Eastwatch by the sea in Game of Thrones.

 

While Vík is the southernmost settlement in Iceland, it is only a two-hour drive from Reykjavík. Note, the road is windy and treacherous in the dark. If you’re traveling to Vík during the fall and winter months, you may want to consider staying overnight.

 

Dimmuborgir

 

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Dimmuborgir is an expansive field of ancient lava formations and caves. The name Dimmuborgir translates into “Dark Castles,” and its arch–know as The Church– has been called the gate to Hell. In Game of Thrones, you may recognize the scenery as Mance Rayder’s wildling camp.

 

Unsurprisingly, this area is near Grjótagjá– the cave mentioned earlier. Both features are in the Lake Mývatn area, which boasts numerous craters, formations, and natural springs.

 

Kirkjufell

 

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Kirkjufell– also known as Church Mountain– is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. You may recognize the iconic area from seasons six and seven of Game of Thrones, as the spring-like location where the Children of the Forest gather to create a White Walker. You then see it later as a winter wasteland, as Bran’s group approaches the area.

 

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Kirkjufell is approximately a 2.5-hour drive North of Reykjavik. While you are in the area, be sure to book a whale watching excursion and explore the various mysterious caverns found nearby.

 

Iceland: A Land of Intrigue and Adventure

 

Iceland is an amazing destination for the adventurous spirit. Any Game of Thrones fan on tour is guaranteed to feel like they’ve walked into Westeros. There’s no better way to bide your time while waiting for the final season!

 

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

22 Comments on this post

  1. It’s so pretty!

    Meghan Cooper / Reply
  2. Great views caught on the photos! We are glad that can guide people through such beautiful places.

    Nice Travel / Reply
  3. wow!!!! I did not know about these places! I am Games of Thrones fanatic and it was really amazing to have this information! Hm…now let’s see… Iceland you said… how can I go there….

    Zina / Reply
  4. I just came back from New Zealand trip. I find Iceland is very much like new zealand – amazing landscape, and interesting place name! Kirkjufell? Taumata whakatangi hangakoauau o tamatea turi pukakapiki maunga horo nuku pokai whenua kitanatahu (<— it's a place name in New Zealand! )

    I should hope to see Iceland one day !

  5. It’s crazy how many different landscapes you can see in one small country! I don’t watch Game of Thrones, but I’d love to see all of these gorgeous locations.

    annerbananer1 / Reply
  6. I actually haven’t seen game of thrones yet but so many people tell me how good it is. These places are beautiful! I totally have to start this show this weekend. This is such a cool topic

    Cassie S / Reply
  7. I have always wanted to travel to Iceland, now I want to go even more. These pictures are amazing and it really shows the beauty of this country!

    Kathy Myers / Reply
  8. I love that you’re sharing these locations! It would be so nice to see them all in person! I’m pretty sure the fans are going to want to visit if they can!

    Alison Rost / Reply
  9. I’ve never seen Game of Thrones but your pics look amazing. Iceland has been on my bucket list for years now!

    brianmayroam / Reply
  10. I have not seen this show yet but. Can’t wait to watch. These little locations are absolutely beautiful!!!

    Daisy / Reply
  11. This is stunning, nature here is so pristine, I’ve fallen in love with these places in Iceland. Indeed a must viist location, too soon!

    Jhilmil / Reply
  12. I love love love game of thrones! These pictures are beautiful! I love the atmosphere this post gives off. I hope I can visit Iceland one day!

    beachylady2017 / Reply
  13. Thank you so much! I am a big fan of Games of Thrones! Those are really beautiful pictures! Would love to visit Iceland someday…

    teachingt0ddlers / Reply
  14. A friend of my just came back from iceland and she absolutely loved it. And I can definitely see why…it’s absolutely picturesque. D

    Jennifer L / Reply
  15. Whoa! I have never watched Game of Thrones and with your photos, I am now interested to see all these scapes in the show. 😀

    Sigrid Says Blog / Reply
  16. Iceland is definitely on my list! Your photos make me want to jump on a plane and go now!

    Autumn - Simply Amazing Living / Reply
  17. Wow! What an amazing landscape, truly Iceland is rich in adventurous and one of a kind scenery. I would really love to witness and capture this place by myself.

    eliza / Reply
  18. Iceland is on my wish list and I will never stop aiming to visit such beautiful places, scenery and landscape.

    Rose Ann Sales / Reply
  19. Iceland is one of the most beautiful country and I know it offers a lot of an amazing places that you will never forget in your entire life.

    Geraline Batarra / Reply
  20. no wonder they filmed a lot in iceland , the scenery is breathtaking and really fits the GOT theme. Cant wait till next season

    Denni / Reply
  21. So beautiful! I gets a lot of inspiration after amazing nature pictures. Thank you!

    George / Reply

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