From eerie lava fields to frozen glacial passes and thundering waterfalls, Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes have always felt lifted from the pages of a fairytale, so it was little wonder that location scouts chose it as a film location for HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Even if you’re not a diehard fan, touring Iceland’s Game of Thrones sites from Akureyri is a great way to discover some of the country’s most beautiful off-the-beaten-track locations.
Doubling up on-screen as the icy wilderness North of the Wall, the picturesque Lake Mývatn region in North Iceland is equally bewitching and foreboding – the perfect setting for scenes with the wayward Wildings and the much-feared White Walkers. Here, fans can follow in the footsteps of the Jon Snow, Ygritte and the Free Folk as they journeyed to the Wall in Season 3; stand on the spot where the Night's Watch men were attacked by White Walkers in Season 1; and marvel at the glacial landscapes that inspired the infamous Wall, a sheer vertical face of ice that marks the start of the fictional Seven Kingdoms.
Other locations where filming took place include the Höfði forest, the Kálfaströnd lava field and the ruins of Dimmuborgir, and tours often stop at other popular attractions en-route, like the Mývatn thermal baths. Best of all, with filming in Iceland ongoing, new locations are springing up onscreen all the time and viewers of Season 4 will be able to recognize scenes shot in the Þingvellir National Park, the famous Gullfoss Waterfalls and the Geysir hot spring.