From eerie lava fields to frozen glacial passes and thundering waterfalls, Iceland's otherworldly landscapes have always felt like they were lifted from the pages of a fairytale, so it's easy to understand why it was chosen as a filming location for HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Even if you're not a die-hard fan, touring Iceland's Game of Thrones sites from Akureyri or Reykjavik is a great way to discover some of the country's beautiful small-screen stars, many located off the beaten track.
Doubling up as a picturesque destination for travelers and as the on-screen icy wilderness North of the Wall, the Lake Mývatn region in northern 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 Jon Snow, Ygritte and the Free Folk as they journeyed to the Wall in season 3; stand 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.
Filming also took place in the Höfði forest, the Kálfaströnd lava field and the ruins of Dimmuborgir, while the nearby Grjótagjá hot spring caves served as the site of a steamy scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte in season 3. Tours often stop at other popular Icelandic attractions en-route, like the Mývatn Nature Baths. Travelers can also see Þingvellir National Park, the famous Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring, all of which can be spotted in season 4 of Game of Thrones.