If they were humans, I wonder how disappointed the various locations used in the series Game Of Thrones will be feeling by now. Dejected will of course be an understatement. Disappointment wouldn’t even suffice. Why? The actors took virtually all the glory.
Iceland, Northern Ireland, Croatia, Spain, Malta and Morocco make up the 6 countries where majority of this series (which has risen to become one of world’s best TV shows of all times) was shot. The good news is, you can actually visit this places in real life cheaper than you can imagine with the interesting deals on Travelstart Nigeria!
Here we go:
1. The Wildling Camp
Located in: Dimmuborgir, Iceland
The Icelandic folklore has it that this place is somehow connected to hell (however they arrived at that conclusion though). All I know is that the setting for the camp of the Free Folk in the Skirling Pass was filmed in Dimmuborgir: a lava field field with some rare kind of rocks.
2. King’s Landing
Located in: Dubrovnik, Croatia
This seat of power of Game of Thrones was actually filmed through the streets of Dubrovnik in Croatia. Most special is the Stradun – the main street between the Cathedral and the Sponza Palace which features in the Walk of Penzance.
3. The King’s Road
Located in: The Dark Hedges in Northern Ireland
This was where Arya Stark escaped King’s Landing and hopes to travel North to find Jon Snow alongside the fat boy and the Bastard. It’s a road of beech trees leading up to a Georgian mansion in Northern Ireland.
Located in: Ouarzazate, Morocco
I wondered all through the episode, trying to figure out the location they could have used for where Daenerys liberated the people of Slaver’s Bay, but I never thought of Africa. But alas, it’s a small Moroccan village on the edge of the Sahara desert.
Located in: Downhill Strand, Northern Ireland
The desolate seven mile beach at Downhill Strand doubles up as the island of Dragonstone on Game of Thrones, where the long awaited meeting of series seven took place. My best part was Daenerys’ entry with her dragons. I felt the chills as the dragon landed.
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6. JonSnow and Ygritte’s love nest
Located in: Grjótagjá, Iceland
This is to me, one of the most beautiful scenes I saw in the series. I later discovered Grjótagjá is a small lava cave near Lake Mývatn in north-east Iceland.
7. The House of the Undying in Qarth
Located in: Minceta Tower in Dubrovnik, Croatia
Filmed in the same location as King’s Landing, The House of Undying is the tallest of four fortresses in the Dubrovnik City Walls. When Daenerys was looking for her missing dragons in series one, she’s actually walking around the highest point of the Croatian city.
8. The Glens of Antrim
Located in: County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Remember when Ned Stark beheaded a Night’s Watch deserter in front of his sons at the beginning? That beautiful green field is located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The only two left currently from that scene are John Snow and Theon Greyjoy who both seemed so insignificant in that first episode. Any lesson you learned?
9. Marble Arches Cave
Located in: County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
The Hound is of course my favourite (after Tyrion Lannister of course), and this scene where he battled Beric Dondarrion in season three got me thrilled. Though the Hound won, Beric was still resurrected. The scene was filmed in Marble Arches, a place which in real life can be found in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland.