Game Of Thrones Locations in Iceland

Explore all the filming locations in Iceland for the popular HBO show Game Of Thrones.

Ingþór Birkir Árnason
22. December 2017

If you are as much a Game Of Thrones fan as I am, you have definitely noticed the amazing locations in the Westoros world. While we wait for the next season I got together information and pictures from most of the filming locations in Iceland. For each place you can also find information about in which season and episode this location is featured. S03E04 translates to Season 3, episode 4.

Arrowhead mountain (Kirkjufell) - S06E05, S07E06

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Kirkjufell is on the north coast of Iceland's Snæfellsnes Peninsula and not far from the town Grundarfjörður. It is the most photograped mountain in Iceland.

It can be seen in season 7 episode 6 when the heroes go to north of the wall, described as the "Arrowhead mountain". It also appeared in season 6 episode 5 with Kirkjufellsfoss which is also on the photo, when the children of the forest created the first White Walker.

Game of Thrones Kirkjufell Photo: HBO

If you want to check out the amazing scenery of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we have many tours available: There is a Whale Watching Snæfellsnes tour, cave tour to Vatnshellir , Minibus tour around the highlights of the area and this one day Mysterious Snæfellsnes tour.

Wildling hot spring cave (Grjótagjá) - S03E05

Grjótagjá

Photo: Wikipedia

Grjótagjá is a small a cave in the Lake Mývatn which used to be a popular bathing place. In the early 18th century, the outlaw Jón Markússon lived there and used the cave for bathing. Geological activity in the period 1975–1984 caused the temperature of the water in the cave to rise and it hasn't been possible to bathe there since.

This is where the actors Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) and Ygritte (Rosa Leslie) had their moment in Season 3 episode 5. Actually, the steams rising from the hot water disrupted the shooting, so most of the scene was shot in a Northern Irish Studio.

Grjotagja in Game of Thrones Iceland Photo: HBO

There is a Film & Nature Trip that takes you to most of shooting locations in the north (it also includes shooting locations of Fast 8 and Star Wars). I would also recommend the Diamond Circle Tour for those interested in going north of the wall (pun intended). Myvatn Super Jeep Tour and Highlights of the North also stop at Dimmuborgir, Grjótagjá and Höfði with more amazing scenarios where Game of Thrones was filmed.

Wildling Camp (Dimmuborgir) - S03E01, S03E02, S03E05

Dimmuborgir

Photo: Travelade

Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn. The area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations. It is one of the most popular natural tourist attractions in northern Iceland. According to folklore, Dimmuborgir is also the home of a famous troll named Grýla and her third husband Leppalúði.

This is where the wildlings set up the camp in season 3 north of the wall. It can also be seen when Ygritte steals Jon´s sword and gets him into the cave.

Dimmuborgir in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO

North of the Wall (Svínafellsjökull) - S02E06, S02E07, S02E08, S02E10

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier that offers amazing views. It is easily accessable from the Ring Road and there are not many places you can visit as close as Svínafellsjökull.

It can be seen in season 2 and 3 as most of the beyond the wall scenes were filmed there.

Svinafellsjökull in Iceland Photo: HBO

If you want to experience the glacier where they filmed you can go on these tours Ice Climbing tour , Ultimate Icescape , Skaftafell Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing , Blue Ice Experience and Full Day Glacier Adventure which all take you climbing on Svínafellsjökull glacier. There is also this Mountain bike tour that gives you a great view of the astonishing landscape around Skaftafell National Park.

North of the Wall (Vatnajökull Glacier) - S02E06, S02E07, S02E08, S02E10

Vatnajokull Glacier in Iceland Photo: Iceland Nordic Visitor

Vatnajölull is the largest glacier in Iceland, and one of the largest in Europe, covering more than 8 percent of the country. Under the ice cap are several volcanoes and volcanic lakes. It was used in the second season as a film location north of the wall.

Vatnajokull Game of thrones Photo: HBO

To check out Vatnajökull glacier there are several tours available, a Super Jeep Vatnajökull Glacier Walk tour with a short zodiac boat ride. Also this Glacier Discovery on Vatnajokull Glacier which includes a 4x4 transfer and is designed for those who are looking for an in depth glacier hike in Iceland. Then there is this unique Blue Ice Cave Adventure that offers an unforgettable experience and amazing scenes.

Entrance to the Eyrie (Þingvellir) - S01E05, S04E05, S04E08

Thingvellir in Iceland Photo: Wikipedia commons

Þingvellir is a national park about 25 mi (40 km) from Reykjavík. It is one of the most popular tourist destination in Iceland as it is a site of historical, cultural and geological significance (also a UNESCO World Heritage Site). The Mid-Atlantic Ridge passes right through the national park and seperates the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates.

It can be seen as the narrow path leading to the Eyrie, can be seen when Littlefinger and Sansa Stark arrive at the Eyrie and when Catelyn Stark arrives in season 1 to her sister.

Thingvellir in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO

There are a few ways to see the National park and the area around if you don't have your own car. One of the most popular tour is Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon. But you can also get a combo with snowmobiling - Golden Circle and Snowmobiling. A pretty cool way to experience Thingvellir is taking this bike tour, Biking in the National Park of Thingvellir which takes you on a fantastic ride along the lake and Almannagjá Canyon.

There is also this amazing experience where you can go snorkeling in the crystal clear water in Silfra, I have done that one and I can personally recommend it to anyone looking for a unique experience.

Drogon eats the farmers goat (Þórufoss) - S04E06

Thorusfoss in Iceland Photo: Wikipedia commons

Thorufoss is around 18 meters high and is located near Thingvellir. This is the waterfall where Drogon eats the goat in season 4 episode 6

Thorufoss in Game of thrones Photo: HBO

Eastwatch By The Sea (Reynisfjara) - S07E05, S07E06

Reynisfjara in Iceland Photo: Wikipedia commons

Reynisfjara beach, near the town of Vík on the southern shore, is perhaps the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland. It features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, called Hálsanef. Out on the ocean there are also stacks kalled Reynisdrangar.

It is the beach at Eastwatch by the sea where the men in the night's watch are guarding the wall.

Reynisfjara in Game of Thrones Photo: HBO

There are many tours that allow you see the black beach, including this  ATV tour and the South Coast Tour.

Eastwatch By The Sea (Dyrhólaey) - S07E05 and S07E06

DyrhólaeyPhoto: Wikipedia commons

Dyrhólaey is a tiny peninsula, formerly an island, famous for its staggering views of Iceland´s south coast and wealth of birdlife.

This "island" can be seen in the episodes that show Eastwatch by the sea in season 7.

Canyon where they catch Wight (Stakkholtsgjá) - S07E06 

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Stakkholtsgjá is a canyon located close to the entrance to Þórsmörk. It has a narrow riverbed and ends in a beautiful waterfall. The canyon is up to 330 ft (100 meters) deep and 1.2 mi (2 kilometers) long.

In season 7 when Jon leads the team to abush a group of wights, this towering moss-coverd canyon near Þórsmörk is used for that sequence. Because of the formation of the canyon, it´s deathly quiet and very calm.

Photo: HBO

North of the wall (Þórsmörk) - S07E06

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Þórsmörk is a very popular place for traveleres to go camp and hike through the mountains and a favourite location of photographers. Þórsmörk (Valley of Thor) is a valley and a mountain range between the glaciers Eyjafallajökull (yes, that is the famous volcano), Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull. 

The scene where Jon and his team are trekking across the lands beyond the wall is filmed in Þórsmörk. Below, you can see a part of the water-carved landscape they traverse at a less snowy time of the year.

Photo: HBO

Village where Olly lived (Stöng í Þjórsádal) - S04E03

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

This farm is a reconstruction based on the excavated farmhouse Stöng from the Commonwealth Era in Iceland. This allows visitors to study the buildings of our ancestors and learn about the background and daily life. It is believed that the farm was destroyed when Hekla erupted in the year 1104.

This is the farm in which all the inhabitants were killed by wildlings when they climbed the wall. The only survivor is a small boy that rode to Castle Black.

Photo: HBO

North of the Wall (Hverir) - S03E01

Picture of Hverir on travelade.comPhoto: Travelade Gallery

Hverir is a unique waste land with pools of boiling mud, hissing chimneys and hot springs.

In the beginning of season 3, we see Sam wandering through an impenetrable blizzard. This is an illusion created on the bubbling mud flats of Hverir: The blizzard is actually a thick mist emerging from geothermal vents.

Photo: HBO

The Vale (Nesjavellir) - S04E10

Photo: Snorri Þór Tryggvason

Nesjavellir is a geothermal area in Southwest Iceland where you can find the second largest geothermal power station. This site is located a short drive from Thingvellir National Park. 

Nesjavellir is where the Hound and Brienne fight in the end of season 4. Here the Hound and Arya part ways.

Photo: HBO

Special thanks to Snorri Þór Tryggvason.