Fantasy epic Game of Thrones certainly presents some beautiful visages to accompany its exciting onscreen drama. We’re all familiar with in-show names like Winterfell, Dorne and many other places in the Seven Kingdoms, but where on Earth are all these insanely beautiful Game of Thrones locations? You’re about to find out!
1. Dubrovnik, Croatia
King’s Landing is a great place to start. While some of you might think that the shots of the commoner’s quarters and coast of King’s Landing were CGI, I’m quite happy to tell you that it’s all real. Shots of Dubrovnik’s coastline and buildings were used to set the scenes you’re all too familiar with. Mighty fortresses nearby were also used in the show. Want to get intimate with the place which houses the seat of power in all of the Seven Kingdoms? There’s a walking tour for that!
2. Essaouira, Morocco
Remember when Danaerys acquired and raised her army of the Unsullied from the city of Astapor? Well, Essaouira is actually a coastal town in Morocco that you can visit! Pronounced Essa-weera, this exotic location faces the Atlantic and has sweeping views of a wild, untamed coastline.
3. Azure Window, Malta
In Gozo, Malta, there is a peculiar and beautiful limestone structure named the Azure Window. Carved from endless waves beating into the coastline, the Azure Window was where the wedding ceremony of Danaerys and Khal Drogo was filmed. The crashing blue waves, juxtaposed with the hard stone coast, should be on every traveller’s must-see list.
4. Grjótagjá Lava Cave, Iceland
Contrary to its given name, the Grjótagjá Lava Cave in Iceland is not scalding hot. In fact, it’s an ice cave that houses a thermal spring. Yes, this is the ice cave where Jon Snow and Yigrette famously got it on in season 3. In case you’re wondering, you can take a dip in the thermal spring that is situated in a cavern large enough to house about 100 people. See? We still know a little more than Jon Snow.
5. Svínafellsjökull, Iceland
View this post on Instagram
The Svínafellsjökull in southern Iceland. I was here in early April and it was pretty impressive but now in winter it's even more astonishing. . . . . . #hiking #camping #hikingadventures #trekking #wilderness #backpacking #getoutside #outdoor #neuehorizonte #laufenmusstduselbst #glacier #iceland #visiticeland #svinafellsjokull #ice #landscapesoficeland #dreamchasers #landscapephotography #snow
If you’ve always wondered where they shot all those scenes from Beyond the Wall, Svínafellsjökull is where it’s at. Svínafellsjökull is actually a glacier that exists as part of a larger national park, called Skaftafell National Park. The glacier actually extends all the way out to the sea and is home to fragile ice caves that are only strong enough for people to enter during winter. Be glad that there are no White Walkers here, because this place is as wild as you can imagine it to be.