Are you hyped up enough on insane storylines, sexy medieval folk and dragons now that Game of Thrones, season four is back on the air?
Of course not.
Take a walk down memory lane and do some travel-planning all in one: check out these amazing Game of Thrones locations you can actually visit, to tide you over until next week’s episode…
Winter epicness is coming…
Northern Ireland – Epic level: pretty epic
1. The Dark Hedges, Co. Antrim
This well-hidden country back road in County Antrim stands in for the King’s Road north of King’s Landing in season two, where Arya Stark flees from enemies. Image via Imgur.
2. Downhill Beach, Co. Londonderry
Also used for scenes in season two, Downhill Beach near Coleraine in Co. Londonderry provides the setting for the burning of the seven old gods of Westeros on Dragonstone.
3. The Mourne Mountains, Co. Down
Country Down’s stunning Mourne Mountains were used for location shots in the pilot episode, as well as in season one when entry to Vaes Dothrak was filmed at Sandy Brae with mt. Slievemageogh in the background. In season three, Tollymore Forest nearby was used for Theon’s failed escape from his torturers.
Download a self-drive Game of Thrones tour itinerary from Causeway Coast and Glens here, and see where to stay in Northern Ireland.
Malta – Epic level: hot and epic
4. The Azure Window, Gozo
This natural limestone arch on Gozo, the Maltese archipelago’s second-largest island, was formed by two seacaves collapsing. It became the setting for Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo’s wedding in season one.
The former medieval capital of Malta, this 1000-year-old walled city stood in for Westeros capital King’s Landing in season one. The town gate can be seen at the moment of Ned Stark’s arrival, and other scenes were filmed in the city’s winding stone alleyways. See more with Viator’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Private Tour of Malta.
Croatia – Epic level: getting epic-er
In season two, filming for King’s Landing and the Red Keep switched to Croatian walled seaside city Dubrovnik. Nearby fortresses Minceta, Bokar and Lovrijenac were also used for exterior shots. Take a ‘Game of Thrones’ Walking Tour of Dubrovnik with Viator and see Dubrovnik hostels.
7. Lokrum Island monastery and botanical gardens
Lokrum island off the Dubrovnik coast stood in for Quarth, which Danaerys Targaryan visits in season two.
Morocco – Epic level: epicly epic
In season three, Danaerys continues her journey on the continent of Essos and arrives at slave-trading city Astapor (where she raises her army of the Unsullied). This is actually Moroccan coastal town Essaouira, famous for its windswept beaches and definitely one of the most historic Game of Thrones locations used for filming.
9. Aït Benhaddou and Ouarzazate
Further scenes in Danaerys’ season three journey were filmed at Atlas Studios in Ouarzazate and at Berber village of kasbahs Aït Benhaddou, which provided the setting for Yunkai – a slaving city Danaerys takes with the Unsullied army. Found in Morocco’s Saharan Atlas Mountains region, Aït Benhaddou is 32km from Ouarzazate. Visit both on a day trip with Morocco Travel Exploration.
Iceland – Epic level: too epic to handle
10. Lake Myvatn
In seasons two and three, Lake Myvatn in northern Iceland provides the wild landscapes of Beyond the Wall, the land of Wildlings, the Night’s Watch and White Walkers. Here you can visit Grjotagja lava cave (which has a geothermal spring at the bottom), the entrance of which was the setting for Jon Snow and Ygritte’s big romance scene in season three. Take a GOT-themed Lake Myvatn tour with Iceland Travel.
Svínafellsjökull calving glacier (a glacier that ends with a cliff-face) in Skaftafell National Park in the south-east extends from Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull glacier. Wintry Beyond the Wall scenes with Jon Snow, Ygritte and the Night’s Watch were filmed here in seasons two and three. Take a walk on Svinafellsjokull Glacier Tongue with Icelandic Mountain Guides and see hostels in Reykjavik.
Thanks to Kyle Monahan, sharkbait, pompey shoes, APM Alex, Michael Caven, Anosmia, SeabirdNZ, Valdiney Pimenta, michael clarke stuff and @ravi for the images off Flickr. Please note, images were held under the creative commons licence at the time of publication.