Travel like Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister and Daenerys Targaryen
After what could be the longest break in the history of streaming we’re finally getting close to the 8th and final season of Game of Thrones. We’re just as excited as everyone else, but instead of settling with watching the show at home we suggest that you get out there and experience it in real life. There’s something special about walking the same streets as Cersei or hiking the mountains where Jon Snow met the white walkers. This is all possible and lucky you we have listed our favorite locations from all seasons.
With winter here, the other location that has seen most action is Iceland, until now home to scenes set north of the Wall. In the past, locations all over the island have been used, most memorably the cave in Grjótagjá in the north-east, pictured above, where Jon Snow and wildling Ygritte (Harington’s real-life wife Rose Leslie) enjoyed their tryst. In Season 7, the epic battle with the White Walkers was filmed by Kirkjufell (known in the show as “the mountain like an arrow head”) on the north coast, on the southern Svínafellsjökull glacier and the otherworldly black sand beach at Reynisfjara, near Vík on the south coast.
Kirkjufell in Iceland, where the battle with the White Walkers was filmed.
Spain will make a brief reappearance in season 8. Previously it’s played the highly Hispanic land of Dorne (filmed chiefly in Seville) and last season Dragonstone, home to Daenerys, was shot in the dramatic peninsula of San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, north-east of Bilbao, pictured above. This time round the only return has been to the Anfiteatro de Itálica at Santiponce, close to Seville, a ruined Roman amphitheatre which appeared in Season 7 as King’s Landing’s Dragonpit, where the many pretenders to the throne came together.
Finally, Game of Thrones’ best-known real-life location, Dubrovnik, pictured above, will return as the capital King’s Landing. The sea walls and stone palaces of the absurdly pretty Croatian city made perfect readymade sets, so it’s no surprise several of the series’ key actors were spotted shooting there last year. Additionally, a facsimile of one of the city’s landmarks, Blaise Cathedral, has been built in the Belfast studio lot. This being Game of Thrones, only a fool would bet on it surviving to the final episode.
Anfiteatro de Itálica at Santiponce, which appeared in Season 7 as King’s Landing’s Dragonpit.
Vik Beach, Reynisfjara, Iceland.