We did the Game of Thrones tour by accident. We didn’t realise that the places we were visiting were some of the spots where they filmed the episodes Beyond the Wall in the Season 3 of Game of Thrones. Only found out about it once we were back from Iceland.
There are a few tour companies that offer the Game of Thrones guided tour in North Iceland for a fee, but if you wish to do a self-drive/self-guided tour, just pick up a copy of the Lake Myvatn attractions brochure from the visitor centre or the front desk of your hotel and visit the major attractions listed there. You’ll find yourself in most of the Game of Thrones Beyond the Wall filming locations!
We started the day with a hearty breakfast at Vogafjoss Restaurant. We stayed at a cabin owned by the same folks who owned the restaurant the night before, so the breakfast was free for us, or rather, included. The restaurant shared a building with a cow pen, separated by a wall with glass windows, through which we could see the cows. Later I learned that the restaurant was a favourite among the Game of Thrones filming crew.
After breakfast, we drove to Grjotagja, a small lava cave with a thermal spring inside. This is the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte had some sexy time. *wink, wink* My husband took the picture below because I was being a chicken and was too scared to go down into the cave. There was a warning sign outside the cave saying that rocks had been falling off the cave, and, to be honest, being buried alive in a cave wasn’t part of my vacation plan.
Then we decided that it would be a good idea to climb a mountain while it was still bright and early, so we climbed a nearby mountain, Hverfell. The climb was way too steep for my liking. I was cursing Sigur Rós all the way up for luring me into their country and making me climb the damn mountain. When we got to the top, I thought at least we’d see an interesting crater, but what we actually saw was rather underwhelming. It was just a big pile of volcanic ash.
Hverfell appeared in the background of some of the Beyond the Wall scenes. I only got one shot of the mountain from afar and it’s not the greatest but hey, it’s better than nothing!
Dimmuborgir is a lava field area with interesting lava rock formations. This is the area where the Wildlings made camp. We didn’t get to see much of this area because many of the trails were still closed for the season.
Most of the scenes with Jon Snow and the Wildlings were shot in an area by Lake Myvatn called Höfði. It’s a beautiful area with a very distinct, rocky landscape. We had a nice walk there along the lake and through a small forest, spotting interesting waterfowls, until it started raining. And then it just got a little less pleasant.
One of the largest and most popular waterfalls in Iceland, Goðafoss, was also part of the Wildling country sceneries. When we got there, my husband went straight to business searching for a geocache while I went straight to business taking pictures. I kept moving closer and closer to the edge to get a better shot of the falls, until I found myself so close to the edge that I freaked myself out.
The day before we visited all the spots above, we went to Námafjall, which is a geothermal area with fumaroles, boiling mud pools and mud pots. I read that they used the steam rising out of this area to fake a blizzard in a blizzard scene.
The following video has Game of Thrones producer Chris Newman talk about filming the show in Iceland and the Beyond The Wall tour. It’s pretty interesting. You can see some of the places we visited in it.
Hope you enjoyed this virtual tour! :-)