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Game of Thrones and the Icelandic summer

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Game of Thrones cast and crew were in Iceland last summer filming their new TV series, Season 4

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The natural beauty of Iceland charmed cast and crew behind the scenes, filming new TV series of Game of Thrones, Season 4.

Game of Thrones TV series’ cast and crew, about 300 people, came to Iceland last summer to film for the new TV series, Season 4. 

The Game of Thrones team had already shot scenes in Iceland for season two and three, in wintertime.

Now, Icelandic landscape in full summer bloom will be featured for the first time. The cast and crew extol Icelandic nature and the Icelandic summer in a recent video they have filmed (see below).

It’s like summer vacation”, says director Alex Graves

Of course, with all of that beautiful weather comes heat, which can make things uncomfortable for certain actors, given how their characters dress in Westeros.

We’re all kind of rather regretting the fact that Wildlings wear fur”, says Rose Leslie (Ygritte). “It’s not a good idea to wear fur in this heat”.

Everyone’s embracing it apart from grumpy old me in my armor”, says Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane). “I’m roasting”.

Iceland is only one filming location used by the show’s producers while filming Game of Thrones’ fourth season.

Others include Northern Ireland and various location in Croatia. The show films in different locations simultaneously in order to follow different characters who are in different places in Westeros throughout the season.

For the Far Northern locations of Game of Thrones, we wanted something shatteringly beautiful, barren and brutal.  In Iceland, we found all of that, as well as a highly professional production crew” says Janet Graham-Borba, Senior Vice President at HBO Films and Mini-series

Among the locations were Þjórsárdalur, the Hengill area and Stekkjagjá at Þingvellir, the world renowned national park and UNESCO heritage site. The Þingvellir committee had granted a special permission for using the site as location.

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.

Filmed in a Belfast studio and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Scotland, Croatia, Iceland and Morocco, it premiered on HBO in the United States on April 17, 2011.

The series was renewed for a fourth season, to debut on April 6, 2014.

The series, set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos at the end of a decade-long summer, interweaves several plot lines.

The first follows the members of several noble houses in a civil war for the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms; the second covers the rising threat of the impending winter and the mythical creatures of the North; the third chronicles the attempts of the exiled last scion of the realm’s deposed dynasty to reclaim the throne.

Through its morally ambiguous characters, the series explores the issues of social hierarchy, religion, loyalty, corruption, sexuality, civil war, crime, and punishment.

It is the most recent big-budget work to have contributed to the popularity of the fantasy genre in mainstream media.

Game of Thrones has obtained an exceptionally broad and active international fan base. It received widespread acclaim by critics, although its use of nudity and violence has caused controversy.

The series has won numerous awards and nominations, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Drama Series in all three seasons, a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Television Series – Drama, a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation in Long Form, and a Peabody Award.

Among the ensemble cast, Peter Dinklage won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Tyrion Lannister.

Plot

Game of Thrones roughly follows the three story lines of A Song of Ice and Fire.

Set in the fictional Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, the series chronicles the violent dynastic struggles among the realm’s noble families for control of the Iron Throne. As the series opens, additional threats begin to arise in the icy North and in the eastern continent of Essos.

The novels and their adaptation derive settings, characters and plot elements from much of European history.

A principal inspiration for the novels were the English Wars of the Roses (1455–85) between the houses of Lancaster and York, reflected in Martin’s houses of Lannister and Stark.

Most of Westeros, with its castles and knightly tournaments, is reminiscent of High Medieval Western Europe.

The scheming Cersei, for instance, calls to mind Isabella (1295–1358), the “she-wolf of France“.

The series also combines such varied inspirations as Hadrian’s Wall (which became Martin’s great Wall), the fall of Rome and the legend of Atlantis (ancient Valyria), Byzantine “Greek fire” (“wildfire”), Icelandic sagas of the Viking Age (the Ironborn) and the Mongol hordes (the Dothraki), as well as elements from the Hundred Years’ War (1337–1453) and the Italian Renaissance (c. 1400–1500).

The series’ great popularity has in part been attributed to Martin’s skill at fusing these disparate elements into a seamless whole that appears credible on its own terms as an alternative history.

The Sopranos in Middle-earth” is the tagline showrunner David Benioff jokingly suggested for Game of Thrones, referring to its intrigue-filled plot and dark tone combined with a fantasy setting.

In a 2012 study, the series was listed second out of 40 recent U.S. TV drama series by deaths per episode, with an average of 14.

Watch video –  Game of Thrones Season 4 – Trailer.

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Game Of Thrones returns to HBO on Sunday the 6th of April and to Sky Atlantic on Monday the 7th of April 2014.

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This is your chance to visit the “Land beyond the Wall” and see it brought to life with tales of the “Seven Kingdoms” with your best half or with your whole family. We recommend as follows for your best activities in Iceland:

Highlights:

  • Travel to North Iceland to experience the astonishing film locations showcased in series three.
  • Visit the areas where Night’s Watch men, including Samwell Tarly and Lord Commander Mormont, are attacked by the White Walkers.
  • Walk the land that Jon Snow, Ygritte and the Free Folk cross to reach the Wall.
  • Visit the cave where Jon Snow and Ygritte have their first intimate romantic encounter.
  • Learn about how the Free Folk, like the ancient Vikings, lived and survived in their harsh environment.

Optional activities

  • Go on a best-seller day tour and visit Þingvellir, a confirmed location for Game of Thrones season four, Gullfoss waterfall and the famous Geysir hot spring (The Golden Circle).
  • Take a Northern Lights hunt from Reykjavik, either by bus or on a jeep, – only during winter.
  • Add a day in Reykjavik and climb an Icelandic glacier, all gear included.
  • Northern Lights Hunt from Akureyri, – only during winter.

Below, can you find our excellent Iceland Tours by your choice.

Season:
Spring & Summer
  
IcelandIceland Full Circle
(10 days/9 nights)

Just as the name indicates, this popular journey takes you the full circle around Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road”, along with a detour to the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Along the way, you have the chance to visit some of the country’s most spectacular natural attractions, including Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss and Goðafoss waterfalls and the moonlike surroundings of Lake Mývatn.
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IcelandExpress Iceland
(7 days/6 nights)

This express self-drive package takes you around Iceland’s scenic “Ring Road”, offering the chance to visit many of the country’s top natural attractions, including hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanic beaches and much more.

This is ideal for those who want to experience as much of Iceland as possible in one week.
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IcelandRomance Around Iceland
(10 days/9 nights)

This tour allows you and your better half not only to enjoy some of the most romantic sites you can find in Iceland but also to experience unique culture, gourmet dining and thrilling activities. Indulge yourself at this very special point in your life with ten days of adventure and romance along with first-class service in exotic surroundings.

The sites are carefully selected for their superb scenery to ensure that this vacation will be truly enjoyable and unforgettable.
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IcelandSouth Iceland at Leisure
(7 days/6 nights)

Enjoy the stunning and diverse landscapes of south Iceland, including Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir area, Skaftafell National Park, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and much more.

This tour is suitable and recommended for families with children.

You have the option of staying in cottages, driving distances per day are moderate and child-friendly activities can be found all along the way.
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IcelandPearls of the South and West
(10 days/9 nights)

This flexible self-drive journey takes you to some of the best highlights of West Iceland, the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula and the scenic South Coast of Iceland.

Highlights include Snæfellsnes, Arnarstapi, Stykkishólmur, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park, Dyrhólaey, Vík and more
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IcelandThe Natural Wonders of Iceland
(9 days/8 nights)

This guided group tour takes you on a classic route around Iceland, emphasising Iceland’s unique natural wonders.

The groups are relatively small, driving distances per day are moderate and accommodation is in guesthouses.

An experienced professional guide will take you to Iceland’s most beautiful gems and introduce you to the nation’s history, culture and way of life.
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West Fjords Summer Solstice
(9 days/8 nights)

Get off the beaten path and enjoy endless summer days under the midnight sun! This small group tour – led by a professional guide – introduces you to the beautiful and remote West Fjords, a region free of the hassles of crowds, pollution, and traffic.

Take advantage of the guide’s local expertise and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow travellers as you discover some of Iceland’s best-kept secrets: scenic fjords offset by jagged mountains, abundant wildlife, unspoiled nature, well-preserved heritage, and an atmosphere of tranquillity.
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IcelandGolf Around Iceland
(11 days/10 nights)

This exciting golf package gives you the opportunity to experience some of the best golf courses in Iceland as well as many of the country’s biggest attractions.

The tour includes sites such as Þingvellir National Park, the great Geysir area, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Ásbyrgi Canyon and more.
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IcelandArctic Golf
(5 days/4 nights)

Enjoy the unique golf destination that is Iceland on this special package that maximises the best golf opportunities the island has to offer, as well as visiting some of Iceland’s best known natural phenomena.

Experience playing your favourite sport late into the bright night in Iceland’s clean air, surrounded by sparkling natural beauty.
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IcelandExotic Hideaways
(7 days/6 nights)

Visit some of Iceland’s most romantic places on this fusion of a self-drive and guided vacation.

The sites are carefully selected for their superb scenery to ensure that this getaway is truly enjoyable for you and your better half.
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IcelandHighlights in Ultimate Comfort
(7 days/6 nights)

This tour takes you to many of Iceland’s best-known natural phenomena.

The tour is designed for those who want to experience the best Iceland has to offer in a short period of time in ultimate comfort.
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IcelandFour Corners of Iceland
(7 days/6 nights)

This wide-ranging city break takes you to all four corners of Iceland to witness some of the country’s most incredible highlights.

Enjoy an adventurous week in the capital city, including sightseeing flights and guided day tours to visit waterfalls and geothermal wonders in the southwest, a world-famous glacial lagoon in the southeast, lunar landscapes in the northeast and awe-inspiring nature in the remote West Fjords of north-western Iceland.
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IcelandAdventures and Activities in Reykjavik
(7 days/6 nights)

Enjoy an action-packed 7-day city break with an amazing variety of guided day tours to some of Iceland´s biggest natural attractions, all accessible in just a short drive from Reykjavik! Highlights include a 4x4 Super Jeep tour in rugged highlands, snowmobiling on a glacier, river rafting, horseback riding, and (ATV) quad biking in lava landscapes.

You will also have time to relax and enjoy all the cultural sites, museums, world-class dining, and nightlife that the capital city has to offer.
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IcelandCity Sights and Nature's Delights
(7 days/6 nights)

Mother Nature meets modern civilization in this city break to Europe’s northernmost capital! Reykjavik has all the cosmopolitan elements of a big city, including great dining, shops, museums, and nightlife. But that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to enjoy nature!

This tour also brings you face-to-face with geysers, waterfalls, volcanic landscapes, wildlife, and more—all within a short drive from the city.
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IcelandIceland Connoisseur
(5 days/4 nights)

This all-inclusive luxury tour takes you to many of Iceland’s biggest attractions. Your hotels are carefully selected for their luxury settings and first-class service, and restaurants chosen to give you the opportunity to enjoy Iceland’s finest cuisine.

You’ll be transported in a luxury vehicle and our experienced professional guide will take you to the area’s most beautiful gems and introduce you to the nation’s history, culture and way of life.

Enjoy Iceland’s finest on this unforgettable tour.
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IcelandUltimate Iceland
(26 days/25 nights)

Having a hard time deciding which of your favourite places to visit in Iceland?

With so much to see and do, the choices may seem overwhelming.

Thankfully, we've made the decisions easier for you with this extended holiday that takes you to nearly every corner of the country - and off the beaten path - to explore Iceland’s stunning diversity of landscapes and natural phenomena.
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Scenic Ring of Iceland
(14 days/13 nights)

Iceland’s Ring Road is more than just a highway! Some consider it a national landmark, just like the many sights and natural phenomena that line this scenic route.

This exciting road trip gives you time to enjoy each attraction on your Ring Road journey and is perfect for those who wish to partake in optional activities.

This package includes accommodation in Reykjavik as well as in the areas of Selfoss, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Höfn, Egilsstaðir, Mývatn and Skagafjörður.
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IcelandIceland Full Circle - Luxury Self Drive
(10 days/9 nights)

This is a luxury self-drive tour that takes you to many of the biggest attractions around Iceland including Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Goðafoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn and surroundings, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull glacier and more.

This package includes accommodation in Reykjavík, Hvolsvöllur, Skaftafell National Park, Höfn, Lake Mývatn, Akureyri and Búðir.
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IcelandReykjavík - Next Door to Nature
(4 days/3 nights)

Reykjavík is a remarkable getaway - its charming old town, legendary nightlife, bustling culture and music scene await you.

Allow yourself the luxury offered by the numerous spas and thermal pools, and explore Reykjavík and its stunning hinterland at your own leisure.
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IcelandIceland Complete
(14 days/13 nights)

This self-drive package gives you the complete tour around Iceland, all the way from the capital city to the more remote reaches of the country.

The route combines the popular attractions along the famous “Ring Road”, like waterfalls, glaciers and volcanic formations, as well as the lesser-known gems of the West Fjords.

Accommodations are included in Reykjavik and in numerous rural areas around Iceland.
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IcelandSnæfellsnes Peninsula & the Arctic North
(10 days/9 nights)

Take a journey into the Icelandic countryside with this 10-day self-drive tour that starts and ends in Reykjavik, the capital city.

Your drive brings you to numerous historical sites and natural attractions, including the magical Snæfellsjökull glacier, powerful waterfalls like Dettifoss and Gullfoss, the volcanic wonders of Lake Mývatn, the hot springs of the famous “Golden Circle” route and more.
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IcelandIceland 4x4 Highland Adventure
(10 days/9 nights)

Explore a side of Iceland that few get to experience with this exclusive 4x4 tour around Iceland’s famous Ring Road and into parts of the dramatic interior highlands. Designed for adventurous souls, this journey from Reykjavik includes rugged detours on mountain roads—including the ancient Kjölur route—to hidden hot springs, volcanic craters and other wilderness sights that seem out of this world.

This tour is recommended only for experienced drivers.
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IcelandPearls of North Iceland
(7 days/6 nights)

Explore the stunning and varied north region of Iceland.

The drive takes you to the voluminous Deildartunguhver hot spring, the magnificent Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, Lake Mývatn, Dettifoss Waterfall (sometimes referred to as ‘Europe’s Niagara’) and more.

This package includes accommodation in Reykjavík, Varmahlíð, Lake Mývatn and Akureyri.
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IcelandIceland Grand Tour
(17 days/16 nights)

This is the ultimate Grand Tour of Iceland.

Visit some of the world’s finest waterfalls, erupting geysers, stunning fjords, magical lagoons and active volcanoes, while experiencing Iceland’s flourishing culture.

The package includes accommodation in Reykjavík and all over Iceland.
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IcelandGolden Circle and South Coast
(4 days/3 nights)

Enjoy a short stopover, visiting the sights of the world-famous Geysir, magnificent waterfalls, National Park Þingvellir, Blue Lagoon, the city of Reykjavík and more.

This package includes accommodation in Reykjavík and Selfoss with daily drives to attractions in the southwest.
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IcelandSouth Coast 4x4 Safari
(7 days/6 nights)

This self-drive adventure focuses your sights on South Iceland, a region of vast wilderness, rolling farmlands, glaciers, waterfalls, famous volcanoes and other natural wonders unique to the area.

Equipped with a sturdy 4x4 vehicle, you’ll also be able to venture off the beaten track to the exotic interior highlands.

Major tour highlights include Þingvellir National Park, Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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IcelandHidden Gems of Iceland
(14 days/13 nights)

This journey takes you to the sparsely populated regions of the West Fjords and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you can experience some of the country’s best-kept secrets and natural wonders. Imagine narrow fjords offset by jagged mountains, unspoilt scenery, well-preserved cultural traditions and the kind of tranquillity that few places on earth can match.
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IcelandLuxury Adventure
(10 days/9 nights)

Indulge yourself at this very special point in your life with ten days of a self drive adventure and romance with first-class service in exotic surroundings.

The sites are carefully selected for their superb scenery to ensure that this vacation will be truly enjoyable for you and your better half.
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IcelandAdventures Around Iceland
(12 days/11 nights)

This loop around Iceland‘s “Ring Road” includes not only the must-see attractions, but also action-packed excursions like quad-biking in a lava field, hiking and snowmobiling on a glacier, white-water rafting, horseback riding and other adventures.

All activities are guided and no prior experience is needed.

Accommodations are in Reykjavík and in the rural areas of Selfoss, Skaftafell, Egilsstaðir, Lake Mývatn and Skagafjörður.
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IcelandIceland's Great Outdoors
(11 days/10 nights)

Lace up your hiking boots and join us for an action-packed adventure around Iceland!

With less time spent on the road each day, this exciting guided tour gives you more time to stretch your legs in the great outdoors and experience the power of the Icelandic nature.

Since the landscapes and natural phenomena change dramatically from day to day, this is a great option for any group with an interest in nature, trekking, adventurous outdoor activities, and much more.
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IcelandIceland Discovery Tour
(9 days/8 nights)

Sit back and relax as this guided tour takes you on a ring around Iceland to see the country's most incredible natural phenomena!

You will be amazed by the stunning diversity of sights, including gurgling geysers, powerful waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, surreal lava landscapes, fertile farmlands, and much more.

This customizable tour is ideal for groups interested in geology, history, outdoor activities, bird watching, photography, or a wide variety of other interests.
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IcelandThe Great North Tour
(33 days/32 nights)

Get ready for the ultimate Scandinavian adventure.

The Great North Tour is the journey of a lifetime, bringing you up close and personal with a rich smorgasbord of diverse Nordic cultures, awe-inspiring landscapes, fascinating wildlife and vibrant capital cities.
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