Game of Thrones: visit the locations where the series was filmed.
If the Game of Thrones season finale makes your life seem a bit empty, perhaps a trip to Northern Ireland, Iceland, Croatia, or Morocco, visiting the spectacular locations where the series was shot, might cheer you up.
Game of Thrones in Ireland
A lovely destination associated with the filming of Game of Thrones is the picturesque harbor of Ballintoy in Northern Ireland, used as a landing site on the windy Iron Islands in season two.
Ballintoy, just a short distance from the Giant's Causeway on County Antrim's beautiful Causeway coastline, is just one of a series of stops that make up the Northern Ireland bus tour organized as part of a joint initiative between the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Northern Ireland Screen to promote tourism in the country.
The success of Game of Thrones has attracted a growing number of fans to Northern Ireland. In fact, a San Francisco-based travel company, Viator, recently added a nine-hour tour of the show's locations in Northern Ireland to its travel list. Belfast taxi drivers comment on how visitors to the city increasingly ask them to 'take them to where Game of Thrones was made', and locals are keen to talk about how Titanic Belfast, the impressive museum and cultural center, opened last year, and Game of Thrones have gradually changed the perception that people have of their country.
The Game of Thrones bus tour highlights the spectacular scenery in Northern Ireland. If they are lucky and the weather is good, visitors enjoy views of stunningly green fields, sparkling seas and spectacular mountains, from Morne, the scene of poor Theon's desperate bid for freedom this season, to Slemish Mountain, supposedly home to Saint Patrick, who looms over the Shillanavogy Valley (the Dothraki grasslands, where Dany learns, for the first time, what it means to be a Khaleesi).
Best of all, however, is the small seaside town of Cushendun, from where on a clear day you can see the Mull of Kintyre, in Scotland. Largely owned by the National Trust since 1954, Cushendun, with its golden sandy beach, fabulous bars, and fantastic self-catering cottages, is the perfect place to spend a couple of days. It's also home to some incredibly creepy caves, and thus best known to Game of Thrones addicts as the place where the Red Priestess, Melisandre of Asshai, gave birth to the murderous shadow.
While Northern Ireland encompasses most of the Game of Thrones locations, it's not the only place the series was filmed. Croatia, Morocco, and Iceland also provide otherworldly settings for betrayal and bribery from Westeros and beyond.
Game of Thrones in Iceland
The expert company in Iceland, Discover The World, has a package of four nights in the country, called “Iceland: Beyond The Wall” (Iceland: Beyond the Wall), which allows you to enjoy the impressive glaciers, volcanic plains and waterfalls of the region. The package includes one night at the Hilton Nordica hotel in Reykjavik, accommodation for the cast and crew while filming, and includes trips to the Hofdabrekkuheidi area and the Vatnajökull glacier in Skaftafell, two locations featured in Jon's epic journey. Snow beyond the Wall. With optional activities, including a scenic flight through Ice and Fire, snowmobiling on the Langjökull glacier and horseback riding; available from June to August 2013.
Game of Thrones in Morocco
This season, Morocco has been the scene of Dany's looting in Slave Bay, with scenes shot in Essaouira and Aït Ben Haddou, near Ouarzazate. Epic Morocco offers a Forts & Kasbahs Trip from ten days to which includes a visit to the film studios in Ouarzazate and a three-day stay in Essaouira.
Game of Thrones in Croatia
The graphics and politics of King's Landing were filmed largely in Croatia, with locations in Dubrovnik, near Lokrum Island and Novigrad, in Istria. Completely Croatia has hotels and packages in both Dubrovnik and Novrigrad. There are no accommodations in Lokrum, but its lakes and monastery are easy to reach from Dubrovnik, on tourist boats that make the 10-minute journey every half hour in summer.
Source: Guardian Travel
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