Much to the disappointment of GoT fans across the globe, the hit show has now waved the flag on another season, leaving us all eagerly anticipating the next - which I'm sorry to disappoint - doesn't even start filming until October of this year. To help fill the void, we’ve compiled a collection of travel hot spots based on some of this season’s leading characters so you can know what it feels like to walk in the shoes of your favorite Game of Thrones (GoT) star. If you haven't caught up yet, be warned that there are spoilers ahead...
Tyrion Lannister - Spain
While everyone’s favorite dwarf, Tyrion Lannister, has changed locations frequently throughout the show, some of his most memorable moments were spent in Season 5 during his travels away from Westeros with Varys the Spider after killing his father. On the shores of cities like Barcelona or upon the cliffs of Granada, wanderlust travelers can experience what it’s like to travel through the warm coasts of Essos as Tyrion Lannister trading banter with Varys the Spider.
Sansa Stark - Northern Ireland
Season 7 saw the return of the Starks to their home in Winterfell which is currently run by the oldest Stark daughter, Sansa Stark. These past few seasons have been rough for Sansa, and it is good to see her catch a break after returning to her family’s generational home. While real-world Winterfell is located near the charming city of Belfast, there are plenty of other great places to visit in Northern Ireland - from the breathtaking hexagonal shoreline of Giants Causeway to the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge which also appeared in the show.
Daenerys Targaryen - Morocco
For six whole seasons, Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen had teased her eventual voyage to conquer the lands of Westeros. You may or may not know that the majority of these scenes in ancient castles, and traversing great deserts were filmed in and around Morocco. Some popular locations like the city made of clay, Ait Benhaddou and the historical city of Essaouira were all used as a backdrop to capture the Mother of Dragons’ rise. Some other popular locations worth checking out in Morocco are the spectacular Atlas Mountains and the famous city of Marrakesh.
Arya Stark - Canada
If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to be ‘No-One,’ Arya traveling to the beautiful countryside of Canada may be your best bet. For Season 7 most Arya’s scenes were shot in Canada, near Calgary and Saskatoon. While the cities of Calgary and Saskatoon are stunning cities, the forests and natural wonders of Saskatchewan and Alberta are worth checking out as well.
Cersei Lannister- Croatia
Nothing says Cersei Lannister like Kings Landing, and a majority of Kings Landing is filmed in gorgeous Croatia. The spectacular ancient city of Dubrovnik is one of the main filming locations for a majority of Kings Landing. From the Dubrovnik Old Town to the looming walls of Dubrovnik, visiting this beautiful city will be your best bet to experiencing what it's like to walk the streets of Kings Landing as Cersei Lannister. Some other great spots in Croatia worth checking out are the stunning falls of Plitvice Lakes National Park and the historic island port city of Hvar.
Jaime Lannister - Malta
From morally bleak Kingsguard to the one-handed fan favorite, Jaime Lannister has had quite the run over the course of the show. One reoccurring location in Jaime Lannister’s rise and fall is the Red Keep, which is located in the real Mediterranean island country of Malta. This small ancient city is filled with spectacular architecture that overlooks crystal clear blue waters and a climate worthy of King’s Landing Royalty.
Tormund Giantsbane - Norway
Nothing screams Tormund Giantsbane like the countryside of Norway. While Game of Thrones has yet to film at any of the Norwegian wonders, it is hard not to tie the two together. There are also rumors that Norway may be next on their list of filming locations in the upcoming season. Locations like the stunning Preikestolen Fjord and the breathtaking vista of Geirangerfjord may be prime spots worth including in the Game of Thrones Universe.
Jon Snow - Iceland
Iceland is a stunning country filled with natural wonders that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. It’s a wonder that they managed to capture it as the frozen waste land you see in the show. Of course, it would be difficult for someone like Jon Snow to brood in such a beautiful Arctic countryside. If you ever wondered what it might be like to step into the shoes of Jon Snow during his journey beyond the wall, Iceland is exactly the place to do it. From the famous Grotagja cave where he confessed his love to the wildling Ygritte, to the frozen lava field of Dimmuborgir where he met the King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder, there's plenty to explore here.
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