The Game of Thrones tour is a special themed tour around the Lake Myvatn area with the Traveling Viking.
Article by Jenny Gerleman - an intern at PlanIceland.com
Last week I went with Air Iceland
to go on the Game of Thrones tour with the Traveling Viking
. Jón, our guide, picked me up at the airport and from there we drove to our first stop, Goðafoss
. Goðafoss is one of Iceland
s most beautiful waterfalls. The waterfall is interesting as it plays a large part in Icelandic history. In the year 999 or 1000 the Icelandic lawspeaker Þorgeir Þorkelsson Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After this official change he went to Goðafoss and threw statues of the norse Gods into the waterfall. After Goðafoss we drove a little further and Jón showed us the locations where some scenes from Game of Thrones were recorded. It was so fun to see it in real life! He also showed us the scenes on his tablet so if you haven’t seen Game of Thrones you can still relate to the places and the feelings expressed in the show.
We then drove to Dimmuborgir (dark castle). Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn. The lava comes from an eruption that took place 2300 year ago. Some of the lava resembles the shape of elves and trolls so if you have a really good imagination you could see some trolls having a party in the living room! It’s a really beautiful landscape with all the lava formations there.
After that we went for lunch at Cafe Vogafjos which is a cowshed and café. It’s a really cool place where you can eat while watching the cows. Jón gave us some nice Icelandic and Game of Thrones gifts, it was a nice surprise.
After the lunch we went to the cave Grjótagjá that was a popular bathing place until 1970s. In the cave’s pool it’s now too hot to swim in because of geological activity in the period of 1975-1984, but the water is now slowly getting colder. Grótagjá has also been used as a filming location for the fifth episode in the third season of Game of Thrones. The episode is called “Kissed by Fire” and features the love scene between John Snow and the wilding Ygritte.
Hverir – the active area
After the cave we headed to Hverir in Mývatn
. Hverir is an active area with mud pots and sulfurous puddles bubbling and steam coming from the ground. It smells kind of funny, like rotten eggs but it’s all good since it comes from nature.
Mývatn - Naturebaths
The last stop on the tour was Mývatn Nature-baths, where I enjoyed one hour relaxing in mineral rich geothermal hot water. The water is drawn from depths of up to 2500 meters and has a constant temperature of 38-40ºC. After that I went back home to Reykjavik by airplane from Akureyri.
On this tour you will learn so much about Game of Thrones, so if you are a big fan of the show, then Jón is the man for you! Especially if you like to have a conversation with someone who knows most of the things in the books and the TV shows. The tour takes you to the filming locations of Game of Thrones “north of the wall” where the wildings live. The other people on the tour with me hadn’t seen the TV show but they enjoyed it just as much as I did.