I have to say that this has me geeking out a bit. It’s not every day you come across something that wraps travel, fantasy, television, literature and European maps all into one beautiful package. So it’s no surprise that when I discovered a map showing all the Game of Thrones filming locations it consumed way more of my time than it should have.
The fun thing about this for us is seeing just how many of these places we’ve been to. We never got around to exploring any of the Lord of the Rings filming locations in New Zealand. Somehow, though, we seem to have found ourselves at several spots used as backdrops for Game of Thrones.
As luck would have it, I’m currently writing this post from the fairytale walled city of Dubrovnik, Croatia, which makes several appearances in the television show as the capital city of Kings Landing. Later this year we’ll see more of Kings Landing in Split, Croatia. We’ll also visit Braavos; tour some of the Westeros countryside; and even venture North of the Wall in Iceland. None of this we planned.
We’re seeing so many Game of Thrones locations by chance that it almost feels like fate. We haven’t gotten around to planning next year’s itinerary, but if this map and our past track record are any guide I’d say Northern Ireland and Malta are shoo-ins.
Different roads sometimes lead to the same castle.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones