Filming of the third season of the advdenture and fantasy TV series Game of Thrones (GOT) are starting in Iceland. Like the first two seasons the third will consist of 10 episodes where the seven noble families of Westeros fight for control of the mythical land.
Most of the filming in Iceland will be happening in the countries norhtern part, close to Mývatn to be more exact.
"We are these days working on importing video equipment, parts sets, costumes and other props for Game of Thrones (GOT). Most of the things are already there and ready for filming" says Bjorn Einarsson, Director TVG-Zimsen. TVG have been specializing in transporting for the filming industry.
Part of the second serie of GOT was also filmed in Iceland, mostly at the roots of Vatnajökull. Vatnajokull is Europes largest glacier. The filming went very well and the producers were impressed with scenic landscapes Iceland has to offer when wearing it's winter coat.
About two hundred people worked on the series, including a number of Icelanders. A similar number is expected to be working here on the 3rd series. Icelandic filming company Pegasus lends a helping hand to the producers while.
This has been a really busy season for Icelandic filmmakers. Big movies like Oblivion starring Tom Cruise, Noah starring Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly and Ben Stillers Secret life of Walter Mitty were filmed here earlier this year. As we mentioned in a story a few weeks ago one of the biggest battle scenes of Thor 2: The Dark world was also filmed in Iceland. And now Icelands gets the honor of hosting the producers of Game of Thrones for the second consecutive season. This is a real treat for all Icelandic film buffs.
More than ten million viewers followed every episode of GOT on the American television network HBO, making the serie the third most popular in the history of the station.
Below are a few photographs from the Mývatn area. These spots might be interesting for the filming crew. But you never know, there are hundreds of beautiful filming spots in the area. As can be seen though, the landscapes do clearly have a lot to offer for a fantasy thriller like the Game of Thrones.
Grjótagjá is a cave filled with warm water. Good place to take shelter during a winter storm beyond the Wall?
The lake is partially frozen and the Aurora Borealis glittering above. Most of the filming will be done in the Mývatn area.
In the middle of the highlands in Iceland stands mountain Herðubreið in a mysterious landscape, surrounded with lot of lava, glacier rivers and sand.
Update: We now have the confirmed filming locations ... More here.