A number of news articles from Icelandic media have reported that, as we know, Game of Thrones is set to begin filming there next week. Reports from Visir, RÚV and Reykjavik Travel all reiterate that the filming will take place around Lake Mývatn in the north of Iceland. Last year, filming occurred in the south, near the Vatnajökull glacier, but this year the producers chose a northern location so they would get some more snow. (Winter is coming, after all.) Right now, the transport crew is prepping everything for filming. From Reykjavik Travel:
“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.
The reports go on to say that there were approximately 270 people working on the show last season, with about 70 of those Icelanders, and that they expect a similar amount this year. The article from RÚV indicates that many of the extras will be pulled from a viking fencing club called Rimmugýgur. Also, according to RÚV, the producers have already talked of returning to Iceland next year for season four filming.
Lastly, the article from Reykjavik Travel includes some photos of areas near Lake Mývatn and lists them as potential filming locales. This one shot of Grjótagjá cave caught my eye. Wouldn’t it be perfect for a certain scene?
Winter Is Coming: It seems probable that they would want to shoot THAT scene in a controlled environment, but hopefully they used that cave as inspiration.