Icelandic geek news site Svarthofdi is reporting via their sources that Game of Thrones will return to the island country to film season 4. Only this time, instead of filming in December, in the snow and ice, they will come in the summer and film against a lush, green landscape. The report indicates filming would start in late July and continue through August. An added bonus of filming then, the days are long and would provide plenty of daylight in which to film.
The report indicates a trio of potential filming locations, including Þingvellir. As you can see from the photo above, Þingvellir offers quite a stunning backdrop for any number of scenes in season 4.
(An interesting aside, Þingvellir translates to “thing field” or “ting field”. A “ting” is a government assembly; in English it is often called a “moot”. This particular location was literally the place of some ancient Icelandic moots. Coincidence?).
Winter Is Coming: I don’t know how trustworthy this site is, so I wouldn’t consider this a done deal just yet. But it does make a lot of sense for the production to return as they’ve already established a crew of locals and have a good working relationship with the Icelandic film board. With unused locations likely starting to get more and more scarce in Northern Ireland, doing more filming in Iceland will provide some fresh, new vistas.