Filming Production Speculation

Two more Iceland locations rumored

thingvellir-national-parkAn Icelandic news site is reporting that Game of Thrones will begin filming next week, and three different locations will be used by production while in Iceland.

According to Morgunblaðið (The Morning Paper):

Shooting for season four of TV-series “Game of Thrones” will start this week in Iceland. Locations will include Þingvellir, Þjórsárdalur and Hengilsvæðið according to [our] sources. The last two seasons have also partly been shot in Iceland, during the winter, but now the countryside will be allowed to sport the colours of summer.

Þingvellir was previously reported as a possible location, with fans noting the name of the place loosely translates as ‘ting field,’ a place of government assembly, as the site was the original home of the Icelandic Parliament in 930 A.D. Sometimes ‘ting’ is translated as ‘moot,’ leading to speculation this filming may be connected to a similar event in the books.

ÞjórsárdalurÞjórsárdalur and Hengilsvæðið are both green valleys located in southwest Iceland. Þjórsárdalur, pictured at right, features forests, waterfalls, and cliffs. Hengilsvæðið is  located around a volcano and is rich with geothermal activity.

It’s unknown at this time which scenes or storylines will be filmed at these locations.

UPDATE: Maisie Williams and Gwendoline Christie have both been spotted in Reykjavik in the last couple days by fans, in addition to anonymous reports WiC received about sightings, so it’s safe to say they’ll be shooting there soon. So that’s at least two different storylines being shot in that area.

Ours is the Fury: Big thank you to our reader, Squealer, for the translation! The national parks in Iceland are yielding some beautiful new locations. There are a variety of storylines that could be used for these sites, and the pacing won’t be as easy to guess at from here on out, I suspect, making it even harder to predict what’s being filmed where. The landscape is still suggestive of the North and the Wall, and the notable outside scenes set at the Wall will very likely be filmed here but there may be more.

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  • Wow, those photos are ridiculously pretty. Iceland just manages to get even better without the snow.

  • We should be able to tell if its Iron Islands stuff that they are filming there depending on if there is a casting announcement for Euron Greyjoy or not.

  • Kingsmoot? Vale? Hopefully cast members will be spotted at their hotel so we can get an idea of what this is.

  • Don’t you think the landscape looks kind of bravoosi? I mean there are several small islands and with the right shooting and the proper amount of CGI it could make it

  • Yeah, there were quite a few sightings last year at the airport in Iceland so I’m hoping we get something similar this year. That would help narrow down the storylines. I’m really wondering what they’re doing with Yara in particular. There’s a lot of pretty seacoast in there, so it would suit her story as well if they decide to show her landing or near a coast.

    And of course that coastline is perfect for a kingsmoot. Haven’t heard a peep about Greyjoy castings though…

  • I wonder when we are going to get a casting announcement from D&D. It would be nice to know what new characters we will see other than Mace Tyrell, The Red Viper, and The Magnar of Thenn

  • If that picture of the shoreline is anything to go off of, I’m going to guess the Fingers, the littlest one to be precise.

  • I am starting to get the impression that these are going to be scenes from the north/wall

  • Hmm, new temperate coastal locations… Could be Braavos, the Fingers, Eastwatch, or new Iron Islands locations. Hard to guess what about these landscapes made it financially worthwhile to pass over every coast in Ireland.

  • Didn’t Kit say in the Comic-Con that he starts shooting this week?
    Maybe this is for Jon’s storyline

  • Could be The Fingers? But then they wouldn’t need that many locations surely? Any word of Sophie Turner in Iceland would basically confirm this.

    Other possibilities include Iron Islands (Kingsmoot?!) or the North – Rickon fleeing to Skagos at the end of the season? YarAsha landing in the North and getting bogged down in some Dreadfort thing?

    That picture with the small islands and mudflats in the bay screams Braavos, but then the rest of the scenery doesn’t particularly fit?

  • The first picture and first thought was Moat Cailin and Neck, but other pictures of the surrounding tell me that it should be the Vale of Arryn. Other two locations should be at Osha-Rickon journey.

  • Þingvellir was used by the Icelanders as the location for folkmoot (“Thing”) during the viking age…

  • moophasa,

    Please, hide the spoilers in your comment.

    I’m almost certain this will be the perfect lcation for the kimgsmoot, and some other Iron Island, and yeah the fingers is a good call too, but I think they may cut it all and just have Sansa at the Erye. I think about moat calling with the first picture, but isn’t it more like a swamp

  • I’m loving these new locations even if I cannot determine exactly what will be filmed there! XD

    Like most people I think Þingvellir makes for a perfect Kingsmoot location

    Some of the photos of Þjórsárdalur would make nice backdrops for some VFX work like a fortress on top of the cliff walls. If they do send Yara to the Dreadfort will they need a full location and establishing shot for the exterior? If so Þjórsárdalur might work with its cliffs near the waterways.

    Hengilsvæðið looks amazing to me!
    Maybe it could work for the Fingers or Wildlings encampment?

    Need some casting news to help limit what the locations might be used for! XD

  • The cliffs in the first picture reminded me of Sansa’s escape route from KL to her boat. Also looks like it could be The Fingers.

  • Do you guys think they will start showing more autumn colors in the scenery this year? I feel like autumn was definitely trickling into Westeros as ASOS progressed and was full on for AFFC, yet so far on the show it still looks just like summer. Not sure if this is a spoiler so I’m going with the black bars anyway.

  • franco,

    Sorry! I totally forgot. Thanks to whoever edited the spoiler tags in. Good point about the Fingers. Sansa could go straight to the Eyrie without harming the plot. I really, really hope that we get the Kingsmoot. It’s such an exciting scene.

  • Could be the Iron Islands for the kingsmoot, though there are also a number of other possible locations it could be the vale possibly, or the riverlands, but probably the most likely places are just north of the wall for the bran storyline, and the north in general given the fact that there seems to be a couple of plot lines in the north that are being followed in the show but not in the books, theon and ramsay, yara, rickon and osha, and possibly stannis seeing as he wont have very much to do next season till episode 9

  • My guess for Þjórsárdalur would be The Fingers/the Vale – thinking back to the scenery around the Eyrie in S1 it looks as though it would be a good match. There’s a very scenic waterfall in the area called Haifoss, not that I can recall any scenes that need a big waterfall. Another possibility might be The Neck around Moat Cailin – for Reek and the Ironborn – they could easily move that scene forwards from ADWD.

    The volcanic Hengill area is interesting – one wonders if they might do some establishing scene not in the books with Euron in the smoking remains of Valyria finding the Dragonhorn for example or even a scene at Hardhome though that would have to be S5 really if at all

  • Nick Larter:
    The volcanic Hengill area is interesting – one wonders if they might do some establishing scene not in the books with Euron in the smoking remains of Valyria finding the Dragonhorn for example or even a scene at Hardhome though that would have to be S5 really if at all

    If I remember it right Dreadfort was build in the volcanic area, right?

  • bon: If I remember it right Dreadfort was build in the volcanic area, right?

    Probably not this – they’ve already shown an exterior shot of the Dreadfort, when Ramsay took Theon for the circular chase through the forest and back into the dungeon.

    I have no idea what these locations would be… but Iceland’s certainly a beautiful place. They’re certainly keeping S4 details quiet. I guess we’ll work it out when/if anyone spots actors at the airport in Reykjavík.

  • I doubt these are related to the kingsmoot, they don’t fit that much with the Iron Islands. People cling to the books when making predictions, but they should stop, more and more things are going to change. The ironborn will be the first, the story will be completely different. Those who think that Yara will just return home in the first episodes are deluding themselves. Yara’s story will be connected with either Theon/Ramsay or Stannis. Anyway that’s just my guess.

    It still intrigues me, that they have so many filming locations in Iceland. Shouldn’t all the scenes at the Wall be filmed in Northern Ireland?? They already have Castle Black built there more or less…

  • Watson:

    Hard to guess what about these landscapes made it financially worthwhile to pass over every coast in Ireland.

    Maybe the longer daylight hours in summer, since it’s so much further north?

  • Chickenduck:

    My guess for Þjórsárdalur would be The Fingers/the Vale – thinking back to the scenery around the Eyrie in S1 it looks as though it would be a good match. There’s a very scenic waterfall in the area called Haifoss, not that I can recall any scenes that need a big waterfall. Another possibility might be The Neck around Moat Cailin – for Reek and the Ironborn – they could easily move that scene forwards from ADWD.
    The volcanic Hengill area is interesting – one wonders if they might do some establishing scene not in the books with Euron in the smoking remains of Valyria finding the Dragonhorn for example or even a scene at Hardhome though that would have to be S5 really if at all

    I wonder if the show is going to have a shorter shooting schedule this year now that they don’t have to shoot scenes at a glacier late in the year (in part due to kits injury-they wanted to shoot the stuff earlier).

  • Chickenduck,

    But still, you can find similar locations in Ireland, and it would be damn less expensive since it’s their “hardhome”, so why go to Iceland ? Anyway, it will bring some diversity to the show, since even if similar, it’s easy to spot the difference between Ireland and Iceland.

  • I’m guessing they’re filming in Iceland because it’s a country they’ve been to twice and it would add some diversity to the landscapes of Westeros. NI only has so much variation (for example, the location of Will’s execution has been used twice in season 3, if I remember correctly).

  • woooo,

    Love the idea, but Hannibal season 2 begins filming in August so I’m not sure it fits his schedule depending on when they shoot the Iron Islands scenes. :(

  • Arkash:
    Chickenduck,

    But still, you can find similar locations in Ireland, and it would be damn less expensive since it’s their “hardhome”, so why go to Iceland ? Anyway, it will bring some diversity to the show, since even if similar, it’s easy to spot the difference between Ireland and Iceland.

    Yeah, honestly I have no idea besides the guesses everyone else has made about the Iron Islands, Fingers etc :) But looking forward to finding out!

    Maybe D&D were unhappy with how much information leaked out before S3 aired and they’re tightening up for this year? Might just be easier to keep the set closed in Iceland than in NI?

    Did we know that Balon and Maester Aemon were going to be in the finale last season? Took me by surprise, but maybe I’d just missed any leaks that they had shot scenes.

  • Really hoping for The Kingsmoot to happen this season. The Iron Islands storyline is my favourite in the books. I was kinda expecting them to appear this season but with no casting news of Victarion or Euron I’m starting to fear the worst. I really wonder how they’ll fill a whole season with just a third of book 3. They have to use stuff from books 4 and 5 to fill the gap. At least I really hope they do otherwise this might become a very slow, boring season.

  • Chickenduck,

    Well they might not have shot any scenes yet where anyone would have a chance to see whats going on. Most of the leaks have come Dany and KL camp since they shoot in public areas. I’m not sure that they have shot much of those characters scenes yet.

  • Arkash:
    Chickenduck,

    But still, you can find similar locations in Ireland, and it would be damn less expensive since it’s their “hardhome”, so why go to Iceland ? Anyway, it will bring some diversity to the show, since even if similar, it’s easy to spot the difference between Ireland and Iceland.

    Nothing significant to add, just this;
    I considered this rationale too, on both points. In days or weeks to come, tidbits of
    information may point to clues of further plots and confirmed roles. A Kingsmoot
    and other related Iron Island s’ events may not be out the question, however difficult
    to validate . Coupled with what we’ve discovered of filming being done in Croatia,
    we cannot rule out Highgarden or Dorne either. As individuals are named to their
    characters, speculation will become less irratic. I cannot agree to above suggestions
    of Hardhomme just yet, at least not from recent news.

  • Chickenduck,

    They show the exterior of a tower and that’s where Theon is tortured. It’s implied to be the Dreadfort, but never confirmed. In fact, I always thought that it was a random out-tower that Ramsay was using as his own mini-stronghold. The building isn’t very large based on that brief exterior shot whilst the Dreadfort is pretty big, not as big as Winterfell but still a substantial castle complex. More to the point, the Dreadfort isn’t that far from Winterfell and Ned will have likely visited at some point in the preceding nine years (if not several times), and as his ward Theon may have gone with him, so would probably recognise the Dreadfort if he saw it.

    I guess we’ll see for sure if they start using it on the opening credits map (and it’d make sense for them to use it instead of Winterfell next season, where Winterfell shouldn’t appear at all).

  • So much speculation about the Greyjoys seems to ignore the major reveal at the end of this past season: that Yara is journeying AROUND the reach to rescue Theon. This is different than the books, where Asha hunkers down at Deepwood Motte, then comes overland with Stannis.

    It seems to me that the conflation of Greyjoy characters, which is completely necessary for the TV series, will not just involve Euron, Victarion, and Aeron, but also Yara/Asha. A lot can happen on her way around the Reach, especially if she’s given parts of Victarion’s story.

    When I see these images, I’m seeing the Vale.

  • Lora,

    That’s what I’m thinking. Too beautiful to be the Iron Islands; too exotic to be just another Westeros location.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    In Iceland?
    Interesting! So can we infer they are having Brienne’s quest begin in Season 4 and that at least one of the Iceland locations is a city she visits (Dukendae, Maidenpool, and Crackclaw Point)?

    Maidenpool castle sits on a hill on the town is walled so a lot of hills to work with but no walled towns I have seen. Crackclaw Point is boggy and filled with pine barrens and there seems to be a lot of wetlands and pines in Iceland.

    moophasa,

    That’s what I’m wondering too.
    I wonder if we will get Ser Hyle Hunt after all?

  • House Snow,

    There have been rumors of a few other cast members as well, but I’m doing more checking before posting anything.

    Also, we know they put out a call for hundreds of extras in Iceland so clearly there will be some big scenes filmed in Iceland. Brienne’s will definitely not be the *only* storyline in Iceland.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    Awesome!
    Seems like it is a certainty then that the will be using some of the Iceland locations as Westeros, maybe Maidenpool, Crackclaw, the Vale, or Saltpans.

    Of course Braavos could be filmed there too… I always assumed Arya may reach Braavos in the finale and not before, but they would need a coastline or harbor either way I guess…

    Hmmm need to look for a location where the Titan could be added with VFX.

  • They can probably speed up Brienne’s storyline a bit to get her on her quest assuming that the PW is early in the season (it must be…). I reckon Ser Hyle could feature – it’s important character development for Brienne.

  • Awww yeeeaah! Shit’s going down in Iceland! I’ve probably mentioned this before but Iceland is my number 1 place to visit.

  • Tyrion Pimpslap,
    Yes, in the same way that he was an acknowledged bastard that grew up in Storm’s End, and in the same way that Locke was a sellsword captain from Qohor.

  • Ours is the Fury,

    I saw this and the pic of Gwen. That alone says a couple of things! I know most of the countryside in Iceland is still pristine (no telephone poles or road signs etc. to shoot around. This allows for massive pivot and pan shots that will no doubt become outrageous eye candy) and obviously quite beautiful. I am wondering who else is likely to show up there. I’ll be looking for Gemma Whelan myself, but that’s just me. ;-)

    The North Remembers…

  • Adam Whitehead,

    Fair point re the Dreadfort. Didn’t think hard enough about it.

    So… Brienne, hey? Maybe the season will end with the cliffhanger of her being hanged by LS? Waiting for Michelle to be sighted in Iceland…

  • In response to GRRM being sued , he says that he hasn’t read the books and knows nothing of what happend , am I readin this right ? Are they accusing him of producing the leak ?

  • Going to Iceland in 20 days again, hope they still shooting!!!

    I was thinking Brienne and seems I was right about that ;)

    I also though Rickon&Osha and Ramsay&Theon, but maybe that is just wishful thinking because I want to go partying with Natalia and Alfie :P

    I don’t think we’ll see The Kingsmoot this season though, Thingvelir was my bet for that but it’s too close to don’t have casting announcements for it.

    Maisie it’s a surprise. Will be The Vale of course, not Braavos

    And regarding why they’re shooting in Iceland, I’m sure the Icelandic goverment is making their effort worthwhile…it’s the best advertising possible to promote tourism in the Island

  • Pau Soriano:

    And regarding why they’re shooting in Iceland, I’m sure the Icelandic goverment is making their effort worthwhile…it’s the best advertising possible to promote tourism in the Island

    There is of course that…

    Iceland’s an expensive place to hang out, but if the government has given them tax breaks, special deals etc… then it is absolutely great advertising for the country. I’ve never even imagined Iceland in summer before now, but it looks amazing…

  • Any word if Gwen has been upgraded from recurring character to main cast? Or do we have to wait to see whose names appear in the opening credits of the first episode of the season to know that.

  • This probably means the their storylines will run concurrently.

    1) Jaime gives Brienne Oathkeeper.
    2) Arya and The Hound run into Polliver and crew. The Hound “dies”, Arya reclaims needle.
    3) Rorge takes The Hounds helmet, lays waste to Saltpans.
    4) Brienne kills Rorge with Oathkeeper
    5) Arya sails to Braavos

  • To me this area looks like how I imagined the mouth of the Trident. So Saltpans, the Quiet Isle, Maidenpool…

  • Tergaryen:
    In response to GRRM being sued , he says that he hasn’t read the books and knows nothing of what happend , am I readin this right ? Are they accusing him of producing the leak ?

    It was a joke article, dude.

  • Syrio:
    I think Gendry will replace Hyle Hunt.

    Agreed. He could give Brienne an actual clue, but on Arya’s location and not Sansa’s. So he’ll have to join up after pod does.

  • Jentario,

    Gendry might be more useful on a plot point level but he’d be not much use on a character level for Brienne’s story, which I think was the point of Hyle Hunt. Hyle was from Brienne’s past, a painful part, and it would be great to see Brienne reacting to someone from that period now that she’s grown a bit. Gendry is a completely different person than Hyle and there would be zero tension.

  • Ours is the Fury,
    But there is the whole thing about Gendry resembling Renly, and Renly’s death is a very painful part of Brienne’s past. It isn’t as strong emotionally as Hyle Hunt, but it is something. So to say that there is zero tension is a bit of an exaggeration.

  • Ser Tahu,

    I see what you’re saying, but Gendry doesn’t really look anything like Renly in the show, and he never met his uncle or his father. With the show changing it so Gendry knows who his father is, it’s possible he could tell Brienne who his dad is, but that seems unlikely.

  • Who will Mark Gatiss play, god damnit! It’s not anything from King’s Landing or the Wall and likely not from Arya and Brienne’s story either considering it seems they’ve just begun filming. Could we actually get a glimpse of Dorne? Or is he Coldhands? Or maybe Bloodraven? Or the kindly man? I can’t think of any other new character…

  • Ser Tahu,

    The importance of family resemblance tends to be downplayed a bit because the actors don’t really look alike. You don’t want to draw too much attention to that.

    I’m sort of resigned to the likelihood that they will have Gendry with Brienne and Pod, but it does cause complications. If Brienne knows for a fact that Arya is alive in the Riverlands then that would change her subplot. Unless they were to have her seeking Arya from the start, and not interested in Sansa (her being legally married to Tyrion and not yet fled)…

  • Jentario,

    I’m now 90% certain Gatiss is Bloodraven. If he was Mace, I think they would have announced it in the original news or at Comic-Con. I don’t think we’ll get Kindly Man until s5, and I think Coldhands will remain masked until his identity is revealed. Gatiss could plausibly be the High Sparrow, a season before he’ll actually do anything, but I think Bran’s Season 4 storyline has no choice but to end in the cave, with the introduction of Bloodraven.

  • Andrew:
    Jentario,

    I’m now 90% certain Gatiss is Bloodraven.If he was Mace, I think they would have announced it in the original news or at Comic-Con. I don’t think we’ll get Kindly Man until s5, and I think Coldhands will remain masked until his identity is revealed. Gatiss could plausibly be the High Sparrow, a season before he’ll actually do anything, but I think Bran’s Season 4 storyline has no choice but to end in the cave, with the introduction of Bloodraven.

    The hair thing kind of supports that. Also, he would have a really small role this season, so it fits the fact he already finished filming.

  • maybe a good sight for Kingsmoot but no way this season. that would give us nothing for season 5 with the The Iron Islands

  • Nick Larter: As I understand it, the smart money is on Patchface

    Hmmm. I don’t know… It’s possible (team Dragonstone has already filmed some scenes).

  • I think mostly what these pics suggest is that they’re going to do even more filming in Iceland from now on. It may be, basically, that they’ve been given some good breaks there, they’ve got a lot of great scenery – as someone else pointed out, very few road signs and telephone poles, and during spring/summer, a hell of a lot of film time. And perhaps they want the further ends of the Riverlands — toward Saltpans, et al — to be represented by wide-open territory rather than the hilly, forested parts of Ireland used for the other areas of that region.

    With that in mind, there are a few plotlines that will probably start to shift into the fourth book, and one of them is likely to be Brienne. I still think we’ll see a lot less of her plot – Ser Shadrich, the dwarf, Dick Crabbe all should be cut – but Hyle Hunt, Randyll Tarly, the Quiet Isle and Rorge/Biter should all get in there somewhere, perhaps not all in season 4, but in season 5.

  • Damn, Conan’s not coming back for Season 4.

    Who the hell’s going to play Gregor Clegane? If it’s Ian Whyte it’s going to be so meh, (Nothing to do with his acting, everything to do with his size)

  • GreatJon of Slumber,

    Agree on most points, Seems like they want new scenery for exterior shots in Westeros. I’m all for it!

    One thing strikes me though, most of the Icelandic locations seem to be so perfect for shooting various “journey” scenes.

    I’ve thought that we may not get as much of the characters traveling along their various paths, but more scenes concentrated on locations reached. This fabulous scenery makes me think we will get a lot more traveling scenes between locations.

  • You know … Tarth is supposed to be the land of brilliant blue waters.

    Maybe that is how they’ll do some storyline padding.

  • Þjórsárdalur https://www.google.is/search?q=%C3%BEj%C3%B3rs%C3%A1rdalur&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=32juUdOiM6HE0QW-joGIDg&sqi=2&ved=0CAcQ_AUoAQ&biw=1280&bih=909
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  • I think these locations are perfect for Crownlands where part of Brienne’s story is taking place (Duskandale, Crackclaw Point, Whispers), and also eastern part of Riverlands (Saltpans, Maiden Pool) where both Arya and Brienne are heading to, so it makes perfect sense. Maybe they could also use it for the whole eastern shore of Westeros, places like Fingers, The Vale, Sisters, White Harbour (if they are going to include Davos’s chapters from ADWD) and maybe also Osha/Rickon’s journey to Skagos.

  • Man those pictures are breathtaking! It almost looks unreal! You’d think that is a CGI backrgound, but nope, that is Iceland!