Where was Game of Thrones Season 3 filmed?


The third season of the epic series is here and this is a great excuse to explore some beautiful exotic places, where the most pirated TV show of 2012 is travelling this time. We'll go from the extreme cold landscapes of Iceland to the sun-kissed sandy towns in North Africa.

David Benioff, one of the creators of Game of Thrones, explains in the video blogs that the team prefers to spend the money on locations rather than with FX or using green screens in the background. To make it possible, three units filmed the different plots of the story in parallel in several countries.

This HBO production is based in Northern Ireland and most of the locations for the first two seasons have been filmed around Belfast, but we are not visiting these ones. You can find a map including the filming locations of Game of Thrones for all the series up to now at the end of the post.

Game of Thrones Qarth
The historical coastal town of Essaouira in Morocco was chosen to continue the adventures of Daenerys Targaryen, this time in the warped city of Astapor. Also some scenes set in King’s Landing where filmed here. Image by Lukas Vermeer


Game of Thrones Locations
Look at the forest of spears in the background. It seems that The Khaleesi is finally going to get her long-expected army.
Image by Mohamed Amine Lakaab


Essaouira Astapor
The Unsullied are a disciplined horde of eunuch slave-soldiers for sale.
Image courtesy of HBO


Game of Thrones Season 3 Film Locations
Zoom off: Medina of Essaouira is an UNESCO World Heritage fortified seaport from the late 18th century. Its narrow streets are a mix of North African and European styles. Image by Alain Bachellier


Game of Thrones Astapor
Tourist are coming!
Image by Mark Fischer


City Game of Thrones
Image from the first episode of the third season, when Daenerys y Ser Jorah arrive at Slaver's Bay.
Image courtesy of HBO


Where was Game of Thrones filmed
In the outskirts of the walled town, the wreck of the Portuguese fort is slowly falling apart like a giant sandcastle.
Image by Ben


Where did they film Game of Thrones
Knights banners ready for the battle? Nope, just Essaouira's fishermen flags.
Image by Fredam 83


Yunkai
[Mini-spoiler:] On the 7th episode, Daenerys and her allies arrive at the gates of Yunkai, the Yellow City.
Image courtesy of HBO


Game of Thrones Morocco
Yunkai is inspired by the mud brick fortress of Aït Benhaddou.
Image by Alexander Cahlenstein


Game Thrones Locations
The city seems out of a tale from the 1,001 nights. That may explain why it has been used as exteriors for a long list of films since the sixties, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator, including the cult movie Time Bandits. Image by Thomas van Ardenne


Game Thrones Filming Locations
The look and the weather conditions at this side of the Atlas Mountains makes Aït Benhaddou a perfect filming location.
Image by Pablo Pecora


Game of Thrones Atlas Studios
Just a few miles from there, the considered world's largest film studio was built in the desert: Atlas Studios. Many sets from the filming of various movies remain in place, and because of this, according to Wikitravel you can go on a guided tour as it's becoming a popular tourist destination. Image by Thomas van Ardenne


Where Game of Thrones has been filmed
The fate of the Iron Throne is being forged here, as the Mother of Dragons makes its way through the lands of Essos.
Image courtesy of HBO


Game of Thrones King's Landing
One of the new locations in Croatia, near the old city of Dubrovnik, is the park Trsteno Arboretum. These are the gardens where the court maidens weave the plot in King's Landing. Image by Dick and Jane Travel


Game of Thrones Scene Location
Now we are going North of the Wall once more, carried away by the out-of-this-world landscapes of Iceland.
Image by Viaggiatore Fantasma


Beyond the Wall Game of Thrones
The destiny of Jon Snow among the wildlings has been filmed near the shores of the Lake Mývatn.
Image courtesy of HBO


Game of Thrones North of the Wall Locations
The area has a forest of bizarre rock lava pillars, known as the black castles (Dimmuborgir).
Image by Genevieve Romier


Game of Thrones Landscapes
As it couldn't be otherwise in this astonishing land, there's plenty of awesome geological features around.
Image by Luis Pabón


Game of Thrones Shooting Locations
During the filming it was genuinely cold, enough to get real stalactites going down the actors' noses.
Image by Slava Rodionov


Game of Thrones Iceland
This is how Hverfjall, one of the nearby volcanoes, looks like in spring.
Image by Hugi Ásgeirsson


Film Locations for Game of Thrones
The scenery has many cones, known as pseudocraters, like this island shaped also as a triangle. Pseudocraters are different from volcanoes as lava never erupted from them. Image by Chris Zielecki


Cave where Jon and Ygritte engage into sex
The cave of Grjótagj is where Jon Snow and Ygritte - Spoiler Alert! - are having a splash with a happy ending in the 5th episode. Image by Boreal Travel


Game of Thrones Set Location
As tourist you can also have a burning bath in this magical geothermal cave, with water at 40-60°C (100-140°F).
Image by Boreal Travel



The bonus track is this brilliant opening 1995 style that recently was posted in YouTube.





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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is awesome. Thank you very much for making this article. I hope that someday, I'll get the chance to travel at these places, and recall the scenes in the tv series. =]

Ra Moon said...

Thanks to you for your comment!]

Rich / A Trip to Ireland said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for the location info. Perhaps one day I'll get a chance to visit some of these. Iceland has been on the "visit-someday" list for some time.

I pulled together my own listing of Game of Thrones location in Northern Ireland over on my blog (sadly, without such great pics), as those are the places I know and love. You can check it out at http://atriptoireland.com/2013/06/04/where-was-game-of-thrones-filmed/ if you're interested.

I'm going to try and keep this list up-to-date as the filming progresses, so if you know of anyplace I didn't include or come across any future location info, please let me know.

Cheers,

Rich / www.atriptoireland.com

Richard Be said...

I stayed at the Riad Al Madina (Jimmy Hendrix Favourite Riad ) in Essaouira in Feb 2011.. And it is very special to see Game of Thrones using this Area for Filming.....:)

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