Where is Vikings filmed?

One expects that the answer to this question should be somewhere in Scandinavia. However, all the seasons of Vikings have been filmed almost entirely in the Wicklow county of Ireland. Within a very short range near the studio you find rugged mountains, fairytale-like forests, gorgeous lakes and the seaside. Also the studios are in less than an hour driving from Dublin, where most of the many extras required for some episodes come from.

In Ireland exists a competitive tax incentive that encourages shooting TV series and films. This may be the reason why the makers of Vikings prefer to stay in the island, unlike Game of Thrones that has been filmed in nine different countries so far.

Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lodbrok, a legendary 9th century hero who plundered Northumbria, France and Britain. As usual, we are not talking about the plot of the series, so this post is totally spoiler-free:

Where was vikings filmed
Almost all the locations for the Vikings are found in the Wicklow county, in the south of Dublin.
Image courtesy of History Channel

Vikings Filming locations
The countryside in the valley of Glendalough has the magical look that many other productions have appreciated before, like the 1981 mythical film Excalibur. Image by Rob Hurson

Lake Vikings
Lough Tay is probably the most relevant filming location for the show. In this image, you can see the set of the Viking village at the right, near the shore. Image by Stefan Jürgensen

Vikings Ireland
In fiction, our favorite Vikings come from a settlement in the sound of Kattegat, located under a fjord in southern Norway.
Image courtesy of History Channel

Where is vikings set
Some other lakes of the area like Lough Dan (pictured) and Blessington Lake have been used to shot scenes on board the Viking longships. Image by Attila Hargitay

Vikings Wicklow
Some stunning locations can be found following the Wicklow Way that goes across the mountains, near some of the lakes.
Image by Rob Hurson

Vikings Film location
The northern coastline of Lough Tay belongs to Luggala Estate, owned by the Guinness family. Outdoors shot in these lands are often digitally edited to add snowy mountains and other more Scandinavian elements to the scene.
Image courtesy of History Channel

Where is the Viking series filmed
The forests in Wicklow have some almost untouched areas and ancient trees that give a good sense of wilderness.
Image by Fhwrdh

Vikings shooting locations
Filming took place in the nearly 400 ft high Powerscourt Waterfall. This is a popular tourist attraction along with the house and Italian gardens of the Powerscourt Estate. Image by Joe King

Where is Vikings shot
Some of the great scenes for the third season siege of a certain city were made using computer-generated imagery, like this one. Image courtesy of History Channel

Vikings Drehorte
All these scenic locations are practically placed almost in the backyard of Ashford Studios, where Vikings has its filming headquarters. Image courtesy of History Channel

For further information, we recommend you the fantastic book behind-the-scenes, covering the first three seasons of the series The World of Vikings. Also you can find all the season 4 episodes online here in Amazon, the brand new edition in Blu-ray, and the Complete Seasons 1 - 3 Collection in DVD edition, packed with many interesting extras.
Finally here are two updated guides of Ireland, one including an extensive coverage of the walking trails in Wicklow and most of the places featured in this article:


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Michael said...

I would say that mentioning the siege of Paris was quite a bit of a spoiler :)

Ra Moon said...

The siege was in the previous season but you are right, I changed it. Now fingers cross: I hope that those who haven't watched it yet are not reading your comment :]

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