Kattegat in Vikings Valhalla, Uppsala, & ALL the Locations

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Kattegat and Vikings Valhalla was filmed in Ireland's Wicklow county, the same location where the original Vikings series was filmed.

The sequel to the History Channel show, which ran for six seasons, is set about a century after the events of the original series.

Where was Vikings Valhalla filmed

Like History's Vikings, the new Netflix show is loosely based on real-life historical events and figures.

The story starts after the St. Brice's Day massacre ordered by King Æthelred in the Danelaw part of England, dominated by Ragnar Lothbrok's descendants.

Here is our spoiler-free guide to the filming locations of Vikings Valhalla.


Kattegat in Vikings Valhalla

Kattegat Great Hall
In the first episode, the Greenlanders Leif Erikson (played by Sam Corlett) and Freydís Eiríksdóttir (Frida Gustavsson), travel to Kattegat.

In the series, the legendary Viking settlement is located somewhere in the sound of a fjord in Scandinavia.

The real Kattegat is a large sea area between Denmark and southern Norway and Sweden, linking the North Sea and the Baltic Sea.
(You can open all the locations on Google Maps by clicking on the links below in the captions ↴)
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Kattegat Vikings Valhalla
The establishing shots of Kattegat were filmed at Lough Tay, a small lake located in the Wicklow Mountains in Ireland.

In the first seasons of Vikings, the town was partially built on the beach at the left of the picture below, near the shore, before being dismantled and moved to Ashford Studios.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Kent Wang - Map

Where was Vikings Valhalla filmed?

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Most of the landscapes featured in Vikings Valhalla are found in Wicklow County, situated about 30 miles south of Dublin.

The forests in Wicklow and the Valley of Glendalough have almost untouched areas and ancient trees that create a convincing sense of wilderness.

It looks like the scene in the first episode when Leif and his friends follow Olaf Haraldsson into a large settlement was filmed in a valley situated between the lakes Lough Tay and Lough Dan, near the original Kattegat set.
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However, most of the series was filmed at Ashford Studios.

In Google's satellite image, we can see the Kattegat set with the gates to the city and a small artificial lake that serves as the shore of the settlement.

Also, we can appreciate the set of the Roman fortifications of London and a section of the bridge below, on the left.
Image courtesy of Netflix - Map

The London's bridge in Vikings Valhalla

London wooden bridge
Production designer Tom Conroy explained in a behind-the-scenes video that the 2010 discovery of the wooden structure that dated to the time of the Anglo-Saxon bridge helped to figure out how it would've been built.

To film the battle scene of the fourth episode, the production team broke the bridge into pieces. They constructed several sections of the structure, depending on the needs of each sequence.


Vikings Valhalla bridge
Pictured, the central 150-foot long section (45 meters) of the bridge with the main sound stage of the studios behind.

The team also built a tower and an element of the bridge mounted on a mobile gimbal to replicate the structure falling.


Roman fortifications of London
The studio is located less than an hour's drive from Dublin, which is where most of the many extras required for the series come from.


Tamworth Castle Vikings
In the second episode, there is an establishing shot of Tamworth Castle, an 11th-century Norman fortress in Staffordshire, England.

However, the castle was CGI'd into the scene using digital effects. Much outdoor footage was digitally edited to add snowy mountains or green pastures, depending on the context.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Allyhook - Map

The Uppsala Viking Temple

Uppsala Viking Temple
The set of the shrine in Uppsala, the most sacred site in the Viking world, is inspired by the traditional architecture of the Stave Churches.

Today, most of these surviving medieval wooden temples, like the 12th-century Hopperstad Stave Church on the right, are located in Norway.

The historical old temple in Gamla Uppsala, an important center of worship in Sweden, was destroyed in the late 11th century.
Image courtesy of Netflix and Fabos - Maps: Hopperstad / Old Uppsala

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1 comment:

1- Anonymous - Mar 18, 2022, 2:36 PM
Hello, thank you so much for the great information! I actually plan to visit many of these sites next year. Do you by chance know the name of the beach where the ending Newfoundland sunset scene was shot?


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