These Real Life 'GoT' Locations Are Nothing Short Of Spectacular

It's fair to say that without the threat of getting burnt to a crisp by one of Daenerys' dragons, being pulled apart limb-by-limb by a hoard of hungry Thenns, or having your head cut off by King Joffrey, Westeros would be a pretty sweet place for a spot of hiking and/or a picnic.

The only problem - well, apart from all that stuff we just mentioned - is that Westeros is nothing more than a mystical fantasy land that exists only in the mind of George R.R. Martin, and now, our TV sets.

Well, actually, that's only partly true, because with a visit to the stunning scenery of Iceland where much of the show was filmed, you can enjoy the natural surroundings of Westeros beyond the wall, without any of the aforementioned threats. Jackpot.

From season two of the hit show onwards, many of the most breathtaking scenes were shot in this real-life fantasy realm.

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Towering cliffs that rise out of the ocean like giants, rolling mountains for as far as the eye can see, and grass so green it could even muster a tear from the icy blue peeper of a White Walker are all par for the course in this awe-inspiring country.

Of all the Icelandic sites that were used for filming, one of the most recognisable is probably Dyrhólaey, home to a long beach covered in black sand, where the crew found a cliff that was used as the base of The Wall.

The massive rock face can be seen in many scenes where The Wall is featured, including when the Ice King's dragon brings it crashing down with its fiery blue breath.

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The stunning beach and its natural rock formations are also used in the scene where Jon and Jorah are approaching Eastwatch in their boats.

Then there's the jaw-dropping beauty of Thorofoss Waterfall at Thingvellir, which viewers with a keen eye will recognise as the setting for the scene in which one of the dragons barbecues a goat in mid-air before picking it up in its claws for a tasty meal-to-go.

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One of the most cinematic scenes in the entire seven seasons is the epic battle between The Hound and Brienne of Tarth, which was filmed among the rolling hills and jagged cliffs of Sporhelludalir. An injured Hound pleads with Arya Stark to kill him, before she turns and leaves him for dead, disappearing down into the winding valley below.

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You can't deny that GoT has some of the best scenery on television and now you know where to find it. So, what are you waiting for? Get your ticket booked and get those hiking boots on, or just check it out on DVD.

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