The trailer for the much anticipated final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones dropped yesterday, and Iceland has made a cameo. Winter is coming… and of course it’s shot in Iceland.


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“I know death. He’s got many faces.” These are the first words spoken by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) in the small preview of what’s to come. On April 12th the eighth and final season of the show, which has captivated millions of viewers since 2011, premiers.

Daenerys Targaryen might ask, “Where are my dragons?” Well, they’re flying over Iceland’s Fjaðrágljúfur Canyon at around 1:13 in the trailer, which has already been viewed 20 million times at the time of writing this.

Fjaðrárgjúfur is a canyon in the south-east of Iceland. The canyon is about 2 kilometres long and up to 100 metres deep. It’s located near the Ring Road, not far from the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in the summertime.

Formed about 2 million years ago, the canyon’s beauty is apparent in its deep drops and flowing water. If dragons existed, this would be the perfect place for them to cruise around.

Iceland has been the setting for many locations in Game of Thrones since its second season. For example, the rugged winter landscapes capped with snow have been used to portray the areas ‘North of the Wall.’

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon from above


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In the show’s fourth season, production in Iceland took place in the summer months, taking advantage of the 24-hours of daylight experienced here.

The world is eagerly anticipating the return of the Game of Thrones series that has received a stack of Emmys. Fans of the show know that there’s no way of predicting just what will happen between the series 8 premiere on April 14 and its finale. Remember the red wedding? Or the purple wedding!? Who saw that coming?

Another shot of dragons gliding through the canyon from the trailer.

For now, fans have this tiny morsel to fuss over as they wait. Iceland is sure to make more than one appearance this season but in what capacity will only be revealed in a few months. We’ll be watching to see who sits on the Iron Throne when all is said and done, will you?