The Icelandic Government has announced its intention to build a real-life reconstruction of The Wall from HBO’s popular fantasy series, Game of Thrones.
The Wall will be constructed to stand 100 metres high and will extend 5 kilometres in length—noticeably smaller than its fictitious counterpart, but still ambitious enough to cause concern amongst contractors as to how to safely manage the logistics and building efforts of such a project.
Public Relations Officer for the Icelandic Tourism Board, Inga Rún Sturlaugsdóttir, announced on their company’s website last night;
“The Wall will be an incredible draw to foreign visitors looking to experience not just Iceland, but a chance to exist within the dangerous world of Game of Thrones. People across the world will flock to see this incredible feat, cementing Iceland’s position as a hub for creativity and culture. The Wall also has an essential role in protecting Iceland’s environment in that it will block meltwater from nearby glaciers, thus combating the effects of climate change.”
Some environmental campaigners disagree, given that much of the ice necessary to build The Wall will be chipped away from glaciers within Vatnajökull National Park, a reserve that covers near 7,900 km². The project is currently in development, with construction on The Wall expected to be finalised by 31st March 2020. Volunteers are currently being sought out for aid in the construction efforts.
Iceland has, in large part, been propelled to fame thanks to the popularity of Game of Thrones, an epic tale of families jousting for control over Westeros.
Based on books by G.R.R Martin, many of Iceland’s most popular tourist sites have been used as shooting locations on the show, including Svínafellsjökull glacier, Þingvellir National Park and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
The series’ final season is approaching, and fans are waiting with bated breath to see just what happens to their favourite characters, including Jon Snow, Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen and her loyal advisors, Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys.
The first episode of Game of Thrones’ Season 8 comes out on April 14th.
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