August 30, 2013 7:03 PM EST
Game of Thrones Top 5 Filming Locations
Just like the huge success of Lord of the Rings with its pictureque locations and magical backdrafts, Game of Thrones is taking its epic series to extreme lanscapes and breataking cities in the world.
The whole HBO production is based in Northern Ireland where the first two seasons of the series have been filmed. But places like Westeros, the Wall and Essos are filmed around Morocco, Malta, Iceland and Croatia where this epic fantasy came to life.
Creators of the series are willing to spend more money on locations rather than with FX, the reason why they deploy three units to filmed the different plots of the story. From historical coastl towns of Morroco to the forest of bizzare rock lava pillars of Iceland, the team of experienced filmmakers captured its magic to bring the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros to life.
The budget of the series is compared to HBO's TV series Rome and the GOT's pilot was reportedly cost between US$5 and 10 million. The estimated budget for the whole first season is US$50-60 million and a 15% increase of the budget for the second season to stage the most important battle, the "Clash of the Kings".
Now that the series is on its fourth season, the whoe crew of is back back in Croatia where film set is being built in Novigrad. A small fishing village in the northern region of Istria located in the Adriatic coast, this location features historic walls and medieval urban plan as the perfect backdrop of warring clans.
Morroco also plays a vital role in Daenerys journey as it provides a dramatic sun-kissed backdrop as she tries to raise her army in the atmospheric port of Essaouira. While the icy scenes of the "Wall" are set in Iceland, around the serene lake of Myvatn and the crater of Hverfell.
These places are naturally beautiful that it captures the mystery of Westeros and ancient feel of Essos. Both known and unknown to the public, these locations are the next tourist spots of Game of Thrones aficionados.