Not many television shows have achieved the critical acclaim and global fanbase as Game of Throne has in its 8 years of run time. Beyond its award-winning actors and complex and intriguing plot, Game of Thrones also has some of the most amazing sets, utilising everything from medieval castles to entire UNESCO World Heritage Site cities. Because of this, Game of Thrones is able to preserve its history even after the show ends and let its fans relive some of their favourite scenes whenever they go on holiday. Below, we explore the cost of a one-week trip to the most recognisable Game of Thrones filming locations, which also set the backdrop for majestic wedding photos.
Explore North of the Wall in Vatnajökull, Iceland
Iceland is no stranger to otherworldly landscapes, which makes it the perfect setting for George R.R. Martin's bestseller fantasy novels. Vatnajökull was the filming location for season 2 and 3's territory of the Wildlings north of the Wall. Vatnajökull is Europe's largest glacier and is located in Skaftafell National Park. The average cost of a filming location tour is S$148, including transportation.
One of the best ways to see Iceland is to rent a car because it gives you easier access to different parts of the country beyond the Ring Road. However, renting a car can be quite costly, with prices for a 7-day rental averaging S$817. Similarly, hotels in Reykjavik can also be pricey, costing between S$153 per night for a 3-star hotel and S$210 per night for a 5-star hotel. Alternatively, there are plenty of Airbnbs scattered throughout Iceland's countryside if you are looking for something more affordable and prefer to surround yourself in Iceland's landscapes. For instance, while the average price of an Airbnb costs around the same as a 5-star hotel per night (S$276 per night), you can easily find places that cost below SS$150 per night.
Discover the Great Sept of Baelor in Manoel Island, Malta
Fans interested in the wedding and funeral locations of Game of Thrones can travel to Fort Manoel in Malta to see the location for the Great Sept of Baelor. However, Malta has been home to several other Game of Thrones locations. Other filming locations include Mdina as season one's King's Landing and the Azure Window in Gozo for the wedding of Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen. You can easily visit all the locations if you rent a car, which costs an average of S$178 for a 7-day rental period. Period piece lovers can also take a detour to Valleta's Fort Ricasoli which was the filming location for films like Troy, Gladiator and Assassin's Creed. Hotels cost on par with most of the other locations on this list, averaging between S$169 per night for a 3-star option and S$260 per night for a 5-star option. Tours are quite pricey averaging at S$91 for a group tour, but they can range into the hundreds of dollars for private and bespoke options.