Plenty of snow for Jon Snow.
The news recently broke that “Game of Thrones” may be headed to Norway for the shooting of its seventh season.
Though nothing is set in stone yet, please allow us to make some suggestions as to how to get the most out of the visual resources we have on offer.
One glimps at the final resting place of Norwegian king St. Olav and you’ll be scratching your head wondering why the Nidaros Cathedral hasn’t already been featured on the show.
Alright, so last season was pretty rough for religious buildings (and people) in King’s Landing, but this near thousand year old cathedral may yet find its place in the battle for the crown.
Recently, fan favorite Samwell Tarly arrived in the new city Oldtown, where a gothic landmark like this one would fit right in.
For those curious about what it’d look like if Jon Snow decided to drop by, HBO Nordic actually did use the Nidaros Cathedral (and the Man With the Famous Hair) in their promotional materials leading up to the sixth season.
Illustration: HBO Nordic
Now that winter is coming to Westeros, the need for snowy locations will increase significantly – something that Norway’s northernmost county Finnmark will deliver one hundred percent and then some.
Do bear in mind that some takes may have to be reshot due to locals approaching White Walkers with advice on properly dressing for the cold.
Icy nesting sites for birds and sharp cliffs are surrounded by a frothing sea that would have any member of the Greyjoy clan feeling right at home.
Oh, and there are some savings on visual effects to be had as well. The Northern lights are on the house, guys.
Let’s be practical.
“Game of Thrones” is a production in need of large amounts of cobblestones and brick houses for castles, city streets and whatever is in between. Often, old ruins and brick buildings will be redecorated as dungeons or rooms in a palace multiple times during a season.
For that, the historical Fredriksten Fortress in Halden, where Swedish king Karl XII was killed in 1718, would quite simply be a goldmine. Or a brick mine, at least.
Consider Arya Stark. Still on her long march towards bloody vengeance for the deaths of her family members, crossing multiple hills and mountains as she goes.
If one finds oneself on a very long walk, why not cut a path through some of the most majestic landscapes the world has ever seen?
There’s the Nærøyfjord, featured on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, with its towering mountains that will make anyone feel small in comparison.
Or drop by the Geirangerfjord via the dizzying Trollstigen (The Troll’s Road), a place where even Norwegians quite used to being surrounded by beautiful nature have a hard time not stopping their cars to snap photos every fifth minute or so.
The tale of the brothers The Hound and The Mountain is quite gravelly. Many fans believe we’re headed towards an epic duel between the burnfaced antihero and the zombified muscleman. In other words: It’s time for the ancient nordic rite of holmgang.
A duel to the death on a small piece of rock in the middle of the sea is kind of pansy-like, though – someone could easily jump into the water if the fighting gets to be too much. Move the duel to Trolltunga (The Troll’s Tongue) or Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) and those with inferior fencing skills would find their way down to be a bit longer.
The Pulpit Rock was also featured in the sixth season marketing materials by HBO Nordic, so for those wondering what it’d look like if Daenerys Targaryen flew one of her dragons up there, the answer is at hand.
Illustration: HBO Nordic
Norway is large. Far larger than most people realise. We recommend focusing on one region at a time, and coming back to see the rest later. If you only plan one trip to Norway, take your time as you travel; make the journey itself your destination.
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