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It's cold in Iceland.

(Or so I hear. Never been there myself. Really need to rectify that).

Or so we're told, in the latest season 3 video from HBO:

Sad to say, I wasn't able to visit the shoot in Iceland for either season two or season three, but if we get a season four, maybe I can get over there this year.

I also want to stay at the Ice Hotel in Sweden. I must have Stark blood.


Ana Barletta
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
What is that "if we get a season four"? Of course there will be a season four! Otherwise, they'll have to deal with some really angry fans. It's really difficult to create a screen version of a book, and so far they are doing a great job.
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
Welcome to Siberia to shoot season four. Double cold here =) And a more beautiful place!
Feb. 1st, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
That's an opinion :)
Feb. 1st, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
haha, I was just thinking the same thing. Iceland looks awesome, but all the forests I've seen there don't seem to hold a candle to the scenery I saw in Siberia on the transiberian railroad. 5 days straight at one point of nothing but mountains and the largest densest pine tree forests I'd ever seen covered in thick January snow. All I could think about were ice trolls and winter witches.

That's one thing I missed about North of the Wall in the TV series, no forests at all after Craster's Keep.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 08:24 am (UTC)
Yes, Siberian frost is the best frost in the world! And forests are wonderful as well. :)
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
So many layers of great!!
I too must have Stark blood. I LOVE Ice, snow and I'm completely drawn to Iceland. We were visiting my (famous actress) friend in Sweden this Summer and it was incredible! We traveled the land of the Vikings, visited many castles and even stayed in a Viking replicated home by the sea built in the late 1800's and stayed in a Kings Castle one night as well. We plan on visiting the Ice Hotel someday too. We stopped in Iceland for a bit to experience the Blue Lagoon and see the landscape which evoked something I can't articulate. This video of the cast & crew filming your world of wonder so dear to my heart in the authentic place on earth that can depict it is sheer perfection and makes me so excited. I wish I could be a part of the making! It's the greatest creative project I can think of in these times. I can't Thank you enough times for your mind and soul and imagination Ser George. HUGS!!
Feb. 1st, 2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
Re: So many layers of great!!
I'd move to Iceland in a heartbeat - the weather is far better than Wisconsin (which is colder in winter and hotter in summer than Iceland), plus the country is full of introverts and knitters and whatnot.
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, so you like colder weather Ser? Well, then I invite you to visit the realms to the North of your country anytime between December and March...and dress warmly. The crew of HBO is welcome there also, should they be seeking additional locations to film. Down / goose is an amazing creation, and Eddie Bauer excels in keeping warm while outdoors.
The Rockies, mountains of British Columbia and Northwest Territoties are worthy of note. However when you venture North next, be sure to stop at the Nation's Capital of Ottawa, Ontario to make an appearance and indulge in some culture, food and drink, and friends. Our Winterlude occurs early Feb, and in October we feature and celebrate local craft beers.

Consider it 'research' - venturing North on this land mass, to gain inspiration for some Northern climates of YOUR land mass of Westeros ;)

Edited at 2013-02-01 08:10 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
I can't wait. They are doing a wonderful job. It is also good to see Caesar again :)
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:37 pm (UTC)
Better -25С in Greenland than in -15С in modern Moscow. Although the 20-30 years ago -20С in Moscow was quite comfortably :)
Or maybe just then trees were higher and the sun shone brighter
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Haven't you had enough Stark blood already? Will you rest before you've taken it all?
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:57 pm (UTC)
Shoot in NJ
You could film in the Pine Barrens. You remember how Christopher and Paulie nearly froze to death.
Feb. 1st, 2013 08:59 pm (UTC)
You should totally stay at the ice hotel. And do a tour with a dog sleigh.

And once in the north, I'd also recommend the Hurtigruten cruise (it's great off season; I did it in late March/early April and there were already several hours of daylight in the farthest north), visit the Viking museum in Oslo and the old town in Bergen, the cathedral in Trondheim (that one's part of the cruise, too) ... Gotland and Visby are worth a visit, too. But if I continue to list all _all_ the cool places in Scandinavia, you'll be there for three months and the fans will kill me. ;-)
Feb. 1st, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
You can't have Stark blood. You're still alive!
Feb. 1st, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
It's cold on the glaciers in the hinterland, sure. Meanwhile, it's currently +4°C in my home town Hafnarfjörður :)
Feb. 1st, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
It would just be wrong to not get a season 4 when season 3 cuts off mid-book!

I thought it would be fun to go to Iceland in August, because I had always heard that Iceland is actually unusally warm. I had not realized that they just meant "unusually warm for the latitude," meaning 60 degree his in the summer instead of 30 like the rest of the Arctic. So we went to Aruba instead.
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
You're welcome to Sweden any time you like, ser.

There's a sad lack of skinchangers and wildlings, and the White Walkers haven't been seen for ages, but we do have wolves, bears, reindeer aplenty, dog sleds, aurora borrealis, and generally lovely cold winters. Try the Jokkmokk Winter Market; that's a 400-year old tradition and worth seeing.

As for the Ice Hotel, the local tip is "visit it, don't sleep in it".

Edited at 2013-02-01 11:27 pm (UTC)
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
if we get a season four
*if*??  With the roll you and the production are on, I shudder to think what it wound take for there not to be a season four!
Feb. 1st, 2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
No way, I just checked and today Iceland is warm! Minnesota is cold. Below zero F here. Your cohorts in Iceland are wimps.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 03:15 am (UTC)
I dare say you guys in Minnesota might be wimps, up here in Saskatchewan, Canada, we had -45 C with windchill yesterday.. which google tells me is -49 F

As an aside to George, if HBO doesn't complete your epic, I promise to write nasty letters... well, probably not, because as awesome the show is, their version of Westeros pales in comparison to your version of Westeros

Edited at 2013-02-02 03:17 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 02:51 pm (UTC)
It does get that cold here but not as often as for you. With the wind chill it's been around -25F. The coldest I've ever had to deal with was a week of -70F wind chill.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Don't be afraid of cold. You more imagine...
Feb. 2nd, 2013 01:27 am (UTC)
ahhhhhhhhhhh! I can't WAIT!
Feb. 2nd, 2013 02:58 am (UTC)
Well, we have a lovely Ice Hotel in Montreal, too, you know - from mid-January to, I dunno, maybe the thaw in April? Filled with blocks of ice to sit and sleep on, lots of vodka (okay, ice wine would be more appropriate, but vodka's more warming, so I'm told) and, well, a great cultural city right at your feet!
Aman Senna
Feb. 2nd, 2013 06:09 am (UTC)
Logically, it is the last season of Iceland shooting... they shouldnt go back there for further seasons... North of the Wall do not appear anymore except for Bran's story arc and this could be shot in Ireland since it's only the Haunted Forest.

So this may well be our second and already last season in Iceland !
Feb. 2nd, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Well, there are still two books to come and you don't know how much snow and ice will be in those. The Winds of Winter and all that. :-)

Provided HBO sticks with the series, or course.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 08:51 am (UTC)
Feb. 2nd, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
Stunning. Beautiful. The upcoming season will be awesome.

What do you mean if you get a season four????
Feb. 2nd, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
What part of Iceland are they filming in?
The proximity to the other European filming sites might make a big difference, but places in the Canadian prairies or Northern Manitoba or Northern Ontario could have done just as well, and been closer to civilization. It gets cold here, and we get lots of snow. You can find flat plains with no trees, shrub brush, tundra, rivers and mountains.

I am sure Iceland is beautiful and has unique aspects, but I don't buy the "there is nothing like it"

In the town I used to live in, it is 30 degrees colder than in Reykjavik right now.

the record low is -45.7, where the record low is 39.7 for northern Ireland.

I think the coldest it was when I lived there was -35 with a windchill of nearly minus 50.

This is of course all in Celsius... you know, the temperature system that makes sense.

METRIC RULES. The maesters would agree.
Feb. 3rd, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
Re: I don't buy the "there is nothing like it"
Iceland is the only place the mid-Atlantic Ridge comes above sea level. It is entirely steam-heated.
I won't argue scenery one way or another, although there's a heck of a lot, but the fundamental landscape is unique.
Feb. 5th, 2013 01:02 am (UTC)
Re: What part of Iceland are they filming in?
I've been to Canada. I've lived in Iceland.

Canada is no Iceland.
Feb. 2nd, 2013 06:31 pm (UTC)
You can stay at the ice hotel in Quebec (Canada) if you want it will be great. It will be nice to see you here.
Thibault Durand
Feb. 3rd, 2013 10:15 am (UTC)
You know nothing, George Snow!
Ygritte greets from Iceland and says:
"You think it's cold out there? You know nothing George Snow!"

Feb. 4th, 2013 03:05 am (UTC)
"if" That's funny.
Feb. 5th, 2013 12:04 am (UTC)
Perhaps you recall that Iceland hosted the 1972 World Chess Championship in which Fischer surprised Spassky with, among other things, the Alekhine Defence. Heh. But back on topic, I am very much looking forward to season 3. Will have to wait awhile longer for Wild Cards tele, I surmise.

Edited at 2013-02-05 12:04 am (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2013 01:01 am (UTC)
Go to Iceland
You haven't lived until you've taken a tour around the country and then enjoyed some alcohol with your newest drunkard on a brightly lit summer Saturday night in downtown Reykjavik.
Feb. 5th, 2013 06:59 am (UTC)
Where is the sweet in bittersweet?
ASOS is such a great book. I am excited to see it unfold in the t.v. medium! But here is my nagging question: Having just finished ADWD, and having heard that the ending of the series is supposed to be "bittersweet," where does the "sweet" start coming in? I feel like all I'm seeing is more and more bitter and I'm going to have to start doping myself w/ serotonin if it gets any sadder! (Kidding, of course, but really, are any of the characters going to be happy (or at least still living!) at the end of this thing?)
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:18 am (UTC)
Night gathers so begins our watching HBO. Can’t wait for the forthcoming show. Can’t wait for the book 6. But he that endureth to the end shall be saved! It is known.
Miguel Verssimo
Feb. 6th, 2013 02:36 pm (UTC)
don't know if you've seen this anywhere, but...: http://9gag.com/gag/6511800
Feb. 6th, 2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
Congrats on the deal writing for HBO!


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