US Embassy Iceland: Ambassador Visits Game of Thrones Film Shoot, and Lives to Blog About It

The second season of popular television series Game of Thrones started airing on HBO over the weekend.  The American medieval fantasy with mainly British and Irish cast  created for HBO by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss was filmed in Belfast, and on location elsewhere in Northern Ireland, Malta, Croatia and Iceland.  Reportedly, the scenes set north of the Wall, in the the Frostfangs and at the Fist of the First Men, were filmed in Iceland last year.

Wanna guess who showed up during the film shoot in Iceland? Our ambassador to Iceland, Luis E. Arreaga, that’s who.  Ambassador Arreaga who was appointed chief of mission to the US Embassy in Iceland in 2010, showed up for the shoot, had a pic taken, survived the cold and lived to blog about it:

Ambassador Arreaga at Game of Thrones Set
(Photo from Ambassador Arreaga's blog)

“We were very excited to learn that the producers of Games of Thrones intended to film part of the second season in Iceland. The visit gave us the opportunity to highlight how the American television industry partners with the Icelandic film industry in producing very popular and successful shows. We drove up to the Höfðabrekka glacier to meet with the producer, director, and some of the actors during filming. It was a lot of fun to watch some of the scenes being filmed against spectacular, but very cold, Icelandic scenery. I nearly froze during the visit and I can’t figure out how the crew managed to stay warm throughout the entire day. Can’t wait until the second season of the program starts.”

Fitte. Fini hazi? I hope he did not have to speak to the film crew in Dothraki.

Domani Spero





2 responses

    • Thanks for the note and the link. “Power resides where men believe it resides. No more and no less.” Indeed, that’s an apt quote.
      I’m really not up to speed with GoT so I appreciate the mini spoiler. I think I may start reading the books that started the series.