Winter is here! With the final season of Game of Thrones just around the corner, Geek Nation Tours invites you to join us on an epic adventure through the real-life locations used in filming the hit series. Choose between a tour of Fire or Ice…or both if you dare! The 5 day Fire Tour will take you through Westeros in Northern Ireland while the 7 day Ice Tour leads you beyond the wall in Iceland. We’ll be traveling in April in hopes that the weather will give us a nice contrast between the cool spring in the Belfast area and the lasting cold of Iceland. It figures to be the perfect backdrop for a world where the Long Winter has settled in and the cold specter of the Night King rides his dead horse ominously toward the world of men. If you think you can claim to be a fan of the HBO series and NOT take this tour, then you know nothing.
Fire Day 1: Tuesday, April 9th
If you’ve booked the Fire Tour, today will be the day you meet up with your Geek Nation Tours Tour Leader and traveling companions in Belfast, Northern Ireland. You’ll be given detailed instructions on how to reach the hotel and have the bulk of the day free to rest and recover from your journey. However, once the majority of travelers have checked in, you’ll have the option to join your Tour Leader out and about on a semi-spontaneous afternoon in Belfast. The likely destination will be the Ulster Museum, home of the Game of Thrones tapestry. This incredible artwork is modeled after the historical Bayeux Tapestry but instead of depicting the victory of William the Conquerer, it portrays the events of each episode from the first eight seasons of the series.
In the evening we’ll gather for a welcome dinner in the hotel’s restaurant. Here you’ll be able to mingle with your new friends and your Tour Leader will give you more detailed information about what to expect for the duration of the tour. Rest assured, no one will be sending anyone their regards and nobody will be baked into any pies. Not that we know of at least.
After dinner your Tour Leader will head out to the Dark Horse Pub and you’re welcome to join them for a pint. The pub is the home to one of ten beautifully carved wooden doors that share a special connection with the series and depict key elements from each episode of season six.
Fire Day 2: Wednesday, April 10th
Today you’ll saddle up and ride out (by motor coach) with your Tour Leader on an all day excursion into the Westeros section of Northern Ireland. In the morning, you’ll pass by Titanic Studios, the central home to Game of Thrones and see sights such as Cairncastle, where Ned Stark passes the sentence and swings the sword to executes a Night’s Watch deserter at the opening of the series all the way back in Winter is Coming, Carnlough, where Arya emerges from the harbor after being stabbed in The Broken Man, and Cushedon Caves where Ser Davos Seaworth watches Melisandre give birth to her shadow baby in Garden of Bones. Make sure to bring some extra clothes as you’ll have a chance for your very own Ironborn baptism before an inviting lunch together and then continuing the day’s tour.
In the afternoon we’ll see spots such as Dunluce Castle (Castle Greyjoy), the Moneyglass Estate (Winterfell), and the world-renowned Dark Hedges which double as the King’s Road in the series as we make our way back toward Belfast. We’ll even stop and see the Giant’s Causeway. Although it wasn’t used by Wun Wun or his people, legend says the causeway was used by giants to cross from Northern Ireland to Scotland in the time before time. You won’t recognize the causeway from Game of Thrones, but you will recognize it from the cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. In the evening, we’ll dine together and enjoy the fellowship of our Brotherhood before turning in after a long, but incredible day.
Fire Day 3: Thursday, April 11th
You’ll spend the day traveling Northern Ireland by coach again today as we visit more filming locations in County Down including Tollymore Forrest, Inch Abbey, and Castle Ward. Today’s focus will be on northern locations and their connection to Winterfell (which are strangely in the southern section of our tour). However, we can’t pass through County Down without a stop at Down Cathedral, the final resting place of Saint Patrick himself! We’ll also visit with some furry actors who appeared early in the series. You’ll have the chance to meet and greet the hounds who played the direwolf pups back in season one. Although they’re not as tiny and cuddly as they once were, they have grown to be beautiful and majestic creatures. They’re also quite photogenic which will come in handy as you sit with them on the Iron Throne during our visit.
Another long day finishes up back in Belfast with another spectacular spread for dinner and we’ll be hopefully blessed by the old gods and the new and survive the feast without a single drop of blood spilt.
Fire Day 4: Friday, April 12th
Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast today as we’ll be training for war. Don’t worry, you won’t have to spend countless hours together with your Lord (or Lady if you follow the path of Podrick Payne). We’ll spend the morning in small groups training with professional trainers in Belfast and you’ll even have the chance to purchase your training sword at the end of the session for a truly legendary souvenir. We’ll shift from the blade to the bow later in the morning and partake in an archery clinic. It may seem difficult at first, but luckily the targets are as shifty as Rickon Stark so they should be pretty easy to hit.
After lunch on your own, we’ll regroup and divide ourselves into various camps for an afternoon long game of espionage. You and your housemates and bannermen must work together in a race against the other teams. It will take all of the cunning and ruthlessness of the best players in the game so take your cues from Littlefinger and Lord Varys and do whatever it takes to win, No One can stop you! There is sure to be some sweet swag for the winners which may or may not include a sack of onions.
We’ll announce the winners during our dinner together in the evening. But we’ll make sure we have plenty of time to get back to the hotel and pack since this is our last night in Belfast.
Fire Day 5: Saturday, April 13th
If you’ve booked the Fire Tour only, today is the day you say goodbye to your traveling companions. After a whirlwind adventure, you’ll be whisked back to the real world. However, the friendships and memories made along the way will last a lifetime!
If you’ve booked both the Fire and Ice Tours, today we leave Westeros behind and head to where the Wildlings are. The Iron Fleet may be fast but dragons are faster. However, there haven’t been any dragons on the British Isles for thousands of years so we’ll have to settle for modern aircraft as we fly from Belfast to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Depending on our arrival and check in time, we may be able to learn a bit more about the old gods of The Sagas before heading out for dinner together.
Ice Day 1 (5): Saturday, April 13th
If you’ve booked only the Ice Tour, today you will arrive with the rest or your party from locations around the world to Reykjavik, Iceland. You’ll be given detailed instructions on how to reach the hotel and have the bulk of the day free to rest and recover from your journey. You may arrive before your Geek Nation Tours Tour Leader reaches the hotel, but we’ll be certain to make sure you get to where you need to be.
In the evening after the entire group has arrived, you’ll venture out into the capital for a Welcome Dinner. Here you’ll be able to get to know the rest of your traveling companions and your Tour Leader will give you more information on what to expect in the coming days.
Ice Day 2 (6): Sunday, April 14th
Today you’ll board a coach for a day long tour of the Icelandic countryside near Reykjavik. We’ll visit several filming locations near the Icelandic capital including where Brienne of Tarth dueled The Hound in The Children and the Thingvellir. Known around the world as a volcanic continental rift, the Thingvellir is not only the location of a Wildling encampment and the Bloody Gate of the Vale of Aryn, but it’s also the real life location of the world’s first parliament dating back to the 10th century!
After a full day, we’ll return to our hotel in the evening with a bit of time to freshen up before heading out for dinner. After dinner you’re free to enjoy the nightlife of Reykjavik or return to the hotel and rest up after the day’s adventures.
Ice Day 3 (7): Monday, April 15th
In the morning, you’ll check out of the hotel and get ready for the long trek across the island to Myvatn. We’ll set out across country by coach for the frozen expanses of central Iceland. We’ll have plenty of opportunity to enjoy lunch along the way and pass the time formulating and perfecting our best theories of who will win the Iron Throne, who is the Prince Who Was Promised (or PrinCESS), what is the Night King’s endgame, and just how much incest is too much?
Upon arrival in Myvatn, we’ll check in to our hotel and enjoy a late evening meal together. If it’s not too late, we may even find a bit of table space to do some Game of Thrones gaming before turning in for the night.
Ice Day 4 (8): Tuesday, April 16th
Today we’ll head out by coach to visit filing locations near Lake Myvatn including Mance Rayder’s Wilding camp, Jon & Yrgitte’s secret cave, and an afternoon soak in the hot springs of Myvatn Nature Baths.
We’ll be dropped back off at our hotel and have the chance to dry off before venturing out into the icy wilderness for dinner together. Luckily it won’t be anything Podrick roasted over the fire, and we don’t have the chance to sample anything from the skilled kitchen of Hot Pie, so we’ll tuck ourselves in to a nice local restaurant to enjoy some hearty Icelandic fare.
Ice Day 5 (9): Wednesday, April 17th
Today is a day of fire and ice. We’ll depart directly from the hotel on Icelandic horses and trek across the frozen expanse of Lake Myvatn and journey through the Land of Always Winter before returning to the hotel with enough time to grab a bite to eat on your own.
After lunch we’ll set out by coach to Lofthellir Ice Cave. We’ll spend the afternoon spelunking inside a giant block of ice carved by the fire and heat beneath the island’s volcanic surface.
In the evening we’ll band together for one last meal north of the wall and pack our bags for the long journey the following day. With any luck the night sky will be clear and we’ll get an unparalleled view of the Northern Lights before heading back to civilization. But be careful if you head out on your own, for the night is dark and full of terrors.
Ice Day 6 (10): Thursday, April 18th
Today we’ll leave Myvatn behind us and make the long trip back to Reykjavik by coach. We’ll stop for lunch along the way and keep ourselves entertained with more stories, games, and maybe even a compilation of the most shocking, most heartbreaking, and most badass moments from the series.
Upon our return the Reykjavik, we’ll enjoy one last meal together. If the time together has softened our allegiances to any specific house, then perhaps we will dine together at last as a Brotherhood Without Banners.
Ice Day 7 (11): Friday, April 19th
Today is the day we must say goodbye to our newfound friends. Over the journey we most likely have shifted alliances and made new bonds. Our satchels may be filled with reminders of the adventure, but hopefully the new friendships and memories we’ve made will last long after our story ends.
If this all sounds like it’s right up your Flea Bottom Alley, then bend the knee and commit to House GNT!
What’s included: All hotel stays, breakfast each day of the tour after arrival, two lunches during the Fire Tour, six lunches during the Ice Tour, four dinners during the Fire Tour, seven dinners during the Ice Tour, your own travel guide for the duration of the tour, motor coach transfers between destinations during the tour, local transit costs where applicable, Westeros Tour, Carick-A-Reed Rope Bridge admission, Giant’s Causeway admission, Dunluce Castle admission, Winterfell Tour, Down Cathedral admission, Castle Ward admission, Dire Wolves & Iron Throne Experience, Swordfighting clinic, Custom Game of Thrones Espionage Experience, southern Iceland Game of Thrones Tour, northern Iceland Game of Thrones Tour, Myvatn Nature Baths admission, Lofthellir Ice Cave expedition, Lake Myvatn Horse Trekking excursion, and games & prizes along the way!
**Note: Those booking the Fire & Ice Package Deal with also have coach class airfare from Belfast to Reykjavik included.**
NOTE: Attendance of all special guests and celebrities and gifts/discounts are subject to change due to scheduling conflicts and professional obligations.
What’s not included: Some meals (ie. breakfast & lunch on arrival day, lunch & dinner on departure day, etc.), airfare to and from destinations, local airport transfers, museum/exhibition entry fees not included in the program, local transit costs not included in the program, and driver & guide gratuities.
Price – 5 Day Fire Tour: $1799.00 USD + $206.10 (taxes and fees)
Single Occupancy Upgrade – 5 Day Fire Tour: $179.00 USD
Price – 7 Day Ice Tour: $2999.00 USD + $357.79 (taxes and fees)
Single Occcupancy Upgrade – 7 Day Ice Tour: $699.00 USD
Package Deal – 11 Day Fire & Ice Tour: $5223.00 USD + $780.13 (taxes and fees)
Package Deal – 11 Day Fire & Ice Tour Single Supplement: $878.00 USD
Don’t have a friend to take the black with? Geek Nation Tours can help! Book as a double occupancy and we’ll match you up with a roommate. This way you get the best of both worlds…someone to watch your back against treacherous enemies…and more British pounds and Icelandic Krona to spend!
Final Due: 1st Jan 2019