Jon Snow and Ygritte's cave

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It was in episode 5 of season 3 that Jon Snow (Kit Harington) broke his vows to the Night's Watch when he surrendered to the arms of Ygritte (Rose Leslie), a wildling girl he met on the other side of the wall. A scene shot in the Grjotagja cave in Iceland.
Grjótagjá by Chrisdi98. Wikimedia.

“You know nothing Jon Snow.”

Ygritte (Rose Leslie)

The romance between Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Ygritte (Rose Leslie) is one of the most iconic in Game of Thrones. The night of love between the two characters allowed director Alex Graves to shoot in Grjotagja, a cave with a hot water lake located on a famous volcanic site in Iceland. Exploiting the dancing reflections on the rocks and the unique atmosphere, the director nevertheless did not shoot the entire scene in this unique location. Indeed, some of the shots were filmed in The Paint Hall studios in Belfast, on the same site where the Titanic was once built. A way to get away from the constraints of the very hot water of Grojotagja.

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An embarrassing scene for Kit Harington

The same sets, simply redesigned, were later used in the shooting of the confrontation between Beric Dondarrion and Sandor Clegane. The scene between Jon Snow and Ygritte has also embarrassed Kit Harington as he told Nova FM, an Australian radio: “I don’t know why I watched that episode with my parents, but I did. Mum made an awkward excuse to get out of the room, saying ‘I, umm, I gotta, umm, I think I can hear the kettle boiling,’ before nipping out


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Jon and Ygritte's cave
Cave of Jon and Ygritte. All rights reserved: HBO.
Jon et Ygritte
Jon and Ygritte. All rights reserved: HBO.


Grjótagjá is a cave shaped by lava through volcanic rock. It is located near Lake Mývatn in Iceland.

Near the Dimmuborgir lava field, whose name inspired that of a famous black metal band, this cavity is one of the most popular natural sites in Iceland. It also acts as a gateway to the fault marking the continental separation in plate tectonics between America and Europe. The cave lake has a high temperature making swimming uncomfortable to say the least. A consequence of the consecutive eruptions of the Krafla volcano in 1975 and 1984.

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By Gilles Rolland

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Passionné de cinéma, de rock and roll, de séries TV et de littérature. Rédacteur de presse et auteur des livres Le Heavy Metal au cinéma, Paroles de fans Guns N' Roses, Paroles de fans Rammstein et Welcome to my Jungle : 100 albums rock et autres anecdotes dépareillées. Adore également voyager à la recherche des lieux les plus emblématiques de la pop culture.

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