Whenever you hear the characters in Game of Thrones talk about the Northern part of Westeros, they don't seem too thrilled about it. The north, which includes Winterfell (home of the Stark family), Castle Black, and all of the areas north of the wall (Tormund refers to this as "the real north") is cold, dreary, snowy, and dark. Compared to the scenes that take place in spots like King's Landing, Meeren, and Dorne, the north is downright depressing: everyone is bundled up in millions of layers, there's always a fire happening to try and stay warm, and literally everything seems to be way too dimly lit. It's not for the faint of heart!
So, it might seem like the Game of Thrones filming locations for Winterfell for Winterfell and the north in real life are less than desirable spots to travel to — but that couldn't be further from the truth. The north on GoT may be dreary and sad in Westeros, but in real life, the locations where it was filmed are gorgeous, interesting, and full of natural wonders. Visiting any of these places will make you wonder what, exactly, everyone in the Seven Kingdoms is always complaining about.
Much of the scenes in the north are filmed throughout Iceland, although a few are also filmed in Ireland and Scotland. You can easily plan a few different trips around these Game of Thrones spots, and have the time of your life — and take loads of pictures. Here are the filming locations for Winterfell and the north you can go to: