I went on a tour through Northern Ireland inspired by 'Game of Thrones' here's what I saw

Get the Full StoryJoey Lee Business InsiderThe seventh and penultimate season of the TV adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series Game of Thrones premiered in the US last night July 16 .

As a die-hard fan of the epic series myself, I couldn’t pass up on the opportunity to visit a couple of the show’s famed filming sites while on an overseas university exchange in Sweden late last year.

When I sat down to plan which countries to visit while I was there, I had a serious case of wanderlust for Northern Ireland — mostly because so many iconic scenes in the TV series were shot there.

Despite surviving on a student-friendly budget, I forked out the student price of 47 S 65 for the Belfast Iron Islands & Stormlands Adventure package from the local Game of Thrones Tours company.

A cult hit suffused with a effortless blend of natural and man-made landscapes, the show chronicles a battle to the death among rival houses for the ultimate prize: the Iron Throne.

Let’s backtrack a few seasons and let me take you on a 47 tour of places I visited when summer was everlasting in Westeros and Jon Snow still knew nothing.Does Carnlough Harbour look a tad familiar? That s because it s also the steps of Braavos where Arya Stark climbed out of the water.

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Valar Morghulis, our tour guide who incidentally starred as a wildling extra in the TV series greeted us. The phrase translates to all men must die, which is a customary greeting in the show.

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One of our first few stops was the Cushendun caves, a rocky beach where the red priestess Melisandre gave birth to a shadow assassin in Season 2.

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