VIKINGS Valhalla is an American historical action drama series created by Jeb Stuart whose story is based on the 2013 series of the same name by Michael Hirst. It stars Sam Corlett, Frida Gustavsson, Leo Suter, Bradley Freegard, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, and Caroline Henderson in the major roles. The series has been produced under MGM Television and distributed by Netflix streaming services. Now, let’s find out where was the filming took place?
Vikings Valhalla Filming Locations
Vikings Valhalla was filmed inside Ireland with most of the filming took place in Ashford Studios, Wicklow, this is also the place where Vikings 2013 TV series was filmed. The original filming began in October 2020 but was suspended after a few days due to Covid-19 breakout. Filming resumed in August 2021 at the same Ashford Studios and wrapped up on 2nd November 2021.
The TV series was shot inside Country Wicklow including places like Guinness Lake, town of greystones, Avoca mines, Brittas Bay, and Wicklow coast. The place is recognized as the Hollywood of EU that lies south of Dublin. It also serves as the prominent shooting location of The Green Knight, Saving Private Ryan, Braveheart. etc. Some climax scenes were also filmed in Dublin near the historical landmarks as St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Old Library of Trinity College, etc.
Where in Ireland is Vikings filmed?
Country Wicklow is the major filming location for the Vikings since 2013. Ashford Studios is the common shooting location for all seasons of the Vikings where much of the CGI and green screen scenes took place. Lough Dan, Lough Tay, Blessington Lakes, Luggula Estate, along with Powerscourt Waterfall & Estate are some other prominent places of Wicklow.
River Boyne(Country Meath) and Nuns Beach(Country Kerry) were two unpopular shooting location of the series where many scenes were filmed. The crew members keep on visiting the place at different times to complete the filming process smoothly.
Is Vikings: Valhalla Based on a real story?
Yes, Vikings were a seafaring clan that was active from 800 to 1050s AD. Every character of the historical show is real and has a true separate story. With most of the scenes depicting true incidents, some are totally fictional and just added on the sake of continuing the series for better.
Jeb Stuart, the creator of Vikings Valhalla has revealed that he has mixed the actual history with a pinch of fictional events. However, Lief Eriksson was a real person who is known as the first European to put his foot in North America approximately half a millennium before Columbus according to BBC report, he called the place as Vinland.
Anyone who has read about Vikings will be able to catch the differences easily. Jeb has to say that he read a lot about the historical events and hired experienced researchers who come up with the best ideas to portray the whole life of those ancient legends.
Vikings Valhalla Cast
- Sam Corlett as Leif Erikson
- Frida Gustavsson as Freydís Eiríksdóttir
- Asbjørn Krogh as Jarl Kåre
- Leo Suter as Harald Hardrada
- Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson as Olaf “the Holy” Haraldsson
- Caroline Henderson as Jarl Haakon
- Bradley Freegard as King Canute “the Great”
- Laura Berlin as Emma of Normandy
- David Oakes as Earl Godwin
- Julian Seager as Jarl Gorm
- Pollyanna McIntosh as Queen Ælfgifu of Denmark
- Louis Davison as Prince Edmund
- Bosco Hogan as Aethelred II
- Gavin Drea as Eadric Streona
- Pääru Oja as Arne Gormsson
- Yvonne Mai as Merin
- John Kavanagh as The Seer
- Søren Pilmark as Sweyn Forkbeard
The action drama show sets in the period after the 100 years of Vikings where tensions between the Vikings and English Royals have reached at a point where one group has become has become the predator of other one. Their conflicting reasons are Christian and Pagan beliefs. Leif, Freydis, and Harald are on a journey of survival that includes countless deaths, introduction to various battlefields and oceans that will guide them to their journey from Kattegat to England.