Adding more visual drama to the production, Roundwood Quarry doubles as Jomsburg, the semi-legendary Viking stronghold at the Southern Coast of the Baltic Sea, whilst the sand marsh townsland of Ballyhorsey Quarry doubles for ‘The Ice River’.
Providing a less rugged landscape, farmland in Ashford became the Novgorod republic; and Lough Dan became ‘Campbell's land’. Other Wicklow locations include Childers Woods which also featured in the 1981 film Excaliber; Ballinrush and Clara Lara.
Highlighting just some of Wicklow’s stunning cliff edged beaches, key filming locations include the pristine sands of Nun's Beach at Maghermore; the dramatic Bray Head which forms part of Wicklow Mountains, and Black Castle ruin, which has its own stories of adventure and battle to tell, located just outside of Wicklow Town.
In addition, and new to this series, Slane Castle Estate and the Boyne in County Meath are featured as a location, as well as beautiful aerial shots of Kerry’s dramatic scenery, which are used to depict the Viking era landscapes.
Some of the locations can be seen here in Tourism Ireland’s behind the scenes video, in which Leo Suter describes Ireland as “one of the most beautiful places I have ever been”.
VIKINGS: VALHALLA Season 2 stars Hayat Kamille, Sam Corlett, Lujza Richter, Leo Suter, David Oakes, Frida Gustavsson, Laura Berlin, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson and Bradley Freegard.
All eight episodes will be available now on Netflix.