Westeros in Sweden? Swedish city makes Game of Thrones video for New Year

Swedish city Västerås evoked its Game of Thrones namesake Westeros in a spectacular video to welcome in the New Year.

Westeros in Sweden? Swedish city makes Game of Thrones video for New Year
A screenshot of one of the buildings in the Game of Thrones style video. Photo: Västerås Stad

The clip, which mimics the opening to the hit HBO series but replaces the likes of King's Landing and Winterfell with local landmarks such as the cathedral and Kokpunkten swimming centre, was projected onto Västerås City Hall as revellers counted down to the start of 2018.

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The crowds who braved the cold were then treated to a fireworks and light show – but no dragons this time.

Watch the video below.



Norwegian Game of Thrones actor to make ‘True Viking’ reality show

Kristofer Hivju, who played wildling leader Tormund Giantsbane in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, is to be one of the producers behind a Viking-themed reality show.

Norwegian Game of Thrones actor to make 'True Viking' reality show
Gry Molvær Hivju and Kristofer Hivju at the Game Of Thrones Season 8 premiere. Photo: AFP

Tindefilm, a production company owned by Hivju and his wife, Gry Molvær Hivju, will make the new show along with two British production firms, Deadline reports. Hivju will host the series as well as produce it, the media writes.

The series is titled True Viking and is set to be filmed in Norway. It will involve contestants living as Vikings.

That means they will have to navigate snow-covered mountains, break through frozen lakes to fish, build their own houses and train to fight like tenth-century warriors, according to the report.

The series will be recorded at the site of one of the biggest ever Viking battles, Deadline reported without specifying the exact location.

“The Norse heritage runs through our veins, and we are passionate about sharing our magnificent ancestral past with the whole world,” Gry Molvær Hivju told Deadline.

The production companies will make deals next week with international broadcasters over distribution of the ten-part series, according to the report.

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