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Larry Fitzgerald talks about trip to popular 'Game of Thrones' location, Winter Olympics

Posted at 4:09 PM, Apr 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 00:38:55-04

Larry Fitzgerald is many things -- most notably a very, very good professional football player. He's also quite the golfer, as we learned in February when he won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

But the Arizona Cardinals star and future Hall of Famer is also quite the world traveler, as he enjoys touring the globe during the offseason and visiting places most of us only get to see on TV. This year, Fitz has already taken his first trip to Iceland and Sweden, as well as his first visit to the Olympic Games.

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"I got to experience things I’d never done," Fitzgerald told ABC15's Craig Fouhy. "(In Iceland) I got to sleep in a glacier, camp in a glacier, snorkel in 35-degree weather. I had a dry suit on, but it was still really cold, because it’s only about 30 degrees outside."

Fans of a certain popular HBO show will likely recognize the area Fitzgerald is talking about.

"The water runs up a glacier and right into this stream. It was actually the same place where they shoot the Wall on 'Game of Thrones,'" said Fitzgerald, an avid "Game of Thrones" fan himself. "It was a lot of really cool stuff."

Fitzgerald also had a chance to visit Sweden, which he described as one of the friendliest places he ever visited. He also had a chance to go dog sledding and drive a sports car on an ice lake at speeds of over 120 miles per hour.

"Sweden was really, really nice. The people are so down to Earth there and accommodating," he said, adding he didn't have to worry about being recognized there. 

"I’m just like everybody else. I just move kind of inconspicuously and just enjoying the travels like everyone else is," he said.

While in Sweden, Fitz stayed at a hotel that used to serve as a military barracks, and he visited the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, home to a ship that was commissioned by the king of Sweden in the early 17th century but quickly sank due to its weight. The ship was salvaged with its hull largely intact in 1961.

"I'm just really into all of the history," Fitzgerald said. "It's fascinating to see somebody build a ship like that in the (17th century). It's amazing, the craftsmanship."

If those adventures weren't enough, Fitzgerald also made a stop in South Korea to take in some Olympic action in February.

"I’d never been to an Olympics before. I really wanted to go to a summer Olympics. But it was a great time," he said. "I got to go over there and watch curling and watch hockey, men’s and women’s, a couple of skiing events.

"It was a little difficult because I stayed in Seoul, so you had to drive two hours each way to get to PyeongCheng. So it was a lot of time in the car, but it was an experience I really enjoyed. I got a chance to go to some really exciting places, also."