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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

Scottish Isles and Norwegian Fjords

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Enrich your travels with reading! Here's a hand-picked list prepared for your journey in conjunction with the book experts at Longitude.

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The Crofter and the Laird

The Crofter and the Laird

by John McPhee

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1978
  • PAPER
  • 159 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

McPhee packs up his family and returns for a year to his ancestral land on the Isle of Colonsay in this lyrical, appreciative portrait of place and traditional ways of life in the Hebrides. (SCT23, $16.00)

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

The Celts: A Very Short Introduction

by Barry W. Cunliffe

  • HISTORY
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 161 PAGES

A concise, revealing social history of the Celts by a reigning authority and popular writer. (CLT03, $11.95)

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

by Yves Cohat

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. (VIK01, $15.95)

Scandinavia Map

Scandinavia Map

by Michelin Maps

  • 2012
  • MAP

With an index, area maps and table of driving times and distances, this handy, frequently updated map covers all of Scandinavia, including Finland, at a scale of 1:1.5 million on one side of the sheet. (SCN16, $12.95)

 
Norway Map

Norway Map


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A handsome map of Norway at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with a place index and shaded relief. (NOR05, $12.95)

Scotland Map M 501

Scotland Map M 501


by Michelin Travel Publications

  • 2012
  • MAP

A clear, colorful road map at a scale of 1:400,000. (SCT12, $11.95)

Eyewitness Guide Norway

Eyewitness Guide Norway


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 296 PAGES

This handsome, illustrated guide covers nature, culture, history and attractions. (NOR29, $25.00)

Eyewitness Guide Scotland

Eyewitness Guide Scotland


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions. (SCT40, $25.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Copenhagen

Eyewitness Top Ten Copenhagen


by DK Publishing

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions in Copenhagen. (DMK38, $14.00)

Celtic Prayers from Iona

Celtic Prayers from Iona


by J. Philip Newell

  • RELIGION
  • 1997
  • HARD COVER
  • 96 PAGES

While wardens on the island, Philip Newell and his wife were inspired by Gaelic prayer and the poems of the 19th-century Scotsman Alexander Carmichael. To spread their appreciation for the art form, they developed this handsome book of prayers. (SCT21, $14.95)

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings


by John Haywood

  • HISTORY
  • 1995
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto the New World. (VIK02, $22.00)

Scotland, A Concise History

Scotland, A Concise History


by Fitzroy MacLean | Magnus Linklater

  • HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 248 PAGES

This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland's place in the 21st century. (SCT15, $19.95)

The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure

The Shetland Bus, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Adventure


by David Howarth

  • HISTORY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 236 PAGES

The little-known story of a fleet of fishing boats that regularly journeyed across treacherous waters from the Shetland Islands to Norway, to bring relief and fortifications to Norwegians under Nazi attack. (NOR26, $16.95)

We Die Alone

We Die Alone


by David Howarth

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 208 PAGES

Howarth's riveting account of determination and valor in Nazi-occupied Norway follows Jan Baalrud's extraordinary escape by ski across the Lyngen Alps. (NOR14, $16.95)

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides


by Samuel Johnson | James Boswell

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1984
  • PAPER
  • 429 PAGES

Written when Johnson was 63 and Boswell 32 in 1773 (when they had been friends for ten years), these travel journals were the result of a three-month trip to Scotland. Johnson observed Scotland, and Boswell observed Johnson. (SCT07, $18.00)

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides

Sea Room, An Island Life in the Hebrides


by Adam Nicolson

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 391 PAGES

Nicolson explores the nature, history and magic of three remote islands in the Outer Hebrides in this affecting memoir. Tiny islands surrounded by serious tides, the Shiants nonetheless make their mark with 500-foot basalt cliffs, seabird and seal colonies and a long history. (GBR369, $15.99)

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster

Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster


by William W. Starr

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Beginning and ending in Edinburgh and making stops at Glasgow, Culloden, Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye and more, William Starr follows hilariously in the footsteps of Boswell and Johnson across Scotland. (SCT166, $29.95)

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross

Kristin Lavransdatter: The Wreath, The Wife, The Cross


by Sigrid Undset | Tina Nunnally

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 1184 PAGES

A masterful historical epic by the Nobel Prize-winning author, first published in 1927. This omnibus edition follows the life of one woman from birth to death in devoutly Catholic 14th-century Norway. A cornerstone of Scandinavian literature, the trilogy is a powerful introduction to the medieval society. (NOR40, $27.00)

Norwegian Folk Tales

Norwegian Folk Tales


by Peter Asbjornsen

  • ANTHOLOGY
  • 1982
  • PAPER
  • 188 PAGES

This rich collection of stories, interpreted by a leading scholar on ancient traditions and tales, will delight both adults and children. (NOR06, $15.95)

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney

Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney


by Hermann Palssom | Paul Edwards

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 253 PAGES

A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century. (VIK07, $16.00)

Raven Black

Raven Black


by Ann Cleeves

  • MYSTERY
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

In this award-winning debut, Inspector Jimmie Perez investigates multiple murders in the remote Shetland Islands. Winner of Britain's coveted Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award. (GBR700, $15.99)

The Norse Myths

The Norse Myths


by Kevin Crossley-Holland

  • LITERATURE
  • 1981
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

This classic collection includes 32 tales of Nordic gods, goddesses and heroes. With an overview of the Norse world, cosmology and gods. (SCN38, $18.95)

Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands

Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands


by Robert B. Haas

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 224 PAGES

In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes. (ARC270, $50.00)

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide


by Tony Soper | Dan Powell

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland. (ATL26, $25.99)

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