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Iceland: Reykjavik to the Glaciers

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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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Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History

Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History

by Terry G. Lacy

  • HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES
  • BEST SELLER

A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland. (ICL03, $26.95)

Independent People, An Epic

Independent People, An Epic

by Halldor Laxness

  • LITERATURE
  • 1997
  • PAPER
  • 480 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer. (ICL01, $16.95)

Iceland Adventure Map

Iceland Adventure Map

by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

A detailed map at a 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper. (ICL05, $11.95)

 
Bradt Guide Iceland

Bradt Guide Iceland


by Andrew Evans

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

A detailed, personable guide in the venerable British series with a focus on natural treasures, including glaciers, lava flows and rugged coastlines. (ICL42, $25.99)

Iceland, Landmark Visitors Guide

Iceland, Landmark Visitors Guide


by Cathy Harlow

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES
  • OUT OF PRINT

A compact, illustrated guide to Iceland with color maps, photographs and a region-by-region survey of attractions. Fourth edition. (ICL20, $23.70)

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)

The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman

The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman


by Nancy Marie Brown

  • EXPLORATION
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

Brown's intriguing account of the life of the young Viking woman Gudrid sheds light on early Norse settlements in Iceland, Newfoundland and beyond. It's an archaeological mystery, a history of ancient seamanship and a biography all rolled into one. (VIK26, $15.95)

Iceland, Land of the Sagas

Iceland, Land of the Sagas


by Jon Krakauer | David Roberts

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

Krakauer and colleague Roberts hike and climb around Iceland in this classic travel narrative, reissued as a paperback and featuring Krakauer's color photographs. The book interweaves the natural and cultural history of the island with the authors' own adventures. (ICL07, $24.00)

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories


by Herman Palsson

  • LITERATURE
  • 1971
  • PAPER
  • 137 PAGES

This collection of the most famous of Icelandic sagas includes stories with titles like Thorstein the Staff-Struck and Ale Hood. Dating from the 12th century, these tales vividly recreate the society of medieval Iceland. (ICL31, $14.00)

Jar City

Jar City


by Arnaldur Indridason

  • MYSTERY
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Indridason's first moody police procedural translated into English finds Reykjavik detective Erlendur Sveinsson investigating the brutal murder of a lonely pensioner and the man's connection to the deaths of a number of young women. Made into a darkly superb film. (ICL27, $16.00)

Silence of the Grave

Silence of the Grave


by Arnaldur Indridason

  • MYSTERY
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 288 PAGES

Reykjavik police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson uncovers an old skeleton and unsavory secrets in Indridason's excellent second crime novel translated into English. Winner of the 2005 Gold Dagger award. (ICL36, $16.00)

The Fish Can Sing

The Fish Can Sing


by Halldor Laxness | Magnus Magnusson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 256 PAGES

A quirky, moving coming-of-age tale set in Reykjavik at the turn of the last century, featuring an unforgettable cast of Icelandic characters. Laxness, who also wrote Independent People (ICL01), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955. (ICL14, $15.95)

The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason's Tale

The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason's Tale


by Keneva Kunz

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

This beloved Icelandic saga from the 13th century, possibly written by a woman, recounts years of betrayal, battle and romance: the stories of headstrong heroines in a changing world. In a new translation. (VIK31, $16.00)

The Sagas of Icelanders

The Sagas of Icelanders


by Jane Smiley | Robert Kellog

  • LITERATURE
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 848 PAGES

Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated. With an introduction by Jane Smiley. (ICL13, $26.00)

Iceland

Iceland


by Einar Mar Jonsson | Guillaume Cannat | Patrick Desgraupes

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2005
  • HARD COVER
  • 180 PAGES
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
  • >

The French landscape photographer Desgraupes captures the natural beauty of Iceland in 175 color-saturated photographs. (ICL38, $45.00)

The Control of Nature

The Control of Nature


by John McPhee

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 272 PAGES

In the classic McPhee tradition, these sparkling essays explore our generally feeble attempts to combat all-powerful nature, including valiant efforts by Icelanders to control the flow of a volcano across the harbor at Heimaey in the Westman Islands. (NAT01, $16.00)

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change


by Richard Fisher

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 344 PAGES

A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation. (GEO02, $30.95)

Marine Mammals of the North Atlantic

Marine Mammals of the North Atlantic


by Carl Christian Kinze

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 192 PAGES

A guide to the marine mammals of the North Atlantic featuring 250 color illustrations. (FG60, $27.95)

Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe

Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe


by Chris Kightley

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 299 PAGES

A compact field-friendly guide to the birds found in the British Isles and the Faroes, Scandinavia and Northwest Europe. (EUR50, $27.00)

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