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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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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)

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland

by T.K Derry

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 447 PAGES

Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds. (SCN03, $25.00)

Insight Guide Scandinavia

Insight Guide Scandinavia

by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

From Denmark to Sweden, Norway and Finland, this guide introduces the region with outstanding color maps and photographs. (SCN22, $23.99)

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)

 
Oslo/Bergen Map

Oslo/Bergen Map


by ITMB

  • 2006
  • MAP

A walking map of Oslo and Bergen at a scale of 1:10,000. (NOR44, $8.95)

Culture Smart! Denmark

Culture Smart! Denmark


by Mark Salmon

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

A concise, well-illustrated and practical guide to local customs, etiquette and culture. (DMK30, $9.95)

Culture Smart! Sweden

Culture Smart! Sweden


by Charlotte J. DeWitt

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 168 PAGES

This concise no-nonsense guide to local customs, etiquette and culture includes a short overview of the land and people along with practical travel advice. (SWE45, $9.95)

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 and a pull-out map. (DMK38, $14.00)

Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm

Eyewitness Top Ten Stockholm


by Eyewitness Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 128 PAGES

A compact, illustrated guide in the popular series, featuring favorite attractions. (BLT54, $14.00)

Eat Smart in Norway, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure

Eat Smart in Norway, How to Decipher the Menu, Know the Market Foods & Embark on a Tasting Adventure


by Joan Peterson

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

Veer off the tourist path to find authentic cuisine and rich new experiences in Norway. (NOR75, $14.95)

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)

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga


by William Fitzhugh | Elisabeth Ward

  • HISTORY
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 432 PAGES

An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs. (VIK11, $34.95)

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)

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark


by Mary Wollstonecraft | William Godwin

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 129 PAGES

Groundbreaking feminist Wollstonecraft records her observations of a late 18th-century journey through Scandinavia in this small masterpiece, rich in detail of people and place. (SCN04, $16.95)

Growth of the Soil

Growth of the Soil


by Knut Hamsun

  • LITERATURE
  • 2007
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

The epic tale of a homesteader in the mountainous Norwegian interior, which helped win Hamsun a Nobel Prize in 1920. (NOR36, $16.00)

Nordic Gods and Heroes

Nordic Gods and Heroes


by Padraic Colum | Willy Pogany

  • LITERATURE
  • 1996
  • PAPER
  • 292 PAGES

Column's classic retelling of the dramatic tales of the Norse gods and goddesses, originally published in 1928. With 40 illustrations. (SCN39, $11.95)

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)

Smilla's Sense of Snow

Smilla's Sense of Snow


by Peter Hoeg

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 448 PAGES

Set in Denmark and Greenland and aboard a secret ship, this page-turner, out in a 20th anniversary edition, includes an excellent portrait of modern day Copenhagen. Beneath its eerie surface, the novel wrestles with racism and the tangled relations between Denmark and Greenland. (DMK03, $17.00)

Stockholm, City of My Dreams

Stockholm, City of My Dreams


by Pers Anders Fogelstrom

  • LITERATURE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 332 PAGES
  • HARD TO FIND ELSEWHERE

Young Henning Nilsson arrives in Stockholm on the eve of the Industrial Revolution, eager for success, love and a fully experienced life in this Swedish classic of historical realist fiction, happily now available in an English translation. (SWE22, $21.95)

The Long Ships

The Long Ships


by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 520 PAGES

Captured by Vikings, made to take his place at the oars of a dragon-prowed war ship, a convert to Christianity and major player in the defeat of the Kings of England, Bengtsson's boy-hero Red Om has a grand time roaring and rampaging across 10th-century Europe in this classic saga. (VIK33, $17.95)

The Saga of the Volsungs

The Saga of the Volsungs


by Jesse Byock

  • LITERATURE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 145 PAGES

A piece full of traditional lore, including runic knowledge, jealousies of princes, betrayals, unrequited love, the vengeance of a Barbarian queen, the greed of Attila the Hun and the mythic deeds of a dragon-slayer. (SCN05, $21.95)

Birds of Europe

Birds of Europe


by Lars Svensson

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 416 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps. (FG47, $29.95)

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