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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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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)

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)

Lonely Planet Scandinavia

Lonely Planet Scandinavia

by Glenda Bendure | Ned Friary

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 550 PAGES

An excellent practical guide to Scandinavian countries, as well as St. Petersburg and Tallinn, featuring a good overview of culture, history and nature, and plenty of information on excursions, accommodations and sightseeing. (SCN01, $25.99)

Southern Scandinavia Map

Southern Scandinavia Map

by Kummerly & Frey Maps

  • MAP
  • CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE
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A colorful road map of Scandinavia. (SCN07, $15.95)

 
Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen

Pocket Rough Guide Copenhagen


by Lone Mouritsen | Andrew Spooner

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 144 PAGES

With information on key sights and a full-color, pull-out map, this is the guide to take along. (DMK15, $12.99)

Wallpaper City Guide Stockholm

Wallpaper City Guide Stockholm


by Wallpaper Magazine

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 103 PAGES

Well-organized, with chapter tabs, many photographs and of-the-moment recommendations. (SWE35, $11.95)

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation

Cross and Scepter, The Rise of the Scandinavian Kingdoms from the Vikings to the Reformation


by Sverre Bagge

  • HISTORY
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 336 PAGES

In his scholarly Scandinavian history from the Vikings to the Reformation, Sverre Bagge spends little time with myths, instead focusing on the development of northern European societies and their rise from the Dark Ages. (SCN81, $29.95)

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark

How to Be Danish, A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark


by Patrick Kingsley

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2014
  • HARD COVER
  • 192 PAGES

Patrick Kingsley interviews a wide variety of Danes, from Copenhagen to a variety of places, including the so-called "happiest town in the world," introducing a homogenized yet highly intricate Danish culture. (DMK46, $16.00)

The Vikings, A Very Short Introduction

The Vikings, A Very Short Introduction


by Julian D. Richards

  • HISTORY
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 152 PAGES

This slim volume is a stimulating, concise introduction to the Vikings. (VIK24, $14.99)

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 Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages

The Cathedral Builders of the Middle Ages


by Alain Erlande-Brandenburg

  • ART & ARCHITECTURE
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 175 PAGES

This pocket-size encyclopedia of the art, architecture and culture of the Middle Ages features hundreds of drawings, color illustrations and a brief chronology. (MED07, $15.95)

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)

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, originally published in 1943, and a perennial favorite in the author's native Sweden. (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)

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen

The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen


by Hans Christian Andersen | Diana Crone Frank | Jeffrey Frank

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 293 PAGES
  • FAMILY

A newly refurbished collection of 22 tales, adroitly retranslated by Diana and Jeffrey Frank and with the original illustrations. (DMK27, $23.95)

The Summer Book

The Summer Book


by Tove Jansson

  • LITERATURE
  • 2008
  • PAPER
  • 176 PAGES

A modern Scandinavian classic, Jansson's sweet, slender novel follows a young girl and her grandmother as they while away a summer on a tiny island in the Gulf of Finland. (SCN56, $14.00)

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World


by Mark Kurlansky

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 294 PAGES

A sparkling extended essay on the cod, looking at the importance of the fish to cuisine and history, as well as to Scandinavian, American and Canadian commerce. (OCE10, $16.00)

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, $30.00)

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