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SMITHSONIAN JOURNEYS

In the Wake of the Vikings

READING AND TRAVEL GUIDE

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Iceland to Greeland

Essential Reading

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The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

by Tony Soper

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 160 PAGES

An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea. (ARC85, $23.99)

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)

After the Ice

After the Ice

by Alun Anderson

  • SCIENCE
  • 2010
  • HARD COVER
  • 298 PAGES

Anderson includes his travels, often by ship, and interviews with dozens of researchers and local leaders from Greenland to Siberia for this sharp report on the people, politics and impact of climatic change at the top of the world. (ARC263, $26.99)

Greenland & North Pole Map

Greenland & North Pole Map

by ITMB

  • 2013
  • MAP

With the North Circumpolar region on one side, including Iceland, and a detailed map of Greenland on the other. (ARC111, $12.95)

 
Iceland Adventure Map

Iceland Adventure Map


by National Geographic Maps

  • 2011
  • MAP

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

Insight Guide Iceland

Insight Guide Iceland


by Insight Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2014
  • PAPER
  • 352 PAGES

This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts. (ICL04, $23.99)

Rough Guide to Climate Change

Rough Guide to Climate Change


by Robert Henson

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2011
  • PAPER
  • 374 PAGES

Every member of the British Parliament received a copy of this astute primer, which lays out the symptoms, science, debate and solutions to global warming in clear, no-nonsense language. (GEN443, $19.99)

Inuit Folk-Tales

Inuit Folk-Tales


by Knud Rasmussen

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 303 PAGES

This pocket edition of Inuit tales collected the pioneering Arctic anthropologist at the turn of the last century, originally published in 1921 as Eskimo Folk-Tales. (ARC227, $19.95)

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

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)

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)

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, $16.95)

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)

Journal in Greenland, 1770-1778

Journal in Greenland, 1770-1778


by Hans Egede

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2009
  • PAPER
  • 302 PAGES

A new pocket edition of the firsthand account of the land, people and history of Greenland by grandson of the beloved missionary and founder of Nuuk (ARC226, $19.95)

Last Places, A Journey in the North

Last Places, A Journey in the North


by Lawrence Millman | Paul Theroux

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 242 PAGES

Millman explores the culture and history of the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in this hilarious account of his travels in the wake of the ancient Vikings. (ARC54, $15.95)

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland


by Sarah Moss

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 358 PAGES

A stranger in a strange land, British novelist Sarah Moss captures the spirit of Iceland in this tale of a year in the island nation with her husband and two children. (ICL61, $17.95)

The Magnetic North

The Magnetic North


by Sara Wheeler

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 336 PAGES

Wheeler writes with zest and insight into the people, nature and future of the Circumpolar North in these marvelously recounted adventures, including tales of her time in Spitsbergen. (ARC250, $15.00)

This Cold Heaven

This Cold Heaven


by Gretel Ehrlich

  • TRAVEL NARRATIVE
  • 2003
  • PAPER
  • 400 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

Ehrlich spent seven seasons in Greenland, mostly alone, traveling by boat, helicopter, plane and dogsled. This exhilarating book reflects her insight, knowledge and deep appreciation of the people and barren landscapes of the north. (ARC107, $18.95)

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)

No One Thinks of Greenland

No One Thinks of Greenland


by John Griesemer

  • LITERATURE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 320 PAGES

In this enthralling historical novel, the author uses an real-life army base built by the U.S. during WWII in South Greenland as the inspiration for an inventive tale of secret goings-on during the Korean War. (ARC149, $19.00)

The Greenlanders

The Greenlanders


by Jane Smiley

  • LITERATURE
  • 2005
  • PAPER
  • 608 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

This marvelously researched novel recreates life in the Viking settlements in Greenland. (ARC08, $16.95)

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)

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic


by E.C. Pielou

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 327 PAGES

Our bestselling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the Circumpolar North. (ARC03, $22.00)

Arctic Dreams

Arctic Dreams


by Barry Lopez

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2001
  • PAPER
  • 417 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A dazzling meditation on the Arctic, breathtaking in scope. Lopez draws on his travels throughout the North, including Baffin Island, the Chukchi and Bering seas, Alaska, the Yukon and Greenland, interweaving natural history, accounts of early exploration, anecdote and lore into an indelible portrait of place. (ARC11, $16.95)

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate, Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming

How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate, Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming


by Lynne Cherry

  • SCIENCE
  • 2008
  • HARD COVER
  • 66 PAGES
  • MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)

Here is the science behind the climate change headlines -- evidence from flowers, butterflies, birds, frogs, trees, glaciers and much more, gathered by scientists from all over the world, sometimes with assistance from young "citizen-scientists." And here is what young people, and their families and teachers, can do to learn about climate change and take action. (SCI261, $18.95)

Planet Arctic

Planet Arctic


by Wayne Lynch

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2012
  • PAPER
  • 240 PAGES

Expedition leader, photographer and colleague, Wayne Lynch presents the "large and legendary" musk oxen and bear, tundra plants, birds, mammals and, of course, polar bears and other marine creatures of the sea ice in this portfolio of 150 striking full-page color photos. (ARC268, $29.95)

To the Arctic

To the Arctic


by Florian Schulz

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 204 PAGES

From aerial photographs of the tundra in summer to stark winter landscapes and underwater images, Shultz showcases the cycle of an Arctic year in 160 color photographs in this sumptuous book, a companion to the 2012 IMAX film. (ARC273, $45.00)

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the World

National Audubon Society Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the World


by Randall Reeves | Pieter Folkens

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2002
  • PAPER
  • 528 PAGES
  • FAVORITE

A handsome, comprehensive guide to 120 species of whales, dolphins, seals, walruses, sirenians, polar bears and their kin worldwide. Each species gets a four-page spread with color photographs and an overview of range, habitat, behavior, status and conservation. (FG58, $28.95)

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