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Iceland & Eastern Greenland

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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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Last Places, A Journey in the North

ARC54
Lawrence Millman, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
Lightning Source
2000
242
0618082484
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$15.95

Independent People, An Epic

ICL01
Halldor Laxness
Vintage Books
1997
480
0679767924
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
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.
$17.00

Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide

ATL26
Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Bradt Publications
2008
176
1841622583
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$25.99

Greenland & North Pole Map

ARC111
ITMB
ITMB
2013
2
1553418417
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
With the North Circumpolar region on one side, including Iceland, and a detailed map of Greenland on the other.
$12.95

Iceland Adventure Map

ICL05
National Geographic
National Geographic Maps
2011
1
1566955343
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
A detailed map at a scale of 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
$11.95

Insight Guide Iceland

ICL04
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2017
352
1786715880
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
$24.99

The Atlas of Climate Change, Mapping the World's Greatest Challenge

REF16
Thomas E. Downing, Kirstin Dow
University of California Press
2011
128
0520268237
PAPER
Reference
0
0
0
0
Fifty innovative color maps illuminate current changes in climate, weather, temperature, environmental funding, emissions and a host of related facts as compiled by geographers Kirstin Dow and Thomas Downing.
$29.95

What We Know About Climate Change

GEO46
Kerry Emanuel
MIT Press
2012
85
0262018438
HARD COVER
Reference
0
0
0
0
MIT atmospheric scientist Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate. This second edition covers the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the United States to tackle this vexing issue.
$16.95

North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland

ICL67
Evan Sung (Photographer), Jody Eddy, Gunnar Gislason
Ten Speed Press
2014
352
1607744988
HARD COVER
Food
0
0
0
0
Catering to a rising interest in Nordic cuisine, this cookbook celebrates Iceland’s food alongside its haunting landscapes, portrayed in starkly beautiful, full-color photos.
$40.00

Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings

VIK02
John Haywood
1995
144
PAPER
History
0140513280
Penguin Putnam
0
0
0
0
This history of the Vikings tells their story through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. It traces the routes of 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and the New World.
$23.00

Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History

ICL03
Terry G. Lacy
University of Michigan Press
1998
332
0472086618
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland.
$28.95

Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga

VIK11
William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Smithsonian Institution Press
2000
432
1560989955
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
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.
$34.95

Eden of the North

ARC326
Signe Rink
University Press of New England
2014
192
098291556X
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
This unique exploration of Greenland’s history provides firsthand accounts by Greenlanders as their island is colonized by the Danes in the 19th century. The poetic prose delves into traditional customs including local ritual, politics and the status of women.
$19.95

This Cold Heaven

ARC107
Gretel Ehrlich
Pantheon Books
2003
400
0679758526
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
1
0
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.
$18.95

The Greenlanders

ARC08
Jane Smiley
Doubleday
2005
608
1400095468
PAPER
Literature
0
1
0
0
This marvelously researched novel recreates life in Greenland's Viking settlements, which disappeared 500 years ago.
$16.95

The Sagas of Icelanders

ICL13
Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellog (Introduction)
Viking
2001
848
0141000031
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$28.00

A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic

ARC03
E.C. Pielou
University of Chicago Press
1994
327
0226668142
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A primer on Arctic climate, geography, plants, birds, mammals and insects in a nicely written book. It’s a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North.
$22.00

Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World

ICL73
Jeff Kanipe, Alexandra Witze
W. W. Norton & Company
2015
224
1605989584
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Two science writers discuss the political and natural ramifications of the 1783 eruption of Iceland’s largest volcano, Laki, which led to global death, famine and even revolution. Great for the geologically minded but accessible to all with an interest in volcanoes.
$16.95

The Arctic

ARC356
Elizabeth Warner, Sven-Olof Lindblad (Foreword)
Welcome Books
2016
224
0847849732
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Presenting the best works from a range of Arctic photographers, this unparalleled collection celebrates the region's beautiful landscapes, biodiversity, native peoples and rapidly changing environment.
$50.00

The Fate of Greenland

ARC285
Philip Conkling
MIT Press
2013
224
0262525267
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
Both a sumptuous portrait of a remarkable place and an overview of research into climate change, this gorgeously illustrated book brings together essays by leading geoscientists and oceanographers.
$25.95

Familiar Animals & Plants of the Arctic & Subarctic Regions

ARC324
James Kavanagh
Waterford Press
2014
1583558292
PLASTIC CARD
Field Guide
5/13/2014
0
0
0
0
Handy for a pocket or backpack, this durable, fold-out wildlife reference features species of flora and fauna familiar to the Arctic.
$7.95

Marine Mammals of the North Atlantic

FG60
Carl Christian Kinze
Princeton University Press
2003
192
0691113084
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
A guide to the marine mammals of the North Atlantic featuring 250 color illustrations.
$31.95

The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife

ARC85
Tony Soper
Bradt Publications
2012
160
1841623806
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
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.
$23.99

More Books

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ARC35
Rockwell Kent, Edward Hoagland (Introduction)
Wesleyan University Press
1996
282
0819552925
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The classic account of a 1929 sailing voyage from Labrador to Greenland, illustrated with wood-block prints by the author on every other page.
$22.95

Cod, A Biography of a Fish That Changed the World

OCE10
Mark Kurlansky
Penguin Putnam
2009
294
0140275010
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

The Ice Finders, How a Poet, a Professor and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age

ARC78
Edmund Blair Bolles
Counterpoint
2000
272
1582431019
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A wonderfully eccentric history of 19th-century science, focusing on three personalities and their ideas about the role of ice in Earth's history. Each contributed to the Victorian debate among scientists, explorers and the man on the street about the nature of the polar regions.
$17.95

Birds of Europe

FG47
Lars Svensson
Princeton University Press
2010
416
0691143927
PAPER
Field Guide
0
1
0
0
Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second edition of this exquisite guide features updated text and maps.
$29.95

The Little Ice Age, How Climate Made History 1300-1850

ARC147
Brian Fagan
Hachette
2001
272
0465022723
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
A delightful and well-documented survey of the impact of medieval cooling on world affairs, including the hardships suffered by the Norse on Greenland.
$17.99

No One Thinks of Greenland

ARC149
John Griesemer
Picador USA
2002
320
0312283369
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$22.00

The Norse Myths

SCN38
Kevin Crossley-Holland
Pantheon Books
1981
320
0394748468
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This classic collection includes 32 tales of Nordic gods, goddesses and heroes. With an overview of the Norse world, cosmology and gods.
$18.95

Jar City

ICL27
Arnaldur Indridason
Picador USA
2006
288
0312426380
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Indridason's first moody police procedural 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.
$17.00

The Far Traveler, Voyages of a Viking Woman

VIK26
Nancy Marie Brown
Harcourt Books
2008
320
0156033976
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.95

The Vinland Sagas

VIK30
Keneva Kunz (Translator)
Penguin
2008
256
0140447768
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The classic chronicle of the adventures of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif Eirikson, who explored North America 500 years before Columbus, in a vibrant new translation.
$16.00

A History of Arctic Exploration

ARC257
Juha Nurminen
Macmillan
2010
349
1844860698
HARD COVER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The ancient Inuit, Vikings, Vitus Bering, whalers, explorers and James Cook are all paid tribute in this sumptuously illustrated history, drawing on the unique collections of Helsinki's Nurminen Foundation.
$60.00

Narwhals, Arctic Whales in a Melting World

ARC321
Todd McLeish
University of Washington Press
2014
216
0295994169
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
Combining lore, natural history and conservation, McLeish travels in search of the much-mythologized cetacean to visit climate researchers in Colorado, to see them in the wild (and in the market) in Greenland and to spend time among the Inuit. He also includes portraits of walrus, polar bear, bowhead and beluga, the ivory gull and other creatures of the High Arctic.
$22.95

Frozen in Time, An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II

ARC323
Mitchell Zuckoff
HarperCollins
2014
416
0062133403
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
Mitchel Zuckoff (Lost in Shangri-La) delivers the page-turning story of the 1942 B-17 crew who were stranded on an arctic glacier after a search-and-rescue mission went awry.
$15.99

The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia

SCN83
Michael Booth
Picador USA
2016
400
1250081564
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
$17.00

Primordial Landscapes, Iceland Revealed

ICL77
Ari Trausti Gundmundsson (Contributor), Feodor Pitcairn (Photographer)
powerHouse Books
2015
256
1576877809
HARD COVER
Natural History
1/1/2112
0
0
0
0
Presented here in gorgeous, oversized photos is the extraordinary landscape of Iceland. Award-winning photographer Pitcairn captures volcanoes building textured landscapes, glaciers melting into thunderous waterfalls and many of Iceland’s other unique geological forces.
$70.00

Moon Iceland

ICL82
Jenna Gottlieb
Avalon Travel Publishing
2016
350
1631210270
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to Iceland, packed not only with travel necessities (hotels, restaurants, sights), but also with a good overview of history. With full-color maps and photos throughout.
$19.99

For Kids

Eyewitness Viking

VIK05
Susan M. Margeson
Penguin Putnam
2010
72
0756610958
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Ships, weapons, artifacts, colonies, music and kings are all explored in this illustrated family friendly portrait.
$16.99

Seabird

OCE79
Holling C. Holling
1978
PAPER
Literature
61
0395266815
Houghton Mifflin Company
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Across four generations and around the world, by whaler, clipper, steamer and airplane, Holling traces American seafaring through the eyes of an ivory gull in this illustrated classic. Ages 9-12
$12.99

Iceland, A True Book

ICL32
Kathleen Deady
Scholastic Inc.
2005
48
051625832X
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A slim, illustrated introduction to Iceland for younger readers (ages 6-8). With a nice selection of photographs showing the landscapes, cities, people and archaeological sites of Iceland.
$6.95