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Iceland & Greenland

Reading and Travel Guide
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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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 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

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

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

Greenland Explorer Map

ARC212
Ocean Explorer Maps
Ocean Explorer Maps
2007
1
0954371755
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This full color map (1: 3,250,000) includes a timeline, wildlife guide, history and illustrated biographies of notable people on the reverse.
$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

Lonely Planet Iceland

ICL06
Deanna Swaney
Lonely Planet Publications
2017
424
1786574713
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
This concise guide to Iceland includes short essays on history, culture and attractions and plenty of practical travel information.
$27.99

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

Song of the Vikings, Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths

ICL59
Nancy Marie Brown
St. Martins
2014
256
1137278870
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Brown brings to life not just the great Norse tales of medieval Iceland but also the life and times of the worldly Icelandic chieftain, known as the "Homer of the North."
$17.99

The Vikings, Lords of the Seas

VIK01
Yves Cohat
Thames & Hudson UK
2010
175
0500300151
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photos and illustrations.
$15.95

Iceland, Land of the Sagas

ICL07
Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts
Villarde
1998
160
0375752676
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
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.
$30.00

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

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.
$27.00

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 single nicely written book. It's a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North.
$22.00

More Books

The Control of Nature

NAT01
John McPhee
Noonday Press
1989
272
0374522596
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
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.
$16.00

Handbook of North American Indians: Arctic

ARC15
David Damas
Smithsonian Institution Press
1984
829
0874741858
HARD COVER
Reference
0
0
0
0
An encyclopedia of the culture, art, ceremony and history of the native peoples of the Arctic.
$99.95

N by E

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

Denmark Map

SCN15
Freytag & Berndt
Freytag & Berndt
1
3850842509
MAP
Reference
0
0
0
0
This double-sided map, covering Denmark and southern Sweden from Gothenburg to Kristianstad, includes the Faeroes and Greeland on the reverse. The index includes city plans for central Arhus, Copenhagen & Odense.
$14.95

Polar Bears

ARC58
Ian Stirling
Fitzhenry & Whiteside Limited
2011
232
1554551552
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A tribute to the polar bear by a preeminent researcher, this handsome natural history features outstanding color photographs and detailed chapters on biology, distribution, behavior, study, conservation and lore.
$40.00

Weird and Tragic Shores: The Story of Charles Francis Hall, Explorer

ARC63
Chauncey Loomis, Andrea Barrett (Introduction)
Modern Library
2000
350
037575525X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
The tale of 19th-century Arctic explorer Charles Francis Hall, and the mysterious circumstances surrounding his untimely death somewhere in Greenland.
$19.00

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

The Frozen Echo, Greenland and the Exploration of North America, 1000-1500

ARC76
Kirsten Seaver
Stanford University Press
1997
407
0804731616
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A scholarly account of Norse settlements in Greenland and Canada -- the best analysis of the subject to be published in decades.
$31.95

Glacier Ice

SCI07
Austin Post, Edward R. LaChapelle
University of Washington Press
2000
145
0295979100
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A classic book of extraordinary black-and-white aerial photographs of mountains and glaciers by two devoted men of ice. Ed LaChapelle’s text is paired with Austin Post's stunning aerial photographs of glaciers from Alaska and Chile to Switzerland and the Himalayas.
$35.00

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

The Two-Mile Time Machine: Ice Cores, Abrupt Climate Change, and Our Future

SCI24
Richard Alley
Princeton University Press
2014
248
069116083X
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
A persuasive, accessible survey of climatic change as revealed through ice core drilling. The author includes enthusiastic tales of his research in Greenland and Antarctica, an overview of how climate works, and his prognostication for the future.
$24.95

Riddle of the Ice, A Scientific Adventure into the Arctic

ARC93
Myron Arms
Doubleday
1999
267
0385490933
PAPER
Science
0
0
0
0
An account of a 1991 scientific expedition to study climate change, including sailing voyage from Newfoundland across the Davis Strait to Greenland aboard a 50-foot sloop.
$12.95

North to the Night, A Spiritual Odyssey in the Arctic

ARC97
Alvah Simon
Broadway Books
1999
328
076790446X
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A well-crafted tale of adventures in the Canadian Arctic and Greenland aboard a 36-foot sailing yacht, including most memorably a solo winter frozen in the sea ice off Bylot Island.
$15.99

An African in Greenland

ARC110
Tete-Michel Kpomassie, James Kirkup (Translator)
NYRB
2001
300
0940322889
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A memorable account of the odyssey of West African author from his home in Togo to Paris, Denmark and, ultimately, Greenland.
$16.95

The Sledge Patrol, A WWII Epic of Escape, Survival and Victory

ARC112
David Howarth
Lyons Press
2008
224
1599213222
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An engrossing true-life adventure story of Danish and Norwegian hunters evading Nazi troops across the hostile terrain of Greenland.
$16.95

Chronicles of the Vikings: Records, Memorials and Myths

VIK16
R.I. Page
University of Toronto Press
1996
240
0802071651
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A collection of recently translated Viking writings.
$35.95

The Norsemen in the Viking Age

VIK17
Eric Christiansen
Blackwell Publishers
2002
379
1405149647
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
This scholary history of the Norse takes somewhat of a revisionist approach, examining the evolution of Viking culture as a direct reaction to threatening environmental and social forces at home and abroad.
$45.95

Arctic Adventure, My Life in the Frozen North

ARC133
Peter Freuchen, Gretel Ehrlich (Introduction)
Lightning Source
2013
400
1585745820
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
A marvelous account of life in remote northwest Greenland, originally published in 1935. Freuchen ran a trading post at Thule with Knud Rasmussen.
$24.95

Mammals of Europe

FG61
Priscilla Barrett, David W. MacDonald
Princeton University Press
2002
320
0691091609
PAPER
Field Guide
0
0
0
0
Published by Princeton, this is a field guide to land and marine mammals throughout Europe, both endemic and introduced. With more than 600 color illustrations of over 200 mammals.
$49.95

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Vikings

VIK18
Peter Sawyer (Editor)
Oxford University Press
2001
298
0192854348
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
An insightful overview of the Viking Age in Norway and abroad, illustrated throughout and featuring essays by 12 experts.
$27.99

Distant Shores, The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent

ART34
Constance Martin, Rockwell Kent (Illustrator)
University of California Press
2000
128
0520227123
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
1
0
A striking collection of work by the great American illustrator and adventurer. New.
$125.00

The Ice Chronicles, The Quest to Understand Global Climate Change

SCI70
Paul Andrew Mayewski, Frank White, Lynn Margulis
University Press of New England
2003
264
1584650621
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A history of the Greenland Ice Sheet drilling project, started in 1998 to help measure global climate change throughout history.
$24.95

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.
$16.99

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

Bradt Guide Faroe Islands

ARC156
James Proctor
Bradt Publications
2016
172
1784770132
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A practical guide to the North Atlantic islands, essential for anyone contemplating an extended visit. With islands maps, city plans, and detailed information on what to do and where to go throughout the archipelago.
$26.99

The Last Imaginary Place

ARC164
Robert McGhee
University of Chicago Press
2007
296
0226500896
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A curator at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, McGhee combines a lifetime of field work, ethnography and travel in this illuminating account of the human history of the Arctic.
$18.00

Collapse, How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

GEN324
Jared Diamond
Viking
2011
575
0143036556
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
Diamond tackles nothing less than the history and fate of civilization in this compelling book with case studies of failed societies. For example, to the fate of the Norse settlements in Greenland and the builders on Easter Island.
$20.00

Here Is Where We Meet

EUR189
John Berger
Vintage Books
2006
256
1400079330
PAPER
Literature
8/9/2005
0
0
0
0
This reflective novel weaves a portrait of several European countries through encounters with the dead -- from the narrator's mother, whom he discovers on a park bench in Lisbon, to a childhood friend wandering a market in Krakow.
$16.00

The Gothic Enterprise, A Guide to Understanding the Medieval Cathedral

EUR190
Robert A. Scott
University of California Press
2005
294
0520246802
PAPER
Art & Architecture
0
0
0
0
An enthusiast, Scott delves into the history, design, architecture and wonder of Europe's medieval cathedrals and great Abbey churches.
$26.95

Clara's Grand Tour, Travels With a Rhinoceros in Eighteenth-century Europe

FRN536
Glynis Ridley
Grove Press
2006
240
0802142338
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The entertaining history of an Indian rhinoceros named Clara, who was brought to Europe in 1741 by a Dutch sea captain and toured for seventeen years, to the delight of several heads of state.
$12.00

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

Hrafnkel's Saga and Other Icelandic Stories

ICL31
Herman Palsson (Translator)
Penguin
1971
137
0140442383
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
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.
$14.00

Inuit Folk-Tales

ARC227
Knud Rasmussen
University Press of New England
2009
303
0982170319
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
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.
$19.95

Cold Earth

ARC265
Sarah Moss
Counterpoint
2010
280
1582435790
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A thrilling historic novel that follows an international team of six archeologists unearthing a lost Viking settlement in Greenland. The hopeless group must face a deadly winter as they lose contact with the outside world.
$14.95

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
$11.95

Polar Explorers for Kids

ARC191
Maxine Snowden
Chicago Review Press
2004
150
1556525001
PAPER
Exploration
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
The history and adventures of 16 polar explorers, including Erik the Red, Henry Hudson, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, are brought to life in 21 puzzles, games, projects and activities for kids ages 9 and up.
$16.95

Puffling Patrol

ICL60
Ted Lewin
Aa Balkema
2012
44
1600604242
HARD COVER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Lewin details the annual rescue of baby puffins by the children of Heimaey, the largest island in the Westman Islands off the coast of Iceland.
$19.95