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Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice

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. We have updated the original package. These are the current recommendations.
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Independent People, An Epic

ICL01
Halldor Laxness
Vintage Books
1997
480
0679767924
PAPER
Literature
1
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 History of Iceland

ICL17
Gunnar Karlsson
University of Minnesota Press
2000
418
0816635897
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
A history of Iceland from the Viking-era through colonization, independence and the 20th century. Karlsson draws on the sagas and rich literature of Iceland in presenting this comprehensive history.
$25.50

Insight Guide Iceland

ICL04
Insight Guides
Insight Guides
2017
352
1786715880
PAPER
Guidebook
1
0
0
0
This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
$24.99

Iceland Adventure Map

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

Bradt Guide Iceland

ICL42
Andrew Evans
Bradt Publications
2014
464
1841624993
PAPER
Guidebook
0
0
0
0
A detailed, personable guide in the venerable British series with a focus on natural treasures, including glaciers, lava flows and rugged coastlines.
$25.99

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

SCN03
T.K Derry
University of Minnesota Press
2000
447
0816637997
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
The story of 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.
$25.00

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
1
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.
$27.95

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

Summer at Little Lava, A Season at the Edge of the World

ICL09
Charles Fergus
Lightning Source
1998
240
0865475490
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
0
0
0
0
A summer in Iceland, weaving folklore, history and lyrical descriptions of nature.
$24.00

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

SCN83
Michael Booth
Picador USA
2016
400
1250081564
PAPER
Cultural Portrait
1
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

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

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

Why Iceland?

ICL48
Asgeir Jonsson
McGraw-Hill
2009
230
0071632840
HARD COVER
History
0
0
0
0
An insider's captivating account of the unlikely rise and abysmal fall of Iceland's banking industry.
$38.00

Frost on My Moustache, The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer

ARC74
Tim Moore
Griffin Publishing
2001
280
0312270151
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
0
In this inspired folly, a British comic heads to Iceland, Spitsbergen and other northern locales in pursuit of a fictitious Arctic hero.
$21.99

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

Names for the Sea, Strangers in Iceland

ICL61
Sarah Moss
Counterpoint
2013
358
1619021226
PAPER
Biography/Memoir
0
0
0
0
A stranger in a strange land, British novelist Sarah Moss captures the spirit of Iceland in this tale of a year in Reykjavik with her husband and two children.
$17.95

Arctic Chill

ICL46
Arnaldur Indridason
St. Martins
2010
352
0312655304
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Another chilling police procedural set in contemporary Iceland, the fifth in the series.
$18.00

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

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

Njal's Saga

ICL16
Robert Cook (Introduction)
Penguin
2002
384
0140447695
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
The tales of heroic (and handsome) Gunnar Hamundarson and his scheming friend Njal. Originally written in Icelandic sometime in the 13th century, it's an earthy tale with a strong sense of place, featuring murder, mayhem, a famous feud and noble deeds.
$18.00

Silence of the Grave

ICL36
Arnaldur Indridason
Picador USA
2007
288
0312427328
PAPER
Mystery
0
0
0
0
Reykjavik police inspector Erlendur Sveinsson uncovers an old skeleton and unsavory secrets in Indridason's excellent second crime novel translated into English. Winner of the 2005 Gold Dagger award.
$17.00

The Complete Works of W. H. Auden, Prose and Travel Books, Volume One, 1926-1938

ICL11
W.H. Auden
Princeton University Press
1997
952
0691068038
HARD COVER
Anthology
0
0
0
0
Containing Auden's "Letters From Iceland," written with fellow poet Louis MacNiece, is a quirky, under-appreciated masterpiece that captures the spirit of Iceland, its people and landscapes.
$130.00

The Fish Can Sing

ICL14
Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (Translator)
Vintage Books
2008
256
0307386058
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A quirky, moving coming-of-age tale set in Reykjavik at the turn of the last century, featuring an unforgettable cast of Icelandic characters. Laxness, who also wrote Independent People (ICL01), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.
$15.95

The Great Weaver from Kashmir

ICL69
Hallador Laxness
Archipelago Books
2008
450
0979333083
HARD COVER
Literature
0
0
0
0
First published in 1927, this first major book by the esteemed Icelandic writer Hallador Laxness (Independent People) propelled Iceland into the modern world. An experimental novel, it tells the story of a young poet who flees the confines of his island nation for the complexities of post-WWI Europe.
$26.00

The Prose Edda

ICL26
Snorri Sturluson, Jesse Byock (Translator)
Penguin
2006
304
0140447555
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
A new translation of one of the most influential and entertaining medieval Icelandic sagas, the source for much of what we know of Norse mythology.
$18.00

The Saga of the People of Laxardal and Bolli Bollason's Tale

VIK31
Keneva Kunz (Translator)
Penguin
2008
272
014044775X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
This beloved Icelandic saga from the 13th century, possibly written by a woman, recounts years of betrayal, battle and romance: the stories of headstrong heroines in a changing world. In a new translation.
$16.00

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

The Tricking of Freya

ICL47
Christina Sunley
St. Martin's Press
2010
352
031242938X
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Skipping from suburban Connecticut to the tiny Canadian-Icelandic fishing village of Gimli to Manhattan and finally Iceland, this affecting debut follows the fate of young Freya Morris and her troubled family history over 20 years.
$22.00

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

Arctic Dreams

ARC11
Barry Lopez
Vintage Books
2001
417
0375727485
PAPER
Natural History
0
1
0
0
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.
$16.95

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

Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change

GEO02
Richard Fisher
Princeton University Press
1998
344
0691002495
PAPER
Natural History
0
0
0
0
A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
$38.95

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

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

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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

Lonely Planet Iceland

ICL06
Deanna Swaney
Lonely Planet Publications
2015
384
1743214758
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

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

Hildur, Queen of the Elves, and Other Icelandic Folk Tales

ICL50
Terry Gunnell (Translator), J. M. Bedell
Interlink Publishing Group
2007
267
1566566339
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
Filled with the wry wisdom and fantastical plots of great folktales, this collection of poetic and imaginative Icelandic legends was compiled by a children's writer and the head of folklore at the University of Iceland.
$18.00

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

Iceland, A True Book

ICL32
Kathleen Deady
Children's Press
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

The Problem with Chickens

ICL35
Bruce McMillan, Gunnella (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Company
2005
32
0618585818
PAPER
Literature
0
0
0
0
YOUNG READERS (Age 4-8)
A delightfully illustrated tale for young readers about a flock of chickens that overruns an Icelandic village.
$17.99

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

The Viking Codex, The Saga of Leif Eriksson

VIK44
Fiona MacDonald
Aa Balkema
2014
33
1906370621
PAPER
History
0
0
0
0
MIDDLE READERS (Age 9-12)
Featuring richly illustrated pages and many gatefolds, this children's book introduces middle readers to Eric the Red and his son Leif Eriksson (Leif the Lucky) and the Viking culture from which they sprang.
$7.95

Worth Looking For

Letters from Iceland

ICL49
W.H. Auden
Gardners Books
2002
256
0571132979
PAPER
Travel Narrative
0
0
0
1
Written with fellow poet Louis MacNiece, this quirky, under-appreciated masterpiece captures the spirit of Iceland, its people and landscapes.
$24.95