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Iceland Baedeker Guide (Baedeker: Foreign Destinations) Paperback – March 12, 2012


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  • Series: Baedeker: Foreign Destinations
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marco Polo Travel Publishing; Fol Pap/Ma edition (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3829766165
  • ISBN-13: 978-3829766166
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,910,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Baedeker; the most famous and cherished travel brand in the world is now adding this exciting new title to its innovative series. This superb full-colour, illustrated guide features 3D laminated cut-outs to show you the key sights in perspective and a large, fully-indexed, pull-out map.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Bluestein on August 24, 2009
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Just got back from Iceland and took this guide plus the Bradt guide Iceland (Bradt Travel Guide). I liked this book, once I got used to the way it's organized. This is also the very most current Iceland guide book, and seems to be the only one that includes post-Crash information.

The book has many quality color pictures, printed on high quality paper. A nicer look than many others, but it also has good information.

That information is organized not area-by-area, and then town-by-town, but rather alphabetically, by topics that could be as large as the Western Fjords or as small as Seydisfjordur. However, that was the way we traveled: Hornstrandir, Western Fjords, Snaefellsnes, and then the Golden Circle. My wife liked the pictures and the text, I liked its overall "tone" and advice.

The book also includes a decent all-Iceland map in the back pocket, but that map is only good for planning, and is NOT adequate for driving around.

I don't regard this as the ONLY guidebook you should take: I would want a Lonely Planet or Rough Guide as well (for maps of towns and overall comprehensive treatment of the country).

One small note: on page 304 they say ferry service to Hornstrandir has stopped. That may have been true during the dark days in Fall 2008, but the boats are running on schedule in 2009.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HG on August 16, 2012
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Although Amazon's Web site indicates this was published in 2012, that's misleading. This is a 2009 version of the guidebook. When I got the book and saw this, I contacted Amazon, who assured me this WAS a 2012 edition; I didn't believe that and contacted Baedeker directly about it. Baedeker said: "You are right, there is not a 2012 version. What has happened is that the book was published in the UK in 2009, however we began distributing the title in the USA in 2012 - thus the date they have on the system is when they started selling it in the American market."

After realizing this was not a recent guidebook (I have purchased several Iceleand guidebooks that are more recent), I thought I should return it. However, I looked through it to see if it was worth keeping. In just about a half hour of skimming it, I found so many mistakes in their page references (e.g., "see page 187," but the info is actually on 193), and very limited information about lodging and dining, etc., that I decided to go ahead and return it. In fact, this book seems to have much less information about all the towns than I'm finding in other guidebooks. Like most of these books, it has a small language section with some common Icelandic phrases, but no pronunciation guide. (I can't seem to find a good Icelandic dictionary and/or pronunciation guide.)

I have purchased Frommers (2011), Bradt (2011), and Insight Guides (2011) guides for Iceland, and have an older Lonely Planet Iceland guide book. None of these seems like a great guidebook on its own--they all have pros and cons and different information, but they all seem better overall than the Baedeker. If I had to pick ONE book, I'd go with Bradt (it's "common phrases" section has a pronunciation guide!).
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