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Product Details

  • Series: Bradt Travel Guide Iceland
  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press; Second Edition edition (January 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184162361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623610
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Full of fascinating details in writing, graphics and photos, Iceland delves deeply into the country in a format that often resists depth. Evans knows the country, and it shows. But he also organizes the essential information in an easy-to-use way. It’s the combination of depth and breadth that sets this guidebook apart from many others. Evans takes his subject seriously and invites the reader in to the experience of Iceland with wit and authority.”

Judges’ comments – Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award for Best Guidebook

About the Author

Andrew Evans has travelled widely in Iceland. Author of Bradt's Ukraine, he currently maintains a nomadic existence as National Geographic's Digital Explorer.


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Bought this book for a week long vacation in Iceland.
L. Tieman
In addition to all that, the book is written with humor and is *fun* to read.
DavidStuart
When I go somewhere I like to learn as much as I can about it.
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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful By DavidStuart on June 11, 2009
Format: Paperback
We just got back from a 2-week trip to Iceland in which we circumnavigated the island by driving around the "ring road," and we found this book indispensable. We had another guide book also, but found this one far superior. It provides factual info about each town or city or district that is practical and helpful. Information is comprehensive not only for Reykjavik, but also every little town as well. Never led us wrong on restaurants, though the prices had gone up on some (presumably due to the recent financial crisis). Opening and closing times as well as phone numbers for museums and other points of interest were accurate and useful. In addition to all that, the book is written with humor and is *fun* to read. There are stories that help you understand not only the physical things you see, but also the culture and history of Iceland. This is a really fine guide book, which we strongly recommend to anyone visiting Iceland for a short or long trip.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By S. Bennett on February 28, 2008
Format: Paperback
Andrew Evans clearly knows his stuff. His guide to Iceland is at the same time comprehensive and concise, encyclopedic and to-the-point. He provides both the intrepid backpacker and the urbane traveler with everything they'll need to know about how to get the most out of a visit to this exotic little island, without going broke, getting lost, freezing or getting scalded. His tips and insights are quirkily funny, preternaturally useful and spot-on in accuracy.
Leave the "Lonely Planet" behind--this book is all you'll need, regardless of whether you're doing a 2-night stopover on your way to Europe, or a summer-long, whole-island trek.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Sheldon Bluestein on August 24, 2009
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Just got back from 12 days of camping in Iceland, including 4 days in Hornstrandir. Took this guide because it was the most recently published all-Iceland guide book.

This was my third hiking/camping trip to Iceland, and the best yet. The first trip I took a new Lonely Planet, the second a new Rough Guide, and this time Bradt and the hot-off-the-presses Baedeker Iceland Baedeker Guide (Baedeker Guides).

I wasn't too impressed. First, there are no maps of towns. Rough Guide and Lonely Planet both have them, and they are absolutely necessary. And, the area maps don't do a good job of distinguishing between dirt, gravel, and paved roads.

Second, the author does not really like camping or backpacking. He seems to spend a lot of time gushing about five-star (and also five dollar sign) hotels. Not my style.

I DID get some good tips from the book, and with more and better maps, it would give the opposition a run for their money. But right now, for camper purposes, this book falls behind the others.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jen on January 27, 2012
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So we're not going to Iceland this until the summer so for now, this is only a preliminary review of this 2nd edition. I will try to post an update post-trip:

WHY I CHOSE THIS BOOK OVER OTHERS:
Usually, I'm not overly picky about travel books. My strategy is usually to go to the used books store and pick up whatever people sold back after their travels the year before. After all, how much could have possibly changed in a year or two? Boy was I wrong! I started out with the first edition of Frommer's for Iceland. I set out on our planning, picked out tour operators and other businesses based on the information given in that book. I copied the information down and laid out our plan for traveling ring road. And then I set out to book all of our adventures. This is where I started running into problems with that book. Remember that volcano that erupted in Iceland in 2010 and set all of the northern hemisphere into turmoil? Well it affected the locals too. Combine that with the recent economic troubles and you have a few differences to cope with. Some tour operators and attractions didn't make it through the crisis, while others had to relocate due to the changing geography. I would go to a tour operator's website to make reservations and be thinking that we would make time for them on a certain day that our car was scheduled to be in that part of the country, only to find that they had relocated to the other side of the island due to volcanic activity. I was going to just stick to the classic publishers- Frommer's and Lonely Planet- and buy their latest editions but I wasn't confident that they'd be caught up to "post volcano" life. The current edition of lonely planet Iceland was released June 2010 and the Frommer's edition was released March 2011. Eyjafjallajökul erupted May 2010.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah B. on May 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
An excellent, chock-full guide written by someone who clearly spent a good deal of time not only exploring Iceland, but also getting to know the country, its history, and its people. The book's insights and recommendations were spot-on and culturally-attuned. I especially liked the suggestions of itineraries for different length visits (pp. 68-69). My friend and I went for a long weekend -- our goal was plenty of geothermal soaking, nature, and good local eats. Mission accomplished!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MonsoonKing on May 29, 2012
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This is the kind of guide book you order a couple months before your trip in order to develop a strong sense of a country's culture, history, geography, and geology. Evans is clearly intimately familiar with Iceland, and his passion for the people and the place is evident throughout the guide. While there's adequate information on hotels, restaurant, and how to get from point A to point B, the real draw of the Bradt guide are the frequent asides on folklore and history. With every location covered, Evans discusses things like how the area got it's name, it's founding and primary industries, where it appeared in the Icelandic sagas, resident historical figures, and the trolls, dragons, and sorcerers that reputedly stalk the area. There's as much discussion of the 9th century as the 20th. If you're primarily looking for a brass-tacks list of travel recommendations and advice, you'll probably be frustrated by this guide's approach.

In my opinion, the major drawbacks of this guide are as follows:
1) There are very few relevant pictures. While I don't usually need a richly illustrated guide along the lines of the "Eyewitness" series, Evans recommends many locations primarily for the grand vistas, strange rock formations, or atmospheric ocean views that are hard to visualize without any photos. You really need to read the guide with Google images at the ready. The photos included are almost all of statues, flora/fauna, and buildings.
2) There's not much of an editorial voice when it comes to recommending "must dos" and "must sees". There's a half page of "recommended itineraries" but they amount to little more than a list of the major cities along a given route.
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