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Lonely Planet Iceland (Travel Guide) Paperback – May 1, 2013
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There's only a little bit of information on tour companies, with about a dozen listed in the Reykjavik section, and a rundown of each. That was a little reassuring, but internet research and tripadvisor reviews will prove to be more helpful. Not much information on the road conditions in late-Winter/early-Spring and whether it is recommended to rent a car and drive during this time period. (It is possible to rent a car, but is it unwise?--internet suggests car rental in March could be okay) (Is it risky to rely on the public bus to other cities in March?--internet suggests yes). The internet is proving to be more fruitful with winter traveling - look at tripadvisor forums, blogs, there's a website with current road conditions...
In the end we've decided to rent a car for most of the trip, as it gives us more freedom, and go with a company on 1-2 tours. Between two people touring by car comes out to the same as the medium-large tours, if not less. That is including the cost of gas. I will keep on with the google research for my trip, and I may keep this book for the descriptions of places. I'll definitely want Lonely Planet Iceland for when I one day take a summer trip (best: car rental and camping)!
I flew in to Reykjavik then picked up the rental car and drove clockwise around the Ring Road. Lonely Planet never let me down and made it easy to plan ahead by deciding where to go and what to see. As I purchased the eBook, it was easier still to take it with me since it doesn't add any weight to my iPad. :-)
Highlighting passages in the book for later reference was easy and handy. The links to the table of contents were good and the built-in maps, for the most part, were adequately detailed to be useful. If you have a data connection you can also link to Google Maps for certain highlights, but Google Maps in Iceland is somewhat lacking in detail and not 100% accurate.
My main complaint with this guide is that it's a bit hard to follow where certain places are. If you've never been to a place and are unfamiliar with the local geography, the reading about a village or significant site without placing it on the map is a bit difficult. For this reason I wish LP had put more links in the eBook. Ideally I'd like to see the name of a place as a link. When you touch it, a pop-up map should come up with the right place highlighted. This would make using the eBook so much easier.
My other peeve with the book is that it doesn't always do things in the same order. I drove the Ring Road clockwise, but you could just as easily do it counterclockwise. And I think most people going to Iceland will tend to do the Ring Road in one direction or the other. It should follow then that the book should list places in more or less clockwise or counterclockwise order. For the most part they do actually do this, but not always which was annoying.Read more ›
I bought this book for my upcoming trip to Iceland in July. I have already done a lot of planning using Trip Adviser, forums, and an old LP I got from the library.
Just paging through this book, I can tell that it will be a lot of help on our trip. It is organized really well by areas of the country, and there are a lot of specific discussions about traveling in different ways, like planning a trip around the Ring Road or different outdoor activities. There are also a few different itineraries for DIY travelers.
The maps look very clear and the pictures are beautiful. I will have to update my review after we get back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book arrived fast enough. I bought the latest edition and some of the tips were not so accurate, but stillPublished 1 day ago by Netta
Very helpful in planning my vacation. Lots of little hidden gems in here.Published 2 months ago by hop_to_it1230
I liked reading it before we left for Iceland and reviewing it once we got back. Never used it there... we just asked locals what to do\where to go.Published 4 months ago by Danielle Airaghi
Among the different travel guides, I prefer Lonely Planet. They are so practical and helpful with the information and guides that I need.Published 5 months ago by Coral Charm
Kinda useful, but lots of gaps. We drove out from Reyjkavik to Vik and the book is very weak on all the sights and attractions that exist along that short route, for sure.Published 9 months ago by Jimmy Mac
This was a remarkably helpful book, pointing out main attractions and undiscovered ones. Good maps. Easy to use. Thorough.
Well done Lonely Planet.
Skip this. Once you get there , the local tourist information, local free guide books, and signage have tons more data available.Published 10 months ago by Kristian K.