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Lonely Planet Iceland (Travel Guide) Paperback – May 1, 2013

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About the Author

Fran Parnell's passion for Scandinavia began while studying for a masters degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Initial brushes with Old Norse left her swearing at the grammar book, but a strange slideshow featuring sublime Icelandic mountains and a matter-of-fact man who'd literally dug his own grave awakaned a fascination with Iceland that has just kept on growing. Since then, Fran has returned to the country as often as finances have allowed and, when not in Iceland, can read, think and dream of little else. Fran has also worked on Lonely Planet's guides to Scandinavian Europe, Sweden and Reykjavik.
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Product Details

  • Series: Travel Guide
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet; 8 edition (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1741799422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1741799422
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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(updated) I bought this guide in hopes of travel tips for my upcoming trip in March. I'm disappointed that there's little mention of winter travel, with most information for tours, accommodation, museums, etc. for May-Oct (especially considering that Icelandair presents flight deals and budget-friendly packages for the off-season travel period). The book suggests there's little offered at this time, when internet research proves otherwise (for the West, Southwest, and South of Iceland, anyway)!

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)!
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We drove the Ring Road around Iceland using the Lonely Planet book as a guide. I read three guide books, and the Lonely Planet is the best one I found; it worked well for us. Although the Lonely Planet is not as bad as the other two, all three books suffer from going into great detail about driving somewhere without telling you just where in Iceland you are. You’ll find yourself scratching your head going back and forth between the book and a map. You will need a good map; the best I found is the Iceland (Adventure Travel Map) by National Geographic. The maps in the books are marginally useful; quite often reading them is like looking at a map through a straw. Also, since these books can be updated only so often, be sure to use Internet. For example, there is a three-star hotel in Hellissandur near the tip of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The most recent edition of Lonely Planet doesn’t mention Hellissandur at all, except to say that it exists.
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I just got back from my first time in Iceland and I have to say, the Lonely Planet Guide certainly came in handy.

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.
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First of all, pre-ordering + Amazon Prime = amazing. I was so surprised at how fast the book came after it was released.

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.
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