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Low on detail
on May 26, 2012
I just got back from a two-week vacation in Iceland during which I used the Bradt Iceland guide in conjunction with the Rough Guide. While the Bradt guide has plenty of information on culture and history and some good recommendations, it is sorely lacking in useful details, such as maps, accurate opening hours, and most of all, addresses. The name of a great restaurant is not particularly useful when there is no address. Moreover, the book has very few maps, and the maps it does have are insufficient. For example, Hofn is a relatively large town (by Icelandic standards), but there is no map, so even for those restaurants for which there is an address, you have no idea how to get there. There are maps of Reykjavik, but unlike the Rough Guide, this book did not thoroughly mark its restaurant and accommodations recommendations on the map. Telling me that there is a place to eat at Grensasvegur 10 does not help when the maps don't show Grensasvegur. The Bradt guide is fine for trip planning - it tells you where to go and what to see - but for logistical purposes, get something else.
I will also add that like all guide books, pricing information is very out of date. This book was no worse than others in that respect. Also, keep in mind that even though the publication date is in 2012 (the main reason why I chose this one in the first place), some information is still out of date, e.g. the "How to Get There" section for the Westman Islands lists Westmann Airlines as the flight provider, but that company went out of business in 2010, according to Wikipedia. The ferry information is also not valid.