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Iceland (National Geographic Adventure Map) Map – Folded Map, March 4, 2016
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I read the reviews of this map (obviously not closely enough) before I purchased it and thought that the negative reviews were perhaps due to folks needing more detail on minor roads and the like. We would be sticking to well established roads so i thought there would be no problems for us. After all if it's a NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC map, they're experts in adventure right? And this is called an ADVENTURE MAP so I didn't expect major flaws in the map when it came to the main roads. I was wrong.
On several occasions we were disappointed with the lack of detail in the map, that's a small headache and a problem but when driving in a country like Iceland you should expect some flaws as roads do change etc.. the minor stuff we didn't have a problem with and we figured things out as we went. What is unacceptable is that there are main roads on this map that are listed COMPLETELY OFF THE MARK from where they really are located. The inaccuracies cost us dearly one day as we wasted nearly half the day trying to get back on track after being thrown off course because of the map.
If you are planning a trip to Iceland that involves driving do yourself a favor and purchase a different map.
The map is water resistant. This is important in Iceland.
It's fold resistant. That is, it withstood a lot of folding without tearing or fading.
Almost every farm, village, and attraction is listed.
The map delineates between paved and unpaved roads, and also Icelandic "F" roads. This is important if you are travelling in a vehicle that does not have all-wheel-drive, because a lot of roads that the Icelanders consider to be for "passenger vehicles" are actually only passable during two months of the year.
You can't see the entire country on one side. This requires annoying flopping around of the map as you cross over. This happens more then you might think because none of the roads in Iceland go in straight lines.
It's not clear what units some of the measurements are in. I eventually concluded that elevation markings were in meters.
There were a few places (okay, maybe two) where the way that the roads intersected was not consistent with how they were drawn on the map.
Here are my issues with the map:
1) I consistently find the distances listed do not agree with those listed on the road signs. The signed distances are accurate , the distances listed on the map are usually inflated.
2) The visual or spatial depictions are often wrong. A road intersection that is depicted as being very close to an earlier intersection is sometimes several kilometers distant.
3) The bigger towns seemed to be listed correctly on the map. For smaller features and landmarks, the places listed on the map are just not there. Conversely, things and places I find on the ground are not listed on the map.
Didn't realize the map came with one half of country on front side and second half on back.
Took to Iceland for a ten day trip and was very pleased with how tough and water resistant it was,
Now a treasured keepsake of our adventure.