- Series: Lonely Planet Iceland
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 4th edition (May 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0864426860
- ISBN-13: 978-0864426864
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 5.1 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #700,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Iceland, Greenland & the Faroe Islands Paperback – May, 2001
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The authors know where the "odd" things are to be found. Thanks to them, I located strange stuff which isn't on the average tourist's agenda: geothermal areas, bubbling sulfurous mud pots, Asian restaurants (in Iceland!), cemeteries. I experienced some lovely, desolate terrain where no one was to be found for miles and miles.
But, then again, that's why this is the "Lonely Planet" guide!
This guide, like other ones published by Lonely Planet, is clearly oriented toward the type of tourist who backpacks and/or hitch-hikes. Nonetheless, it still has much use for the independent tourist who prefers hotels to huts and cars to cabins. Just pick a place and start exploring. Their detailed maps and descriptions won't lead you astray.
A special bonus provided with of Lonely Planet books is the company's "eKno" service, which allows one to call nearly anywhere in the world from anywhere in the world, with tolls automatically debuted from a prepaid account. eKno also allows one to listen to one's email messages. Toll-free access numbers are available in most countries. eKno cards come with Lonely Planet books, ready to be activated. I've found this service extremely valuable when calling from Europe to the US.
I cite my own experience because I clearly fall into the target readership for this book. Car travelers aren't the intended audience, and may be disappointed. This book presumes (as do I, even at age 49) that the best way to see Iceland is afoot, a-pedal, or on one of that nation's wonderful backcountry bus routes. If you're not prepared to carry a backpack onto or off of the buses, you'll probably prefer another guidebook.
My main quibble is with the maps, which were hard to locate when I wanted them, and not very detailed. But you can get great maps in Reykjavik, so that's only a minor problem.
Although some folks prefer not to plan their trips ahead of time, the high cost of travel in Iceland combined with early sellouts of daytrips outside of Reykjavik necessitate some planning before arrival. This book contains more of the relevant details than the others.
While other books have more pictures, LP Iceland is the only one I've seen that contains enough specific facts on where to inquire about activities/meals/daytrips/etc to keep from wasting 1-2 expensive days after arrival figuring out what to do.
The additional sections on daytrips to Greenland and the Faroes are also particularly useful as planning tools.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an older addition so I'm sure the information might be changed.Published 11 months ago by meow
The combination of Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands is a good country trio. Travelers going to Greenland and/or the Faroe will probably be passing through Iceland, and... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by Lora C.
The LP Iceland, Greenland and Faroes book reviewed here is now outdated. It has been superseded by specific books on Greenland and on Iceland while if you're looking for the latest... Read morePublished on August 23, 2007 by Eric Groat
I don't think this book ever left my hand from the moment I stepped off the plane at Keflavik Airport until I loaded my bags into the Flybus for the return trip. Read morePublished on August 15, 2004 by Heather McDonough
Iceland is famous for its millions of seabirds, especially puffins, that nest on the cliffs and shores. Read morePublished on September 27, 2003 by Joan F.
I have for sometime been an enthusiatic user of Lonely Planet guides for travels in Asia and in Europe. Read morePublished on September 6, 2003 by Peter Nansen
I bought this book just before I came to live in Iceland and it has helped tremendously. I never leave the house without it, because it has everything from off-season places to... Read morePublished on February 28, 2003
I count on Lonely Planet to help make my travels a success. This book is another winner.Published on August 29, 2002 by Terry Wollin