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Lonely Planet Iceland (Travel Guide) Paperback – June 1, 2015
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- Highlights all the must-sees and should-dos
- Like all other Lonely Planet guides I've used, this is very thorough, has up-to-date and accurate information on a wide variety of destinations
- Prices and opening hours are largely accurate, but travelers should still try to confirm info online when possible (i.e., the Blue Lagoon opening hours, that sort of thing)
- Hypes up less exciting destinations... can be hard to pick out exactly where to go, though the essentials are mentioned
- Spends too much time on places no tourist should bother visiting (such as tiny towns with <1k population)
- Not exactly geared for photographers; i.e., does not attempt to highlight some of the cool waterfalls, viewpoints, or hikes that are so worth going to.
- Not enough information on hikes and more outdoorsy type activities, as compared to the Frommers easyguide
Knowing the above about Lonely Planet guides, which is true for most of the series, I still used this to plan the backbone of my trip to Iceland, and added on additional places based on additional research by word of mouth, online, and the Frommer's guide. Would highly recommend pairing this with the Frommer's guide for a more outdoorsy approach to an amazingly beautiful country. Will definitely go back to Iceland, and will definitely use this to plan my next trip.
My personal opinions/addendums:
- In 7-8 days, it is a little difficult to do the entire Ring Road, but perfectly easy to do the west, Golden Circle, and southeast. In 11-12 days, it is pretty easy to do the entire Ring Road. A section of the Ring Road in the northeast (between Egilsstadir and Myvatn) is both dirt road and a mountain pass.
- Try to rent a 4x4 (or Jeep, as Icelanders call SUVs) if possible
- Dettifoss and Selfoss are better photographically from the eastern side, which involves ~30km of bad dirt road
- Aldeyjarfoss is totally worth the ~30km of dirt road and ~5km of rocky 4x4-only F-roads
- Surtshellir offers a super unique lava cave/tube experience, though it's a long drive away from popular destinations and requires at least flashlights (though helmets and headlamp recommended)
- For US visitors, Geysir offers nothing special compared to Yellowstone
The information on interesting sights and 'must-see' places is quite extensive though. This book made it very easy to plan our trip and we can't say that we regret missing anything since everything that was listed and what we then went so see was just mind blowing (that includes excursions, food, museums, etc.). The toned down descriptions in the book actually help in that way since one doesn't go in with too high expectations but once you'll get to experience Iceland, it will take your breath away. Iceland is a beautiful country and should be on everybody's bucket list!
Drive the Ring Road! Rent a car and do it! We drove the whole thing in 21 hours, and it was a fantastic experience! Sure we would have liked to have spent more time in many places, but at least we got to see them as we read about them in Lonely Planet! Beware of the speed cameras, though... They ticket 5kph above the limit.
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Sadly there no Iceland book from Rick Stevens