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Lonely Planet Iceland (Country Guide) Paperback – May 16, 2017
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Alexis Averbuck nació en Oakland (California) y se graduó por la Universidad de Harvard. Ha viajado y vivido por todo el mundo: Sri Lanka, India, México, Zanzíbar, Europa y la Antártida. En los últimos años ha vivido en Hidra (Grecia), dedicándose a explorar su tierra de acogida; a viajar a Francia para probar las ostras de la Bretaña y pasear por los pueblecitos que encumbran colinas provenzales; y a adentrarse en campos de lava, fiordos centelleantes y lenguas de glaciar en Islandia. Alexis, que lleva más de dos décadas trabajando de escritora de viajes y colaborando con Lonely Planet, ha vivido un año en la Antártida, ha cruzado el Pacífico en velero y ha escrito libros sobre sus viajes por Asia, Europa y las Américas. También aparece en vídeos y programas de televisión fomentando los viajes y las aventuras, y es pintora. Más en www.alexisaverbuck.com.
- Publisher : Lonely Planet; 10th edition (May 16, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 424 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786574713
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786574718
- Item Weight : 12.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.04 x 0.83 x 7.76 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #433,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most of the information appeared to be accurate and was somewhat useful, and the guide's real value may be more apparent if you are planning a trip that lasts over a week, during the summer (I was only there for 4 days in March); ... Regardless, my issues with the guide came down to this - - Reviews of specific sites or establishments seemed to start with the assumption that everything was awesome, even when it was not. Example - The town of Vik is described as a "booming hub for a very beautiful portion of the south coast". While this may have some truth to it, and every traveler's perception is obviously going to be different, I found everything in Vik to be set-up a way that takes advantage of a HUGE supply and demand disconnect. (e.g. $350/ night for a very basic hotel room, not in the busy season; only 2-3 restaurant choices in town with 45-60 min waits for a table, entree like a basic pizza or Chinese chicken and rice for one @ $30+, etc.. in VERY basic establishments... and really no apparent "local" dishes.) This isn't intended as a review of Vik as a destination.. and I would not necessarily steer someone to another town if they wanted to visit the area... but it is an example where the guide could have done better, ... which seemed to be repeated throughout.
Restaurant reviews vs reality were similar for all of the places that we tried in Reykjavik.
There are also very positive-sounding reviews for the hotels immediately adjacent to the Blue Lagoon (and, by association ,the idea of staying in the that immediate location). In this case, we only visited the area and did not stay overnight; but I can't imagine that a hotel near the Blue Lagoon would good choice for any type of traveler.
Bottom-line - Go to Iceland.. maybe even buy this book.. just modulate your expectations.
Places to stay change daily, and WiFi is everywhere, so use travel apps for that stuff. Will definitely take this book on my next trip to Iceland.