- Series: Travel Guide
- Paperback: 424 pages
- Publisher: Lonely Planet; 10 edition (May 16, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1786574713
- ISBN-13: 978-1786574718
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 109 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lonely Planet Iceland (Travel Guide) Paperback – May 16, 2017
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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.
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.