- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Birlinn; 2 edition (April 21, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1846971306
- ISBN-13: 978-1846971303
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,130,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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True North: Travels in Arctic Europe Paperback – May 5, 2010
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About the Author
Gavin Francis Was Born In Fife And Currently Lives In Edinburgh. His Interest In History And Travel Has Seen Him Pass Through Europe, India, Africa And South America As Well As Spending A Year On A Remote Base In Antarctica. His Latest Travel Plan Is To Travel By Motorbike From Edinburgh To New Zealand With His Wife.
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Gavin Francis has succeeded in weaving many stories of the north together into an enjoyable account of his spring-to-autumn tour across mainly empty spaces connected by a few dots populated by true northerners. He doesn't make himself sound like a pretentious explorer, a trap it's all too easy to fall into. Traveling in the Arctic north is really easy, as long as you're willing to endure some harsh weather and dress appropriately. This book should convince you that it's something you can do, and maybe also that it's something you should do, just to see something that is quite different from continental Europe.
There are a few minor bugs in the book, like naming Finland as part of Scandinavia, and some faulty spellings of the names of some of the places, but all in all the book seems well investigated, and written with a most open and tolerant view of everything the writer encounters on his way. It's well written and quite informative, a great start if you're considering traveling to this part of the world, but you don't really know anything about it just yet.