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Discover Iceland Test the echo while swimming in warm blue waters inside a Volcano at Viti crater. Play the wild thing and join the runtur, a mad pub-crawl around Reykjavik's progressive nightlife. Break the silence as you roar across Vatnajokull icecap on a snowmobile. See the fjords in a new light on a guided midnight kayaking tour. In This Guide: Two expert authors and ove Discover Iceland Test the echo while swimming in warm blue waters inside a Volcano at Viti crater. Play the wild thing and join the runtur, a mad pub-crawl around Reykjavik's progressive nightlife. Break the silence as you roar across Vatnajokull icecap on a snowmobile. See the fjords in a new light on a guided midnight kayaking tour. In This Guide: Two expert authors and over 800 hours of on-the-ground research. New inspirational itineraries for chasing the northern lights or finding a summer spot to whitewater raft. Get an Icelander's perspective on immigration, religion and the current music scene in an all-new Culture chapter.


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Discover Iceland Test the echo while swimming in warm blue waters inside a Volcano at Viti crater. Play the wild thing and join the runtur, a mad pub-crawl around Reykjavik's progressive nightlife. Break the silence as you roar across Vatnajokull icecap on a snowmobile. See the fjords in a new light on a guided midnight kayaking tour. In This Guide: Two expert authors and ove Discover Iceland Test the echo while swimming in warm blue waters inside a Volcano at Viti crater. Play the wild thing and join the runtur, a mad pub-crawl around Reykjavik's progressive nightlife. Break the silence as you roar across Vatnajokull icecap on a snowmobile. See the fjords in a new light on a guided midnight kayaking tour. In This Guide: Two expert authors and over 800 hours of on-the-ground research. New inspirational itineraries for chasing the northern lights or finding a summer spot to whitewater raft. Get an Icelander's perspective on immigration, religion and the current music scene in an all-new Culture chapter.

30 review for Iceland

  1. 5 out of 5

    Paula Bear

    My husband and I, along with two friends just returned from a 13 day ring road trip around the country of Iceland. Iceland is Stunning. I read this book front to back over the summer and then we brought it with us on our trip. It was a huge help, we basically planned our entire trip off this book and then used it while in Iceland to help narrow down where to eat and shop. It is well organized and easy to use. The maps in each section also were a great highlight and reference for quick checks wh My husband and I, along with two friends just returned from a 13 day ring road trip around the country of Iceland. Iceland is Stunning. I read this book front to back over the summer and then we brought it with us on our trip. It was a huge help, we basically planned our entire trip off this book and then used it while in Iceland to help narrow down where to eat and shop. It is well organized and easy to use. The maps in each section also were a great highlight and reference for quick checks while we were driving. We used lots of sticky notes to help map out our trip. No travel book can be perfect, however, as a lot of the important sights can be opinion based. These were the few things I felt the book missed. -Gjain: This place was barely mentioned in the book, it was a small paragraph noting it as a small oasis and Game of Thrones filming location. The only reason we stopped here was because it was within walking distance of Stöng (viking ruins). Gjain was gorgeous, it was unlike any of the other waterfall places we had been (and there are A LOT in Iceland) you can do a full 360 and have waterfalls in every view. It was also one of the most plant and tree heavy places we went (and we drove around the entire country). -Driving: This was probably this biggest frustration I had with this book. I felt like I couldn't get clear answers on where I could and couldn't drive with a 4x4. Sometimes the book said it was required, other times the book said even a 4x4 couldn't get you there and you need to hire a guide (for the same location). I ended up having to read a couple blogs and travel question sites to get a clear answer on this. It also did not prepare us for the nasty roads into the West Fjords: Hair pin turns on gravel roads, steep grades, at one point it was a 16% incline & 15% decline, the roads are narrow and you may have to pull over for the local truck drivers, and it's all on cliffs with no guard rails. Not a fun surprise. -Weather: There is very little information about the weather in Iceland. Part of this I am sure is because of how unpredictable and quick it is to change, but this book offers barely anything. -Shops: Some of the places that are rated highly to visit, just ended up being a disappointment for us. My best example was in Akureyri. The book lists the Geysir souvenir shop as a highly rated spot to stop. We stopped in the city specifically for this, and were extremely disappointed. It was mostly a clothing store with an emphasis on leather and wool goods that were extremely expensive. There is also a larger store in Reykjavik, which should have been a comment. This also happened in Borgarnes with another shop for us as well. Expectation is the root of all disappointment I guess. I will note that this book was written in 2014, and advertised for 2015, and we went in 2016. For most places this probably isn't that big of a deal, but Iceland's tourism is rapidly increasing and there for so are the accommodations for tourists. Some of the information was a little outdated. What I did really like about the book is the historical or relevant information that was included with most sights, as well as resources and links to find more information. The book did not lead us astray on the food places it recommended. It also listed some sights that were not really advertised that ended up being some of our favorite spots, Landmannalaugar being one of our treasures, the arctic fox center, and several of the geothermal pools. Overall this book was worth every penny and I would highly recommend to anyone travelling to Iceland, with the disclaimer of doing some extra research on the side. Reading blogs of other travels was very helpful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Etienne

    Great travel guide that is going to be really helpful planing my summer trip to Iceland. Well organized, lots of important and interesting info, good maps. Well done!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abby

    Candid and helpful resource for us while planning our first trip to Iceland. I haven't read another Iceland guidebook yet, so I have nothing to compare it with, but I liked its easy reference format and its tongue-in-cheek perspective. It impresses me that a guidebook like this is so much more valuable and helpful than Google when planning a trip to an unfamiliar country.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    An amazing guide to a spectacularly beautiful country!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kirsty

    We took this on our trip to Iceland last year, and found it a fantastic resource. Not only does it extensively cover Reykjavik; there are sections on every Icelandic district, as well as ideas for planning your trip.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    An excellent guide so far, we'll see how I feel about it after the trip to Iceland ;)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Judith

    So excited for my trip!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    I thought I would never finish this book! I am off to Iceland next week and I read this entire book. Unfortunately the time of year we are going a lot of areas are off limits due to icy conditions. So I paid particular attention to the places I think we can go. Anyway, this is an incredibly detailed book about all aspects of Iceland. Despite its small size and sparse population, this island has so much to offer culturally and scenically. It is gorgeous with staggering waterfalls, calderas, boili I thought I would never finish this book! I am off to Iceland next week and I read this entire book. Unfortunately the time of year we are going a lot of areas are off limits due to icy conditions. So I paid particular attention to the places I think we can go. Anyway, this is an incredibly detailed book about all aspects of Iceland. Despite its small size and sparse population, this island has so much to offer culturally and scenically. It is gorgeous with staggering waterfalls, calderas, boiling mud hot spots, geothermic pools, active and inactive volcanoes and so much more. The writers insisted that at parts of the Westfjords and the Northeast coast makes it feel like you are at the edge of the earth. Iceland is not technically part of the arctic, it is just South of the arctic circle. The islet of Grimsley is the only part that is in the arctic. The writers of this guide split Iceland into sections. This way you can plan your trip by going to whatever area you want, or you can read straight through like I did. Just make sure you have highlighters and book marks. I wish there were more pictures, but I guess with Iceland you just have to be there. I think the book did a really good job discussing basic cultural things with advice how to not be insensitive. Apparently a lot of Icelanders believe in trolls and hidden people but they don't like to be asked about it because they don't like to be made fun of. I am a person who loves folklore and I could see myself asking someone about it with genuine interest. Now I know not to. Iceland is a weird place that builds weird stories and festivals and music and this book gave a great introduction. The only complaint I had was it seemed like place names would show up but then not be repeated or there wouldn't be enough details. I got a little lost sometimes. But it is a reference book so I can always go back. Unfortunately for me the new version of this guide comes out in June, and I am going at the end of April. Oh well. I hope the information is still accurate.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anders Petersen

    If you are going to Iceland, I highly recommend this travel guide. Although people have complained, about it now having enough pictures, I don't think that matters to this book. I am travelling to Iceland this Winter, and having read the chapter with Reykjavik, I feel like I am ready to take on Iceland. It really have all the details, I find supply-able for a journey. It has both restaurants, points of interest, places to see like museums and galleries etc. It doesn't only contain details of Reykja If you are going to Iceland, I highly recommend this travel guide. Although people have complained, about it now having enough pictures, I don't think that matters to this book. I am travelling to Iceland this Winter, and having read the chapter with Reykjavik, I feel like I am ready to take on Iceland. It really have all the details, I find supply-able for a journey. It has both restaurants, points of interest, places to see like museums and galleries etc. It doesn't only contain details of Reykjavik, but also of other parts of Iceland. I must admit, it really awoken my interest for travelling to Iceland in the summer time, to experience the West Fjords and attain the various festivals. I'm glad I bought this book, I wouldn't be without it, when I am leaving. If you are going to Iceland, or have an interest in seeing it, buy this book. 9/10

  10. 5 out of 5

    A.

    Generally, this was good. Lonely Planet is not my favorite travel guide, but it is always more than adequate. I wish it addressed winter travel more. I also felt like it could be a lot longer and explore some more things outside of Reykjavik. I felt like a lot of the sights were the same types of things over and over. Usually in a tour book I find a lot of things I am wild about doing and also a bunch of things that are somewhat less interesting to me, but most of this felt like it fell in the m Generally, this was good. Lonely Planet is not my favorite travel guide, but it is always more than adequate. I wish it addressed winter travel more. I also felt like it could be a lot longer and explore some more things outside of Reykjavik. I felt like a lot of the sights were the same types of things over and over. Usually in a tour book I find a lot of things I am wild about doing and also a bunch of things that are somewhat less interesting to me, but most of this felt like it fell in the middle somewhere without a lot of variation. But maybe it just really is all hiking and is more fun in person than to read about. :) Either way, it was still very helpful and I am excited for my trip! (And I will be checking out more guides.)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Ryne Torri

    I recently used this book for a week long trip I took with my wife to Iceland. I found the information accurate and helpful. The Lonely Planet series always does a great job of giving historical tidbits. This book was no exception. I highly recommend buying a copy before visiting Iceland. As an aside, do not try to see all of Iceland in one trip. Focus on a particular area, and you will thoroughly enjoy taking your time in that area. This book will help you decide what area is best for you. (Not I recently used this book for a week long trip I took with my wife to Iceland. I found the information accurate and helpful. The Lonely Planet series always does a great job of giving historical tidbits. This book was no exception. I highly recommend buying a copy before visiting Iceland. As an aside, do not try to see all of Iceland in one trip. Focus on a particular area, and you will thoroughly enjoy taking your time in that area. This book will help you decide what area is best for you. (Note: I personally loved the southern part of Iceland, especially Heimaey!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Miranda

    Useful and exhaustive guide to visiting Iceland for a wide range of budgets (SPOILER: Iceland is expensive no matter what). Great suggestions, useful maps, phrases, etc. etc. If you are planning a trip this is indispensable. The ending will surprise you!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I got this book to be my companion on an Iceland trip in late March. It was useful for finding beautiful sites to visit and yummy food to eat. I would recommend it to others, and I will use it again when I get back here some summer!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    woohoo! excited for my trip. thought this was a nice primer to Icelandic culture and history, and plan to check out the referenced books and films at some point in the next few months. left lots of bookmarks.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lea

    If you're going to Iceland download this book onto your kindle app- I really appreciated being able to click the links to websites and google maps directions. I expected some of the info to be out of date and that was the case but it still came in handy.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    20150730 ◊ It's Iceland. READ THIS BOOK AND GO.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ninja Neko

    This is the 2015 edition - the new 2017 one came out just as we left for our trip, so missed out on that one. Still pretty good when it comes to attractions and some of the restaurants, but bear in mind that the prices have risen so much over those last few years... We also found the maps somewhat lacking (a common problem with Lonely Planet in my experience). And the order of chapters was quite odd, didn't follow either the clockwise or anticlockwise ringroad order so had to flip back & forth a This is the 2015 edition - the new 2017 one came out just as we left for our trip, so missed out on that one. Still pretty good when it comes to attractions and some of the restaurants, but bear in mind that the prices have risen so much over those last few years... We also found the maps somewhat lacking (a common problem with Lonely Planet in my experience). And the order of chapters was quite odd, didn't follow either the clockwise or anticlockwise ringroad order so had to flip back & forth a lot. If you go camping it's better to check online for a map of spots, but this guide is a good one for the sightseeing along the way.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This is the 2015 version, apparently a newer one was just released. This travel book had a lot of good information, but the organization was confusing. It mostly followed a clock-wise orientation around the island, but not always. Things were often hard to find within each chapter, and the "personal details" like "talk to this particular person" seemed a bit odd. We used this book to get an overview of each area of the island, but found internet sources were better and more accurate when plannin This is the 2015 version, apparently a newer one was just released. This travel book had a lot of good information, but the organization was confusing. It mostly followed a clock-wise orientation around the island, but not always. Things were often hard to find within each chapter, and the "personal details" like "talk to this particular person" seemed a bit odd. We used this book to get an overview of each area of the island, but found internet sources were better and more accurate when planning our actual itinerary.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    I thought I would be able to find everything I needed to know about where to go from apps. Nope. Iceland is so full of wonder and splendor, you really do need a guide to flip through and narrow it all down. The background and other insights about the country made the experience of being there all that more interesting.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    I planned most of my trip with this book. I know it's not the latest edition, so I expect some changes from what I read, but I always double check info, just in case. If you only had to read one book to prepare for a trip to Iceland, I would say this one!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Patience

    Interesting information which was accurate and useful on the trip.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Excellent resource for traveling to Iceland. Very accurate.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I'm just disappointed I don't have the same book cover as the one shown here.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Thomas

    Excellent guide and encourages you to do Iceland independently not on a tour bus.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Julie Shuff

    Very useful in planning our trip, if not the most pocket sized. Smaller than a lot of other lonely planet guides though. You will visibly see other tourists carrying this book around.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    The travel book we took this year to Iceland. Recommend Highly.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ruben

    Seriously helpful on my honeymoon trip to Iceland. Just nice to have in tangible form and to use as a reference and note-taking place for our travels. Now it's a nice keepsake from the trip too!

  28. 4 out of 5

    amelia forcina

    No demented birds! We want more demented birds on a mountain kissing kissing poo book we don't give about writing we want demented birds

  29. 4 out of 5

    J.

    Lot's of information for a first time visit. Will be interested to compare this information to the actual trip.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marcia

    I love the LP travel books. I hope to get to Iceland for the Ring Rd some day.

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