Suggested Reading List
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our best-selling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the circumpolar north.
Birds of Europe
Author: Lars Svensson
Description: Featuring 3,500 glorious paintings by Killian Mullarney and Dan Zetterstrom, the second revised edition of this exquisite guide has been brought up to date with revised text and maps.
Frost on My Moustache, The Arctic Exploits of a Lord and a Loafer
Author: Tim Moore
Description: In this inspired folly, a British comic heads to Iceland, Spitsbergen and other northern locales in pursuit of a fictitious Arctic hero.
Iceland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Society
Description: A detailed, double-sided traveler's map at a scale of 1:465,000 by National Geographic.
Iceland, Land of the Sagas
Author: Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts
Description: Krakauer and colleague David Roberts hike and climb around Iceland in this classic travel narrative, reissued as a paperback and featuring Krakauer's color photographs. The book interweaves the natural and cultural history of the island with the authors' own adventures.
Independent People, An Epic
Author: Halldor Laxness
Description: Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
Insight Guide Iceland
Author: Insight Guides
Description: With wonderful photographs, maps and essays.
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Description: Indridason's first moody police procedural finds Reykjavik detective Erlendur Sveinsson investigating the brutal murder of a lonely pensioner, and the man's connection to the deaths of a number of young women. Made into a darkly superb film.
Last Places, A Journey in the North
Author: Lawrence Millman, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
Description: Millman explores the culture and history of the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in this often-hilarious account of his travels in the wake of the ancient Vikings.
Lonely Planet Iceland
Author: Deanna Swaney
Description: This concise guide to Iceland includes short essays on history, culture and attractions and plenty of practical travel information.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
Author: John Haywood
Description: The history of the Vikings told through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. This book traces the route of the 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and on to the New World.
Pocket Guide to the Birds of Britain and North-West Europe
Author: Chris Kightley
Description: A compact field-friendly guide to the birds found in the British Isles and the Faroes, Scandinavia and Northwest Europe.
Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History
Author: Terry G. Lacy
Description: A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland.
The Control of Nature
Author: John McPhee
Description: In the classic McPhee tradition, these sparkling essays explore our generally feeble attempts to combat all-powerful nature, including valient efforts by Icelanders to control the flow of a volcano across the harbor at Heimaey in the Westman Islands.
The History of Iceland
Author: Gunnar Karlsson
Description: A history of Iceland from the Viking era through colonization, independence and the 20th century. Karlsson draws on the sagas and rich literature of Iceland in presenting this comprehensive history.
The Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Jane Smiley (Introduction), Robert Kellog (Illustrator)
Description: Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated. With an introduction by Jane Smiley.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
Author: Yves Cohat
Description: An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations. It tells of the Norse homeland, discoveries and settlements, and features a useful chronology and excerpts from the Viking Sagas. Part of the "Discoveries" series.
Under the Glacier
Author: Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (Translator)
Description: Laxness brings the full range of his wit, humor, humanity and imagination to this strange, rather sleight, and amusing book, in which a Church of Iceland envoy travels inland to investigate the strange goings-on in a remote parish.
Volcanoes, Fire From the Earth
Author: Maurice Krafft
Description: By the great French volcanologist (who died on the job on Mount Unzen in Japan in 1992), this pocket guide features hundreds of full-color paintings and traces the study of volcanoes from early myth and legend to modern science.