Suggested Reading List
Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A Cruising Guide - British Isles, Faroes, Norway, Iceland, Southern Greenland, Newfoundland
Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell
Description: 'Bradt Travel Guides simply have the best wildlife coverage of any of the popular guide books.' BBC Wildlife 'Recommended reading' Wanderlust.
Tony Soper has written over a dozen books on birds and other natural history topics, including Antarctica: A Guide to the Wildlife. Nowadays, he leads expeditions in small ships in search of ocean-going seabirds, whales and the wildlife of remote islands. Dan Powell is a full-time wildlife artist best known for his studies of birds. He is also the illustrator of The Arctic: A Guide to Coastal Wildlife. In 1996, he received the British Birds' award for Bird Illustrator of the Year.
Faroe Islands (Bradt Travel Guides)
Author: James Proctor
Description: James Proctor is a travel writer and former BBC journalist specialising in European affairs. He visits the Faroe Islands frequently and describes his knowledge of the islands as 'exhaustive'.
The Sagas of the Icelanders
Author: Jane Smiley
Description: In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world’s great literary treasures – as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.
Iceland (Bradt Travel Guide)
Author: Andrew Evans
Description: Not just for those looking to glimpse glaciers or wallow in hot springs, Bradt’s new edition of this award-winning guide to Iceland caters to the outdoor enthusiast as well as those who share Andrew Evans' passion for the country’s rich Viking traditions and history. Learn when to use each one of the eight Icelandic words for sheep, how to avoid injury from dive-bombing Arctic terns, or the connections between present-day sites and Iceland’s rich literary tradition of sagas. Biking, trekking, deep-sea and river fishing, horse-riding, glacier exploration, Reykjavík’s wild nightlife – it’s all covered.
The Giant's Causeway: And the North Antrim Coast
Author: Philip Watson
Description: The Giant's Causeway on Ireland's north Antrim coast is a place where myth and science meet. For over 300 years visitors have pondered the choice between giants and geology to explain this natural and cultural wonder.
From tales of the Irish giant, Finn MacCool, and his building of the huge stone causeway, to the ancient and mysterious cooling of lava to form the basalt columns, The Giant's Causeway takes the reader on an illustrated tour of the history, folklore, people, geology, wildlife, and stunning landscape of this unique place.