Suggested Reading List
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
Author: Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
Description: A comprehensive pocket guide to commonly encountered marine mammals, seabirds and other marine life of Northeastern North America, from North Carolina to Newfoundland and the Canadian Maritimes.
A History of Scandinavia: Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland
Author: T.K Derry
Description: Scandinavia from prehistory to the present with chapters on the Viking and Lutheran kingdoms, medieval times, monarchies, the World Wars and modern period, emphasizing the common cultural, political and social backgrounds.
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.
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, 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.
Knopf Mapguide Edinburgh
Author: Knopf Guides
Description: A handy set of full color, ingeniously folded maps, each indicating favorite sites, shops, restaurants and attractions.
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.
Moon Handbook Atlantic Canada
Author: Mark Morris
Description: A comprehensive guide to New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island. With regional maps and detailed descriptions of St. John's and other points of interest, along with an overview of the people, wildlife and history of the region.
My Famous Evening: Nova Scotia Sojourns, Diaries and Preoccupations
Author: Howard Norman
Description: For his National Geographic Directions book, Howard Norman returned to Nova Scotia over a period of 30 years to interview local legends and research the folklore of the area. Norman writes with an impressionistic intimacy to create a portrait of an enchanting place and its people.
Orkneyinga Saga, The History of the Earls of Orkney
Author: Hermann Palssom, Paul Edwards
Description: A fusion of myth and legend, circa A.D. 1200, by an unnamed Icelandic author. The medieval chronicle has its center of action among the Orkney Islands, describing their conquest by Norwegian kings during the Viking expansion of the ninth century.
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 Farfarers, Before the Norse
Author: Farley Mowat
Description: A rabble-rouser by nature, Mowat posits that a group of Europeans, whom he calls the Albans, may have come to America hundreds of years before the Vikings in this original and provocative history of Atlantic exploration.
The Fish Can Sing
Author: Halldor Laxness, Magnus Magnusson (Translator)
Description: A quirky, moving coming-of-age tale set in Reykjavik at the turn of the last century, featuring an unforgettable cast of Icelandic characters. Laxness, who also wrote Independent People (ICL01), won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1955.
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.
Theatre of Fish, Travels Through Newfoundland and Labrador
Author: John Gimlette
Description: A rollicking account of Gimlette's adventures in Newfoundland and Labrador on the trail of a great-great grandfather. It's a witty tale, soaked in fishy history, myth, lore and incident.
Viking Age Iceland
Author: Jesse Byock
Description: In this scholarly study, Byock challenges the conventional view of Norse society in Iceland. He describes the life, economy and culture of Medieval Iceland -- including its autonomy from kings and warlords back home.
Vikings, The North Atlantic Saga
Author: William Fitzhugh (Editor), Elisabeth Ward (Editor)
Description: An extensively illustrated volume of Viking culture, history and exploration that focuses especially on voyages to North America. Published in conjunction with a Smithsonian exhibit, it features essays and 400 color photographs.
Volcanoes, Crucibles of Change
Author: Richard Fisher
Description: A complete primer for the volcano lover, this heavily illustrated book covers types of volcanoes and eruptions, worldwide distribution and the physics of their formation.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic, A Cruising Guide
Author: Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
Description: This compact, illustrated guide covers the many petrels, ducks, gulls, terns and other seabirds, as well as the rich abundance of life existing under the waves, that populate the vast Atlantic region from the British Isles to Newfoundland.