Suggested Reading List
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
Author: E.C. Pielou
Description: Our bestselling book on the Arctic, this guide covers the geography and climate, plants, birds and wildlife of the Circumpolar North.
Author: Susan M. Margeson
Description: Ships, weapons, artifacts, colonies, music and kings are all explored in this illustrated family friendly portrait.
Iceland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Maps
Description: A detailed map at a 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
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: This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
Author: Arnaldur Indridason
Description: Indridason's first moody police procedural translated into English 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.
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 routes of the ninth-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and onto 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.
Polar Explorers for Kids
Author: Maxine Snowden
Description: The history and adventures of 16 polar explorers, including Erik the Red, Henry Hudson, Robert Peary, Roald Amundsen, Robert Scott and Ernest Shackleton, are brought to life in 21 puzzles, games, projects and activities for kids ages 9 and up.
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 valiant 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 Problem with Chickens
Author: Bruce McMillan, Gunnella (Illustrator)
Description: A delightfully illustrated tale for young readers about a flock of chickens that overruns an Icelandic village.
The Sagas of Icelanders
Author: Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellog (Introduction)
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.
Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders
Author: Richard Sale
Description: This irreverent pocket guide to cultural awareness is both insightful -- and entertaining.