Suggested Reading List
Bradt Guide Faroe Islands
Author: James Proctor
Description: A practical guide to the North Atlantic islands, essential for anyone contemplating an extended visit. With islands maps, city plans, and detailed information on what to do and where to go throughout the archipelago.
Eyewitness Guide Scotland
Author: Eyewitness Guides
Description: This compact, illustrated travel guide features color photography, excellent maps and a region-by-region synopsis of Scotland's attractions.
Author: Susanna Kaysen
Description: Susanna Kaysen's charming novel about a social anthropologist off on a grant to study the residents of the Faroes wonderfully evokes the people, culture and windswept landscapes of the North Atlantic archipelago.
Author: Armann Hoskuldsson, Thor Thordarson
Description: This geologic companion to Iceland covers rifting of the crust, volcanic eruptions and glacial and other geologic activity in detail.
Iceland Adventure Map
Author: National Geographic Maps
Description: A detailed map at a 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
Author: Karen Oslund
Description: This cultural and environmental history explores the geography, literature, language, culture, politics and symbolism of Iceland, Greenland, northern Norway and the Faroe Islands.
Iceland, Land of the Sagas
Author: Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts
Description: Krakauer and colleague 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: This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
Marine Mammals of the North Atlantic
Author: Carl Christian Kinze
Description: A guide to the marine mammals of the North Atlantic featuring 250 color illustrations.
On Glasgow and Edinburgh
Author: Robert Crawford
Description: A history and guide, Crawford's lively account, drawing on a wealth of historical and literary sources, affirms what people from Glasgow and Edinburgh have long doubted -- that it is possible to love both cities.
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.
Scotland, A Concise History
Author: Fitzroy MacLean, Magnus Linklater (Contributor)
Description: This richly illustrated survey brings Scottish history up to the present through its romantic figures and bloody battles. With 250 well-integrated illustrations, this revised fourth edition includes a newly added chapter on Scotland’s place in the 21st century.
Stone Voices, The Search for Scotland
Author: Neal Ascherson
Description: Ascherson writes with verve and insight on the centuries-old impulse toward nationhood in Scotland in this absorbing portrait, interweaving history with archaeology, myth and his own interviews and travels.
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.
Through the Eyes of the Vikings, An Aerial Vision of Arctic Lands
Author: Robert B. Haas
Description: In this captivating collection of oversized aerial photographs, Haas (Through the Eyes of the Gods) reveals the surprising diversity of color and life in the arctic landscape, including Norwegian fjords, Alaskan tundras and Swedish waterscapes.