Here’s a selection of new, favorite and hard-to-find books, prepared for your journey with Lindblad and National Geographic field staff. To make purchases, we recommend reaching out to your local independent bookseller or order online at www.bookshop.org.
Insight Guide Iceland
by Insight Guides
2014, Paper, 352 Pages
This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps, and essays from experts.
Last Places: A Journey in the North
by Lawrence Millman, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
2000, Paper, 242 Pages
Millman explores the culture and history of the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in this hilarious account of his travels in the wake of the ancient Vikings.
Iceland Adventure Map
by National Geographic Maps
A detailed map at a scale of 1:465,000, printed on handy tearand water-resistant paper.
Ring of Seasons: Iceland, Its Culture and History
by Terry G. Lacy
1998, Paper, 332 Pages
A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland.
Wildlife of the North Atlantic: A Cruising Guide
by Tony Soper, Dan Powell (Illustrator)
2008, Paper, 176 Pages
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.
by Andri Snaer Magnason
2012, Paper, 309 Pages
In this lushly imagined novel, Andri Snaer Magnason provides a satirical and insightful social commentary on love, technology and the future of humanity. Set in Iceland, in a dystopian future, where science and technology run amok.
by Arnaldur Indridason
2006, Paper, 288 Pages
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.
by Feodor Pitcairn (Photographer)
2015, Hard Cover, 256 Pages
Presented here in gorgeous, oversized photos is the extraordinary landscape of Iceland. Awardwinning photographer Pitcairn captures volcanoes building textured landscapes, glaciers melting into waterfalls and many of Iceland’s other unique geological forces.
The History of Iceland
by Gunnar Karlsson
2000, Paper, 418 Pages
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.
Independent People: An Epic
by Halldor Laxness
1997, Paper, 480 Pages
Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hardheaded, independent-minded sheep farmer.
The Sagas of Icelanders
by Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellog (Introduction)
2001, Paper, 848 Pages
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.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
1995, Paper, 144 Pages
This history of the Vikings tells their story through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. It traces the routes of 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and the New World.
The Control of Nature
by John McPhee
1989, Paper, 272 Pages
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.
Iceland: Land of the Sagas
by Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts
1998, Paper, 160 Pages
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.
What We Know About Climate Change
by Kerry Emanuel
2012, Hard Cover, 85 Pages
MIT atmospheric scientist Emanuel outlines the issues, causes and concerns about the fate of our climate. This second edition covers the latest from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the lack of will in the US to tackle this vexing issue.
A Field Guide to North Atlantic Wildlife
by Noble S. Proctor, Patrick J. Lynch (Illustrator)
2005, Paper, 221 Pages
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.
Letters from Iceland
by W.H. Auden
2002, Paper, 256 Pages
Written with fellow poet Louis MacNiece, this quirky, under-appreciated masterpiece captures the spirit of Iceland, its people and landscapes.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
2010, Paper, 175 Pages
An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations.