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Iceland, 2nd

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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“Full of fascinating details in writing, graphics and photos, Iceland delves deeply into the country in a format that often resists depth. Evans knows the country, and it shows. But he also organizes the essential information in an easy-to-use way. It’s the combination of depth and breadth that sets this guidebook apart from many others. Evans takes his subject seriously and invites the reader in to the experience of Iceland with wit and authority.”Judges’ comments – Society of American Travel Writers Foundation, 2008 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Silver Award for Best Guidebook
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841623610
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 719,316
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Andrew Evans has travelled widely in Iceland. Author of Bradt's Ukraine, he currently maintains a nomadic existence as National Geographic's Digital Explorer.

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“Iceland passed an important benchmark in 2006 when,for the first time, foreign tourists outnumbered the country’s own population. It seems the secret is out now and people are rushing to this natural paradise that is unlike any other on planet earth. They come for the rumbling waterfalls, for the heavenly hot springs and to witness the last great glaciers of Europe. They discover the strange shapes of the bright green mountains, the colours of the daunting sky and the shimmering fjords, and the joy of sunbeams after a hard-hitting, horizontal rain.And yet, Iceland is more than pretty views and primeval landscapes. It is a land where horses grow long hair on their backs and where the liquorice aisle is the longest one in the shops. It is a place where everyone calls each other by their first name, where all the churches have tiny gold stars painted on their ceilings, and where mailing addresses haven’t changed in 1,000 years. All this in a country that is named after ice. Iceland is not just a sightseeing destination but a place where we come to feel things we’ve never felt before – what it’s like to be the only person on earth or how it feels to be outnumbered a million to one (for that is how many puffins might live on a single cliff). Such a gargantuan nature stirs the soul and we learn to accept the unexpected. The plume of mist on the horizon could be anything – steam from a hot spring, the salty breath of a spouting whale or the early wisps of a week-long fog.”

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