Iceland: The Rough Guide

Iceland: The Rough Guide

by David Leffman, James Proctor



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843532897
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: Rough Guides Travel Series
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.08(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

David Leffman is a travel writer and photographer. He is the author of Top 10 Iceland and Eyewitness China for DK, and has written guidebooks to Iceland, Australia, Indonesia, China, and Hong Kong for Rough Guides. He has also led specialist guided tours to China.

James Proctor has been with Rough Guides since 1995, and is the company's original Nanook of the North. Coauthor of the Rough Guides to Sweden, Iceland, and Finland, he has also written the only English-language guides to the Faroe Islands and Lapland. One of his more obscure talents is speaking fluent Swedish—something that never fails to impress and bemuse Swedes (and most other people) he meets. Having lived and worked in Stockholm during the mid-1990s as the BBC's Scandinavia correspondent, James now returns to Sweden at frequent intervals to commune with nature at his log cabin deep in the forest.

Table of Contents

Part 1Basics1
Getting there from Britain and Ireland3
Getting there from North America6
Getting there from Australia and New Zealand8
Visas and red tape12
Travellers with disabilities14
Costs, money and banks16
Information and maps18
Getting around21
Food and drink28
Post, phones the Internet and the media31
Opening hours, holidays and festivals33
Sports and outdoor activities34
Gay and lesbian travellers37
Police, crime and sexual harassment37
Part 2The Guide39
Chapter 1Reykjavik76
Arrival and information43
City transport46
Central Reykjavik52
Tjornin and around55
East of Tjornin: Frikirkjuvegur, Laekjargata and Government House58
Eating and drinking65
Nightlife and entertainment67
Out from the city: Greater Reykjavik73
Vioey and Lundey75
Chapter 2Southwestern Iceland130
Hveragerdi and around80
Selfoss and around82
Pingvellir and Pingvallavatn85
Geysir and Gullfoss92
The Reykjavik-Keflavik highway97
Southwest Reykjanes: from Hafnir to Grindavik99
Reykjanes: south coast and Interior101
Pjorsardalur and Hekla104
Njal's Saga country108
Eyjafjallajokull: Skogar and Porsmork113
From Myrdalsjokull to Vik118
Heimaey and Surtsey123
Chapter 3West Coast162
Akranes and around134
Borgarnes and around138
Reykholt and around141
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula149
Chapter 4The West Fjords189
Around Isafjordur169
From Isafjordur to the southwestern peninsula174
The southwestern peninsula179
The south coast: Bjarkalundur and Reykholar184
Holmavik and the Strandir coast185
Chapter 5Northwest Iceland219
From Bru to Akureyri
Western Eyjafjordur209
Eastern Eyjafjordur213
Chapter 6Myvatn and the Northeast245
Reykjahlid and the lake225
Bjamarflag, Krafla and around231
Husavik and around235
Jokulsargljufur National Park238
The northeast coast240
Chapter 7The Eastfjords and the Southeast275
Egilsstadir and around247
The Eastfjords256
Lon and Hofn265
Skalafellsjokull and Skaftafell National Park267
Across Skeidararsandur to Kirkjubaejarklaustur271
Chapter 8The Interior283
Across Kjolur: the F35280
Herdubreid and Askja: the F88281
Routes to Kverkfjoll282
Part 3Contexts285
Some history287
Landscape and geology295
Wildlife and the environment298
Books and sagas301

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