This guide includes a section detailing Iceland's history, 10 features covering aspects of the country's life and culture, ranging from its heroic 13th-century sagas to its quirky pop stars; a region by region visitor's guide to the sights, and a comprehensive travel tips section packed with essential contact addresses and numbers. Plus hundreds of photographs and 16 maps.
Table of Contents
Maps: Iceland; Reykjavik; The Reykjanes Peninsula; Pingvellir; The Southwest; Heimaey; The Southeast; Skaftafell; Sn fellsnes and the West; West Fjords; North Central Iceland; Akureyri; Lake Myvatn; The Northeast; East Fjords; The Interior; Inside back cover -main bus routes in Reykjavik. History: An Extraordinary Island; Forged by Fire, Honed by Ice; Decisive Dates; Ultima Thule; The Coming of Christianity; The Dark Ages; The Push for Independence; Modern Iceland. Features: The Icelanders; The Sagas; The Power of Words; Living with the Environment; Harvesting the Sea; Life on the Land; Confronting Wild Iceland; A Birdwatcher's Paradise; Mammals in the Wild. Places: Reykjav k; The Reykjanes Peninsula; The Southwest; Vestmannaeyjar (The Westmann Islands); The Southeast; Sn fellsnes and the West; The West Fjords; Hunafloi and Skagafjorur; Akureyri and Surroundings; Gramsey; Lake Myvatn; The Northeast; The East Fjords; The Interior; The Kjolur Route; Sprengisandur and Landmannalaugar; The Askja Route; The Gaesavatnaleid Route. Travel Tips - Highlights: Getting Acquainted; Planning the Trip; Practical Tips; Getting Around; Where to Stay; Eating Out; Culture; Nightlife; Festivals; Sport; Outdoor Activities; Shopping; Children; Language; Further Reading.