In an ingenious approach to a little-viewed land, journalist/outdoorsman Roberts and Krakauer ( Eiger Dreams ) examine Iceland today through its principal literary heritage. The harsh backdrop of the heroic tales featuring the fierce, beautiful Gudrun Osvifrsdottirsp ok or courageous Burnt Njal is much the same as it was in the 13th century when the sagas, blending myth, history and fiction, were written. The most volcanic land in the world, with plentiful waterfalls and hot springs ("geyser" is from the Icelandic geysir ), the country is only four degrees from the Arctic Circle, yet, warmed by the Gulf Stream, possesses deep valleys and pastures to support indigenous populations of horses and sheep, as well as a quarter of a million people. In chapters such as "Of Monks and Vikings" and "Women and Winter," Roberts deftly examines Iceland's history and culture while Krakauer's 100 arresting color photos capture the land's topographical power.
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Jon Krakauer is an editor-at-large for Outside magazine and is the author of Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, and Eiger Dreams. His work also appears in Smithsonian and National Geographic. He and his wife live in Colorado.
David Roberts is a contributing editor to Outside magazine and is the author of several books, including Once They Moved Like the Wind and In Search of the Old Ones.
If you read and appreciated the Icelandic Sagas, this should be a great book for you!
The pictures are very impressing, the text is solid and the impression is great.
I found the content interesting and relevant for those planing to visit Iceland. Unfortunately the quality of the photographic reproductions and binding were very poor. Read morePublished on July 24 2013 by James Evans
This book is a nice and poetic way to go through the history and cultural background of Iceland. It's not a travel guide and practical informations date back a little bit. Read morePublished on Sept. 17 2012 by vincenberg
The breathtaking photography in this book makes the purchase well worth it. This book is definitely a keeper for anyone with a love for Iceland. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2000 by Jay Aitken
I bought this book with great anticipation, but left disappointed. There is some good material about the people and culture, but Roberts spends far too much time simply retelling... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 1999