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Lonely Planet Iceland 7th Ed.: 7th Edition [Paperback]

Fran Parnell , Brandon Presser
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May 1 2010 Lonely Planet Iceland
Nobody knows Iceland like Lonely Planet. With our 7th edition you'll discover the otherworldly beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, chat with locals while bathing in Myvatn's geothermal pool, walk over lava fields and past glaciers on the Landmannalaugar to porsmork hike and indulge in gourmet Icelandic cuisine in Reykjavik's top-class restaurants. Lonely Planet guides are written by experts who get to the heart of every destination they visit. This fully updated edition is packed with accurate, practical and honest advice, designed to give you the information you need to make the most of your trip. In This Guide: Full-color highlights capture the very best of Iceland Includes tailored itineraries to help plan short or extended trips Dedicated chapter takes you onward to Greenland and the Faeroe Islands

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Fran Parnell's passion for Scandinavia began while studying for a masters degree in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic. Initial brushes with Old Norse left her swearing at the grammar book, but a strange slideshow featuring sublime Icelandic mountains and a matter-of-fact man who'd literally dug his own grave awakaned a fascination with Iceland that has just kept on growing. Since then, Fran has returned to the country as often as finances have allowed and, when not in Iceland, can read, think and dream of little else. Fran has also worked on Lonely Planet's guides to Scandinavian Europe, Sweden and Reykjavik.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent, reliable guide June 17 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've just returned from Iceland -- deemed the most expensive country in the world after Japan -- and I was able to keep costs down and still have fun with the help of this guide. There is a thorough section on budget accommodation, as well as many fine suggestions for dining out (which can quickly add up to the cost of a 3rd-world country's national debt if you're not careful). I also appreciated the elongated history section, which was much more thorough than in the previous edition. In general, costs and descriptions were extremely accurate, and the suggested iterneraries excellent. I cannot recommend this guide over all others enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Iceland Travel Feb. 12 2012
Format:Paperback
Sufficient information about Iceland.

For seniors, characters in the book small especially those on the maps make it difficult to read.

Colour photos show the beauty of Iceland.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good guide book March 4 2013
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Good, but it was from 2010 and I my trip was in 2012. Some maps aren't reliable enough. But Iceland is still developping. Be sure to have the latest edition on hand.
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1 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
I bought this book for a trip to Greenland, and there is no information about Greenland in it at all. Evidently all the Greenland & Faroes information has been eliminated from this edition. I am off to look for a 2nd hand copy of the previous edition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not a tourist's book... Sept. 18 2011
By MIGUEL SANTOS NOVOA - Published on Amazon.com
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I was very disappointed when I read all the bad reviews about this book, despite those reviews I went ahead and bought the book. When arrived to Reykjavik, I found a lot of information and seemed the book was just a waste of money, however this is not a tourist's book, it is for the adventurous people who enjoy the countryside. If you go to Iceland and expect to stay in the big cities such as Reykjavik or Akureyri don't buy the book cause you will feel disappointed, buy this book if you want to explore the country by yourself.

In Reykjavik you can find plenty of things to do, but once you are in the countryside this book is useful, although is very far from perfect I couldn't imagine myself without it.
52 of 60 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lacks detail and helpful tips March 22 2005
By Blah - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not one of Lonely Planet's best guides. There is suprisingly little information. For example, the book mentions that there are a few companies that give day tours from Rekyavik but doesnt tell you anything about how they compare in price or services. basically, everything in the guide and more can be found at the tourist information center in Rekyavik, which luckily is run very well. I found this really disappointing since Iceland is very expensive and I was hoping to keep down costs (in reality this is almost impossible, even eating at the grocery store I was spending 10 dollars a meal for bread and cheese) Furthermore, Iceland is a very small country and it would have been very easy to have given a lot more details.

As with any tour book some of the info is out of date. some of the museums and businesses were closed including the Icelandic Phallogical Museum. It also seemed that this book was written for the high season in the summer months. I went in March and found the information on the offseason limited and sometimes inaccurate. I usually trust Lonely Planet but in this case I would have tried one of the other guide book companies or simply visit the tourist center when you get there.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor example of a "guide" book Aug. 14 2006
By S.A.H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I just came back from a two week tour of Iceland with two friends. Our experience was memorable--amazing--LP Iceland, however was not. We read the book front to back. We went around the whole of the island and didn't stay just in Reykjavik. We also camped 70% of the time- just to give a little background. What we found was that the book is so poorly written and for the most part so out of date, that much of the usefull information we got was from just grabbing the free pamphlets at the "Upplysinga" Centers. In the back of the book it says that the first edition was printed several years ago, and only last year did two writers go back out "into the field." I'd like to know what field that was? If these two men actually went back to Iceland, I'd bet my money that they only went to Reykjavik obtained information from pamphlets concerning other parts of Iceland and then wrote from those documents. Not much thought was put into the style of writting as well, or editing for that matter. Every site in Iceland (and I'm not arguing that this is untrue) could leave you captivated for several days, hold your attention for several days, enough to do to keep you several days...etc [paraphrasing]. I just feel that if I'm going to have to pay even $2 for a tid bit of information I would at least hope that it was well researched and not a half-baked job. My time and money, especially when in Iceland, are more valuable to me that having to chase around a tiny West Fjord village looking for a nonexistant camping site because I relied on an unreliable "guide" book. Lesson learned: LP Iceland poor poor example of what I know others say is one of the best guide books out there. I'm sticking to DK.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars i liked it Aug. 2 2005
By hambone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
we started out with three travel guides... by the end of our trip the other two were at the bottom of my bag and we were only using this one. it did a much better job than any of the other guides. i find it strange that so many other people wrote negative reviews. it did the job fine for us... we saw all of the country and got to do everything we wanted. the other options were useless.

yes-the maps were small and inaccurate- but i found that to be true of all the maps we used in iceland- including the ones we bought there!

i also saw many people walking around with copies of this guide. maybe it is not up to the usual caliber of a lonely planet guide book (i dont know- i havent used any others) but that might just be because of the nature of iceland- and not a fault of the book. i was nothing but pleased with it and considered it a big asset to our trip.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Kind of useful, not great, borrow or buy at discount price Sept. 18 2010
By Pacific Lover - Published on Amazon.com
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We recently returned from 10 days in Iceland (which I love, for reasons completely unrelated to this book). I checked out the older version of Lonely Planet's Iceland book at my library, then purchased this one as soon as it came out.

I agree with most of the negative reviews (and find the positives somewhat puzzling and/or generic). Like another reviewer I was also thoroughly disgusted and wanted to pitch the book just outside of Akureyri. In short, this version seems like a lazy remake of the previous version, which wasn't that good to start with. It seems like the authors talked to a few people here and there, included those people's assessment of their own businesses and services, and then updated a few facts to give the impression of an up-to-date book.

Of course, this wasn't our only source of information on Iceland and it shouldn't be for anyone (Rick Steves, help!). The tone of complete knowledge and helpfulness and experience got annoying after we realized how very partially helpful the book was. Good to read (check out from library if you can) before your trip, don't consider lodging/restaurants/business anywhere near inclusive, prices outdated in all currencies, many awesome sights not mentioned at all, use other resources to avoid getting burned like we did. Driving the ring road in 10 days required somewhat more micro-planning than we normally do, but was worth it, especially after freeing ourselves from this book.
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