Lonely Planet Iceland 7th Ed.: 7th Edition Paperback – May 5 2010
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About the Author
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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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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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.
As with any tour book some of the info is out of date.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.
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.
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.