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Greenland and the Arctic (Lonely Planet Country Guides) [Paperback]

Etain O'Carroll , Mark Elliott
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1 Jun 2005 Lonely Planet Country Guides
Complemented by easy-to use, reliable maps, helpful recommendations, authoritative background information, and up-to-date coverage of things to see and do, these popular travel guides cover in detail countries, regions, and cities around the world for travelers of every budget, along with extensive itineraries, maps with cross-referencing to the te

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jun 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740590953
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740590952
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 330,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Travel writer and photographer Etain O'Carroll has been traversing the globe picking up stories, researching guidebooks and dodging death on clapped out buses for the last 10 years.

Although work has seen her sleeping under the jungle stars, following pilgrims on barefoot trails and climbing snow-capped peaks, it is the Arctic that holds a lasting fascination for her. Several years spent on the tundra left her smitten for life.

"People always ask what's my favourite place and seem slightly bewildered when I mention the Arctic but the incredible people and landscapes of the polar world are unlike any other. The vicious storms, bitter temperatures, vast landscape and real life danger conspire to make you feel utterly insignificant in the grand scheme of things and yet incredibly alive. A trip to the far north truly is a trip of a lifetime. "

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for East Greenland 17 July 2007
By Lara
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Just come back from East Greenland (Kulusuk and Tasiilaq), and considering that this is an area that is not really set up for massive amounts of tourism, the book gave a good idea of what to expect.

The recommendations for accommodation were excellent, and you could tell that the author knew and loved Greenland and the Arctic.

Possibly could have done with a bit more warning on Greenland time, which is basically the theory that you should just ignore the specific times that you are given, and expect everything to happen up to 4 hours after you were told it would! Oh, and the general lack of a sewage system did come as a bit of a surprise, but we may just have missed that part of the book!

Prices are now a little out of date, particularly for flights and helicopters, but where we stayed, the prices for food and accommodation were spot on. Could do with some guidance on day-trip pricing, as this turned out to be quite a bit more expensive than we'd been expecting.

To be honest, without this book, I'm not sure that I'd have made it to Greenland, as I previously had no idea of how to get there, and the guidance in the book was invaluable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All it says and more 15 Jun 2009
There are few guide books to Greenland but this one is very good and if it does not want to make you visit Greenland, nothing will! The book suggests what to see and do in the world's largest island with only 56,000 people - ice fjords shedding 20 million tons of ice each day; isolated communities (there are no roads outside the towns!); ghost towns; awesome cliffs and snowy mountains, a massive central icecap; wild animals; peace and quiet - apart from the crack of shattering icebergs. We have just returned from a two week trip and Greenland was everything the book said and more. And for a bonus there is also info on Arctic North America, Arctic Russia and Arctic Scandinavia. Next year....?
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I recommend it because it is the most comprehensive guide of Greenland which is at the moment. Unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment, so you can only buy new or used at very high prices. The guide is very detailed like all those Lonely Planet, unfortunately being an edition of 2005 will need to double check on the net about hotels, restaurants, museum schedules, and all those things that are normally subject to change.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for those few travellers headed to Greenland 18 Nov 2005
By saskatoonguy - Published on
Apart from Antarctica, this is the most obscure place covered by LP. Half of the book (about 165pp) is specifically about Greenland in the customary LP format, and the remainder is about other Arctic regions. (One tidbit: It is impossible to fly to Nuuk, the capitol, without changing planes in another Greenlandic town.)

This guide covers a casserole of places that cannot conceivably be visited on a single itinerary, because so few Arctic air routes cross national borders. For example, charter flights between Canada (Iqaluit) and Greenland were terminated after the book went to press, so now it's impossible to fly from North America to Greenland without going through Europe.

Alaskan coverage is only Fairbanks and points north; Yukon is Dawson and north. The Inuvik region and nearly all of Nunavut are covered. Places like Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Anchorage are too far south to be covered in this volume, which is unfortunate because it's impossible to reach northern Alaska without passing through either Anchorage or Whitehorse.

Also covered are Arctic Russia, northern Norway (town of Mo and north), and northern Finland (Rovaniemi and north). The end result is a book that's fun to read but of doubtful utility except for those few Greenland-bound travellers.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good Greenland guide - Crappy Arctic guide... 1 Jun 2007
By Anthony Chiu - Published on
For those who want a good read and a good guide to fascinating Greenland, then this book will do it (though I think the previous edition of LP's guide to Greenland had a bit more coverage - especially the more off-the-beaten-track settlements). But anything beyond Greenland, LP seems to really lose interests in the rest of the Arctic world. It seems as if they just threw in a few sections just to say that they've covered it... It should really be titled "Greenland and an Introduction to the rest of the Arctic". All they give you are some sloppy details of a few selected regions under their "suggested itineraries" sections for other Arctic regions.

Living in Northern Canada myself (Yukon by the way...not Vancouver), I know that there are tons to offer for any Arctic fan. But this LP guide has missed out so mention a few:

1) Yukon - there's more to this territory than just Dawson and Dempster Hwy...such as Old Crow, Vuntut & Ivvavik Parks, and simply the rest of Yukon itself. BTW, Whitehorse, which is the hub of the Yukon, sits at about the same latitude as Qaqortoq in Greenland. It's sub-Arctic...but close enough...

2) NWT - Yellowknife, the areas around Great Bear Lake such as Deline and Tulita, etc... same thing, its all sub-Arctic environments similar to Inuvik's...what's the problem?

3) Nunavut - there's a lot more places than just Baffin Island or about Kitikmeot and Kivalliq regions? Every region of NU is worth a visit.

4) Nunavik (Northern Quebec) - how could they forget this beautiful Arctic region of Quebec? Colourful villages, beautiful landscapes, rich Inuit culture ...even the LP guides to Quebec/Canada mention very little on this region. Better do your planning online... though slightly southerly regarding its latitude and location, this place has nothing but Arctic landscapes and climate.

5) Northern Labrador - another beautiful Inuit region of Labrador completely forgotten on this so-called "Arctic" guide...

6) Scandinavia - Northern Norway is very beautiful, but this guide only gives you a vague idea of this fascinating region. Buy the individual guides instead (Norway, Sweden, Finland...but don't bother with the "Scandinavian Europe" unless you only plan to see only a few places from each country)

7) Arctic Russia - I know its a difficult place to go to, but there are fascinating untouched areas out there in Siberia. But this book covers very little of this vast region...especially the Far East - Chukotka. Even LP's "Russia" guide is next to useless to this region if you're really interested into visiting these areas. Once again, do your homework online...

8) Alaska - get the "Alaska" guide instead...

I was quite disappointed with this LP publication. I hope their next edition will be a heck of a lot better. Otherwise, its a waste of time and money. It's really just a Greenland guide ...but for the rest of the Arctic, don't count on it...
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A take-along 'must' for any destination-bound traveler 5 Sep 2005
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
The second updated edition of Etain O'Carroll & Mark Elliott's Greenland & The Arctic is out, and is an indispensable guide for any heading North sans travel group. From overviews of regional history and culture to local sights, activities, and opportunities, Greenland & The Arctic highlights all kinds of opportunities, from transportation options between small towns and remote regions to rare shopping opportunities and plenty of nature. A take-along 'must' for any destination-bound traveler; especially since relatively few other titles cover the region in depth.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel guide 19 May 2011
By Stefan Hager - Published on
This is the only good travel guide I have found for travel to Greenland and the Arctic.
It is really good and delivery was handled as good as nybody could possibly ask for.
5.0 out of 5 stars Holidays in Greenland booked 18 Dec 2013
By Arvid Skogseth - Published on
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I got the book two weeks ago, and now I have booked eight days in Greenland in June 2014, very useful to have the book
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