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The Rough Guide to Iceland (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 25 Mar 2004

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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Rough Guides; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 Mar. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843532891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843532897
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Leffman was born and raised in the UK, spent twenty years in Australia, then relocated back to Britain in 2009. Since 1992 he has authored and co-authored guides to Australia, China, Indonesia, Iceland, Malaysia and Hong Kong for Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley and others, ghost-written a Chinese cookbook, and contributed articles for various publications on subjects ranging from crime to martial arts and history. If he had spare time he'd go scuba diving.

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"Probably the best Iceland guidebook ... As always the Rough Guide is the one to get if you're touring around ... packed with relevant information."

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Camb Fi on 27 Mar. 2007
Format: Map
Whilst this map is a good map for travelling around Iceland I was very disappointed that it doesn't cover any of the towns/city in detail. Would be much better if it had a detailed map of Rejkavik as I would think most people who hire cars pick them up from here or the airport. Now I need to buy another map that does cover Rejkavik.
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By Janeta on 16 Nov. 2009
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Bought this map of Iceland for a forthcoming trip. Very good showing everything very clearly. Being rainproof is certainly a big plus as we are expecting some rainy days.
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Good map, printed on plastic paper. Good for route planning, but you will need a larger scale one when you are there.
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BOUGHT FOR MY SON FOR HIS ROUND ICELAND CYCLE TOUR.
FOUND IT VERY USEFUL AND HAD NO PROBLEMS WITH IT.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Informative and well-designed 13 April 2005
By noneal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm coming slowly to the conclusion that the Rough Guides may simply be the best series out there. This particular Rough Guide is certainly the best guidebook to Iceland. It lovingly details every section of the country, and has pithy, relevant remarks on accomodations, places to eat, and things to see.

What I really love is the logical and thorough way in which it divides up any given area. Any time it introduces a new place, it gives you a comprehensive and sweeping overview, and then proceeds to lay out details district by district. You're left with a very clear picture of the area, and the comfort of knowing that additional details are available to you if you need to refer to them later. The maps are likewise extremely clear, providing plenty of detail while allowing you to get a sense of the overall lay of the terrain at a glance.

I've also found that a number of guidebooks for Iceland have a way of speaking negatively or dismissively of aspects of the country - especially Lonely Planet. This Rough Guide honestly mentions problems - hitchhiking is unreliable, cycling is hard, the bus is expensive, etc. - but it never gives you the impression that you might just be better off staying home. The book was written as if the author really loved Iceland, which was quite refreshing.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
An Excellent Planning Resource 13 Aug. 2005
By Douglas R. Melin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Having spent over three years in motion overseas, I have come to appreciate a guidebook that can blend the practical and cultural in a concise treatment. The Rough Guide to Iceland does this skillfully, and it is well-organized to boot. You'd use the Rough Guide to plan and layout your trip and then keep it by your side as your interpretive companion

While the Lonely Planet guide to Iceland contains more detail on logistics, it is not particularly user-friendly. That being said, I'll buy a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide to supplement the Rough Guide. Lonely Planet Guides have seen me through more difficulties than I can count, and I'm sure the Iceland edition will get me out of a few jams while I circle the country.

But if I could use only one book, it would be the Rough Guide
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Provides a Good Overview 25 Aug. 2005
By Frostman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It is always hard to read reviews for travel books. One person's treasure is another person's waste of money.

For the Rough Guide to Iceland 2, I found this to be a good book for casual traveling through the country. The book's 20 "must see and do things" was helpful and interesting. The maps were good, and from what I could tell, had a pretty thorough list of accommodations and going-ons.

While it did provide some information on the popular treks, I was a little disappointed in the amount of information on outdoor activities. I mean, c'mon, this is Iceland!

I would recommend this to someone going to Iceland. However, if you are going off the beaten track as I did, you will need to supplement this book with some internet research.
15 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Completely Useless 5 Aug. 2006
By Lady Di - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book fails to disclose that Reykjavik is nothing more than a drinking town (24/7) in the Summer for 20 year olds from Europe. It provides no recommendation for those who want to stay "in town" yet stay away from all of the drunks. Everything in the book is described as expensive and pricey. Being from NY and having traveled the world, given the choice of a two hour bus ride from hell to get dropped off three blocks from my dump of a hotel or a pricey 45 minute cab ride, I'll opt for the cab any day. It's perfectely written for those who want to hike and see the country, and live out of their back pack, which is fine. For those who want to experience culture, explore the geologic uniqueness that Iceland has to offer and are not so cheap that they shouldn't be going on vacation anyway, this book is NOT for you. Why not write a travel guide that accurately describes the realities of travel?
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