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Iceland: The Rough Guide (Rough Guide Travel Guides) Paperback – 29 Mar 2001
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About the Author
David Leffman is co-author of Rough Guide to Australia, China and Indonesia. James Proctor studied Icelandic at the University of Iceland. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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For me this is better, and certainly more useful if you want to know which bus goes to Hafnafjörður, for instance. If you want to look at pretty pictures there are other guides.
As always the Rough Guide is the one to get if you're touring around. The various regions of Iceland are described in some detail, with good advice about where to stay if you are driving around.
I've been to Iceland a couple of times. The information in this book seems to tie up pretty well with what I know, so I would be inclined to trust it, on the whole. I wasn't particularly impressed with the pronunciation guide though which seemed to have a couple of errors in it.
The book is well laid out, attractive, easy to follow, has reasonable maps, though not in colour, and is packed with relevant information.
But if you're planning to stay in or around Reykjavik on your trip, most of the book will be of no practical use to you though it may be of interest. If that's the case, I would recommend the excellent pocket-sized Footprint Guide to Reykjavik instead.
The only downside it that it does not show some of the newest roads through the tunnels in the North, which is why I have given it 4 rather than 5 stars. Otherwise I think this map is absolutely excellent - highly recommended. A colleague borrowed my copy and was equally impressed.
The colour photographs are of the high quality expected of a Rough Guide and serve as an appetiser to the real thing. Don't miss the boat ride on Jökulsárlón.
The language section on p305 is useful but if you are going to attempt to speak Icelandic then try out your pronunciation on a helpful native first. Also check out the appropriateness of the greetings - some are for familiar use only.
Although the Rough Guide lacks the colourful glossy impact and the in-depth articles found in some of its competitors, it scores well on content and value-for-money.
Disappointed with the lack of accommodation listings.
These days a lot of people use a website called "airbnb" to advertise their own private accommodation.
Also, I found more alternative accommodation online, particularly around the south coast, than this book lists.
This is particularly important in areas where there is not much choice.
There are quite a few chalet based accommodations which this book doesn't list.
Another gripe I have is that there is absolute no mention of the famous F208 road from the south to Landmannalaugar.
A road we took with our 4x4, crossing 30 odd fords and passing through an ever changing landscape that is out of this world.
East of Reykjavik is another good stop that is not mentioned: a geothermal power station open to the public that provides a unique inside into this type of power generation.
All in all a book that is good for background reading and gives you a taste of things but do your own research before you go.
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