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Planning a trip to Iceland? Here are our Top 5 recommendations of travel guide books to read before you go.

Burial Rites
Burial Rites

In northern Iceland, 1829, Agnes Magnusdottir is condemned to death for her part in the brutal murder of two men. Based on a true story, Australian author Hannah Kent portrays Iceland's formidable landscape in this deeply moving novel about freedom and the ways we will risk everything for love.

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Independent People
Independent People

This epic novel is set in rural Iceland in the early twentieth century. Bjartus is a sheep farmer determined to eke a living from a blighted patch of land. Nothing, not merciless weather, nor his family will come between him and his goal of financial independence.

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Names for the Sea
Names for the Sea

In 2009, Sarah Moss and her husband moved with their two small children to Iceland. From their home in Reykjavik, Moss travels to hillsides of boiling mud and volcanic craters, and the remote farms and fishing villages of the far north. She watches the northern lights and the comings and goings of migratory birds, and as the weeks and months go by, she and her family find new ways to live.

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Butterflies In November
Butterflies In November

A woman whose husband has just left her sets out on an off-beat and moving road trip around Iceland in an old car with her best friend’s young deaf-mute son. This is a blackly comic tale of motherhood, friendship and the power of words.

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The Almost Nearly Perfect People
The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Michael Booth leaves his adopted home of Denmark and embarks on a journey through all five of the Nordic countries to discover who these curious tribes are, the secrets of their success and, most intriguing of all, what they think of each other.

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Main photo credit: Skogafoss, Iceland (mtch31/flickr)