‘Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling increasing numbers of visitors – there seems no end to the talents of this breathtaking northern destination.’ (Lonely Planet Iceland)
Best for first-time visitors
Lonely Planet continues to be the go-to brand for Aussies when it comes to travel guidebooks. Their Iceland guidebook contains everything you'll need to inspire you with advice, recommendation and to help with planning for your trip. It includes planning features and top itineraries; and local secrets and hidden travel gems that will make your trip unique. There's a northern lights feature, a wildlife watching guide and a planner for the iconic Ring Road.
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Best for road-trippers
Iceland's Ring Road, the country's Route 1, circumnavigates the island. Epic doesn't even begin to describe this road trip, but it's not only about jaw-dropping scenery; the route also showcases Iceland's vibrant cultural life, handicrafts, cuisine, and the warmth its creative and welcoming people. This slim guidebook will help you plan for this incredible road trip, providing highlights and practical advice along the way, details maps, in-depth reviews, inspirational images and local knowledge.
Best for those who like in-depth features
Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and features on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your Iceland adventure. Features over a third of the book; the rest of the guidebook provides region-by-region descriptions of the whole country, from the Reykjavik to the hot springs and whale-watching spots of Keflavik. Practical information on such things as accommodation, food and transport is much less than that includes in guidebooks like Lonely Planet and Rough Guide.
Best for those who like the quirky and off-beat
This tongue-in-cheek, locally written guidebook aims to 'save ill-informed visitors from various pitfalls and calamities peculiar to Iceland' while showing them how to enjoy local attractions easily and cheaply. Idiots in Iceland will, among other things:
- tell you what to do and what not to do while visiting Iceland, and what is a distinct no-no
- tells you what you can do in Reykjavik, for free, to avoid being bored to death
- helps you avoid embarrassment and annoying the locals
- tells you which local delicacies to try, which ones to shun, and which ones to run away from, quite fast
- teaches you how to pronounce the name of THAT volcano
The guidebook is fun, it’s irreverent, but it also contains heaps of practical and useful information.
Best for those stopping in Reykjavik
Lonely Planet's Pocket Reykjavik is a colourful, easy-to-use, pocket-size guidebook that provides the most relevant advice on Reykjavik's can't-miss experiences. The guide splits the city into easy-to-navigate neighbourhoods with clear maps, itineraries, information on the best attractions, and recommendations for food, nightlife, shopping, accommodation and more. There are also recommendations for excursions out of the city, including Vioey Island, Blue Lagoon and Reykjanes Peninsula. Perfect for a short stay in Iceland's capital.