Pre-Travel Resources, Books, and Entertainment

Getting to Know Iceland

We highly recommend that you read these four books prior to departure:

  • How Iceland Changed the World (2021)
    Egill Bjarnason relates Iceland’s idiosyncratic history with pride, realism, and well, a fair dash of humor.

  • The Far Traveler (2008)
    Nancy Marie Brown reconstructs the life Gudrid Thorbjarnardóttir, the “far traveler,” an Icelandic woman who sailed to the New World and back, 500 years before Columbus.m

  • Secrets of the Sprakkar (2022)
    Eliza Reid, the current first lady of Iceland, explains why Iceland is the best place on earth to be a woman.

  • The Little Book of the Icelanders (2014)
    Alda Sigmundsdóttir presents 50 miniature essays about the Icelandic people.

Iceland Travel and Current Events

GeoCamp Iceland
Visit Iceland
Visit Reykjanes
Visit Reykjavik
Reykjavik Grapevine (news)
Icelandic Met Office (weather)

Guidebooks and Travel Maps

Lonely Planet Iceland
Rick Steve’s Iceland
DK Eyewitness Top 10 Iceland
National Geographic Adventure Travel Map Iceland
Walking and Trekking in Iceland
Iceland Geology

Historical Maps

Mapping the Land of Fire and Ice Essay (Library of Congress)
Iceland Maps from the David Rumsey Collection

Books

How Iceland Changed the World
The Far Traveler
The Sea Road
The Sagas of Icelanders
The Vinland Sagas
Independent People
Cod
North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland
The Little Book of the Icelanders
A Traveller’s Guide to Icelandic Folk Tales

TV Shows

About Iceland…

Hraunið (2014)
Case (2015)
Trapped (2015)
Katla (2021)

Scenes filmed in Iceland…

Game of Thrones (2011-2019, especially Season 2 and after)
Vikings (2013-2020)
Fortitude (2015-2018)
Sense8 (2015-2018)

Movies

About Iceland…

Land and Sons (1980)
The Juniper Tree (1990)
Children of Nature (1991)
Of Horses and Men (2013)
Life in a Fishbowl (2014)

Scenes filmed in Iceland…

A View to a Kill (1985)
Die Another Day (2002)
Batman Begins (2005)
The Tree of Life (2011)
Prometheus (2012)
Oblivion (2013)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Interstellar (2014)
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Eurovision Song Contest (2020)