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Iceland: Land of the Sagas

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  •  Circumnavigating Iceland in summer and winter, The Author encounters tales of monks and Vikings, outlaws and adventurers, trolls.


Iceland is a pictorial classic on one of the last “undiscovered” countries in Europe–reissued for the first time in paperback.
Iceland is often thought to be covered by ice, but in fact, it is gloriously green. Lush meadows, wildflower fields, and miles of rich tundra cover a landscape of remarkable variety: deep lakes, bubbling hot springs, tumbling waterfalls, snow-capped mountains. It’s also a landscape amazingly alive with massive lava flows and enormous glaciers. The human story of Iceland goes back more than eleven thousand years, and its heritage is told here in a treasury of riveting sagas of real-life heroes and all manner of supernatural beings.
Both the land and the people of one of Europe’s most gorgeous countries come to life in this colorful account of the adventures as they walk, climb, and photograph their way through Iceland and connect to the bone-chilling sagas and the unfamiliar. With breathtaking photographs from critically acclaimed writers and journalists. Author of the international bestsellers Into Thin Air and Into the Wild, and a penetrating narrative from Outside contributing editor and travel writer, Iceland splendidly captures the spirit of this enigmatic country.
While touring and photographing, they discover the myths. Numerous other feats–including a hazardous winter climb to the summit of one of Iceland’s tallest mountains–round out a fascinating introduction to this unique and beautiful land.