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Are you planning to visit Iceland?

Why not prepare for your trip to Iceland by reading some of the fantastic novels set in this stunningly beautiful country!

In this selection I include some of the best Iceland books – fiction and non-fiction – about Iceland to help prepare you for your visit. Elf stories, Viking dramas, and murder mysteries.

Iceland has a very strong literary and story telling culture. It is traditional to give books as gifts at Christmas and every Icelander receives at least one book under the Christmas tree.  Iceland also publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world. The majority of books are published and sold in the 2 months running up to Christmas. This is called the jólabókaflóð or the Christmas book flood!

This love of story telling is reflected in Icelandic culture. The famous Icelandic Sagas appeared in written form in the 13th century. During the long dark winters in Iceland a tradition built of communal reading and story telling. What better way to get through the harsh cold conditions then sitting round a warm fire listening to tales, poetry and stories? So not only are they amazing story tellers but they also have a beautiful yet brooding landscape to set them in!

 

BEST ICELAND BOOKS 

FICTION | NON-FICTION

ICELANDIC COOKERY | CHILDREN’S BOOKS

 

The best Iceland Books to read before visiting Iceland featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

THE BEST ICELAND BOOKS - FICTION

A selection of the best fiction books set in Iceland.

THE BEST ICELAND BOOKS - NON FICTION

My choice of the best non-fiction travel books about Iceland.

THE BEST ICELANDIC BOOKS - CUISINE

If you are interested in Icelandic cuisine this selection of the best cookery books is for you!

THE BEST ICELAND BOOKS FOR CHILDREN

My choice of the best Iceland books for children of all ages.

 

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PIN FOR LATER – The Best Iceland Books to Read

 The best Iceland Books to read before visiting Iceland featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

 

Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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21 thoughts on “The Best Iceland Books

  1. Katy Clarke says:

    Ooh thanks for this Tracy. I loved Burial Rites and I think I’d like to read Independent People next. Bookmarking (ahem!) these recommendations for later. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  2. California Globetrotter says:

    I would be particularly interested in reading the books on how tourism is impacting the environment there! I really want to visit Iceland but don’t want to contribute to its demise! Pinned! #FarawayFiles

  3. Marcelle Simone Heller says:

    I love crime stories written by Icelanders. They are so moody and nature is described in details so that I almost feel like traveling this amazing wild place. I’ve yet to visit myself and hope that I’ll be able to read some of your suggested books before.

  4. Eniko says:

    Interesting post. Must say I am guilty not reading many books, but it is something I want to change. Great recommendations here. I visited Iceland in the summer, but want to return in the winter as well to see a different side if the country.

  5. Eva says:

    Your fiction picks seem really interesting! Thanks for the inspiration, I’ve been meaning to discover some new authors and books to read but wasn’t really finding something that seemed to click.

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