Reading about an area is a terrific way to get in the mood for a trip.  Visitors to Reykjavik should peruse a mixture of travel guides, tourist memoirs, histories of the area and fiction set in the area to get a feel for what the Reykjavik experience is likely to include.  Visitors should also remember that Icelandic is the main language of the area and some language guides along with a pocket translation dictionary would be wise to purchase.

  • Free things to do in Reykjavik, a website that contains all the things you can do in Reykjavik without paying for it.  
  • “101 Reykjavik” by Hallgrimur Helgason is a fictional story which gives readers excellent insight into the local nightlife of Reykjavik. 
  • “Daughter of Fire: A Portrait of Iceland” by Katharine Scherman is a terrific introduction to the area around Reykjavik.
  • “Footprint Reykjavik” by Laura Dixon is a pocket travel guide which ranks attractions to give visitors an idea of what to make sure to see while traveling in Reykjavik.
  • “Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller” by Arnaldur Indridason is a novel which won’t be released until September 2006, but it should be picked up immediately upon release by anyone traveling to the area.
  • “Reykjavik into the new Millennium” by Ari Trausti Guomundsson is a nonfiction book detailing the history of Reykjavik with an emphasis on the natural environment of the area. .

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