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Some of the best reading available is to be found in the great sagas or historical novels of medieval Iceland, such as Hrafnkels Saga, Egils Saga, Grettis Saga. These are normally found in bookshops under the names of their translators, usually Magnús Magnússon (host of the British TV quiz Mastermind), Hermann Pálsson, or both.The works of Halldór Laxness, the country's Nobel Prize winning author, have also been translated into English, and include The Atom Station, The Fish Can Sing and Independent People.Another book that Iceland-bound travellers may enjoy is Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, which features descriptions of Reykjavík and Snæfellsjökull, the volcano that served as the gateway to the centre of the earth.Titles dealing with Iceland's history and society include: Northern Sphinx - Iceland & the Icelanders from the Settlement to the Present by Sigurour A Magnússon, an easily digestible account of the country's people, places and history; and Iceland Saga by Magnús Magnússon, a valuable introduction to he country's history and literature.Look out also for Letters from Iceland by W H Auden & Louis MacNiece, an irreverent and thoroughly facetious collections of poems, letters and narrative concerning the two poets' journey. Another travel classic, though in a more contemporary vein, is Last Places - A Journey to the North by Lawrence Millman. This collection of side-splittingly funny experiences tells of the author's four-month trip from Scotland to Newfoundland via the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland.





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