Described by William Morris as ‘Most Unimaginably Strange’, the landscape of Iceland has fascinated and inspired travellers, scientists, artists and writers throughout history. This book provides a contemporary understanding of the landscape as a whole, not only its iconic glaciers and volcanoes, but also its deserts, canyons, plants and animals.
The book takes in historic and modern scientific explications of the landscape and animals, as well as accounts of early visitors to the land. These were fascinating people, some eccentric but most drawn to Iceland by a fascination with all things northern, a desire to experience the land of the sagas, or plain scientific and touristic curiosity. Featuring many spectacular illustrations, this is a fine exploration of a most singular landscape.