Summer Reading for Iceland Vacations

Recommended reading for your Iceland riding vacation and travels, including horse books, guidebooks, fiction and more!

by Darley Newman

Summer is approaching, and we are getting ready to travel again. That means that I am reading up on horses around the world and great travel destinations, particularly at this point, Iceland.

If you are looking for some summer reading for your Icelandic riding vacation, I can recommend a couple of books.

General Guidebooks & Novels

A Good Horse Has No Color by Nancy Marie Brown
I really enjoyed this candid look at Icelandic horse culture. In the book, author Nancy Brown, who has already visited Iceland several times to study Icelandic sagas, returns to Iceland to search for the perfect Icelandic horse. She is keen to bring an Icelandic horse back to her farm in Pennsylvania. In her quest for an Icelandic, she becomes part of the country's tightly knit horse-breeding community.

Brown writes, "With the islands to our left, we rode on hard-packed sand, the tapping of our horses' hooves making music with the wind as seabirds' cries. I could feel time almost stop, suspended in the wet air between sea and sky, as history clustered all around us."

Independent People (Paperback) by Halldor Laxness
From Publishers Weekly-- Originally published in 1946 and out of print for decades, this book by the Nobel Prize-winning Icelandic author is a treat–– filled with satire, humor, pathos, cold weather and sheep. 

Insight Guides Iceland (Paperback) 
Sixth Edition edition (April 1, 2011) 352 pages
This guide covers the whole of the Iceland with full-color photographs and maps throughout.

The Rough Guide to Iceland 4 (Rough Guide Travel Guides) (Paperback) by David Leffman 
4th Revised edition edition (June 21, 2010)
The Rough Guide to Iceland is your complete handbook to uncovering the delights of Europe’s largest glacier. From Reykjavik’s nightlife to the dramatic Western Fjords and table-top mountains to the rich birdlife of Lake Myvatn, the full-colour introduction highlights all the ‘things-not-to-miss’.

Equitrekking Coffee Table Companion Book & DVD

Equitrekking Travel Adventures on Horseback by Darley Newman with Photographs by Chip Ward available at
This companion to our PBS TV series, Equitrekking, proves that the world's most beautiful views are often best seen from atop a horse. We feature dozens of scenic rides in the U.S. and around the globe, including Iceland.

Denver Post review: For horse folk and dreamers, as well as fans of the show, it's a beautiful trip through stunning equestrian-friendly possibilities.

Equitrekking DVD's featuring Emmy winning PBS episodes, available in the Shop section of 

Get off the beaten path to see some of the world's most beautiful horses and classic riding destinations with host and equestrian travel expert Darley Newman with Emmy Award-winning Equitrekking, the horseback riding travel series on PBS. 

Season One: Vermont, the Carolinas, Georgia Coast, Wyoming, Colorado and Spain.

Season Two: Iceland, Coastal Ireland, Hawaii's Big Island, Irish Countryside, Maui, Virginia Hunt Country and California Wine Country.

Season Three: Arizona, Belize, Costa Rica, Kentucky, Quebec, Texas and Utah.

Season Four: Southern Spain, Alaska, Central Turkey, Quebec City and Beyond, Scotland and Wales.

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If anyone else has summer reading suggestions, please post them.

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