• The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland

  • Tips, Tricks, and What the Icelanders Really Think of You
  • By: Alda Sigmundsdottir
  • Narrated by: Alda Sigmundsdottir
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Iceland is in the midst of an unprecedented tourist boom that has brought wealth to the country, but also myriad issues and challenges. Through a series of short essays, this book provides a unique insight into the social and environmental impact that tourism is having on Iceland.

With wit and intelligence, it offers invaluable tips for touring safely, responsibly, and in harmony with the locals. A fascinating resource for anyone interested in contemporary Iceland, and an essential companion for all visitors to the country.

Among the topics addressed in this audiobook:

  • Why now? - Reasons for the tourism boom in Iceland 
  • The impact of tourism on Iceland’s housing market, health care system, law enforcement, search and rescue operations, and more 
  • Klondike fever in the Icelandic tourism industry 
  • Touring Iceland and staying safe: the main dangers of travel in Iceland 
  • Out driving: essential things to keep in mind on Iceland’s roads 
  • What they think of us: complaints that tourists of different nationalities have about Iceland and Icelanders 
  • What we think of them: tourist behaviors that really, seriously irk the Icelanders 
  • Crazy stories of tourists in Iceland 
  • The environmental footprint: depletion of natural resources, pollution, and the physical impact of tourism 
  • Taxing tourists, or not - the endless debate 
  • How the locals really feel about the tourist invasion 
  • The truth about those Iceland myths: jailed bankers, refusal to bail out banks, believing in elves, incest app, promiscuity, disgusting food
  • And much, much more...
©2019 Alda Sigmundsdottir (P)2020 Alda Sigmundsdottir

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Thoughtful, well-written, wryly humorous

This is an entertaining and educational book. The author, who reads the audiobook version, is as good a narrator as she is a writer. And she’s a very good writer. Her prose style is lively and her word-choices delicious. THE LITTLE BOOK is fascinating even if you are not planning a trip to Iceland, as it is a genial study of cultural difference and the corrupting power of investment capital on government and society. Mixing a serious and candid assessment of political corruption in Iceland with an affectionate and skeptical eye for the social consequences of travel, this book is tremendously educational and a sheer delight to listen to. This is also true of the author’s other audiobooks. (And if Alda ever reads this PLEASE record whatever other books you have written!).

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Deceptive! This book is not for tourists.

As a future tourist I was excited to read this book. The title is a lie. It’s totally deceptive. She tricks you into buying this book. Making you think you’re going to get information about traveling around Iceland. But then tells tourists they are uninvited and ruining their country.

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Wrong title

You would expect any book title and cover to connect with its content. Unfortunately it is not the case with The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland. The book over and over how tourism was a disaster for Iceland. And worse how tourists themselves are asshole, uneducated. I suggest the title to be changed to: “Tourists go away, you have destroyed our Iceland”

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strait forward and extremely informative

I really hope the locals can somehow overcome the greed and corruption that is plaguing iceland, before it is too late. Aside from that, thank you for all the helpful information. my wife and I plan on visiting Iceland for our first time around September 2022. we will be sure to shower naked properly ; )

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Educational but it feels a bit offensive

I struggled to finish this, specially because the writer seems to has a hard time hiding her dislike for tourists. I found many educational facts though.

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Regretting 2 things.

I purchased tickets to visit Iceland in 2020, but the trip was canceled. We are finally going to get to go. I bought this book because, being a language teacher, it is important for me to know about the history and culture of a country before I go.
I’m only part way into this book and I’m regretting two things. 1. Buying this book. 2. Buying tickets to Iceland.
I can’t even make myself finish this book. This book makes me feel like I’m a horrible human for even daring to want to see Iceland and the fact that my being there will just contribute to its downfall.
If you are planning on visiting Iceland, don’t buy this book. It has taken all the excitement out of this trip for me and I’m wishing I could go elsewhere.

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Depressing

The author was incredibly critical of every topic and very negative. I had to stop listening after an hour. If the author's intent is to discourage visitors, perhaps a five star rating is appropriate. As an experienced traveler, I was hoping for more cultural insight rather than a political/social rant.

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A must read if you have interest in Iceland.

Love Alda and all her books. Recommend them all and the interesting insights from following her on social media.

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Entertaining and informative

This is a really excellent read if you are looking for some more context about Iceland and Icelanders beyond what you might get from a guidebook. I feel as though I know Iceland much better having read this book.

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Fun and informative!

I am studying tourism in my studies at University. This was a great read! Very informative and fun to listen to. I love hearing a true locals feelings on tourism and all of the tid bits of advice.

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  • M. Diaz-Mercado
  • 05-09-22

A must for visitors

I probably have done this back to front but I have actually listened to this audio book after returning from Iceland. We had such a fantastic time that I wanted to know more about the country and also see whether our experience had been "the real deal". This book is not a travel guide but rather an insighful account of the country's way of life and the impact its increasing popularity as a tourist destination is having on it. I thoroughly recommend it to anyone planning to visit Iceland, as there are many useful tips and info to be aware of prior to embarking on such an adventure.

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  • claire cochrane
  • 05-11-21

full of very useful information delivered

full of very useful info for an upcoming trip to Iceland. written in an informative and witty manner. highly recommend

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  • Susan Jenkins
  • 12-20-20

Interesting

It was an eye opener in to Iceland. It also gave some great tips and is funny. Very down to earth.