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Tales of Iceland Book Description

When American author Stephen Markley was a fresh-faced, impressionable university student in Ohio, he saw Quentin Tarantino describe to Conan O’Brian a trip he’d taken to Iceland.

Supermodels working at McDonald’s,” said Tarantino.

Markley would never forget those words.

Nearly seven years later, a professional success bordering on coming back around to being a failure, Markley set out with two friends for Iceland, and Adventure would ensue. The three young men found a country straddling Europe and the United States, recovering from its 2008 economic crisis, struggling to regain its national identity, influenced by the entire globe yet trafficking in its singular myths and legends.

From drinking late into the night with gorgeous Icelandic blondes to traveling to the farthest reaches of the country, hiking over glaciers, to encountering a drunk, raging Kiefer Sutherland, interviewing Jón Gnarr, the comedian mayor of Reykjavík (who ran on a platform of having free towels at all the swimming pools), to tours of where the Icelandic elves live, Markley brought back the fastest, funniest memoir of an American experience in Iceland. Tales of Iceland is required reading for anyone wishing to travel to this strange, beautiful, and remarkable country.

Join others who have discovered Tales of Iceland!


“This is the way all travel books should be written…”  –Ranjini


“Markley actually made me enjoy reading the history by putting it into the context of the modern day world and seeing it through the eyes of a regular guy just trying to have fun and learn a thing or two along the way.” –Drew


 “I haven’t read anything equally entertaining this year!” –Lola


“It’s definitely worth the purchase and will certainly leave you longing for Iceland.” —Jared


“Markley made a good effort to learn about Iceland and it’s people. The way he describes it in his special, funny and twisted way is brilliant. I feel like he gets us.” –Olga


“Born and raised in Iceland…This book made me smile and laugh.” –Ingunn


“It’s refreshing. Markley’s versatility provides you opportunity to think, laugh out loud, and learn more about Iceland than you would ever expect.” –Charlie


“I can’t describe the feeling I got when I read the chapter about Seyðisfjörður, I really can’t. You just have to read it. It’s amazing…It leaves you desperate for an adventure, a tale of your own.” –Eyglo


“Whether you are about to travel to Iceland or will never travel to Iceland, I recommend taking this journey with Stephen, Trin and Bojo!” –KP


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Media praise for Tales of Iceland


“The book’s most memorable adventures successfully marry anecdote with insight into Icelandic culture.”Chicagoist

“A guide to Iceland as you’ve never read before.” So Bad So Good

“Markley and GiveLiveExplore are pioneering a new type of travel literature that’s fast, fun, and informative, and aimed at the traveler looking for a non-guidebook to Iceland.” News of Iceland

“Tales of Iceland provides a refreshing change of pace to add some diversity to all the look-at-how-cool-I-am travel stories…”Chicago Rants

“Um óhefðbundna ferðamannabók er að ræða samkvæmt rafbókarsíðunni Emmu en höfundur lærði fyrst af öllu þrjú íslensk orð: takk, skál og skyr.” (to be clear, we have no idea what this means)

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