Iceland & Greenland

Iceland & Greenland

DVD - 2004
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See the amazing places and people of this remote land. Formerly known as Lonely Planet series.
Publisher: [United States] : Escapi New Media Studio, [2004]
ISBN: 9781932702316
1932702318
Branch Call Number: DVD 914.91 Ice

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 24, 2015

*Spoiler Ahead!* - Don't you hate being given a video-tour (of a place you've actually considered visiting) by a guide whom you took an (almost) immediate disliking to?

Well, this was the case here for me with this Iceland/Greenland DVD-tour which was given by an annoying ass-of-a-tour-guide named Ian Wright (who I thought was all wrong for giving this excursion across this most-northern landscape).

It certainly didn't help Ian's already unfavourable position much that this DVD was obviously a very cut-rate production (from Globe Trekkers) which also included some really terrible photography.

I mean, this DVD would never entice me to take a trip to Iceland/Greenland, even if it was a freebie.

The absolute nadir of this particular Icelandic tour was the shooting down of a reindeer which (once it was down, but still breathing) promptly had its throat sliced open by the self-satisfied, non-Inuit huntsman. (Spare me!)

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Jan 27, 2012

Iceland and Greenland DVD Contemplating a trip north to the world’s largest island or to the home of the world’s oldest parliament? You’ve got to see this video. Iceland is modern and European. Half it’s population lives in Reykjavik. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t speak English. This is the home of the geyser --- the one from all other thermal hot water fountains take tgheir name. This is gthe home of the world’s third largest glacier. This is the home of numerous volcanoes, some extinct, some dormant and some capable of spewing out lava and ash at a moments notice. And, as our narrator and on camera guests never tire of saying: it is expensive.
Greenland is different. It is huge. It is almost entirely covered by glaciers. The small communities are hemmed in between the ice and ocean. Greenland is more North American. Eighty percent of its people are Inuit with a language very similar to what is spoken by their relatives as close as Baffin Island in Canada.

The photography is beguiling. The kayak roll-overs and the hunt for reindeer is a taste of the real Arctic.
Well worth seeing.

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