Similarly to the previous guide, this one also offers itineraries for both day hikes and multi-day treks. Both guides cover similar areas and all the major hiking destinations, although Dillon’s guide covers a few more (Reykjanes, Akureyri, the Wesfjords, Snaefellsnes and Snaefell).
This guide, however, has way better maps. While in the previous guide, the maps look like basic representations of the terrain, in this one you will find images of topographic maps with printed GPS waypoints.
The photos in this guide are also much better because this book is slightly bigger than the previous guide, so the images are also bigger. However, what I liked the most about this book is its geological theme. The author (PhD. in geology) also provides a geological description of each location, making the book a good read in itself.
Last but not least, the guide also explains how to get to each location by public transportation. This is a big plus if you are not renting a car while in Iceland. The author also updated the guide with paper notes about changes to public transportation schedules and itineraries, which is a nice touch.
Overall, you can feel the author’s passion in this guide – and it’s rather contagious.