Like many, author Stephen Markley loves the idea of travel – the concept of being amongst new communities, surrounded by different customs and (depending on how spontaneous and open-minded you are) learning to improvise and see where the days events take you. Which is why when it comes to traditional travel guidebooks, both he & his publisher Matthew Trinetti found them to be utterly inaccurate.
“Guidebooks today are static and stale. Travelers in today’s connected world are better served by free, curated websites like TripAdvisor, or by asking friends or locals for travel advice. We’re creating a series of storybooks that are fast, fun, and educational.”
Together they’ve published a bold, amusing and startling original book titled Tales of Iceland or “Running with the Huldufólk in the Permanent Daylight” currently one of the bestsellers on Amazon. It’s Markley’s second novel (following on from his wildly successful Publish This Book: The Unbelievable True Story of How I Wrote, Sold and Published This Very Book) and it looks his unusual and peculier travels around Iceland, a country itself that is home to just as many mountain trolls as desirable women.
“Iceland is such a strange, beautiful, and remarkable place. So I was like ‘Oh yeah, I’m a writer. I could totally describe it in unique and bizarre ways. That’s like my job. I like being able to interview glacier researchers and also say the word ‘fuck’ 14 times a page and not worry about what audience I might be offending or boring. That’s what traveling is. You have these moments of clarity and purpose and serenity, but you’re also making masturbation jokes with your friends for the five hours you’re on the road with nothing to do. Basically, I wanted to write something that I’d want to read if I were going to Iceland for the first time.”
Amongst the mountains, glaciers and stunning scenery Markley stumbled into a wildly intoxicated Kiefer Sutherland, held a rather strange interview with Jón Gnarr – Reykjavik’s mayor slash actor / slash comedian, marched desolate hills featured in Game Of Thrones and of course partied with gorgeous Icelandic blondes in Reykjavík on National Day.
Below are some images from his trip along with his extensive interview with Jon Gnarr that will certainly have you raising your eyebrows. You can get hold of Tales of Iceland right here - it’s sure to give you an entirely new perspective on a country that is as much a mystery as it is beautiful.