Celebrating a Gold for Iceland and a Silver for Festivals

We just received some great news: Our Iceland guidebook and European Festivals TV special have both been recognized by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation with Lowell Thomas awards. These awards are considered the most prestigious accolades in the field of travel journalism — and I couldn’t be prouder of the team of people who worked together on these two projects.

Our newest guidebook, Rick Steves Iceland, took the gold in the Guidebook category. Here’s what the judges said:


Iceland seems to fascinate almost every traveler alive, maybe because the name seems so forbidding, maybe because of the geographic remoteness. This guidebook explains the attractions of the big city, Reykjavik, with vigor. But the guide also leaves the city to help with explorations of hiking journeys, visits to volcanoes, glaciers, and thermal waters. The offshore islands receive attention, too. This book is thorough and well-organized.


You can pick up a copy of Rick Steves Iceland here — and Cameron Hewitt, who was instrumental in writing the book, shares some of Iceland’s top travel experiences here.

In the Video Travel Broadcast category, our one-hour public television special Rick Steves’ European Festivals nabbed the silver with this note from the judges:


This host takes what could be a stale topic — European festivals — and, through clever writing and charismatic performance, brings them to life. It’s fun and light-hearted and makes me want to go.


Celebrate! Our one-hour Festivals special is streaming here.