Quite an avalanche of observation (and considerable slag) with gossip about the countries of the ""Viking circle"" by a seasoned travel book hand. The magnetic fields of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are visited as well as (up 'till now) less-trodden ways of Finland, Iceland and Greenland. Thanks to Mr. Simpson's weathered eye for spectacular natural phenomena--the fire and snow in Iceland, Greenland's icy mountains, water, islands and sky--and temper for historical entertainments, the solid information outweighs the cafe chatter. However, the author cannot resist some sniggering appreciations of sex mores in Sweden and Denmark, which leads to an inane ""interview"" with a quartet of Swedish damosels and a happy view of the nude bathing of a Finnish poet's wife. Nevertheless, in spite of some incidental silliness, Mr. Simpson does well with travels any able-bodied, but not really fearless tourist, could embark upon. History, scenery, cities, outposts, and people here and there for the not-too-bizarre journey.