Travel: Iceland - a surreal place to spend long, heated summer nights

SO YOU all know that Europe and America are continents, while the Atlantic is made of water. But did you know that on long summer nights, when nobody is watching, the Atlantic spawns a country of its own? They call it Iceland, for fun, and incredibly, you can fly there. I just have.

Obituary: Halldr Laxness

Halldr Gudjonsson (Halldr Laxness), writer: born Reykjavik, Iceland 23 April 1902; married 1930 Ingibjorg Einarsdottir (one son; marriage dissolved), 1945 Audur Sveinsdottir (two daughters); died Leikjalundur, Iceland 8 February 1998.

Travel: Sharon and Tracey do Iceland

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Travel: Passport - Magnus Magnusson: 'I may be the UK's king of quiz, but I'm an Icelander through and through'

"PEOPLE ARE always surprised that I have an Icelandic passport. They assume I'm British, and I've lived in the UK all but nine months of my life," says Magnus Magnusson, best-known for hosting television's Mastermind.

Football: Ten things that Crystal Palace's Icelandic international Hermann Hreidarsson might be missing

1 Fish-dominated news. This week's main story in Reykjavik was: "Iceland to set unilateral shrimp quota in the Flemish Cap."

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Iceland 2 Republic of Ireland 4

Football: Dinamo knocked out in disgrace

The Icelandic club KR Reykjavik, with only a handful of wins in European competition, knocked the top Romanian side Dinamo Bucharest out of the Uefa Cup yesterday.

Now that's what I call real mountain biking

Riding through lava fields, dodging geysers and battling against winds so fierce you have to pedal hard to go downhill - John Warburton- Lee cycles across South-West Iceland

Span of Green Gables

From tomorrow, new bridges in Canada and Denmark mean the traveller can bid farewell to troubled waters.

Take the reins in Reykjavik

If dressage isn't quite your thing, why not take your pick of trail-riding holidays? Arctic Experience (01737 218801) is offering five- to-nine-day coastal rides in Iceland for both novice and experienced riders, from pounds 831 excluding flights.

Letter: Goalposts move as Iraqis starve

Letter: Goalposts move as Iraqis starve

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The time: October 15 1964 The place: Akergill Castle, Caithness and Sutherland The woman: Lady Olga Maitland, MP

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Football: Stubborn Iceland thwart Republic

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Volcano blasts ash 14,000ft

A violent eruption from an Icelandic volcano sent clouds of ash and smoke soaring 14,000 feet into the air, meteorologists said.
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