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

Tracey MacLeod knew that Reykjavik was Europe's coolest destination. But that was about it...

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."

Football: Keane ready to take full control

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

At first we thought we could ride it out, but it was heart-rendingly difficult...

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

Foxtrot on the wing and not a fowl in sight

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Football: Stubborn Iceland thwart Republic

Republic of Ireland 0 Iceland 0

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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