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  • www.icelandreview.com: Iceland Review is an online magazine that strikes a fine balance between serious journalism and touristic concerns; the travel articles are great for scouting destinations. All previous issues are archived and searchable, and a free print version can be found in cafes and hotel rooms across the country. The site links to What's On Iceland (www.whatson.is), excellent for catching wind of scheduled events.

  • www.samkoma.com: Samkoma, which means "meeting place," was set up to foster interchange between Icelanders and Canadians of Icelandic descent, but it also contains the Internet's best collection of Iceland-related links.

  • www.grapevine.is: The Grapevine, a free left-wing magazine found all over Iceland, is a terrific resource for reviews of art, music, dining, shopping, and trips within Iceland. All issues are archived and searchable online.

  • www.nat.is: The homepage of Nordic Adventure Travel delivers on its cheery promise: "We cover everything you are coming to enjoy! The whole island is air conditioned!" The endless links are particularly helpful for those planning a fishing, hunting, or hiking adventure. Click the trail icons on a national map, and detailed trail maps and descriptions appear.

  • http://blog.icelandexpress.com/iceland: This blog, run by budget airline Iceland Express, is titled "How Do You Like Iceland?" -- a question visitors are asked continuously. Entries are much more informed, candid, and amusing than you'd expect from an airline website.

  • http://kort.bok.hi.is: Antique Maps of Iceland has high-resolution digital files of vintage, pre-1900 maps of Iceland. Some 16th- and 17th-century maps include great captions for sea monsters popping their heads out of the ocean. One reads, "He hath been seene to stand a whole day together upright upon his taile . . . and greedily seeketh after mans flesh."

  • www.edjackson.ca/19thcenturyiceland: Ed Jackson is a connoisseur of rare and long-forgotten Iceland travelogues, and his website Travels in 19th Century Iceland presents absorbing extracts with period photographs and illustrations. Entries are cross-indexed by location (Reykjavik, T?ingvellir, and so on) and themes such as dress, customs and manners, and children.

  • www.icelandicmusic.is: This new government-sponsored site, titled Icelandic Music Export (IMX), is a great way to sample the country's music scene. Features include news, events, downloadable videos, podcasts, and links to homepages of Icelandic artists. The Icelandic Music Page (www.musik.is) is another excellent site with links for musical events throughout the country.

  • www.halfdan.is/vestur/vestur.htm: The Emigration from Iceland to North America is the best site for non-Icelanders of Icelandic descent to trace their ancestry and find living relatives.

  • Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.