This book is a series of impressions of Iceland drawn from a ten week visit to Iceland in the summer of 2003 (and also a little time in the Faroe Islands, Shetland, and onboard boats on the North Atlantic). As all travel books, it is written in the conviction that the visitor knows something more about the places described that those who live there. What follows is Iceland through British eyes.The British Academy are responsible for this book, though they don't know it. It is the British Academy who sent me, a lecturer at Britain's Northumbria University, to the University of Iceland, to write a book - though not this one. The book they wanted written and which was written is A Comparative Syntax of Old English and Old Icelandic (published Peter Lang, 2004). You don't want to read that one. But you do want to read this book.Sane folk fly to Iceland. It's not all that far by air, whether ...