Aurora Borealis: Iceland is easier to get to from Ireland while  Norway would be two flights and can be quite pricey

My husband has a special birthday next spring and I’d like to surprise him with a trip to see the Northern Lights in January or February. Ideally I(...)

The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull reminded us just how damaging such events can be. However, the most costly Icelandic eruption of recent times was financial in nature: proportionately, the country’s banking bust was even bigger than Ireland’s.

Iceland is a country that, in recent history, has seen many volcanic eruptions that have changed the landscape as well as occasionally sometimes troub(...)

Eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland. Dr Teresa Ubide from Trinity College says the crystals they study come to the surface during an eruption. File photograph: Eric Meola/Getty Images

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a way to track the history and “personality” of a volcano by studying tiny mineral crystals that(...)

Protesters march under an Icelandic and EU flag on Austurvoellur square, across from the Icelandic parliament, in Reykjavik earlier this month, after the government announced plans to withdraw the country’s application for EU membership. Photograph: Anton Brink/EPA

Áramótaskaupið is possibly the most popular television show in the world. Viewing figures for the annual skit – the name roughly translates as “New Ye(...)

Halla Tómasdóttir is a rare creature on a number of fronts: she is a woman working in the very senior levels of finance, she is a financial profession(...)

The new Discovery Sport is the replacement for the outgoing Freelander model.

Somewhere on the side of an Icelandic hill sits a €70,000 new Land Rover Discovery Sport, abandoned and entombed in icy snow. As I write this from the(...)

Self-confessed deal junkie Thor Bjorgolfsson’s riches to rags story is literally the stuff of legend or as the Economist’s Matthew Bishop neatly descr(...)

The Cinémobile, Ireland’s ‘pop-up’ picture house on wheels, is twinning with four other countries to bring independent film to some of northern Europe’s farthest corners. File photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

The Cinémobile, Ireland’s ‘pop-up’ picture house on wheels, is twinning with four other countries to bring independent film to some of northern Europe(...)

German chancellor  Angela Merkel. “In Europe austerity policies have been driven less by economic analysis than by Germany’s moral indignation over the notion that irresponsible borrowers might not face the full consequences of their actions.” Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the world economy appears to be stumbling. For a while things seemed to be looking up, and there was talk abou(...)

Llanberis Pass, in Snowdonia National Park, Wales

I’m searching for family-friendly accommodation in Wales. We are two adults and four children (aged 11, seven, four and two). I’m not interested in a (...)