In Reykjavik, Sam Vincent celebrates the end of prohibition with late-night ale and hot dogs at dawn.
Now the ash cloud has settled, Sam Vincent settles into a city of quirky creativity and serious partying.
One volcano seethes and the world shudders, yet for Iceland it's just another day, writes Christine Salins.
It may be icy and isolated but this volcanic hotbed impresses with its beauty, writes Mark Juddery.
Paul Sullivan experiences extreme underwear and ice-fishing in one of Europe's most remote outposts.
Weird, wacky or simply wonderful. You think you've seen it all but these cities will make you look again. Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2009 names the world's top 10 most eccentric cities.
If the cost and the cuisine - burnt sheep's head, anyone? - don't put you off, the attractions of Iceland are priceless.