Young people and cocktails in a bar, Iceland.

Beer and high spirits

In Reykjavik, Sam Vincent celebrates the end of prohibition with late-night ale and hot dogs at dawn.

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Creative potential ... a minke whale dish and reindeer burger at the Icelandic Bar.

24 hours in Reykjavik

Now the ash cloud has settled, Sam Vincent settles into a city of quirky creativity and serious partying.

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Cold land, warm heart

It may be icy and isolated but this volcanic hotbed impresses with its beauty, writes Mark Juddery.

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World's top 10 weirdest cities

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.

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Cold comfort

If the cost and the cuisine - burnt sheep's head, anyone? - don't put you off, the attractions of Iceland are priceless.

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