Lord of the ring road: see Iceland through the windscreen

A driving holiday around Iceland’s Golden Circle and south coast gives a widescreen view of its cinematic landscape   Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including Travels through History : France Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

Iceland’s burning wine: a taste of the ‘black death’

Brennivín was traditionally drunk to wash down rotting shark. Now this caraway-infused aquavit is firing up cocktails from Reykjavik to Brooklyn

The xx’s Romy Madley Croft: my favourite places in Reykjavik

The xx recorded parts of the I See You album in Reykjavik. It was so inspiring they’re holding the Night + Day Iceland festival there in July. Here, the singer-guitarist reveals the band’s city highlights

Just chillin’: welcome to Iceland’s wild, wild Westfjords

Iceland’s popularity with tourists doesn’t mean that solitude is hard to find. Head west to its fjords and splendid isolation and nature are close at hand

Escape from the Blue Lagoon: Iceland, beyond Reykjavik

Away from the increasingly crowded capital region, there are new ways of exploring Iceland’s untamed landscapes – and a hotel that looks like a Bond lair