A tour of Iceland’s Ring Road

Iceland’s 1,332-kilometre-long ring road, also known as Route 1, runs by some of the most popular tourist attractions on the island, but curious-minded travellers willing to take the odd detour will also be handsomely rewarded. Vas Panagiotopoulos picks his favourite, lesser-known stops along the way

Iceland: the world’s coolest music scene?

Everyone from Sigur Rós to Of Monsters and Men has fought for fame at Iceland’s annual Battle of the Bands. Sophy Grimshaw goes behind the scenes at the event in Reykjavik and discovers a uniquely creative city

Five of the best places in the world for chocolate

Spencer Hyman, CEO of Cocoa Runners, travels the world seeking out the best chocolate by small, independent artisans and has tasted over 6,000 bars. Here, he picks five chocolate hotspots around the world

The world’s best beaches 2016: most unusual beaches

Bored of simple sun, sea and sand? Check out our suggestions for offbeat and out-of-the-ordinary coastlines

Iceland: 101 Hótel, Reykjavik

Cool down in one of Iceland’s sleekest contemporary design hotels says Katie Gatens

Where next in 2016?

To discover the destinations that should be on your radar next year, who better to ask than leading travel editors, adventurers and globe-trotters from around the world? Issy D’Arcy Clark tracks them down

Then and now: what has changed in travel?

When High Life launched in 1973, travel to some of today’s holiday hot spots was unappealing, risky or impossible, says The Independent’s senior travel editor, Simon Calder

The topsy-turvy travel planner: Iceland for snorkellers

Travel from a different angle. This month, swimming between two continental plates of North America and Eurasia in Iceland

The new Ice Age: 10 Icelandic creatives to look out for

As Bjork, queen of creativity in Iceland, turns 50 in November, Issy D’Arcy Clark takes a sneak peak at the other up-and-coming kooky islanders who might be poised to steal her crown, from creators of psychedelic knitwear and minimal techno to surrealist graffiti artists

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

A cool guide to Reykjavik

With eye-popping architecture, seriously good food and a no-holds-barred party scene, Reykjavik packs a serious punch for one of the world’s smallest capitals. Alice Tate meets its most creative residents (and some international bloggers) to find out what’s cool in the Icelandic capital

Ten of the best wild swims

From secluded Icelandic pools to underground swimming holes in Mexico, Kate Rew, director of the Outdoor Swimming Society, picks her ultimate spots for wild swimming