Deplar Farm – Iceland
Hotel Type: A luxurious off-grid adventure lodge.
Location: About as remote as you can get – in the far north of Iceland, on the Troll Peninsula, close to the Arctic Circle. It’s a 45 minute flight from Reykjavik to Akureyi, followed by a 90 minute drive. Or if you drive, it 4.5 hours from Reykjavik in the summer.
Style: Traditional Icelandic meets contemporary luxury.
Rooms: 13 supremely stylish rooms, accommodating only up to 34 guests at any one time.
Favourite Room: All the rooms here elegant and stylish. The largest room is named after Iceland’s best-known outlaw, Grettir and located on the main floor. This room has its own mezzanine loft, private sauna and private deck with expansive northerly views.
Ideal For: Adventures and thrill seeking.
Swimming: There is an indoor-outdoor swimming pool at the spa heated by geothermal energy, with a swim up bar.
Dining: All meals are included when you stay. Everything you eat or drink will celebrate the surroundings as well as be farm to fork and utterly delicious. Think locally sourced fish and pasture-raised lambs all purchased from local farmers. All meals are also paired with wines from Deplar’s extensive cellar.
Children: This is an adventure playground for adults and children alike.
Activities: A true adventure heaven, and experiential travel at its best. There is so much to do here, from heli-skiing in the winter months to kayaking, mountain biking, surfing, salmon fishing and hiking in the summer. Most of the activities are included within the price too! Read on to see more activity detail.
Spa: A highlight of any stay here. The spa features an indoor/outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, sauna and steam shower, lounge area, three massage rooms, two isopod flotation tanks, and changing rooms. Treatments are available to combat jet lag, sports fatigue or stress. There are Yoga classes, well equipped gym, and even CrossFit workouts available.
Accessibility: One of the rooms has been modified to accommodate people with disabilities. It has a bigger door to allow a wheelchair in, plus the bathroom and living space are larger, with handrails.
Summer Season Price: £2,791 per night for two people in a Thor ADA or Odin room on an all-inclusive basis (see what’s included).
Winter Season Price: £2,000 per night for two people in a Thor ADA or Odin room on an all-inclusive basis (see what’s included).
Heli-Ski Spring Season Price: £4,6900 per night for two people in a Thor ADA or Odin room on an all-inclusive basis (see what’s included).
Open From: All year round.
When we talk of off the beaten track, Deplar Farm, takes it to the absolute limits. In the very north of Iceland just outside the Artic Circle, what was once a sheep farm, is now a high end luxury lodge. Deep in the rugged geothermic and otherworldly landscape of the Fljót valley, the black timbered lodge with its grass roofs, sits in complete harmony with its wild surroundings. Step inside and you’re greeted by a fabulous mix of impeccable modern design, elegant furnishings and décor, and a team of friendly staff – all experts in their field. Here, you’ll spend your days from one adrenalin rush to the next, and your evenings in complete luxury. Iceland is a land of wonder and adventure, and Deplar Farm has taken both and created a retreat where every experience is legendary.
Each and every one of the 13 rooms is different in design and furnishings. What they all have in common is eclectic décor, deep pile rugs, sumptuous bathrooms with under floor heating and supremely comfortable and sleep inducing beds, and all come with dramatic views. With just 13 en suite rooms in total, five come with king size beds; four have king size beds and a double bed on a sleeping loft; two have queen size beds; one features a king size bed with a lofted lounge area and there’s a bunkroom with four double beds and a very large en suite bathroom.
An expert team of chefs creates a smorgasbord of incredible dishes, using much produce sourced from the nearby farms, rivers and the ocean. The wine list has been given no less thought, delivering perfect pairings with everything. Three course meals in the dining room, with freshly caught salmon or succulent locally reared beef, with the backdrop of the mountains through the floor to ceiling windows, are the things memories are made of. Breakfasts of delicious pancakes, eggs, fresh pastries and smoothies fuel you days, and exquisitely packed picnics for your adventures see you through until your return, for a drink at the bar and the recounting of your thrill-filled day.
For families who love adventure, it doesn’t come more adventurous than this. Deplar Farm can organise itineraries for families, and there’s plenty of equipment and clothing for their younger explorers.
Depending on the season, the list of how to occupy yourself is practically limitless. And during the summer when the days are longer, you have even more time to pack things in. The suggested Winter and Summer itineraries are full of every sort of adventure you could possibly think of. Whatever you want to do, you’ll have an Experience Manager to tailor make your own adventure programme. The Fljót valley has some of the highest snowfall in the world, making it one of the most reliable places to heli-ski, with rolling descents, open bowls and couloirs taking you from summit to sea. On land you can snowmobile, backcountry and cross country ski with a guide, hike, fatbike or horse ride or be taken out on a dogsled. Explore the hot springs and volcanic landscape, or take to the air and see everything by helicopter. On water, the choice is just as wide, with activities on the river, fjords and out at sea. Fish for Atlantic salmon, sea trout and Arctic char, go sea kayaking or even surfing. The waters around Iceland are brimming with whales and Deplar will organise a tour for you. Between October and early April, is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights, so if you’re lucky, they’ll put on a display during your visit. Back at the Farm, when you’re replete with adventure, there’s an indoor and outdoor geothermal pool and Spa with incredible views down the valley, for relaxing.
Due to its remoteness, and boutique nature, most of the activities, specialty equipment and gear are included in your stay. You also have the opportunity to tailor make experiences with the Deplar Farm team, which carry an additional cost.
What’s included in your stay:
- Pre-arrival planning with the Deplar Farm Eleven Experience Team
- Non-private roundtrip airport transfers to the Akureyri Airport (fixed time)
- Guided adventures including surfing, hiking, fat biking, resort skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, group whale watching, kayaking, and lodge activities
- All gear necessary for included activities
- Chef-prepared breakfast, lunch, après, and dinner served daily
- House alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- In-room minibar
- Charter flights and helicopter transfers
- Off-time transfers to Akureyri Airport
- Private airport transfers to all airports
- Guided activities not included in the stay
- Activities provided by third-party vendors
- Reserve alcohol and specialty tastings
- Wellness offerings
Deplar Farm is an Eleven Experience property who are setting a new standard in experiential travel.
Iceland’s sustainable approach to living is world-renowned, and Deplar Farm is no exception. It was renovated using locally-sourced materials, including natural stone from nearby rivers. The architecture thoughtfully attempts to merge with the environment, which inspired the grass-covered roof atop each building. Indoor and outdoor pools are geothermally heated to reduce energy costs. The fantastic food is primarily farm to table too, even including the foraging of wild ingredients like Arctic thyme and local crowberries! Other vegetables are also grown in a greenhouse powered by geothermal heat.