A stay at Deplar Farm is more than somewhere to sleep, it's a true luxury adventure. Once a working sheep farm, turf-topped cabins comprise a former farmhouse in the remote wilds of Iceland’s far north in the epic Troll Peninsula, framed by looming mountains. Its extraordinary architecture blends wonderfully with the surrounding steely shades of the north Icelandic wilds, and easily affords all-day relaxation in your cosy suite or the elegant spa that features a jacuzzi, infinity pool and flotation tanks. But tear yourself away, because outdoor adventures abound, culminated with indulgent seasonal suppers and the chance to spot the famed Northern Lights.
The hotel's expansive, family-feel dining table plays host to dishes created through a focus on the farm-to-fork movement, using produce from local fishermen and farmers. This extra effort to source seasonal ingredients shines through in the quality, from trout and Icelandic char and salmon to local meats, each paired with a sommelier-chosen wine. You can even request to dine in a remote spot or near the fireplace for a charming evening of romance before enjoying a signature cocktail or local schnapps in the opulent bar and its floor-to-ceiling windows.
Wood-burning fires glow alongside panoramic windows that bring the isolated landscape and accompanying mountain views in, a wonderful backdrop for the sprawling suites, of which there are just 12. Perhaps unsurprisingly for a Nordic innovation, there's a distinct modern-Scandi vibe, with grey-and-white accents, sheepskin furs, reindeer skin covers and natural fabrics providing the feel of total unpretentious luxury, with some even featuring hammocks for two to take in the surrounding landscape.
It's Iceland's nature that makes it world-famous, and Deplar Farm's offerings are endless. Guests plan their wilderness adventures in a guide room, with expert leaders providing friendly advice on the day's activities – perhaps head out hiking, horse riding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or even on the hotel's Arctic sno-cat for epic exploration. In the warmer months, spend picturesque hours salmon fishing, sea kayaking, and mountain biking, or for the ultra-adventurous, there's year-round cold water surfing and swimming with puffins. For something altogether more relaxing, head to the natural hot springs just moments away from the hotel, and on boat trips to spot whale pods. Back at base, the ultra-contemporary spa offers a geothermally heated indoor and outdoor pool, steam room and turf-mound sauna, best enjoyed with interspersed dashes to the plunge pool. There’s even immersion salt water floatation tanks, and it's all perfectly culminated with a dip in the open-air hot tub – which can also be hired for private soaks – either under the glow of the midnight sun or, luck depending, winter's auroral lightshow.