Iceland’s harsh location, surrounded by the blustery swells of the Atlantic Ocean, is no deterrence when it comes to offering rustic lodges and cosy accommodation. Its snug cabins, architectural wonders and remote locations come together to offer several wonderful options to perfectly blend outdoor's wilderness with creature comforts, with a hint of luxury thrown in.
Hotel Ranga is a luxury lodge in south Iceland, wonderfully located to explore some of the country's most iconic landscapes. Rooms offer Scandi-style mod cons, with pinewood and furs exuding cosiness, from ‘standard’ wood-panelled cabins to themed suites that represent each continent – stay under African thatched roofs or among the sprawling monochrome of Antarctica. They all boast views of Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, and outside, steamy hot tubs are a magical way to absorb the vast wilds after a long day of exploring, hopefully spotting the ballet of the Northern Lights under the clear, dark skies. Head shark fishing or hiking, on an exciting jeep safari that hugs the extreme terrain, or even a helicopter ride over lava fields and geysers. Expect Nordic fare for suppers, from stews, local lamb and seafood soup, taken overlooking one of Iceland’s best salmon rivers. Their ‘farmers market’ concept shines through, delivering local, seasonal ingredients with an extensive wine list to match. Head here on our Romantic Iceland & Northern Lights itinerary, where you'll drive through spectacular scenery including Iceland's famed 'Golden Circle', with of course, plenty of aurora hunting.
Deplar Farm is tucked away in the remote far north of Iceland, deep in the epic Troll Peninsula. This former farmhouse is all wood-burning fires, Scandi design and furs alongside extraordinary wilderness views, a perfect introduction to its cabins, of which there are only 12. The suites feature neutral fabrics alongside touches of luxury with sheepskin pelts and reindeer skins, with hammocks for two to take in the spectacular surrounds. Its backdrop is just as grand, with acres of remote wilds affording opportunities for snowshoeing, dog sledding, and even an Arctic sno-cat. You'll want to spend time at base, though, if only to take advantage of its elegant spa, where a geothermally heated indoor and outdoor pool lies alongside a steam room and turf-mound sauna – dash in and out of the plunge pool for maximum effect. For an immersive experience there's even a spectacular salt water flotation tank, and a steamy outdoor hot tub is a superb setting to hopefully spot the Northern Lights. It’s all culminated wonderfully with a locally-sourced supper, from Arctic char to trout, before a signature exquisite cocktail as you look out of the floor-to-ceiling windows of the opulent bar. You can combine a stay here with any of our north Iceland itineraries such as our Highlights of Iceland Self-Drive.