Ra­re land

ELLE Decor (Italy) - - English Text - words by Fla­via Gior­gi — pho­tos by Jé­rô­me Gal­land/ Milk/ Ve­ga Mg

On the Tröl­la­ska­gi pe­nin­su­la, in the far nor­th of Ice­land, an old farm com­plex has been tran­sfor­med in­to a re­sort in the moun­tains. A si­lent, so­lemn, wild land­sca­pe, whe­re vi­si­tors will ex­pe­rien­ce uni­que emo­tions. Bet­ween na­tu­re and le­gend

A han­d­ful of dark cot­ta­ges ne­stling on the val­ley floor amid the bro­wn of the moun­tains and the car­pet of bu­shes and sh­rubs in pa­le win­try to­nes. Wel­co­me to De­plar Farm, in the far nor­th of Ice­land, in the Tröl­la­ska­gim re­gion, one of the wil­de­st areas of Europe. The 18th cen­tu­ry farm com­plex was bought by Ele­ven Ex­pe­rien­ce in 2015, to be tur­ned in­to a ho­tel. The buil­dings that ma­ke up the re­sort ha­ve grass- co­ve­red roofs, fol­lo­wing the an­cient Vi­king tra­di­tion, whi­le the wood- clad walls are in­ter­sper­sed wi­th whi­te win­do­ws. The in­te­riors re­veal a con­tem­po­ra­ry spi­rit, free from ex­cess, whe­re the fur­ni­shings draw on the mu­ted to­nes of Nor­dic de­si­gn, en­li­ve­ned by the oc­ca­sio­nal clas­sic Ita­lian piece. The­re are on­ly thir­teen rooms and a sin­gle ta­ble that runs the leng­th of the di­ning- room. The me­nu has been lo­vin­gly crea­ted by Chef Ale­xan­der Thor­steins­son and his wi­fe An­drea, who in­ter­pret Scan­di­na­vian nou­vel­le cui­si­ne wi­th the va­rie­ty of­fe­red by lo­cal and sea­so­nal pro­du­ce. Other com­mu­nal areas for tra­vel­lers stay­ing at De­plar Farm are the spa and the open air pool, fed by a na­tu­ral hot spring. From Oc­to­ber to Mar­ch, the real emo­tion for vi­si­tors is to im­mer­se them­sel­ves in the night, the light night of the deep nor­th. And wait for the nor­thern lights.

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