Troll Peninsula, Iceland
the lowdown a five-star lodge close to the arctic circle.
Best for adrenaline junkies who want to get away from it all. located on northern iceland’s amusingly named troll peninsula, deplar Farm is a stunning contemporary lodge, which doubles up as the perfect base for daredevil pursuits. a former sheep farm that has been converted into a luxe hotel, there are 13 cosy bedrooms, each kitted out with sheepkskins, native artefacts and textured walls. the prime suites offer dreamy hammocks for two and panoramic views. in the communal areas, enormous windows draw the ice-capped mountains inside and the lounge features an open fireplace and oversized sofas to snuggle up on after a hard day outdoors. there’s plenty to do virtually all year round. in winter, try cross-country and heli-skiing, snowmobiling and sledding. visit during the summer months and it’s all about hot spring tours, horseriding, kayaking and surfing. Your best chance of catching the northern lights falls between september and april. the spa has two i-sopod flotation tanks and a steamed, open-air geothermal pool, complete with a swim-up bar, where native schnapps shots are all in a day’s work. meals consist of farm-to-table fare, including locally caught salmon and mountain lamb.
Book it double rooms from £1,830 per night, including activities, meals, drinks and transfers (elevenexperience.com).
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CLOCKWISE From Far left taxidermy takes centre stage in the Grettir room; marvel at the Northern lights; replenish your body inside and out at the spa; soak in a chic bath after an action-packed day; and the view from the Flóki suite