De­plar Farm

Troll Penin­sula, Ice­land

Living Etc - - TRAVEL/ETC -

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).

al­ter­na­tive ex­pe­ri­ence place for supreme out­door thrills, The what­ever the time of year.

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

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