Those who think that Iceland’s been ruined by American tourists just need to venture further north.
Up in Iceland’s remote Fljot valley, there’s a former sheep farm that’s been converted into a luxury adventure destination far away from the prying eyes of most tourists.
Reaching Deplar Farm in the winter is an adventure on its own. Because Fljot Valley has some of the highest annual snowfall on the planet, one of the main routes to Deplar closes during the winter.
However, visitors who brave the rugged journey will be engrossed in a winter wonderland upon arrival.
The 12-room lodge is a luxurious, remote experience. The rooms, while relatively simple, boast magical views of the nearby mountains and lakes.
While most snowy Icelandic landscapes have activities like skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling, Deplar Farm has heli-skiing. The hotel takes advantage of its remote location by helicoptering guests to the tops of mountains and letting them ski down where they choose. Some of the routes are so remote, they have never before been skied. The first guests lucky enough to ski down are able to name the descents however they please.
Because of the farm’s location on the coast of the Northern Atlantic, guests can suit up in thick wet suits and surf the waves, if they choose. There are also opportunities to spot humpback whales breaching out of the water.
After a day outdoors, guests can return to the hotel for ultimate relaxation. There’s a masseuse who will unwind tired bodies after a day on the slopes and an in-house chef who prepares locally-sourced, modern Icelandic cuisine.
And, before going to bed, guests can relax in the outdoor geothermal spring while watching the northern lights above.
Rooms are available from $1,750 per night.