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Ólafsfjörður, Fjallabyggð, Northeastern Region, 625, Iceland
Starting at $3,500 per room per night
Visit Deplar Farm for a wellness experience offering a customized program that incorporates elements of spa therapies, nutrition, gains and challenges, outdoor adventures and functional fitness. The Fljót Valley in northern Iceland is a gateway for adventures ranging from mountain biking to sea kayaking. Located on a converted sheep farm, Deplar Farm blends into the natural landscape with its black timber cladding and grass-sodded roof, and the floor-to-ceiling windows around the property that embrace the surrounding peaks.
Unique Features: Iceland has one of the lowest population densities in the world and is an incredible destination to get away from it all. Deplar Farm is located in the remote Fljót Valley of northern Iceland with just a handful of resident farmers. Sheep outnumber humans in Iceland by more than 2:1. Deplar Farm is intimate in size and freestanding by design and is designed to get guests out to explore the abundant and breathtaking landscapes that surround the lodge.
Accommodations: Decked out in sheepskin, Moroccan wools, and textured walls, Deplar Farm’s 13 bedrooms are a cozy contrast to the raw landscape outside. Grettir, the master bedroom, has a mezzanine loft with a spacious seating area. The four gallery suites all have mezzanine-style lofts with hammocks and day beds for lounging or additional guests. The Freyja Room is one of four Gallery Suites. Freyja is located on the main floor between the bar and the dining area. In addition to a king bed, there’s a double bed and hammock in a lofted living space.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Grettir. Named after Iceland’s best-known outlaw, the Grettir room is located on the main floor and is the largest guest room in the house, with a king bed, living area, fireplace, and a mezzanine loft. A spacious bathroom features a double vanity, private sauna, steam shower and soaking tub. Guests love the room’s private deck for its expansive northerly views.
Dining: The basic Icelandic diet hasn’t changed much since the Viking days. Arctic char, north Atlantic salmon, lamb, and skyr are still staples, but the chef prepares them with modern techniques and a dash of international flavor. Neighboring farmers and fishermen make regular deliveries, so menus are always source-to-table. Expect blueberry-topped pancakes, langoustine soup, and pasture-raised lamb, as well as craft beers from local brewers and wines from Deplar’s extensive cellar.
Activities: Activities include wilderness walks, fat biking, and sea kayaking excursions in the summer. In the winter, enjoy the serenity of cross-country skiing and snow shoeing or try snowmobiling to get your adrenaline pumping. Outdoor activities in your itinerary will feature designated periods of silence to encourage you to connect deeply with nature and reap the full benefits of the experience. In summer, you can pick wild blueberries, bursting with antioxidants, from bushes that carpet the countryside around Deplar.
Spa & Fitness: The locally inspired spa treatment menu includes the Viking Sauna, an unforgettable experience that combines breathing techniques and contrasting intense heat with ice-water plunges to challenge you mentally and physically. Men’s and women’s facials designed to support skin in extreme weather using Icelandic BIOEFFECT plant-based EGF products. I-SOPOD Floatation Tank, a sensory deprivation therapy designed to transport you to absolute calm and tranquility. Deplar Farm’s fully equipped gym is the ideal environment to work on enhancing overall fitness.
Location: Olafsfjorour is a town in the northeast of Iceland. The town grew up around the herring industry that was very strong in the 1940s and 1950s. The village Olafsfjorour is more or less still a fishing village today. Like many towns and villages around the coastline in Iceland, the community came into existence at the end of the 19th century and developed mainly in the first half of the 20th century.
Closest Airport: Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF). Ground transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (RKV); 45 minute drive. Commercial airline transfer to Akureyri Airport (AEY) in Northern Iceland; 45 minute flight. Ground transfer to Deplar Farm; 90 minute drive.
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No. Pets are not allowed at this property.
Weddings: No. They do not normally host weddings but they may by special request.
Meetings: No. They do not have the facilities to host large business meetings.
Extra Info: Iceland’s midnight sun means long summer days and endless opportunity for outdoor activities. April through September is prime time for fly fishing and Eleven has access to some of the most exclusive rivers in Iceland. The Fljótaá, a world-class Atlantic salmon and Arctic char river, is in their backyard. Back at the lodge, many guests choose to spend entire days in the spa, hopping from the geothermal-heated outdoor pool to the hot tub.