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Troll Peninsula, Iceland

Deplar Farm

Rates per night from$3,943.68

Price information

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Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (ISK485,270.27), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Turf-topped former farmhouse


Fire, ice, and everything nice

Former sheepcote turned adventurers' haven Deplar Farm, a luxury hotel in Iceland's Troll Peninsula, plays coy, with its humble turf-roofed barns, but its modern-Icelandic interior feels cosily luxurious and styled to accommodate 21st-century wanderers; walls of windows frame an otherworldly landscape of mountains, streams and a glittering lake. Skiing, surfing (yes, really), trekking and horse riding are on offer for guests (some adventures are gratis, too) and an elegant spa with views and pools heated by geothermal energy await relaxation-seekers. Meals are included and courtesy of local farmers, brewers and fishermen, and come evening you can warm up by the fire with your Mr or Mrs Smith, or partake is a schnapps-inspired singalong. Brave the cold in song breaks for a chance of spotting the Northern Lights dance.

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Photos Deplar Farm facilities

Need to know


12 suites.


10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $3943.68 (ISK485,270), excluding tax at 11 per cent.

More details

Rates include all meals, two guide-led adventures a day (including all the equipment you’ll need), house alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers from Akureyri, and the services of an experience manager.


Limber up with private or group yoga sessions; choose from ashtanga, kundalini, easy flow and family-style. All sessions end with a spot of relaxation and reflection. Surfers should note that although it's possible to catch ice-cold waves at certain times of year, riding waves is dependent on Northern Iceland's ever-changing weather.

At the hotel

A ‘gear room’ stocked with all manner of sporting kit, spa and steam room, outdoor turf-mound sauna, gym, yoga studio and flotation tanks, library, lounge, media room, guide room, free WiFi throughout and laundry services. In rooms: Aesop and Kiehl’s bath products, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and a daily-restocked minibar filled with free goodies (dried fruit, roasted nuts, hummus and crackers, soda, juice, house-brand alcohol and bottled water).

Our favourite rooms

Top-floor gallery room Floki is especially spacious and has a treehouse-style mezzanine loft with a hammock-for-two, and windows on three sides, so you’ll get near-panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and streams. For traditional Icelandic style, opt for southwest-facing Guðrún; you’ll catch the first rays of morning sun, too.


In the spa, there’s an indoor-outdoor saltwater pool, kept toasty by geothermal energy, with a swim-up bar. Swim under the midnight sun in summer, or stargaze on long winter nights. On the opposite side of the farm house, there’s an open-air hot tub, which can be booked for private soaks.


Minimalist in design, the airy spa prompts you to focus on relaxation and the lunar-like mountain range framed by floor-to-ceiling windows. There’s a masseuse on hand who’s skilled in Swedish, deep-tissue, shiatsu and jet lag-busting pummelling, and additional therapists can be recruited as needed. After your treatment, meditate in an i-sopod flotation tank, limber up with a yoga session, relax in the sunroom, or hop from the steam room to the unheated plunge pool. Deplar Spa also offers personal and CrossFit training, and post-ski stretching sessions.

Packing tips

Bring your stretchy yoga-wear, stylish thermals, cosy jumpers and favourite pom-pom-topped beanie – you’ll fit right in.


Deplar Farm’s common areas are wheelchair-accessible, there’s a lift to all floors, and the Thor Suite is fully adapted.


Kids of all ages are welcome; baby cots are available on request, meals can be adapted for little Smiths’ tastebuds, and adventures can be tailored to suit the whole family.

Best for

Children of all ages are welcome, but little Smiths above toddling age will be able to take advantage of more activities.

Recommended rooms

Perfect for pint-sized Icelandic slumber parties, Álfahóll has two sets of bunk beds and room for a fifth twin-size bed. All other rooms have space for a baby cot, but older children will need to stay in separate rooms.


Outdoor adventures can be tailored for family fun.

Swimming pool

Supervised little Smiths are welcome in the swimming pool.


There’s no specific children’s menu, but the kitchen team will happily adapt meals to suit younger palates, and heat up bottles and baby food. High chairs are on hand too.


With a week’s notice, babysitting (£50 an hour) can be arranged for bookings of three hours or more.

No need to pack

Baby cots, bottle-sterilising facilities, highchairs and booster seats, books, puzzles, craft supplies, toys and entertainment tablets are all available at the hotel.


Bicycles of all sizes – with matching helmets to boot – are on hand to borrow for family spins around the rugged landscape.

Food and Drink

Photos Deplar Farm food and drink

Top Table

Get to know your neighbours at the family-style dining-room table, or sneak away to a more secluded spot in the garden or next to the living room’s fireplace.

Dress Code

Wear the clothing equivalent of Icelandic Snúður – as cosy and comfortable as you please.

Hotel restaurant

In Deplar Farm’s dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows at one end of a long wooden table frame the dramatic surroundings. A stacked-stone fireplace at the other end adds a healthy dose of hygge to leisurely evening meals. Ingredients for Deplar’s farm-to-table fare are provided by local fishermen, farmers and brewers, and include mountain lamb and salmon or char caught in the nearby stream. Freshly baked bread comes slathered in salted butter, but save room for the langoustine soup, a particularly cockle-warming dish. All meals are paired with wines from Deplar’s extensive cellar. Breakfasts are a lavish affair with Icelandic pancakes, fresh pastries and fruits, smoothies and eggy favourites including huevos rancheros; gourmet packed lunches will simultaneously fuel your days of adventure and put brown bags of your past to shame.

Hotel bar

Snag a seat at the horseshoe-shaped bar and order a round of Icelandic schnapps shots, bottle of wine or your cocktail of choice. Challenge your partner to a game of pool or darts, or simply stake out a spot on the wraparound deck and enjoy the dramatic scenery. In the evenings, curl up on an oversized sofa by the open fireplace, play with an instrument from the bar’s fully-equipped band stage, or get into the groove with the farm’s fierce karaoke parties (rifle through the costume chest first to really jazz up your routine). There’s also a swim-up bar at the edge of the indoor-outdoor pool, so you won’t need to leave the geothermally-heated waters when you fancy a refreshing craft beer mid-dip.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from from 8am to 10am, lunch from noon to 2pm, and dinner – with a view of the Icelandic sunset – from 6pm to 10pm.

Room service

Officially, there’s no in-room dining, but all of the treats in your fully-stocked minibar are free, and staff are flexible if your day’s adventures have worked up an out-of-hours appetite.


Photos Deplar Farm location
Deplar Farm
Deplar 570, Fljot


Akureyri Airport is 150 kilometres away, a journey of about three hours by car; hotel transfers are included in your room rate. Ring up our Smith24 team and they’ll happily sort out flights for you. Rekjavik’s Keflavik International Airport is about 400 kilometres away; a drive of just over five hours up Iceland’s west coast.


Siglufjörður, the nearest town, is 45 minutes away by car (a four-wheel drive is essential); there’s free valet parking at the hotel. From Reykjavik, it’s a little over five hours by car, although snow cover can slow things down in the winter.


Helicopter and charter flights – there’s a landing strip in the property grounds – can be arranged too.

Worth getting out of bed for

Your stay at Deplar Farm includes two guide-led activities a day, (hiking, clay-pigeon shooting, whale watching and horse-riding are included if you've booked a full experience stay, but there's an additional charge for heli-skiing) so come prepared to explore northern Iceland’s wilderness and all it has to offer. Adventures are planned in the guide room, and all the equipment you’ll need can be found in the hotel’s play room: snowmobiles, surfboards (and thick wetsuits), fishing gear, snowshoes and even a custom Sno-Cat for off-off-road exploration. Activities change seasonally, in winter dog-sledding is thrown into the mix, and in the summer you can try your hand at archery, fly-fishing or frisbee golf, or go for day hikes through valleys, along dramatic cliffs, and by thundering waterfalls. Year-round pursuits include relaxing in Iceland’s famous natural hot springs and venturing out to sea in search of wandering whale pods.

Local restaurants

All meals are included with your stay at Deplar Farm, but if you want to dine further afield for a meal, make your way to Siglufjörður at the northernmost point of Troll Peninsula. Local favourite Kaffir Raudka is the place for dinners of fresh fish soup, mussels and shrimp, or hashed fish on rye bread. For laid-back lunch, snag a table at Harbour House Café and order plates of pan-fried trout, smoked herring, and shrimp salads; all best paired with a local craft beer, of course.


Photos Deplar Farm reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this adventure-fuelled hotel in the Troll Peninsula and unpacked their 66°North jackets and woolly lopapeysa jumpers (the yoke design favoured by locals), a full account of their luxury adventure break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Deplar Farm in northern Iceland…

Breathe in the fresh air and unmistakable aroma of a wood-burning fireplace as you enter Deplar Farm’s understated Icelandic-style lobby. Most of the walls in this traditional turf-roofed farmhouse are restored brick from the original building, or huge glass panels that frame the breath-snatching beauty of the surrounding landscape. Sheepskin rugs cosily line the floors and thick, woolly blankets cover the beds. 

Although there’s more than enough to keep you occupied inside – a modern farm-to-table restaurant, pampering spa, cinema room and a bar where you can sip a schnapps and strum a Viking lute if you ask nicely – Deplar Farm is all about the adventure that awaits in the surrounding rugged landscape. In this luxury hotel’s ‘toy room’, you’ll find snowmobiles, surfboards, skis, and all manner of outdoor gear for your daily adventures (included with your stay). Suit up and head out to explore the otherworldly moonscapes and mountains in this northern quarter of the Land of Fire and Ice, before returning for leisurely evenings spent soaking in the geothermal pool under the soft glow of midnight sun or the shimmering dance of the Northern Lights.

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