Need to know
10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $3859.31 (ISK485,270), excluding tax at 11 per cent.
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.
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.
Children of all ages are welcome, but little Smiths above toddling age will be able to take advantage of more activities.
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.
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.