Embrace Iceland’s midnight sun and seemingly endless days to embark on an adventure of epic proportions.
Let us transport you to a parallel world. Your destination – the extremely remote Fljot Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland. It is the height of summer – wildflowers carpet the meadows, and there’s sunshine at midnight allowing plenty of time for round-the-clock explorations. And between the fjords of Skagafjörður and Eyjafjorðu lies Iceland’s most acclaimed property – Deplar Farm.
Deplar is a former sheep farm, and although there is nothing remotely rustic here, the property is a celebration of its rugged past.
The 13 rooms are aptly named after Norse gods and stylish Hygge interiors flow throughout eminating a pervading warmth that is in stark juxtaposition to the raw landscape beyond: barren peaks, glacial rivers, lush green valleys and mirrored lakes showcase a breathtaking cinematic scenery. The possibilities for adventure are unlimited and Deplar Farm offers a new standard in experiential travel with authentic, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Bona fide Icelandic architecture is sympathetically transformed with a traditional turf roof; floor to ceiling windows showcase the majestic Narnia-esque backdrop of sheer, isolated beauty as far as the eye can see.
For those seeking solitude and the pursuit of some of the finest salmon fishing be assured that Iceland is a paradise. During the fly-fishing season, which lasts from April through September, Iceland boasts some of Europe’s finest salmon rivers. The Fljótaá is one of them – and its headwaters are at Deplar Farm. Helicopters are on standby and open up a wealth of fishing opportunities, including the Húseyjarkvísl which offers both world-class trout and salmon fishing.
Intrepid travellers wishing to strike through their bucket list will find the sea trout running in April allowing the rare chance to heli-ski and catch trophy fish on the same day. When the weather turns and winter arrives, Deplar Farm shows another side of its character. A snow-capped, alpine wonderland, the Fljót valley sees some of the highest average snowfall on the planet. It is now that skiing becomes the primary focus, early season provides prime powder skiing conditions while longer sunny days translate in to perfect spring skiing.
Equal thrills can be sought through ‘fat biking’, snowmobiling and dog sledding. The other benefit to visiting Deplar Farm in winter is the chance to catch the Northern Lights, an otherworldly dance of green and blue that streak the night sky providing a sight so celestial it will take your breath away.
Regardless of the season, back at the lodge, comfort remains luxuriously consistent. Sink in to the geo-thermal heated indoor/outdoor pool, hot tub, steam or sauna. Ease aching muscles with a massage in the Viking Spa. Drink in the primordial scenery with a cocktail in hand, then dine on sublime farm-to-table food executed by Deplar’s resident chefs who succeed in effortlessly celebrating the best of Icelandic produce. Iceland truly is a world apart with Deplar Farm the gateway to a plethora of extraordinary adventures.
Casting a line further afield
Dedicated fishermen and women may like to take their fishing one step further. The pristine rivers of southern Iceland are clear enough to see the salmon, giving a rare opportunity to learn through watching the behaviour of the fish.
Laxa I Kjos, accessible by road or helicopter from Reykjavik, is the centrepiece of one of the most scenic, glacially forged valleys in southern Iceland and enjoys a prolific salmon run. In summer, extended light means more time fishing – you can be on the river until 10pm to land salmon in one of the many amazing pools. The attractive wooden lodge at Laxa I Kjos is comfortable with excellent food and is situated on the river looking towards the legendary Laxfoss.
The East Ranga, also in the south of Iceland, is one of the country’s most acclaimed rivers. Not only is it a beautiful river in spectacular surrounds, more importantly for the avid fisher, it is one of Iceland’s most productive rivers and averages an extraordinary annual catch of 3,000 salmon. Its convenience from Reykjavik means that you can be fishing hours after landing. The lodge at Ranga was designed specifically for fishing teams and boasts panoramic views of the river and the “Queen of Iceland” – the legendary snow-capped volcano Hekla.