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The Eleven Experience group opened their third European property in April 2016, choosing Iceland as the home of Deplar Farm. Situated in remote valley in Northwest Iceland, surrounded by 3,000ft peaks, Deplar Farm is being transformed from a working sheep farm into the ultimate wilderness retreat. The lodge offers all the amenities of a 5* hotel, with an in-house chef, private concierge and chauffeurs, whilst activities are led by a team of expert guides.
In the winter months, Deplar offers an unbeatable experience skiing experience. Enjoy immaculate powder soft slopes, getting dropped at a mountain peak by helicopter, and skiing all the way to the ocean shore. For those who prefer to ski on piste, there are three lifts to carry skiers to the top of the slopes, where you can choose between cruising down gentle slopes or steeper inclines, back down to sea level. Closer to the farm, sledding in the hills around the farm is on offer for little ones and grownups alike, before hot chocolates back at the lodge. Aspiring Arctic adventurers can take a tricked-out Arctic truck out into the wintery landscape and really test its limits. If you're lucky, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, but even if they don't arrive you will be treated to spectacular scenes in the night sky.
During the warmer months (bear in mind that this is Iceland so 'warmer ' is relative), Fisher(wo)men can indulge in 'The Holkna Experience', the signature salmon fishing experience, accessible by helicopter from Deplar Farm. The Holkna River flows through northeast Iceland, and offers world-class Atlantic salmon fly-fishing, in glacial clear rivers. Venture even further north, into the Arctic Circle to explore the tiny community of Grimsey. Inhabited since the Vikings, a few courageous fishermen and a million birds call live on the beautiful island. Also on offer is mountain biking, snorkelling with Puffins, hiking, and sea kayaking. Braver guests can spend a morning sea swimming before heading back for a hot coffee, although as sea temperatures in Iceland range from 2 - 8C° this isn't for the faint of heart! Back at the lodge, there is a plethora of activities available, including snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowcat tours.
World-class ski and salmon fishing, a luxurious lodge in the wilderness, and all within 5 hours travel of the UK - what's not to love?
Harriet, Original Traveller