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Last updated: 27 January, 2023
Expert travel writer: Oliver Berry

Once a sheep farm, this lavish getaway is lost in the wilds of the Troll Peninsula. You’re really out in the sticks here: the nearest town is Akureyri, a rugged 45-minute drive that requires a 4×4.

With its sleek surfaces, rustic materials and minimalist design, it’s a model of Scandi chic – but it somehow manages to feel cosy too, with sheepskin rugs, textiles and leather armchairs giving it the feel of a traditional Icelandic lodge (the building has a grass roof, a nod to the tradition of turf houses).

There’s a luxurious spa, a geothermally-heated pool and all meals are included – but it’s the views that really sell this place: a wall of glass offers uninterrupted views over the wild valley.

Even better, many adventures are included in your stay – from trekking to horse riding. There are thirteen rooms, or if you have the cash, the whole place can be booked out as the ultimate Icelandic retreat.

Surrounding area

The lodge is surrounded by mountains and the nearest neighbour is nearly an hour away. It’s gloriously remote and pin-drop quiet – a place to really leave the outside world behind. The only way to the farm is via rough, rugged tracks that can only be navigated by 4×4.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: None
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: On-site (free)
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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