TRAVEL INSPIRATION – Luxury Resorts in Iceland

In the last five years, Iceland has become a hotspot destination among adventure seekers, honeymooners, and families. Thanks to its unspoiled beauty (waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, mountains, and hot springs abound here), the Nordic island country has made a name for itself as a must-visit European locale. (No doubt the fact that it was a filming location for the hit HBO series Game of Thrones doesn’t hurt.) But while Iceland offers an escape to nature unlike almost anywhere else in the world, luxury properties have quickly popped up, meaning you can experience the region’s natural beauty from a 5-star hotel, rather than from a camper van. 

As we inch closer to being able to travel freely again, we wanted to share with you a short list of the most luxurious resorts in Iceland to plan for. 

Hotel Ranga  

Head out of Reykjavik, the nation’s capital, and go south, where you’ll find Hotel Ranga. Gourmet dining, stargazing, and adventures await, all within the Nordic chalet-style property. Deluxe and standard rooms have wooden accents and give off major cabin vibes, while the design of each of the seven suites is centered on a different continent; they also  boast incredible views of the East Rangá River and Mt. Hekla. 

For a little adventure, Hotel Ranga is the perfect jumping off point, and its staff will be able to arrange activities for you. Excursions include hiking, ATVing, and snowmobiling, as well as trips to the nearby Glacier Lagoon and to see the Northern Lights.

Hotel Rangá is more than just a hotel – it is a space to share Iceland’s history and culture with their guests. In that regard, the hotel team has made it their mission to celebrate Icelandic art by displaying pieces made by local artists. The Icelandic art scene has been growing rapidly and receiving international acclaim in recent years, and they pride themselves in sharing many up-and-coming artists with their guests. As you make your way through the hotel, you’ll be invited to take a moment and experience the artwork that has been carefully selected for your enjoyment. The goal is to make Icelandic art more accessible for everyone.

For over twenty years, Hotel Rangá has been at the forefront of the hotel industry in Iceland. The focus has always been on classic Icelandic hospitality, gourmet dining and personal service. Offering everything from cozy Standard rooms to large and spacious Master Suites.

“After years traveling the world as a businessman, I wanted to create a place where guests could experience the best that Iceland has to offer in a luxury setting. Being a hotelier is my passion, and it brings me no greater pleasure than to see a happy guest discovering the fantastic treasure that is our country.”

Friðrik Pálsson

Hotel Grimsborgir 

A secluded oasis in the southern region of the country, Hotel Grimsborgir combines family-run hospitality with spectacular natural beauty. Hotel Grímsborgir is located 70 km east of Reykjavik in the heart of the Golden Circle, nestled on the bank of river Sogid surrounded by stunning landscape. Some of the highlights of Iceland’s nature, geography and history are within easy reach.

Comprising of houses, apartments, and standard rooms, there are a variety of accommodation options, each with their own Nordic charm and an unbeatable view of the surrounding mountains. The hotel consists of 15 buildings with a 24 hour reception, restaurant, event and meeting facilities and accommodation for 240 guests in Superior rooms, Junior Suites, Suites, two bedroom apartments, and 200 m2 Deluxe Apartments. All rooms come with balcony or terrace and access to some of the 29 geothermal hot tubs on site, both private and shared.

Additionally, quad biking, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, diving, and horseback riding (on the area’s famous –– and adorable –– Icelandic horses, no less), are all available only a short drive from the hotel. Finish off your day with a visit to the recently opened Grimsborgir Restaurant, which serves both local Icelandic specialties as well as dishes from around the world.

Hotel Grímsborgir prides itself on its friendly, first class service providing guests with everything they need to make their stay in Iceland more enjoyable.

Deplar Farm 

For the height of luxury, look no further than Deplar Farm. Located on Iceland’s Troll Peninsula, the lodge is nestled in the Northern Icelandic countryside, an estate that was once a sheep farm. Today, it hosts guests in its thirteen premium rooms, also serving as a rustic venue for events like wellness retreats. More than that, the property consists of a geothermal pool with swim-up bar, two helipads, a sauna and steam room, a top-notch spa (that includes two Isopod floatation tanks), a games room, and a fitness and yoga centre. 

The Fljót Valley in northern Iceland is a gateway for adventures ranging from mountain biking to sea kayaking. Located on a converted sheep farm, Deplar Farm blends into the natural landscape with its black timber cladding and grass-sodded roof, and the floor-to-ceiling windows around the property that embrace the surrounding peaks.

The estate is designed to highlight nature and so floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound terraces can be found throughout. They even offer complimentary activities like whale watching, fat biking, and hiking (though other adventures like kayaking, fly fishing, and horseback riding can be arranged). 

Deplar Farm is known for its cuisine. In fact, Garðar Garðarsson, who was voted Iceland’s best chef in 2018, is the man behind the dishes served, which are prepared fresh daily using local Icelandic ingredients like Arctic char, lamb, salmon, and skyr.

In Iceland, sheep outnumber humans by more than 2:1. Although this is true, this does not suppress the importance that this resort puts on the health and safety of their guests. Deplar Farm is intimate in size and freestanding by design and is designed to get their guests out to explore the abundant and breathtaking landscapes that surround the lodge. It will not disappoint.

Kate Shelton
Kate has led a diverse career in both the arts and business management. From dancing with the prestigious National Ballet of Canada to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree at Ryerson to then taking on the entrepreneurial role of running a small business, Kate’s wide range of experience has allowed her to develop a keen eye for art and design. As an avid Crossfitter, Kate has a true appreciation for leading an active, healthy lifestyle. She currently lives in Oakville, Ontario, with her husband and their wonderful son.