ICELAND DEPLAR FARM PRE-ARRIVAL PLANNING GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS NEED TO KNOW
Currency | Documentation Communication | Electricity | Timezone Transportation | Gratuities | Contact Information
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
Lodging Overview | Day In the Life
WEATHER & HOW TO PACK
Geography and Climate |Packing List
ABOUT ICELAND History |Culinary |Reykjavik
DEPLAR FARM CONTACT INFORMATION HAUKUR SIGMARSSON | GENERAL MANAGER Cell Phone: + 354 588 1800 email@example.com
NEED TO KNOW
The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Króna (ISK). Exchanging Euros, USD and other currencies is recommended for travel to Iceland.
For visitors, entry requirements differ slightly depending on place of birth, length of stay and what items accompany the traveler. All persons entering Iceland must travel with a passport that is six months or more from expiration, a return or onward journey ticket, and proof of funds to support the traveler during their visit.
ATMs – Hraðbanki in Icelandic, or Cashpoints, are easily found in cities and towns. Banks will advance cash against main debit and credit cards, exchange notes and cash travelers cheques.
CASH AND CREDIT CARDS We suggest you carry ISK for taxis, tips and other items if you will be spending any time in the country before or after your Deplar Farm experience. It is also recommended that you notify your credit card companies that you will be traveling internationally. Visa and Mastercard are commonly accepted, even for small transactions.
LOCAL LANGUAGE The official language of Iceland is Icelandic, though English is also widely spoken.
CELL SERVICES Check with your cell phone provider to find out about roaming charges that will apply as well as the option of adding an international data plan. Other options include renting a Wifi hotspot or purchasing an Icelandic SIM card. Wifi will be available at most restaurants and hotels so communication via Wifi is most efficient. We have a strong WiFi signal and cell service on property at Deplar Farm.
ELECTRICAL CURRENT In Iceland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. If you are traveling to Iceland from the United States, you will need both a power plug adapter and voltage converter to protect your devices while in Iceland. We have some converters that you can borrow in the office at Deplar Farm if you do not have one.
CHECK-IN AND CHECKOUT Check-in time at Deplar Farm is 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Checkout is 10am on your day of departure. Access to your room is not guaranteed before or after these hours, but you are welcome to relax in our common areas until your room is ready. Please inquire with your Experience Manager for early checkin or late checkout.
COMMERCIAL AIRPORT ARRIVAL SERVICE International flights arrive at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF), 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. Guests must transfer to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport (RKV) in downtown Reykjavik for a 45 minute flight to Akureyri, or drive north to Deplar Farm on their own if they wish to travel by car. If you choose to fly into Akureyri, one of our staff members will pick you up at the airport to transport you the rest of the way to Deplar Farm. We are available to coordinate transportation from KEF to RKV with a private chauffeur for an additional cost. We also provide private charter or helicopter services. If you are interested in any of these additional transportation options, please connect with your Experience Manager. See page 7 for more details.
PRIVATE AIRPORT ARRIVAL Private airports are located in both KEF and Reykjavik Domestic Airport. Private flights can also land directly in Akureyri.
guideline would be between 8% and 12% of the total cost of your stay. This amount will be distributed amongst all staff who have contributed to your stay.
LOCAL TIMEZONE Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
PAYMENT AND CANCELLATION POLICY A 50% deposit is required upon booking to confirm your trip. The final 50% is due 90 days prior to your arrival date. If your booking is made within the 90 day period before arrival then full payment is required at the time of booking. All cancellations must be given in writing. Cancellations made outside of 90 days of arrival date: 100% of deposit will be forfeited OR may be used to secure a trip within 240 days of original arrival date pending availability and potential rate increases. Cancellations made within 90 days of arrival date: 100% of quoted invoice total will be forfeited. Eleven upholds their cancellation policy and thus highly recommends that guests purchase trip insurance to protect themselves from unforeseen complications.
TRIP INSURANCE WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND the purchase of trip cancellation insurance. The Eleven Team can help you arrange trip cancellation insurance with TravelEx or Global Rescue. Please ask your sales representative or Experience Manager.
ELEVEN CONTACT INFORMATION ELEVEN HEADQUARTERS +1 970.349.7761 firstname.lastname@example.org DEPLAR FARM
GRATUITIES AND TIPPING In general, itâ€™s not common to tip in Iceland at restaurants, hotels, taxis, etc. A 10% tip at these establishments is appreciated if service is outstanding. Gratuities are never expected at our properties, but if you would like to leave a tip for the Eleven staff, a
+354 415-4900 MARGARET KRISTINSDOTTIR LODGE MANAGER, DEPLAR FARM email@example.com
RECOMMENDED TRAVEL INSIGHTS By Plane: International flights arrive at the Keflavik International Airport (KEF), 45 minutes from downtown Reykjavik. American Airlines, Delta, United, WOW Airlines, and Icelandair service KEF. Guests must transfer to the Reykjavik Domestic Airport (RKV) in downtown Reykjavik for a 45 minute flight to Akureyri. We are happy to coordinate this transfer via private chauffeur at an additional cost. Upon arriving in Akureyri, an Eleven employee will be there to drive you the remaining 90 minutes to Deplar Farm. Ground transfers from Akureyri to Deplar Farm are included in your stay. By Car: The drive between Reykjavik and Deplar Farm is about 4.5 hours. We do not recommend driving to Deplar Farm between November - May due to snow and possible inclement weather. Ask your Experience Manager about current road conditions, directions, and pass closures before departing on your drive from Reykjavik to Deplar Farm.
ABOUT THE PROPERTY
LODGING OVERVIEW DEPLAR FARM PROPERTY DETAILS Deplar Farm is a recently converted sheep farm on the Troll Peninsula in northern Iceland. The property includes: • Thirteen en suite bedrooms - ten king suites, two queen suites, and one bunk room with four beds • Max capacity of 32 people • Geothermal indoor/ outdoor pool with swim-up bar • Sauna and steam room, indoor and outdoor hot tubs • Premium spa facility including two Isopod flotation tanks • Two helipads • Bar, lounge, gym, yoga studio, and conference room
A DAY IN THE LIFE “BEST DAY EVER” No two days are the same at Deplar Farm. You will communicate with your personal Experience Manager to customize an itinerary for your stay. Rise early and enjoy the sauna and a morning yoga class followed by a delicious chef prepared breakfast. After breakfast, explore the Fljot Valley and take in all of the beauty that the surroundings have to offer. Return to Deplar Farm for lunch and relax in the expansive spa area. Spend the afternoon horseback riding along the coast or fat biking the area’s rugged single track trails. Wrap up the day with a gourmet dinner followed by a bonfire and drinks at the lodge.
ROOM DETAILS GRETTIR
Named after Iceland’s best-known outlaw, Grettir is located on the main floor and is the largest guest room in the house, with a king bed, living area, fireplace, and a mezzanine loft. A spacious bathroom features a double vanity, private sauna, steam shower and soaking tub. Guests love the room’s private deck for its expansive northerly views.
Located in old Deplar Farm, Snorri honors the minimalist aesthetic of traditional Icelandic farmhouses, yet no detail is spared. Snorri has a king bed and views to the east and south.
FLÓKI Flóki is located on the second floor of old Deplar Farm. One of our largest rooms and full of character, Flóki has a king bed, living area, windows on three sides, and slanted ceilings.
FRIGG One of four Gallery Suites, Frigg is located on the main floor between the bar and the dining area. In addition to a king bed, there’s a double bed and hammock in a lofted living space. Frigg faces southeast with dramatic mountain views.
AUÐUR One of four Gallery Suites, Aður is located on the main floor between the bar and the dining area. In addition to a king bed, there’s a double bed and hammock in a lofted living space. Aður faces southeast with dramatic mountain views.
FREYJA One of four Gallery Suites, Freyja is located on the main floor between the bar and the dining area. In addition to a king bed, there’s a double bed and hammock in a lofted living space. The room faces northwest with lake and rivers views.
GUÐRÚN Located in old Deplar Farm, Guðrún honors the minimalist aesthetic of traditional Icelandic farmhouses, yet no detail is spared. Guðrún has a king bed and views to the east and south.
GUNNAR Gunnar is one of our king spa rooms, located on the lower floor between the media room and spa. Expect a cozy, countryside feel with dramatic, eastern-facing mountain views.
GÍSLI Gísli is one of our king spa rooms, located on the lower floor between the media room and spa. Expect a cozy, countryside feel with dramatic, southern-facing mountain views.
ODIN Odin is an intimate second story room in old Deplar Farm with a queen bed, and slanted ceilings. The room has a great northern view towards both the lake and river.
THOR (ADA) Thor has a queen bed and a northern view toward the lake. Thor is designed for guests with mobile impairments and allows for easy flow of wheelchairs.
One of four Gallery Suites, Skaði is located on the main floor between the bar and the dining area. In addition to a king bed, there’s a double bed and hammock in a lofted living space. Skaði faces northwest with lake and river views.
The bunkroom is a signature room found at nearly every Eleven property. Perfect for kids who want to have an Icelandic slumber party, Álfahóll has four double beds (a 5th can be added), a small living area, private deck, and a double en suite.
YEAR-ROUND ACTIVITIES The remote Troll Peninsula of northern Iceland is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise, and we encourage guests to explore the area as much as they can. We offer a variety of unforgettable guided adventures year round. If you are interested in any of these activities, your Experience Manager will be more than happy to add them to your itinerary.
WHALE WATCHING/SEA ANGLING The otherworldly landscape of Eyjafjordur is a must-see. In addition to spotting white beaked dolphins, humpback, blue and orca whales, sea angling is another activity that is fun for all ages. After sea angling for cod and haddock in Trollaskagi, you’ll leave Iceland feeling like a true fisherman.
Activity Duration: 1-3 hours. Travel Time: 1 hour. Whale watching is available for an additional cost. SURFING Access some of Iceland’s best swells from the town of Ólafsfjörður. It’s no surprise the North Atlantic ocean serves up enviable surf, but the quality of the breaks offers an element of surprise. Yes, it’s cold. Yet outfitted with our 6/5/4 mm wetsuits, you’ll be comfortable in the line up. Your stoke will simply be what you make of it, as this stretch of sea can certainly sing “How You Like Me Now” during major swells. Expect mostly right-handers, with an occasional left break. And you may just spot local pro surfer Heidar Logi in his happy place.
Activity Duration: Half day. Travel Time: 30 minutes. HIKING The Troll Peninsula begs to be discovered via foot at the beginning of the Icelandic spring, snow still in the mountains. Hiking is one of our favorite ways to travel through this intoxicating landscape. Offered year-round, and for all levels of fitness, take an easy stroll in the Svarfaðardalur Nature Reserve or tackle a hard-charging ascent to steep peaks. Alternatively, stay close to your Eleven home and hike from Deplar Farm around nearby trails.
Included for heli-ski and summer season bookings, not included for winter bookings. Please inquire for additional pricing. Activity Duration: Guest preference. Travel Time: 30 minutes. FAT BIKING Discover frozen valleys during winter via fat tire snow bikes. These man-powered bikes have fat tires to float through the snow (and we promise a workout, too). Fat biking is equally fun come summer, with private trails located in our nearby mountain bike park.
Activity Duration: 1-3 hours; half day. GRIMSEY TOUR Fly to an island in the Arctic Circle, located across the Troll Peninsula. Explore the home of just 90 people and one million seabirds. Inhabited since the Viking settlement of Iceland, courageous fishermen still live here. Glimpsed far out on the horizon, a blue cliff is surrounded by the wide Arctic Ocean, 40 km off the northern coast of Iceland. About 5 square kilometres, the island was formed by volcanic rock, resulting in beautiful basalt pillars. On a clear day experience 360 degree views of the Icelandic mainland.
Activity Duration: Full day. Travel Time: 30-minute heli and/or charter flight, 3 hours by boat. SIGLUFJÖRÐUR TOUR CHOCOLATE, BEER AND COFFEE?: Yes, please! Discover Frida, a local artist that fuses art with local chocolate and coffee. Once inside, don’t miss the eclectic chairs, a bathroom wallpapered in cartoons, and cranberry-sea-salt chocolate. YUM. ICELANDIC CRAFT BEER TASTING: Visit the local microbrewery, Segull 67, and meet the master brewer.
Activity Duration: Half day. Travel Time to Siglufjörður: 40 minutes. HOT SPRING TOUR A stop at three incredible hot springs make this a memorable and relaxing adventure.
Activity Duration: Full or half day. Travel Time: 1-3 hours.
WINTER ACTIVITIES SIGLO RESORT SKIING Though Deplar’s heli-skiing is well known, fun resort skiing is on tap, too. Three lifts carry skiers up magnificent slopes, including two combined lifts, a disc lift, and a rope tow. The third and highest lift measures 530 meters in length, with a vertical rise of about 180 meters. The top of the lift is over 650 meters above sea level. Once on top, cruise down gentle slopes or steeper inclines, with summit-tosea descents of the surrounding Troll Peninsula.
Activity Duration: 2-4 hours. Travel Time: 40 minutes. DOG SLEDDING Snowy landscapes in harmony with nature and the power of huskies? Check! During this adventure, you control the sled while an experienced musher gives tips of his trade.
Activity Duration: 1-2 hours. Travel Time: 1.5 hours. SNOWSHOEING This is one of our favorite, peaceful past times while at Deplar. Spy wildlife and navigate the nearby Deplar terrain via light snowshoes. Especially recommended after freshly-fallen snow.
Activity Duration: 1-3 hours; half day. CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING The word “ski” derives from the old Norse word “skíð, which means “stick of wood.” Skiing started almost 4,000 years ago as a way to travel cross-country during winter. Continue the tradition while cross-country skiing from Deplar Farm through the scenic valleys of the Troll Peninsula.
Activity Duration: 2-3 hours.
SPRING ACTIVITIES HELI SKIING Put simply—endless vertical. Tackling untracked heli-ski descents on Iceland’s Arctic maritime snowpack is for both the hard charger and the smooth cruiser. Sea-to-summit has never looked this good. Runs average 915 vertical meters. Think huge couloirs, vast valleys that scream for first tracks. The land of the midnight sun offers Alpha Explorers extended daylight. With more than 1,500 square miles of skiable terrain, our guides know which slopes match varying skill levels.
Activity Duration: TBD by weather conditions, guests, and the guiding team. Travel Time: TBD based on guides recommendations. Heli-skiing is only included for heli-ski season bookings. SNOWCAT SKIING Eleven’s tricked-out snowcat takes you to the top of the mountain, accessed right from Deplar Farm’s front yard. Take in the surrounding scenery before tackling the descent.
Activity Duration: Based upon guest’s request. Travel Time: n/a (around Deplar Farm). SIGLO RESORT SKIING Though Deplar’s heli-skiing is well known, fun resort skiing is on tap, too. Three lifts carry skiers up magnificent slopes, including two combined lifts, a disc lift, and a rope tow. The third and highest lift measures 530 meters in length, with a vertical rise of about 180 meters. The top of the lift is over 650 meters above sea level. Once on top, cruise down gentle slopes or steeper inclines, with summit-tosea descents of the surrounding Troll Peninsula.
Activity Duration: 2-4 hours. Travel Time: 40 minutes. SNOWMOBILING Snowmobilers know they’ve done something right as they sit atop a snow-covered knoll, shadowed by Troll Peninsula mountains while watching the northern lights in winter. During spring, the continual daylight of the Arctic sun means long rides through remote peaks. The views are unmatched; the experience unforgettable.
Activity Duration: 2-4 hours. Travel Time: n/a (around Deplar Farm). HORSEBACK RIDING Viking settlers first brought the country’s now-famous horses to Iceland during the 9th Century, when import of farm animals was forbidden. As a result, the original Nordic horse has remained a preserved purebred in Iceland. Though small, it’s not a pony. The horses are still used to gather sheep during Fall, and horseback riding is a popular Icelandic sport. Icelandic horses are steady and obedient—a memorable way to experience stunning landscapes.
Activity Duration: 1-3 hours. Travel Time: 20 minutes. WHITEWATER RIVER RAFTING Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled day on the water. Previous rafting experience is not needed to discover why the East Glacial River has become Iceland’s signature whitewater rafting destination— ideal for various ages. Or, sign up for our family rafting trip in the West Glacial River. For those groups or families wanting a less heart-pounding ride, there are river adventures that still offer waterfalls yet no waves of consequence. .
Activity Duration: Full day. Travel Time: 50 minutes. SEA KAYAKING Sea kayaking is one of the most spectacular adventures for experiencing Iceland. The beauty of both land and sea takes a front-row seat as you kayak around the vibrant and safe environment of the Siglufjörður area.
Activity Duration: 2 – 3 hours. Travel Time: 45 minutes.
LAKE MYVATN TOUR This geothermal lake offers a one-of-a-kind natural environment of brilliant contrasts. Large open spaces with roads and walkways lead travelers to inspiring locales, where volcanic eruptions have played a crucial role in the formation of this landscape. Myvatn is an awe-inspiring geological area featuring hikes to volcanic craters, and natural hot springs.
Activity Duration: Full day. Travel Time: 2.5 hours. DRANGEY TOUR This is a truly unique experience that combines sightseeing, bird watching, sailing, and hiking. Private guides will deliver Eleven Experience’s high vibe energy as you discover an enchanting part of Iceland. In spring and summer, the island is a nesting colony for thousands of seabirds—puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmar, shearwaters, ravens, and gyrfalcons. A sheer sided aragonite rock (approximately 180m high), the island overlooks Skagafjordur. For the adventurer at heart, a legendary path to the top of the island uses ladders and ropes that run along the face of the cliffs. While hiking, get up close to local puffins. Tour guides reveal ancient stories of Grettir the strong, a Viking that lived on the island in exile over 1,000 years ago, and explain how the island’s resources have been harvested from past to present.
Activity Duration: Dependant on weather and guest preference. DOG SLEDDING Snowy landscapes in harmony with nature and the power of huskies? Check! During this adventure, you control the sled while an experienced musher gives tips of his trade.
Activity Duration: 1-2 hours. Travel Time: 1.5 hours.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES TOM CAR TOUR Strap into a two-seat buggy with your co-pilot and bump and jump along Deplar’s off-road paths. Our buggies are equipped with 4-point safety harnesses and automatic transmission for easy navigation. All you need is an adventurous spirit and a valid driver’s license.
Activity Duration: 1 – 1.5 hours. Travel Time: 1.5 hours (summer 1 hour). WHITEWATER RIVER RAFTING Get ready for an adrenaline-fueled day on the water. Previous rafting experience is not needed to discover why the East Glacial River has become Iceland’s signature whitewater rafting destination— ideal for various ages. Or, sign up for our family rafting trip in the West Glacial River. For those groups or families wanting a less heart-pounding ride, there are river adventures that still offer waterfalls yet no waves of consequence.
Activity Duration: Full day. Travel Time: 50 minutes. LAKE FISHING Choose whether to fish with fly, spinner, or bait. Our guides will reveal top tips. All fishing gear, fishing permits and transport is included.
Activity Duration: Half day. Travel Time: Dependent on location. SEA KAYAKING Sea kayaking is one of the most spectacular adventures for experiencing Iceland. The beauty of both land and sea takes a front-row seat as you kayak around the vibrant and safe environment of the Siglufjörður area.
Activity Duration: 2 – 3 hours. Travel Time: 45 minutes. HORSEBACK RIDING Viking settlers first brought the country’s now-famous horses to Iceland during the 9th Century, when import of farm animals was forbidden. As a result, the original Nordic horse has remained a preserved purebred in Iceland. Though small, it’s not a pony. The horses are still used to gather sheep during Fall, and horseback riding is a popular Icelandic sport. Icelandic horses are steady and obedient—a memorable way to experience stunning landscapes.
Activity Duration: 1-3 hours. Travel Time: 20 minutes. DRANGEY TOUR This is a truly unique experience that combines sightseeing, bird watching, sailing, and hiking. Private guides will deliver Eleven Experience’s high vibe energy as you discover an enchanting part of Iceland. In spring and summer, the island is a nesting colony for thousands of seabirds—puffins, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, fulmar, shearwaters, ravens, and gyrfalcons. A sheer sided aragonite rock (approximately 180m high), the island overlooks Skagafjordur. For the adventurer at heart, a legendary path to the top of the island uses ladders and ropes that run along the face of the cliffs. While hiking, get up close to local puffins. Tour guides reveal ancient stories of Grettir the strong, a Viking that lived on the island in exile over 1,000 years ago, and explain how the island’s resources have been harvested from past to present.
Activity Duration: Dependant on weather and guest preference. LAKE MYVATN TOUR This geothermal lake offers a one-of-a-kind natural environment of brilliant contrasts. Large open spaces with roads and walkways lead travelers to inspiring locales, where volcanic eruptions have played a crucial role in the formation of this landscape. Myvatn is an awe-inspiring geological area featuring hikes to volcanic craters, and natural hot springs.
Activity Duration: Full day. Travel Time: 2.5 hours.
HÖLKNÁ - SALMON FISHING Considered a hidden gem, The Hölkná in Northeast Iceland is a fantastic river for fly anglers, with one of the highest average catch rates for Atlantic salmon. Find more than 27 fishable pools over 10 kilometers, and with Eleven, enjoy exclusive access to the best fishing beats. This is 100-percent catch-and-release fishing, and fly-angling only. The season runs July 1 to September 1, and peaks July 13 to August 24, with a maximum of 2 rods per day. Separate lodge available for dining and entertainment. Guides and catering are available.
Activity Duration: Full day. FLJÓTAÁ - ARCTIC CHAR AND SALMON The Fljótaá River, aka “the little gem,” is our home turf. Eleven has access to four beats over 8 km, within a 10-minute drive from the lodge. Located near the east coast of Skagafjördur, the Fljótaá is a small and rewarding river, which runs through Miklavatn to the ocean. A fly fishing only river, the release of all salmon is mandated. Nearly 20-pound salmon are caught every season. As such, the Fljótaá offers the ultimate challenge.
Fishing the lower Fljótaá below the dam is available at an additional cost, where as fishing above the dam for Arctic char is included in a Full Experience stay.
WEATHER AND HOW TO PACK GEOGRAPHY AND CLIMATE WEATHER CONDITIONS BY MONTH WINTER (NOVEMBER- MARCH)
SUMMER (JUNE- AUGUST)
On the Troll Peninsula, there’s usually snow covering the mountain tops by late September or early October and the entire valley by November. Winter storms strike throughout the season with heavy winds and some snowfall. Snowy, cloudy days and nights usually range between 25°F and 35°F, but a clear sky can lower the temperature.
Iceland enjoys 24 hours of daylight for a few weeks around Midsummer Night which is celebrated on June 24. After Midsummer Night, the days start getting shorter again, but Iceland still has midnight sun until the end of July. Temperatures range from low 40’s to high 50’s with an average rainfall of 35-45mm per month.
SPRING (APRIL – MAY)
AUTUMN (SEPTEMBER- OCTOBER)
Spring arrives by April or May and is distinguished by longer days and the snow melting down in the valley. Higher slopes stay snow covered and good for skiing until the end of May. It may still snow every now and then, but by the end of May the grass has mostly turned green and the chill of winter has given way to temperatures in the 40’s.
The days are shorter and wetter as the autumn rain moves in and the temperatures drop to the 30’s. The vegetation turns rust red before the first snowflakes fall, and nights see the first freezing temperatures of the season. Autumn in Iceland can be sunny and peaceful, but it can also offer howling winds that help relieve the trees of their last leaves.
PACKING LIST WINTER PACKING LIST Helmet Warm ski hat, baseball hat Goggles (high and low-light lenses) Sunglasses Outerwear (ski jacket and pants) Ski boots (backcountry) Ski socks Gloves or mittens (heavy and lightweight pair) Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece Bathing suit (you might just find hot springs while skiing!)
GEAR PROVIDED BY ELEVEN SUMMER All necessary wading gear will be provided by Eleven*
*If you prefer to use your own waders and boots, they must be either new or properly disinfected prior to entering the country. WINTER Avalanche safety gear will be provided to you Skis, Ski poles
ALWAYS Sunscreen, lip balm, bath amenities, Eleven ball cap, Buff, snow onesie for activities in inclement weather
SUMMER PACKING LIST Polarized sunglasses (low light for late fishing) Fly rod and reel if you prefer to use your own Fishing vest or pack Rain jacket and pants Windbreaker Insulated jacket or vest Warm layers for top and bottom: capilene, wool, fleece Heavy wool socks for inside waders Fleece or wool fishing gloves or fishing mittens Sandals, clogs or Birkenstocks (for inside the lodge after fishing) Sunglasses Clear or low-light riding glasses Full finger gloves Riding shorts Riding shoes Pads (optional) Rain jacket Windbreaker Small backpack or Camelback
A BRIEF HISTORY Iceland is a relatively young country in the geological sense, being formed about 20 million years ago by a series of volcanic eruptions on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The country is highly geologically active with many volcanoes, the best-known being Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. The volcanic eruption of Laki in 1783-1784 caused a famine that killed nearly a quarter of the island’s population. Recorded settlement of Iceland has conventionally been dated back to 874. However, archaeological evidence indicates Gaelic monks from Ireland had settled there before that time. Most of Iceland’s first settlers came from western Norway, but some came from other Scandinavian countries as well as the British Isles. Swedish Viking explorer Garðar Svavarsson was the first to circumnavigate Iceland in 870 and establish that it was an island. He named it Garðarshólmi (Isle of Garðar) but stayed there only one winter. Hrafna Flóki was the first Norseman to deliberately sail to Iceland. He named the island Iceland and became one of Iceland’s permanent settlers. Ingólfur Arnarsson and his wife Hallveig are recognized as the first permanent Nordic settlers of Iceland. They built their homestead in Reykjavik and gave the town its name meaning “smoky bay” in 874. In 930 AD the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, was established on the fields later called Þingvellir. The convening of the first Alþing marks the beginning of the independent republic. This period of governance is known as the Icelandic Commonwealth or Free State.
The Icelandic Commonwealth lasted until the 13th century. In 1262 the Old Covenant was signed which ended the Commonwealth and brought Iceland under the Norwegian crown. Possession of Iceland passed to the Kalmar Union in 1415 when the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark and Sweden were united. After the break-up of the union in 1523 Iceland remained a Norwegian dependency, as part of Denmark-Norway. Following the break-up of Denmark-Norway into two separate kingdoms Iceland became a Danish dependency. In 1874 Denmark granted Iceland a constitution and limited home rule. In 1904 this was expanded when the King of Denmark appointed a single Minister, Hannes Hafstein, to govern Iceland. Iceland was recognized as a sovereign state, in a personal union with the King of Denmark, on December 1, 1918 and on June 17, 1944 the country gained Independence from Denmark and became a republic, with Sveinn Björnsson as its first president. In 1980 Vigdís Finnbogadóttir became the first female president of Iceland, and the whole of Europe. She served as president for 16 years and is, to date, the longestserving, elected female head of state of any country. After the banking crisis of 2008 and the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010, which shut down European air traffic for a while, Icelanders capitalised on the attention already focused on the nation and tourism boomed. In 2017 the number of tourists to Iceland was more than six times the total population.
FOOD AND DRINK
FOOD AT DEPLAR FARM “Iceland’s cuisine is based on farmers trading local ingredients with each other. Deplar Farm is a perfect example of the tradition being preserved and kept as it was during the Viking age, yet with a modern twist. We work alongside our farmers with unspoiled natural ingredients to give a true authenticity to the food. My food philosophy involves understanding and respecting the environment and making proper use of our surreal surroundings. Local agriculture is the future of sustainable life. At Deplar Farm, we strive to use as many ingredients as possible from the local area. Organic, homegrown vegetables are challenging to come by with the summer being only 4 months, but greenhouse farming and using geothermal energy is our path forward to having local produce year round. Our guests will have the privilege of trying the fresh Lamb and seasonal vegetables from the farmer next door. Deplar’s culinary team will introduce you to the Icelandic cuisine and the flavors of our country. We can promise that food will be a memorable part of your stay at Deplar Farm.” – Executive Chef at Deplar Farm and Iceland’s 2018 Chef of the Year, Garðar Kári Garðarsson Three chef prepared meals a day are included in your stay at Deplar Farm. You will enjoy thoughtfully prepared, seasonally relevant dishes family style, and we are happy to cater to dietary preferences and restrictions.
DRINK SPECIALTIES The sale of all alcohol was prohibited in Iceland in 1915. In 1922, wine was legalized and in 1935 all alcohol became legal, except beer with more than 2.25% alcohol content. The prohibition was fully lifted on March 1st 1989, when full strength beer could once again be brewed and sold in Iceland. To this day March 1st is celebrated as Beer Day. Icelanders are big on beer, especially craft beer, and according to the World Health Organization beer makes for more than half of the alcohol consumed in Iceland. There are numerous breweries and microbreweries operating in Iceland. The Annual Icelandic Beer Festival has been celebrated since 2012. Here, both local and foreign, breweries introduce their products. Brennivín is considered to be Iceland’s signature distilled beverage. It’s a clear, unsweetened schnapps that is made from fermented grain or potato mash and flavored with caraway. It tastes similar to vodka and is very popular during the midwinter festival Þorrablót. House alcohol is included in your stay, while wine and liquor from our reserve list come at an additional cost.
REYKJAVÍK LATE NIGHT RECOMMENDATIONS Reykjavik is widely known for its nightlife. There are no clubs in the city but there are numerous bars and everyone should be able to find something to their liking. Most of the bars have a dance floor and many of them offer live music or a DJ.
PABLO DISCOBAR Pablo was recently chosen the best cocktail bar in Iceland. They specialize in great cocktails, retro music, and a loud dance floor. Pablo is located just one floor up from Burro, a Mid- and SouthAmerican tapas and steak restaurant. For a lively night out, head to dinner at Burro and then upstairs to Pablo for a cocktail and a round on the dance floor.
Opening hours: 4pm-1am Sunday through Thursday. 4pm-3am on Fridays and Saturdays. KAFFIBARINN At Kaffibarinn, one of the oldest bars in Reykjavik, you’ll find loud music, a packed dance floor and 2-3 bars operating on the weekends. There’s also a small, fenced in, backyard where people gather for philosophical discussions away from the booming music of that night’s DJ.
Opening Hours: 3pm-1am Sunday through Thursday. 3pm-4:30am on Fridays and Saturdays. PRIKIÐ Prikið is a café and restaurant during the day and the main venue for Hip Hop and R&B in the evenings.
Opening Hours: 8am-1am Monday through Thursday. 8am-4:30am on Fridays. 11am-4:30am on Saturdays. 11am-1am on Sundays. KALDI BAR Kaldi Bar is an Icelandic microbrewery with 8 beers on tap that change regularly. They also offer a wide range of bottled beer as well as wine and spirits. It’s a small place and usually very crowded on the weekends.
Opening Hours: 12pm-1am Sunday through Thursday. 12pm-3am Fridays and Saturdays. PETERSEN SVÍTAN One of the oldest movie theaters in Reykjavík is Gamla Bío, the first movie was premiered there on August 2nd 1927. The top floor of the theater was once the apartment of the manager, Peter Petersen, but today this apartment has been turned into a restaurant and bar with a lovely rooftop.
Opening hours: 4pm-1am Monday through Thursday. 4pm-3am Fridays and Saturdays. SKÚLI CRAFT BAR An independent bar specializing in great quality craft beer. During summer they also operate a food truck just outside the bar that offers steam buns. Grab a few buns to go with your beer and enjoy at the bar or even outside if the weather allows!
Opening Hours: 3pm-11pm Monday through Thursday. 3pm-1am on Fridays. 12pm-1am on Saturdays. 12pm-11pm on Sundays. VEÐUR Veður is Icelandic for weather. Icelanders love to talk about the weather as it’s something that changes every 10 minutes. Veður is a great place to sit down and do just that. They have an all-day Happy Hour (12-7:35pm) and Cocktail Hour between 7 and 9pm.
Opening Hours: 12pm-1am Monday through Thursday. 12pm-3am Fridays and Saturdays. 2pm-1am Sundays.
NEXT STEPS Now that you have confirmed your reservation at Deplar Farm, the Iceland Experience Team will contact you to begin planning your itinerary. Pre-planning with your Experience Manager begins one month in advance of your stay. Your Experience Managers will work with you to customize your dream itinerary and will be available for any pre-arrival questions. They are also onsite throughout your stay should you need anything at all. We are thrilled that you have decided to stay with us at Deplar Farm! Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are looking forward hosting you and making your trip to Iceland an unforgettable experience.
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