Deplar Farm – Iceland

Fishing and Adventure at its most luxurious in Iceland

Deplar Farm in Iceland is located in the remote Fljot valley in the mountainous Troll Peninsula in northern part of the country. It is a unique property, born from a converted sheep farm, today its modern structure celebrates a rugged past, and honors authentic Icelandic architecture with 13 en suite bedrooms and living spaces made for lounging. It is the perfect base for a salmon or trout fly fishing trip or simply a family adventure getaway.


Rich and varied fishing for salmon, trout and char

If you are an adventurous angler searching for a unique fishing experience that combines a variety of majestic rivers and lakes, idyllic wading, seclusion and world-renowned service, Deplar Farm in Iceland is a destination that should not be missed.

The area around Deplar Farm, in northern Iceland, offers more pristine water than could realistically be fished in a lifetime, with fly fishing opportunities for coveted Atlantic salmon, sea trout, wild brown trout, and aggressive Arctic char. The fishing program, led by experienced guides, employs the classic European style “beat” system, limiting each watershed to very few anglers over the course of a season—promoting large healthy fish and a private fishing ambiance.

The fishing at Deplar Farm is available from mid-June through September. With access to some of the most productive rivers in Iceland, the professional fishing guides will design an itinerary to suit your goals and to give you the best chance at landing a salmon, sea trout or brown trout – from Deplar’s home river the Fljótaá, to the magnificent Húseyjarkvisl, to the remote cabins on the Hölkná.

The Fljótaá – 20 June – 20 September
With the upper stretch right out the front door, the main section of the Fljótaá River is just 5 miles  from the lodge, and features 5 km of riffles, narrow runs and 64 named pools. A great choice to combine salmon up to 20 lbs, and Arctic char up to 6 lbs. Limited to just 4 rods per day the guides
will lead you to the best pools. The river offers excellent light tackle fishing; whether swinging micro trebles or hitching small tube flies to holding salmon or inducing an Arctic char to sip in a small dry fly.

The Hölkná – 1 July – 30 September
This small two rod river offers a unique opportunity for anglers to experience Atlantic salmon fishing, as exclusive as it gets and with no set morning and afternoon sessions you can design your own day. The rods have access to an 8 mile stretch of gin-clear water, with 27 marked pools and a good number of unmarked pools. Hölkná is one of Iceland’s up and coming rivers. The river hosts its own cabin accommodation located right on the banks of the river in the northeastern part of Iceland. They are as comfortable as they are remote and offer guest the chance to do multi-day trips away from the main Deplar Farm stay.

The Húseyjarkvísl – 1 July – 30 September
It is one of several rivers in Iceland that boast fantastic runs of both salmon and sea trout. The sea trout season starts in April and offers anglers the rare opportunity to heli-ski and catch big trout in the same day.The main season however begins in July when the Atlantic salmon are king. This three rod river spans over 14 miles with 50 named pools, and is just an hour from Deplar Farm. Like the Hölkná, there are no fixed morning or afternoon fishing sessions which means you and your guide are free to design your day for the best fishing.

Rugged Icelandic Luxury

The Fljót Valley in northern Iceland is a gateway for adventures ranging from horseback riding 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.

Iceland’s midnight sun means long summer days and endless opportunity for outdoor activities. April through September is a great time for fly fishing and Deplar Farm has access to some of great rivers in terms of salmon, sea trout and brown trout in Iceland. Back at the lodge, many guests choose to spend entire days in our spa, hopping from the geothermal-heated outdoor pool to the hot tub.

Decked out in sheepskin, Moroccan wools, and textured walls, Deplar Farm’s 13 bedrooms are a cozy contrast to the raw landscape outside. Grettir, the master bedroom, has a mezzanine loft with a spacious seating area. Our four gallery suites all have mezzanine-style lofts with hammocks and day beds for lounging or additional guests.

Nature is everywhere at Deplar Farm. Floor-to-ceiling windows frame the surrounding peaks, while throughout the home, you will find natural touches, like driftwood from the nearby sea and stone from the Fljótaá River. The library features Icelandic books, and local art adorns the living areas. The spa is a standout, with a gray stone hot tub, sauna, steam room, and two Isopod flotation tanks. Guests can alternate between our Viking sauna and the cold plunge, or soak under the Northern Lights in our open-air geothermal pool.

The basic Icelandic diet hasn’t changed much since the Viking days. Arctic char, north Atlantic salmon, lamb, and skyr are still staples, but the chef, Iceland’s 2018 chef of the year, Garðar Garðarsson, prepares them with modern techniques and a dash of international flavour. Neighboring farmers and fishermen make regular deliveries, so menus are always source-to-table. Expect blueberry-topped pancakes, langoustine soup, and pasture-raised lamb, as well as craft beers from local brewers and wines from Deplar’s extensive cellar.

Remote yet easily accessible

Strategically located between Europe and the USA, Iceland and Deplar Farm offer easy access to otherworldly landscapes without hours of traveling. East coast USA and London-based guests can arrive and begin their adventure on the same day of travel.

Due to the ease of travel to and around Iceland this can either be a standalone trip or part of a larger combination itinerary around Iceland.