The DNA: It doesn’t get more off-the-grid than the remote Troll Peninsula, in Iceland’s far north. This is the home of Deplar Farm, a 13-room turf house-turned boutique hotel in a valley surrounded by 3,000 acres of some of the purest heli-skiing terrain in existence. Interiors are homey (think taxidermy and reclaimed wood furniture) and there’s a heated outdoor pool, spa, and sauna for thawing out from days in the mountains—but it’s the time spent away from the hotel guests come for. Travel outfitter Eleven Experience is known for their outdoorsy focus, and in between the short heli-skiing season (March through June; the lodge has two helicopters for whisking guests to the surrounding peaks), you can get up to all manner of adventurous pursuits, from fly-fishing for Arctic char to skeet shooting and snowmobiling.
Accolades: Condé Nast Traveller Gold List 2023
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 13 rooms & suites (23-95m2) (248-1,023 sq ft) • bathroom amenities: Aesop, Kiehl’s • wheelchair accessible