Iceland’s Troll Peninsula belongs to a region of enchantment and rugged beauty. Once a rare travel destination, the Troll Peninsula has become Northern Iceland’s latest hotspot. Now everyone is flocking to Deplar Farm, the new five-star resort in the north, to enjoy a week of heli-skiing, horseback riding, and five-course dining under the northern lights.
In this mythical storybook land, nothing is off limits, it seems. For travelers who can supply proof of COVID vaccination or antibodies, a captivating journey awaits.
With its preternatural beauty and fairytale landscapes, Iceland ranks at the top of many bucket lists. Tangerine-flamed volcanoes stand against black sand beaches. Majestic waterfalls cascade from basalt cliffs. Every snapshot mesmerizes. From Skógafoss and Goðafoss to Jökulsárlón and the Blue Lagoon, each one of these natural wonders tells a story.
Deplar Farm: Northern Iceland’s Five-Star Paradise
Hidden in a remote corner of the Fljót Valley, Deplar Farm offers a vast selection of services and amenities sure to satisfy discerning tourists. Deplar Farm is equipped with a helipad and a full-service spa fit for the glamorous and skin-conscious globetrotter.
The resort also offers kayaking, heli-skiing, mountain biking, cycling, and other adventures for intrepid travelers, according to the Deplar Farm website. On the other hand, if you identify as more of an “indoors person,” you might prefer the spa, which offers an array of services, including hot stone facials, magic mud wraps, and Icelandic kelp masks delivered daily from nature straight to you.
Traveling to Iceland During COVID-19
With just over 300,000 residents, Iceland is a small country, but it has done impressive work, using tracking apps and other procedures to contain the virus, according to the Guide to Iceland.
So, before you jet off to this Nordic wonderland, make sure you can supply proof of COVID-19 antibodies, testing, or vaccination when you arrive. Otherwise, you will need to take a COVID test and quarantine or stay home. According to the Guide of Iceland website, you must show one of the following when you arrive:
Option 1: Provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
Show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to health officials when you arrive.
Option 2: Present a certificate from the EEA/EFTA to prove previous COVID-19 diagnosis and antibody test.
Present a COVID-19 PCR test that is at least 14 days old or show proof of antibodies. Rapid diagnostic tests are not allowed. Visit the Directorate of Health’s website to view the detailed requirements of the certificate.
Option 3: Take two COVID tests and quarantine.
Take one COVID test when you arrive, quarantine for five days, and then take a second COVID test. Most travelers must take a COVID test when they arrive. Children aged 16 and younger must quarantine with their parents, according to the Guide to Iceland. In addition, many hotels have changed their policies to improve quarantine safety. See this list to find a safe place to quarantine.
Weather in Iceland
Now that you’re ready for quarantine, you probably wonder what you should pack. Although Iceland enjoys cool weather year-round, the Gulf Stream air keeps cool temperatures in check, according to Trip Savvy.
So, prepare for cool air and gusty winds if you travel during spring. April to early-June temperatures range from 40 to 50 degrees (4 to 10 degrees Celsius). This isn’t the season for tank tops and sandals, so you might want to bring some sweaters and a jacket to stay warm.
From June to August, prepare for hotel and flight prices to soar as tourist season peaks. Daytime temperatures range from 46 to 57 degrees (8 to 14 degrees Celsius), but the nights get cool. So, bring a jacket and leave your sundresses at home.
But you’ll need your umbrella if you travel to Iceland during fall. Prepare for clouds, more cool weather, and rain. Fall temperatures drop to the 30s and 40s (1 to 7 degrees Celsius), and most tourists head home.
Winter temperatures dip to the 30s (minus 2 degrees Celsius) as the days grow shorter and darker. The Polar Nights also begin mid-winter, the best time to see the northern lights, according to Trip Savvy. But you’ll find lower prices if you travel during winter. Prices rise again during the holidays, though.
The Troll Peninsula promises an adventure that will leave you with stories and memories for years. You’ll also return with plenty of photos to add to your album. However, you’ll want to pack warm clothing and leave your sundresses at home. If you do travel, travel safely.
Happy travels, and stay well!
To learn about Icelandic skincare lines, see this post.