Explore Iceland on this incredible bespoke luxury 4-day adventure, where you will discover stunning waterfalls, breathtaking ice caves, glaciers and geothermal pools, soak in the Blue Lagoon, experience some Icelandic ingenuity at a tomato farm, benefit from the local expertise of your private guide, and stay in one of the most stunning examples of eco-accommodation.
Set in the heart of Iceland‘s magnificent Golden Circle, the luxury Torfhús Retreat manages to effortlessly blend authentic Icelandic style and luxury, all whilst running solely on energy generated by geothermal and hydroelectric means.
The design of the exclusive lodges is inspired by the architecture of the Icelandic Viking farm at nearby Stöng, and the traditional torfhús residences and torfbaer suites are crafted from local stone and reclaimed wood and turf.
You’ll find everything, from the stylish furniture to the buildings themselves is hand-crafted on-site, sourced locally, and wherever possible, made with reclaimed materials. This results in hugely characterful spaces and unique, quirky features like an old fishing boat repurposed into a sofa.
Combine all this with a wonderful array of eco-friendly features, including a no-bottled water policy (the tap water here couldn’t be purer) and living turf roofs, stunning views of the volcanic plains and distant mountains, a gorgeous basalt stone hot pool and some of the finest dining in the country, and you have a luxurious and spectacular base for your adventures.
In terms of the activities themselves, you’ll get to experience the very best of southern Iceland in a truly immersive action-packed four days, whatever the season. From secret geo-thermally heated lagoons, to the spraying geysers and waterfalls of the Golden Circle, black sand beaches to the amazing crystal blue of the ice caves, your private guide will be dedicated to delivering the very best experience, tailored to what you want to do.
During the winter months, soak in your hot basalt stone pool as the northern lights flicker overhead in the pitch-black sky, or drink in this otherworldly sight from the comfort of your cosy lodge. During the summer the midnight sun casts endless daylight on the steaming thermal pools, lush green meadows and distant snow-capped mountains, creating breathtaking views unlike anywhere else in the world.
The cuisine at your accommodation is genuinely world-class, and entirely Icelandic. Inspired by Icelandic tradition and reworked using cutting-edge techniques, the cooking is creative, dramatic, and unlike anything you will have tasted before.
Your chef, Thorarinn Eggertson, uses only the freshest, most local Icelandic ingredients to create a truly authentic Icelandic dining experience, with many ingredients being sourced from within a ten-mile radius of the retreat.
Vegetables, herbs, fruits and berries are grown on-site using greenhouses that intelligently utilise geothermal energy, and wild salmon and char is caught in nearby rivers. Seafood is sourced from local fisherman from the coast, and mountain grazed lamb and beef is as fresh and local as it comes.
All these ingredients are cleverly combined into incredibly creative, incredibly delicious dishes that are then carefully paired with selected wines from the cellar, making your dining experience in the retreat one of the best in all of Iceland.
All in all, this is a one-of-a-kind, bucket-list retreat that sees you staying in complete and utter luxury in the Icelandic wilderness, whilst having a negligible impact on our planet. You’ll also see the very best that south Iceland has to offer on offbeat and private tours of some of the most spectacular corners of the incredible little country.