Ever dreamt of heli-skiing atop a dormant volcano in the Arctic Circle? Deplar Farm's team of Icelandic and American guides specialise in extreme adventure in the wild peaks and remote valleys of Iceland's northern Tröll Peninsula. Double-black-diamond and backcountry runs from peaks of 1,500 metres are generally accessible from March to May. In summer, thrillseekers use Deplar Farm as a base to kayak along the Arctic Ocean coastline, ride horses to geothermal pools, and detour to a satellite cabin on the Holkna River to cast for Atlantic salmon. Built on a former sheep farm and opened this year, this modern Nordic lodge by luxe retreat group Eleven Experience has its own helipad, theatre, steam room, saltwater pools, and 12 guestrooms with mountain views. After thrilling days, guests recharge in Deplar's outdoor sauna, dine on local cod, lamb and wild goose, and snuggle under Icelandic woollen throws as the Aurora Borealis shimmers overhead.
We're thinking big for travelling in 2017 - and so should you. Will we see you sunrise at Java's 9th-century Borobudur Buddhist temple, across the table at Reykjavik's newest restaurants or swimming side-by-side with humpback whales off Western Australia's coast?