What do you wish for in 2019? Golfers in igloos

Would you like to play on a golf course in an igloo, surrounded by goats and winterland flowers? I’m glad you asked. Westman Islands Golf & Tourism is the golfing equivalent of the Kickstarter…

What do you wish for in 2019? Golfers in igloos

Would you like to play on a golf course in an igloo, surrounded by goats and winterland flowers? I’m glad you asked. Westman Islands Golf & Tourism is the golfing equivalent of the Kickstarter campaign. It’s a community course on the deserted, slightly mystical island of Sverigesfjordir.

After a year of development, the new course has been completed and opened for business. It is located at the north end of the picturesque volcanic island, with views of green pastures and distant blue-skied slopes. The course incorporates wildlife, known as nomadic birds, who have remained there since long before humans arrived. There are no clubhouse staff or post-round delights. On the evidence of the pictures, it is just like being out in the wilderness for a hole in one.

On the second hole, I see a goat walking across the fairway. She turns around and scampers off to come face to face with the next tee box, so I play a perfect three-handed hook straight to the ground. Halfway across, I spot a goldfinch slithering across the fairway – a magnificent sight.

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The course opened on 27 November – seven days before it was due to close for winter. It’s completely booked for January and February, and it will be very hard to get a tee time in March and April. But you can go golfing on the first weekend in April and August, two weeks early, by chartering a hot air balloon. Private flights start at £650 and you are picked up from Sverigesfjordir airport.

Iceland, 30 January – 7 February is the preferred time for a round (luggage delivery from Reykjavik is just €3.95 for one day, €9.95 for three days). Visit golfisljokull.is to book flights or accommodation and explore the island.

• Unlimited holidaymakers to tour these remote islands for free as part of Lonely Planet’s Great British Isles trips. Published on 7 April.

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