Based in a location where ice meets fire, the stylish Ion Adventure Hotel offers eco-conscious luxury and an unrivalled opportunity to explore the best that Iceland has to offer. Just under an hour by car from Reykjavik, the hotel is close to the popular Golden Circle route, a 300km loop that takes in waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes.
The hotel started its life as an inn for workers at the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant. The building lay abandoned for many years until it was acquired in 2011 and — with the assistance of Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc — renovated into the stylish and minimalist hotel you see before you today.
Opening officially in 2013, the hotel defines a rare breed of Iceland hotel, offering upscale, design-centric accommodations in a rural setting, where well-heeled travellers can find ample opportunity to explore all that the wilds of Iceland have to offer.
With access to nearby hot springs, glaciers, and the mystical glow of the Northern Lights, guests can enjoy the intersection of fire and ice within an environmentally friendly space.
The hotel has its own Spa, called the Lava Spa, located underneath the ‘Northern Lights’ bar, which offers extraordinary views overlooking the surrounding lava fields. Changing rooms lead outside to a magnificent, 10-metre heated pool. The hotel has an on-site restaurant serving modern Nordic cuisine using fresh ingredients from around the region.
The 45 rooms are available in two categories, standard and deluxe, which all continue the minimalist theme found throughout the rest of the hotel. In-room amenities include a coffee machine and cosy hi-quality dressing gowns. Photographic murals of Icelandic horses add interest in the deluxe rooms against the otherwise sparse décor.