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Ion Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir 801, 801 Nesjavellir, Iceland
| +354 482 3415
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Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel  Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Hotel Spa Southern Region  Iceland
Northern Light Viewing  Southern Region  Iceland
An architectural gem! Southern Region  Iceland
A Hotel in Tune with Nature Southern Region  Iceland
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Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Adventure Hotel  Southern Region  Iceland
Ion Hotel Spa Southern Region  Iceland
Northern Light Viewing  Southern Region  Iceland
An architectural gem! Southern Region  Iceland
A Hotel in Tune with Nature Southern Region  Iceland
Isolation with a Spa Southern Region  Iceland
Arctic Fox Southern Region  Iceland

Ion Adventure Hotel

Protruding from a landscape of moss and lava less than an hour from Reykjavik lies one of the very few true luxury hotels outside of the island-nation’s capital, the Ion Adventure Hotel. What was once a no-frills barracks for workers at a geothermal power plant was transformed, under the careful eye of owner Sigurlaug Sverrisdóttir, to a concrete-and-glass Nordic-modern showpiece. Sverrisdóttir is committed to using local products – everything from the artwork to the bath products to the food are sourced from the area; and its sustainable materials and practices, like using geothermal cooling for power, have earned it a number of awards. All 45 of the sleek but comfortable rooms—21 standard and 24 deluxe—feature fair-trade organic linens and floor-to-ceiling views of Lake Thingvellir (the national park it occupies is a UNESCO Heritage Site) or Mount Hengill, an active volcano. The glass-cube Northern Lights Bar juts out toward the horizon, providing a perfect viewing spot when the aurora borealis appears; underneath sits a large rectangular hot tub adjacent to the spa. So where does the adventure come in? The hotel is happy to help arrange any number of excursions, including fly-fishing, horseback riding, kayaking, and for the truly bold, snorkeling in the Silfra fissure.

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AFAR Local Expert
about 4 years ago

Ion Adventure Hotel

Located right next to Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s main UNESCO World Heritage sites, Hotel Ion is the country’s first luxury "eco-adventure" hotel. Sitting in the middle of a mountainous lava field, the building’s striking, blocky form is created from wood, glass, and smoothed concrete. And it's suspended on pillars—an homage to Iceland’s first settler-founder, Ingólfr Arnarson, who threw pillars overboard his ship when it got into trouble, before the gods dragged him and his crew to shore. The inside is as stunning as the outside: Light pours in through the huge windows from every angle, highlighting minimal interiors punctuated with elegant, gray-and-black designer furnishings and large-scale photos of animals and nature. The rooms are similarly sleek and considered, featuring beds dressed in organic linens, fur-lined chairs, and ecoshowers. There’s also an outdoor pool and spa and a glass-walled bar and restaurant serving fantastic Slow Food cuisine. All of the hotel’s energy comes from the adjacent geothermal power station.
AFAR Contributor
almost 2 years ago

Ion Adventure Hotel

My stay in the Ion Adventure Hotel was incredible, but driving to it in the winter was quite difficult. The Ion is 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik in the summer, in the winter certain roads are closed and it is much father. But making the drive is absolutely worth it! This unique property is a one-of-a-kind, eco-conscious, forward-thinking, yet classically Icelandic decorated hotel. Their restaurants were expensive even for Icelandic standards, but the food was great. It is a great home base for travelers looking to explore the golden circle or the southern coast of Iceland.
AFAR Contributor
almost 2 years ago

Ion Hotel Spa

The best part of the Ion Hotel is their spa. There are various treatments available from massages to saunas. The outdoor pool is geothermal and heated by the geothermal plant next to the hotel. The hotel is in an amazing location looking out into a large valley in Nesjavellir. While sitting in the pool you can see a geothermal powerplant, dried volcanic rock formations and the base of a lake leading towards Pingvellir. And if you're lucky you may be able to see the northern lights right from the pool.
AFAR Staff
over 2 years ago

Northern Light Viewing

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is an unforgettable experience. Whether you are seeking a quiet, soulful soak beneath the Northern Lights, a challenging trek across an ancient glacier or a day of fly-fishing in plentiful icy rivers. The bar/lounge juts out into the landscape and a perfect platform for viewing the northern lights. Don't forget to tell the front desk to schedule a wake up call if/when the lights come out!
AFAR Ambassador
over 1 year ago

An architectural gem!

One of the most amazing architectural spaces I've visited -- and with a remote location to match!
AFAR Local Expert
over 4 years ago

A Hotel in Tune with Nature

On the slopes of the still-active volcano Mount Hengill, on the edge of Thingvellir National Park, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel is seriously in harmony with its environment. Energy and hot water is provided by the nearby Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station and surrounding hot springs; furniture is made out of driftwood and recycled materials, and images of Icelandic wildlife are displayed throughout -- including giant murals of Icelandic horses in the bedrooms. The hotel also makes use of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows in bedrooms and in it Northern Lights bar, which juts out and overhangs the lava fields and from where, on dark, clear winter nights, you can watch the Aurora light up the sky. Photo: Karen Gardiner
9 months ago

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So remote you feel like you can completely escape, natural hot pool, modern design, great hiking in the area, incredible spa, really sexy restaurant.
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Arctic Fox

Remote enough to really see something spectacular, a short hike from Hotel Ion.