Under an hour from Reykjavik, yet deep within the Golden Circle is Ion Hotel: a contemporary-cool, design bolt-hole boasting the perfect blend of luxury and adventure. Dramatically jutting out on stilts at the foot of the volcanic Mount Hengill, you’re surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders, with the Nordic mood continuing inside.
Everything is distinctly Icelandic from the wool throws to the artwork, to organic toiletries and eco-friendly cuisine. Watch the bewitching Northern Lights paint the sky as you dine on modern regional dishes, or from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows, the softly-lit bar, or, for an utterly indulgent setting, the ten-metre outdoor hot tub.
To really make the most of this vastly surreal landscape, head out on an extreme natural adventure. Trek across ancient glaciers, fly-fish in icy rivers and horse ride among natural hot springs, before sinking into the luxury of a massage at the lava spa.