Nordic-chic and super green


Facilities & services

  • 45 guestrooms
  • Restaurant and bar
  • Spa
  • Ten-metre outdoor hot tub
  • Wi-Fi


  • Hikes and treks
  • Super jeep tours
  • Horse riding
  • Fishing and kayaking
  • Diving

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.

Positive Impact

Locally-sourced materials and produce

Inspired by the environmental surroundings, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel incorporates innovative materials, sustainable practices, and the natural features of Iceland into its design and practices. Ion is surrounded by hot springs, which provide geothermal hot water and energy to the hotel´s natural hot pool. The prefabricated, panelized building system exceeds environmentally safe building standards that merge with the lava and moss-covered ground.

Lava, and reused wood, Icelandic wool and other natural materials are used extensively in furniture throughout the hotel. The organic room amenities are made from Icelandic herbs. Everything from bed linen to the restaurant´s food is organic and fair trade purchase. Tables and chairs are built from recycled materials and lights are made of lava and found-wood. Hand sinks are made from recycled tires and hand made Icelandic wool sweaters are sold in the hotel´s gift store.

The abandoned building was acquired in 2011 and — with the assistance of Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc — renovated, with a new wing added. The new elements of the structure were built using a prefabricated panelized building system, which exceeds environmentally safe building standards. Innovative materials, sustainable practices and natural features are the hallmarks of design at ION. Bolstering the hotel’s mood of a secluded retreat are driftwood and other natural materials, found in the surrounding area and seamlessly incorporated into the interiors.

Throughout the hotel, including public spaces, natural components are used extensively in furniture; for example, lighting constructed using lava and found wood .Each private bath is environmentally responsible with water-saving shower systems. Icelandic wool throws, Icelandic art, and flower vases, hand-blown by local artisans, guests will enjoy a new take on rural hospitality

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