ION Luxury Adventure Hotel represents everything its name suggests and more. Less than an hour outside of Reykjavik, on the edge of Þingvellir National Park, ION is where modern design and eco-conscious luxury meet Iceland’s otherworldly, adventure-ready landscapes.

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Throughout ION Luxury Adventure Hotel’s 45 rooms is a sleek and modern mix of concrete monochrome chic and locally sourced ambiance, paired with photographic murals, salvaged driftwood furniture, and rich hardwood floors. Deftly executed by Minarc design studio, the rooms offer powerful environmentally friendly walk-in showers, Sóley Organics soaps and body milks, impressive in-room espresso machines, and floor-to-ceiling windows with magnificent views across the lava fields toward Þingvellir National Park. The panoramic views are further enhanced by the hotel’s peak position atop Mount Hengill, jutting out from a series of pillars along its slopes.

ION Luxury Adventure Hotel has been a member of Design Hotels since 2013 and expresses a unique design concept defined by innovative materials, sustainable practices, and celebration of place. Everything from the photo subjects and artwork to the background music and craft beers is Icelandic. This local focus is most prominently on display at Silfra Restaurant, where the chefs emphasize the concept of “slow food”—or seasonal, farm-fresh ingredients originating from the hotel’s immediate neighborhood. From freshly caught Arctic Char from Þingvallavatn to the unique Skyr brûlée, the New Nordic Cuisine here is a true testament to the flavor and spirit of modern Iceland. The hotel is also perfectly positioned to showcase Iceland’s spectacular Northern Lights display, allowing guests to view the nocturnal fireworks without leaving the comfort of their seat at the aptly-named Northern Lights Bar or their soaking spot in hot springs-fed Jacuzzi and swimming pool.

Just as its spa treatments are adopted from the surrounding elements of earth, fire, ice, and water, so too are the hotel’s epic adventures into the diverse Icelandic landscapes. ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is located in the heart of the Mt. Hengill region along the popular Golden Circle route, a place where hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes, and caves abound. As such, ION provides the perfect launching point from which guests can access local hiking and horseback riding trails, glacier walks, specialized off-road Super Jeep tours, snowmobiling, white water rafting, brown trout fishing in Lake Þingvallavatn, and even snorkeling and diving at the crystal clear Silfra Frissure. Every direction offers the chance to explore Iceland’s inimitable beauty, past mountains, across lava fields, along rivers and lakes, and into the pitch-black basalt sands of South Iceland’s shores, where puffins and seabirds nest along the ancient sea cliffs.

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