ION Adventure Hotel

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$376 per night

Room3 guests
Selfoss, Iceland
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Not that we wish to make everything all about us, but we’ve been waiting for something like ION Luxury Adventure Hotel since the day we started Tablet, if not longer. The otherworldly landscapes of Iceland, we reasoned, were crying out for the full Patagonia treatment — which is to say, they were crying out for a rural escape that’s at once a building of real architectural distinction and a thoughtfully luxurious hotel as well.

Good things come to those who wait. Less than an hour outside of Reykjavik, on the edge of Þingvellir National Park, in a landscape of lichen and long-dormant lava fields, ION has the otherworldly landscapes angle covered. And the hotel, it must be said, is certainly holding up its end of the bargain. It’s as green as anything, built largely from reclaimed and renewable materials, heated geothermically, but you’d never know it from the comforts you’ll experience, as no compromises are made — as the hot water is collected underground at 190°C, your shower’s not in any danger of suddenly running cold.

ION’s guest rooms are decorated in a style that’s appropriate to the landscape, largely monochrome, with rough concrete walls, rich hardwood floors, and furniture made from reclaimed driftwood. The bedding is top-notch, and the bathrooms are suitably immersive and spa-like — you’ve come too far to be anything less than fully comfortable.

A restaurant serves an inventive yet accessible pan-Nordic cuisine, and the spa sees to your body’s need for restoration. You might be tempted to spend a fair bit of time in the ten-meter outdoor hot tub, taking in the panoramic view of ION’s surroundings. But you’d be well served to get yourself a bit deeper into the scenery. The hotel, true to its name, caters to just about any appetite for adventure, from relatively sedate horseback riding and fishing outings to hot spring visits, superjeep tours, glacier hikes, ice climbing, and even diving. Yes, diving — though the water’s extremely cold, your thermal suit is quite warm, and when else are you going to have a chance to dive into the crack between the American and Eurasian tectonic plates?

Text Courtesy of Tablet Hotels

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Coffee Tables, Pendant Lighting, Concrete Floor, End Tables, and Rug Floor. Photo  of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Exterior. Photo 2 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bed, and Wall Lighting. Photo 3 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. Photo 4 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Dining Room, Table, Chair, Accent Lighting, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 5 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Medium Hardwood Floor, Sofa, and Pendant Lighting. Photo 6 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Living Room, Rug Floor, Sofa, and Coffee Tables. Photo 7 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, and Boulders. Photo 8 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Outdoor. Photo 9 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Bath Room, Open Shower, One Piece Toilet, Accent Lighting, and Drop In Sink. Photo 10 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Bedroom, Wall Lighting, Bed, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Photo 11 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Exterior. Photo 12 of ION Adventure Hotel
Modern home with Exterior. Photo 13 of ION Adventure Hotel

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