ION Adventure Hotel
What We Love
- Spectacular Northern Lights views from the hot-springs-fed hot tub, situated on the purpose-built deck
- There’s a real effort to be eco-conscious, from the driftwood furniture to the water-saving showers
- Everything from the art to the music to the beers is locally made, and even the Sóley Organics toiletries are prepared with Icelandic herbs
What To Know
- Rooms are spartan but do have coffee machines and Fairtrade organic bed linens
- Bathrooms are small
- Free WiFi
- Thanks to the isolated location, there’s nowhere else to eat within walking distance
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The hotel’s brutalist design – angular, big on concrete and glass, supported by pillars – is made even more impressive by its setting: it juts out of the side of Mount Hengill in southwest Iceland, which overlooks the nearly empty lichen-coated lava fields and rolling hills that border Thingvellir National Park. Once an inn for workers at the nearby geothermal plant, the hotel was re-formatted by Minarc Design Studio into a chic, minimalist hotel. Each room, though small, is decorated in typical Scandinavian style, with wooden floors, concrete walls, and a black-white-and-grey palette—but there are homey touches like throws made from Icelandic wool and the occasional wall-sized close-up photo of horses. The Northern Lights bar has floor-to-ceiling windows made with aurora borealis viewing in mind, but the scenery is worth lingering over at other times of the year, too, when there’s 24 hours of daylight. The Lava Spa adjoins the heated pool, and – “local” and “sustainable” being bywords here — the products are made from volcanic ash and locally sourced clay.
In the Area
While the hotel has an isolated feel, Rekyjavík is just an hour away. We’d suggest taking advantage of the hotel’s proximity to Iceland’s top natural attractions, though. Besides the Northern Lights, winter spells ice climbing and skiing, while in the warmer months, it’s possible to dive in Lake Pingvallavatn, which is just ten minutes from the hotel. Here, divers (wrapped in warm wetsuits) can swim in the seam between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. There’s also hiking, fly-fishing, day trips to hot springs and lots more, all arranged by the hotel.
How to Get There
The hotel was in a spectacular location. It is beautiful and the staff and food were outstanding. It’s a great base for touring the country although you need a 4wd in winter. The spa and rooms were lovely and do recommend this hotel
This was my second stay in this hotel, and this time was as wonderful as the first.
The location is only a short drive from the Golden Circle route, meaning you can visit those locations before/after or during your stay. We only stayed for one night, something we’ll change when we make it back to Iceland again, just so much to see! The hot tub is wonderfully warm and the perfect depth for sitting and enjoying the views while enjoying a drink. I’d recommend the cocktails from the bar, they’re delicious.
The food in the restaurant was excellent too, Icelandic prices, but that’s to be expected, you’re in Iceland. The staff were friendly and attentive and the pan fried sea bream I had was delicious. The breakfast had a wide spread of many delicious things to start your day.
The rooms aren’t huge, but then again how much space do you need? More importantly there are wonderful views of the surrounding lava fields. The beds are soft and comfy and the pillows weren’t too thick, nor too thin, and once tucked up it’s so quiet there, just perfect for a great nights sleep.
Unfortunately no northern lights the night we stayed, however they offer a wake-up call should they show up, which is much appreciated.
There’s also a Spa in the hotel offering massages and various treatments, something again for next time!
an efficient hotel runs well great staff and service the meals are great and well presented. the rooms are on the small size but well heated the WiFi is free and fast. the Spa is brilliant though can be a bit crowded,
We had a fantastic stay at the Ion Adventure hotel. The staff couldn't have been more helpful + gave us much needed advice on what to see.
The food was good + it was the perfect base to explore the golden circle.
Very nice hotel with high quality standards. The best hotel we staid in so far in iceland. Do not hesitate to book a table at the restaurant and enjoy the hot tub. The bar is also nice but closing a little bit early (11PM).