- Rooftop Bars
- Arts & Culture
ION Hotel, which is member of Design Hotels, has been a game changer for luxury hospitality in Iceland. It is owned by Sigurlaug Sverrsdottir and her husband, originally from the airline industry. The hotel has won 12 awards since opening in 2013, including Best
Honeymoon Boutique Hotel in Europe and The Most Sustainable Boutique Hotel in Europe in the Boutique Hotel Awards (2014).
Less than an hour’s drive from the cultural landmarks of Reykjavik and set against a backdrop of mountainous lava fields, ION Luxury Hotel is designed to inspire, revitalise and allow guests to escape the mundane.
The hotel lends itself to lovers of the great outdoors; it is surrounded by hot springs and is close to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with the largest lake in Iceland. Activities on offer include hiking, swimming in hot springs, diving and snorkelling in the Silfra fissure, fishing, horse-riding, kayaking, off-roading, glacier tours and white-water rafting.
Inside and out, guests are surrounded by a visual symphony inspired by Icelandic cultural heritage. The hotel is designed LA-based, Icelandic born Minarc, with contemporary and eco-conscious design to maximise panoramic views. ION Hotel generates hot water and energy from the surrounding hot springs and local Icelandic produce is used throughout; where importation is necessary, all items are Fair Trade. Driftwood and other natural materials, including tires, are used to create furniture and the rooms are stocked with Sóley Organic amenities, made from local Icelandic herbs. Meanwhile the small shop sells handmade woollen jumpers.
Rooms start from £184 per night on a B&B basis.
The Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar offer a menu of fresh local ingredients served with a twist. The restaurant embodies the local flavour and spirit of Iceland, offering seasonal and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients from their surroundings. Silfra is proud o serve modern Nordic cuisine with purity, freshness, simplicity and ethics as a guiding light to represent everything Iceland has to offer. The restaurants name derives from the Silfra rift in Lake Thingvellir. The rift is the most popular diving site in Iceland. The kitchen is led by two of the best chefs in Iceland, Hrafnkell Sigrioarson and Sigurour Laufdal.