ION is a new hotel located less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, set against a backdrop of mountainous lava fields, next door from the Nesjavellir geothermal area.
All of the 45 rooms have a view across infinite lava fields towards Thingvellir National Park.
In addition to the interesting design, ION runs an ambitious environmental policy. Fair trade products are used wherever possible and where local Icelandic items are not available. All rooms have bed linens, blankets, towels, bathrobes and tea bags that are fair trade labelled and certified.
Beds are hypoallergenic and superbly comfortable. Bathrooms are equipped with state-of-the-art water saving shower systems to ensure a harmonious co-existence with nature without compromising on experience.
The ION Hotel is situated on Mount Hengill, an active volcano covering an area of 100km2. Although the mountain is active, its last eruption was around 2000 years ago and is not likely to erupt for another 2000. The Hengill area is an important geothermal energy source which is captured by the closeby Nesjavellir power station.
The downstairs Lava Spa has a 10 metre outdoor hot pool with great views of the surrounding lava fields and an indoor sauna and relaxation room.
Images by Adriana Pacheco