ION Adventure Hotel

Nesjavellir, Selfoss, Iceland

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18
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  • Rooms17.5
  • Public Spaces18
  • Service17.5
  • Overall18
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Hotel Description

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?

How to get there: ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is located 25 miles (about a 45-minute drive) from central Reykjavík. Please note that road 435, the main road between Reykjavik and Nesjavellir, is closed from October through April. During this time there’s an alternate, slightly longer route. Please email CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for directions or assistance with transportation.

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Hotel Criteria

  • 46 Rooms
  • Style: Modern Design
  • Atmosphere: Secluded

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Pets are not allowed. Baby cots are available on request. Extra beds are available only for a child for up to 12 years old and only in Deluxe rooms for additional price of 9900 ISK per night. Breakfast is available for 2900 ISK per person per day. ION Adventure Hotel is located 25 miles (about a 45-minute drive) from central Reykjavík. Please note that road 435, the main road between Reykjavik and Nesjavellir, is closed from October through April. During this time please take the road 36 towards Thingvellir and turn right towards Nesjavellir on road 360. We recommend renting 4x4 with spiked tires during the winter season. Please check the road condition before every trip on www.road.is. Please email CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for directions or assistance with transportation.

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Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

11am

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Hotel Amenities and Services

  • 100% non-smoking hotel
  • 24 hour front desk
  • 24 hour gym
  • Bar
  • Central air conditioning
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi
  • Golf nearby
  • Jacuzzi
  • Lounge
  • No pets allowed
  • Restaurant
  • Room service
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Wake-up service

Need to Know

Pets are not allowed. Baby cots are available on request. Extra beds are available only for a child for up to 12 years old and only in Deluxe rooms for additional price of 9900 ISK per night. Breakfast is available for 2900 ISK per person per day. ION Adventure Hotel is located 25 miles (about a 45-minute drive) from central Reykjavík. Please note that road 435, the main road between Reykjavik and Nesjavellir, is closed from October through April. During this time please take the road 36 towards Thingvellir and turn right towards Nesjavellir on road 360. We recommend renting 4x4 with spiked tires during the winter season. Please check the road condition before every trip on www.road.is. Please email CustomerService@TabletHotels.com for directions or assistance with transportation.

Credit cards accepted:

Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diner's Club

Check in:

4pm,

Check out:

11am

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