Kimberly Olsen

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

  • Where:Iceland
  • Why:My 30th birthday.
  • When:March 2014
  • Who:Me + my hubby.
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View on the way to Reykjavik from the Ion Hotel.

The Northern Lights Bar.

Not much of a view in the winter from the Northern Lights Bar! Can you say white out?

The amazing room. I love the gigantic horse.

View from our room! That is a frozen lake to the right.

Me, waiting for dinner in the amazing Silfra Restaurant in the hotel.

Pan roasted sea scallops with lemon risotto.

Driving up to the Ion's nestled at the very top of Mount Hengill!

Highs & Lows

  • The hotel is very isolated and definitely evokes a cozy vibe.

  • The minimalist design is a work of art in itself.

  • The Northern Lights Bar - I only wish I actually saw some Northern Lights!

  • Self service breakfast bar...two thumbs up!!

  • Dinner service at the hotel restaurant was very slow; it seemed like they were understaffed.

  • The transportation options didn't seem like much. It would be nice if they could also pick you up at the bottom of the mountain instead of just from the airport.

The Barometer

  • Design

  • Website

  • Environmental Consciousness

  • Night's Sleep

  • Service

  • Amenities

  • Takeable Treats

  • Refer a Friend

  • Overall Value

  • Life Changing

Total: 41/50

Important Bits

  • Type

    Boutique design oasis in the middle of nowhere.

  • Vibe

    Luxury, minimal, modern, secluded retreat.

  • Location

    Off the grid. Literally.

  • Rooms


  • Music

    All over the board - mostly Icelandic.

  • Year Opened

    February 2013

  • Designed By

    Architect Minarc and design team Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir.

  • Pool/Gym

    Lava Spa + Thermal Pool

  • Restaurant

    Yes, Silfra is an excellent farm-to-table restaurant on property.

  • Bar

    The Northern Lights Bar, an award winning bar on property.

  • Minibar

    Yup, candy and a few mini wines.

  • Children

    No, mostly young couples.

  • Price

    Expensive ($$$)

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

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Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

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Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

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Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, Iceland

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