Iceland isn’t where your mind immediately goes when you think of adventure. Places like the American West or the Bahamas come to mind first. But if these places have become such common destinations for travel, can true adventurers be completely satisfied with them? For those of you looking to go someplace with both modern accommodations and a rugged placement, we recommend The Ion Adventure Hotel in Iceland.

The ION Adventure Hotel, Iceland
The ION Adventure Hotel, Iceland

The Lay of the Land

Located less than an hour from Reykjavík, this gorgeous slice of modern living is situated against the breathtaking backdrop of glaciers, lava fields, and the Northern Lights. It’s also worth noting that the hotel is located along the course of the “Golden Circle”, a 300-kilometer route that stops at some if Iceland’s most popular geography and history.

Plan Your Journey

The Sulfra dives allow people to swim between the tectonic plates
The Sulfra dives allow people to swim between the tectonic plates

For those of you more interested in the stunning landscape, you’ll be happy to hear that the park also has a rift valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates. The combination of fascinating history and beautiful nature make this park entrancing for visitors and often warrants repeat visits.

Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Many patrons find themselves exploring the nearby Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features not only stunning works of nature but fascinating relics of the past as well. For history buffs, the park houses the Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament between the 10th to 18th centuries.

Abundant Amenities

After a long day spent exploring, The Ion Adventure Hotel has a variety of amenities for the utmost relaxation. The Lava Spa, in particular, has been appreciated by guests. With treatments ranging from 30–90 minutes you can experience a variety of healing options.

The outdoor pool at the Lava Spa
The outdoor pool at the Lava Spa
Relaxing the Icelandic Way

The most encompassing version embraces Icelandic healing and relaxation techniques. Clients start with a cup of tea made from Icelandic herbs. Next, the body is scrubbed and a hot shower is taken. This is then followed by a hot mask and a thermal blanket. After that a light facial and a foot massage takes place. A second cleansing shower is taken. Lastly, the whole body receives a soothing massage. If this doesn’t sound like heaven on earth, we don’t know what does. The spa is also equipped with a sauna, pool, and silent relaxation room to help guests find a new level of peace.

The outdoor pool at the Lava Spa
The outdoor pool at the Lava Spa

There’s Nothing Like a Good Meal

For some, a destination even more popular than the hotel’s spa is the restaurant. Silfra, a restaurant that prides itself in its take on modern Nordic cuisine, is quickly becoming a hotspot for foodies. The kitchen is run by chefs Sigurður Ágústsson and Þráinn Freyr Vigfússon, and it’s clear that they have a vision for their guests’ dining experience.

“Silfra restaurant embodies the local flavor and spirit of Iceland, offering seasonal and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients from our close surroundings.”

The restaurant is also accompanied by the Northern Lights Bar, which is not to be missed either.

The ION Hotel's Northern Lights Bar
The ION Hotel’s Northern Lights Bar

Get Away From the World

Perhaps the biggest draw of staying in the ION Adventure Hotel is the remoteness of it all. It’s the perfect place to separate yourself from the troubles and cacophony of larger cities and de-stress. Go hiking, get a message, see the Northern Lights, eat exquisitely, and recharge in a whole new way.

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