Hotel Ion

Southern Iceland, Iceland

The Hotel Ion is a truly unusual hotel. It resembles a world war bunker and its remote location only adds to the intrigue. The setting is beautiful and is perfect for making the most of the ample winter and summer activities on offer in the area.

At a Glance

  • From the Hotel Ion a myriad of activities is possible ranging from horse-riding to rafting, snorkeling and diving to hiking, kayaking and fishing

  • A stay at the Ion means you go to sleep atop lava fields

  • Nestled at the edge of Þingvellir National Park the Hotel Ion is perfectly situated for famous tours such as the Golden Circle

  • The Ion acts as the perfect place to sit back and wait for the amazing Aurora Borealis to grace you with their presence and you can do this from the Northern Lights bar with its double height windows

  • One of the few hotels to offer a Spa in Iceland, be sure to enjoy a relaxing massage after a day of activities.

Adventure, Couples,

Insider's View

Request a lake view room to make the most of the dramatic local landscape.

Katie Edwards

Insider's View

Make sure you head to the Northern Lights bar at sunset and enjoy a cocktail or two as the sun settles on the horizon.

Jessica Hayes

Insider's View

Visit the wonderful Lava Spa to relax and unwind after your outdoor adventures - the hot tub is fantastic!

Scott Dunn team

Insider's View

If you want to maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights - ask the staff to set you a table for dinner in the bar...

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An easy hour long journey through breath-taking scenery takes you to the barren landscapes in and around Þingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site). Here majestically set against the backdrop of lava fields, waterfalls and geysers lies the Hotel Ion, a remarkable structure that offers travelers a departure from the norm.

The hotel comprises 45 rooms in total - standard and deluxe - all offering incredible views of either the white steam and vapour from the Nesjavellir Power Plant or towards Þingvellir Lake and the lava fields. Eco lovers can rest easy as the hotel offers Sóley Organic products made from handpicked Icelandic herbs and free from any chemicals as well as bedding that is made of fair trade linen.

Iceland is renowned for its amazing cuisine and the Hotel Ion measures up on this front too. Silfra restaurant offers seasonal dishes using local, organic and the freshest of ingredients as far as possible. Then retire for a night cap to the Northern Lights Bar where you can relax into a comfy armchair and hope to catch a glimpse of the Aurora Borealis through the double height windows. Be sure to sample an Icelandic beer that won't disappoint!

The lava spa is a wonderful place to relax after a day of adventure where Icelandic herbs and sea salt are used in the treatments. Take a dip take a dip in the 10 meter long geothermal hot tub.

Any mention of the Hotel Ion wouldn't be complete without a nod to the extensive range of activities on offer. Adventurers take note as this destination is a year round one for thrill seekers. Hot springs picnics, ice climbing, horseback riding, bird watching, diving or snorkeling, caving, white-water rafting, snowmobiling, super-jeep tours, glacier hikes, fly fishing for trout and arctic char to name but a few.

Guests are sometimes surprised to find a large power station on the horizon. This is the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Station, the second largest geothermal power station in Iceland and located on Mount Hengill. This power station delivers around 1100 litres of hot water to Reykjavík and neighboring towns servicing space and water heating. The station produces about 120 MW of electrical power, while 73.8% of this electricity is hydro power.

All in all the Hotel Ion is a wonderful and unusual departure from the norm and worth adding on to any adventure to Southern Iceland.


There are just two room types at Hotel Ion - Standard and Deluxe and we recommend the latter. The rooms are decked out in fair-trade organic linens and offer incredible views, while their bathrooms boast environmentally responsible water saving shower systems.

Deluxe Room

There are 22 deluxe rooms, each carefully decorated in inimitable Icelandic style with floor to ceiling windows to magnificent views of the unique Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant or across the lava fields towards Thingvellir National Park. Each deluxe room can be twin or double.

Standard Room

There are 21 Standard rooms all with a view of the unique Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant or across the lava fields towards Thingvellir National Park.


Children are welcome but there are no specific facilities. The many activities such as rafting and snorkeling are perfect for adventurous teens.


A terrific restaurant, indulgent spa, stunning scenery and ample possibilities for adventure all combine to make Hotel Ion a perfect base from which to explore Southern Iceland.


The list of things to do while staying at the Hotel Ion is endless but includes hot springs picnics, ice climbing, horseback riding, bird watching, diving or snorkeling, caving, white-water rafting, snowmobiling, super-jeep tours, glacier hikes & fly fishing for trout and arctic char.

Location & Directions

Southern Iceland, Iceland

The Hotel Ion is majestically set in the wilderness yet is just a 1-hour drive from the capital, Reykjavik.

When to go

Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.

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