Ion Iceland http://ioniceland.is Luxury Adventure Hotel Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:46:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Article in A+A Magazinehttp://ioniceland.is/article-aa-magazine/ http://ioniceland.is/article-aa-magazine/#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:16:00 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1223 The post Article in A+A Magazine appeared first on Ion Iceland.

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Iceland Airwaves off-venue concertshttp://ioniceland.is/iceland-airwaves-venue-concerts/ http://ioniceland.is/iceland-airwaves-venue-concerts/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:42:43 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1152 ION will participate in Iceland Airwaves by hosting off-venue concerts between 7th and 9th of November. We have some amazing band playing so we expect a full house of guests. Everybody is welcome and we will arrange transport between Harpa and ION so nobody should be left at home.

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ION will participate in Iceland Airwaves by hosting off-venue concerts between 7th and 9th of November. We have some amazing band playing so we expect a full house of guests. Everybody is welcome and we will arrange transport between Harpa and ION so nobody should be left at home.

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Gift Certificate Offerhttp://ioniceland.is/gift-certificate-offer/ http://ioniceland.is/gift-certificate-offer/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:53:31 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1073 The winners of the Facebook like game are Sigríður Anna Sigurðardóttir and António José Ribeiro. We are so ecstatic about your response to this game that we have decided to give all our Facebook friends 15% discount of our gift certificate listed here below.   ION Romance Double Deluxe Room, including breakfast ION 4 course Luxury Dinner ION Homemade Chocolate & […]

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The winners of the Facebook like game are Sigríður Anna Sigurðardóttir and António José Ribeiro.
We are so ecstatic about your response to this game that we have decided to give all our Facebook friends 15% discount of our gift certificate listed here below.

 

ION Romance
Double Deluxe Room, including breakfast
ION 4 course Luxury Dinner
ION Homemade Chocolate & Sparkling wine
Extending check out hour – at 14:00

Full price: 86.600 ISK
Offer: 73.600 ISK

 

ION Classic
Double Deluxe Room, including breakfast
ION 3 course Dinner
ION Welcome drink

Full price: 68.800 ISK
Offer: 58.450 ISK

For further information please contact sales@ioniceland.is

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ION Airwaveshttp://ioniceland.is/ion-airwaves/ http://ioniceland.is/ion-airwaves/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:54:36 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1063 Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel in cooperation with Iceland Airwaves will host several so called “off-venue” events on the 5th – 9th of November. Off-venue concerts are available to everyone whether they have bought a ticket for the festival, are living in Iceland or are staying at the hotel. Artists will be announced as soon as the line-up is ready. We […]

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Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel in cooperation with Iceland Airwaves will host several so called “off-venue” events on the 5th – 9th of November.

Off-venue concerts are available to everyone whether they have bought a ticket for the festival, are living in Iceland or are staying at the hotel.
Artists will be announced as soon as the line-up is ready.

We are looking forward to host this event and hope to see some of you there

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Global Travel Experience Awardhttp://ioniceland.is/rewards/ http://ioniceland.is/rewards/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:19:47 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1032 This summer has started with a bang! The hotel was crowned the sexiest design at a conference called LE Miami We got the Global Travel Experience Award in Shanghai Ion has also been featured in many magazines all over the globe like Elle China, Bonytt Norway and California Home + Design.

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This summer has started with a bang! The hotel was crowned the sexiest design at a conference called LE Miami We got the Global Travel Experience Award in Shanghai Ion has also been featured in many magazines all over the globe like Elle China, Bonytt Norway and California Home + Design.

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Hiking tourshttp://ioniceland.is/hiking-tours/ http://ioniceland.is/hiking-tours/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 17:15:57 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=1023 This summer guests will have an opportunity to take a guided hiking tour in the astonishing surroundings of the hotel. Our talented guide Vallý will take guest on a journey and showing them the magnificent wonders of the Hengill area. This hiking tour is suitable for everyone and takes about 4 hours. Please contact the lobby for more information.

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This summer guests will have an opportunity to take a guided hiking tour in the astonishing surroundings of the hotel. Our talented guide Vallý will take guest on a journey and showing them the magnificent wonders of the Hengill area. This hiking tour is suitable for everyone and takes about 4 hours. Please contact the lobby for more information.

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Azure Magazinehttp://ioniceland.is/azure-magazine/ http://ioniceland.is/azure-magazine/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:54:03 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=995 Located on the slopes of volcanic Mount Hengill near Thingvellir National Park, this hotel by Santa Monica firm Minarc responds to a growing appetite for stunning accommodations in rugged places. Packing list for Iceland: a swimsuit, a parka, Led Zeppelin’s third album. The swimsuit is for the 170 public thermal pools dotted throughout the island – 17 in Reykjavik alone. The parka is […]

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Located on the slopes of volcanic Mount Hengill near Thingvellir National Park, this hotel by Santa Monica firm Minarc responds to a growing appetite for stunning accommodations in rugged places.

Packing list for Iceland: a swimsuit, a parka, Led Zeppelin’s third album. The swimsuit is for the 170 public thermal pools dotted throughout the island – 17 in Reykjavik alone. The parka is obvious; average daytime highs range from 13°C in summer to 2°C in winter. And the disc is to listen to on the 40-minute four-by-four ride from the capital to the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel. Track one, “Immigrant Song,” wails, “We come from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs flow.” Jimmy Page and Robert Plant wrote these lyrics while touring the tiny country in 1970.

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When the Eyjafjallajökull volcano erupted in 2010, causing worldwide air traffic snafus, Iceland and its population of 320,000 found themselves unexpectedly thrust into the world media spotlight. Out of this natural disaster, a new era of adventure tourism was born, transforming Iceland from a flyover nation to a globetrotter destination. The increased tourism has spawned new hotels, and while a five-star has yet to open anywhere on the island a handful of boutique design hotels have popped up, among them Ion. Launched in February 2013 near Thingvellir National Park, on the slopes of volcanic Mount Hengill, it offers dramatic views of Lake Thingvallavatn and the mountains.

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Owner Sigurlaug Sverridóttir recruited childhood friend Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, of the Santa Monica, California, design studio Minarc, to conceptualize the hotel. They converted an existing 22‑room inn for workers from the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant into a 46-room design property. Set on a lava field, the hotel melds, inside and out, with the surrounding landscape.

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To maximize energy efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint, a prefabricated panellized building system was used for the contemporary extension as well as the original structure. The black corrugated sheet metal and the sober concrete exterior, meant to suggest lava rock, successfully integrate the hotel into the volcanic terrain. However, building on a lava field had its challenges. “While digging the foundation, we found big caves,” says Ingjaldsdóttir. “Icelanders are very superstitious people, and we certainly didn’t want to disturb the elves who live in the lava. For the same reason, we went so far as changing the plan to go around a large rock rather than through it.”

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Lava, local flora and fauna, Icelandic culture and sustainability are the dominant threads woven into the concept. Natural hot springs provide energy-efficient geothermal heating and hot water. The guest rooms are outfitted with fair trade organic linens and amenities; and close-ups of Icelandic horses, by photographers Gígja Einarsdóttir and Skarphedinn Thrainsson, adorn the bare concrete and polished steel walls.

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The newest wings deliver two of Iceland’s major draws: the northern lights and hot springs. From September through March, guests can watch the aurora borealis and sip Icelandic craft beer from their cozy seats in the Northern Lights Bar. Surrounded by full-height windows, this may be the top vantage point in the country from which to view these elusive midnight rainbows. Below the bar on the ground level, steam rises above a hot pool framed by 24 angled concrete pillars that support the extension. Fed by overflow from the Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant and thus chemical-free, it offers another spot from which to take in the natural light spectacle or simply warm up after a day of hiking across the glaciers.

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Poles aparthttp://ioniceland.is/poles-apart/ http://ioniceland.is/poles-apart/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 13:23:57 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=185 Astonishingly deep geologic faults divide parched lava fields fringed by great big craggy rocks which are cloaked in moss fed by glacial streams. It doesn’t much sound like the setting for a modern hotel, does it? But next month, Ion Hotel opens at the foot of Mount Hengill, on the edge of Thingvellir National Park, in south-west Iceland. The design of the […]

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Astonishingly deep geologic faults divide parched lava fields fringed by great big craggy rocks which are cloaked in moss fed by glacial streams. It doesn’t much sound like the setting for a modern hotel, does it?

But next month, Ion Hotel opens at the foot of Mount Hengill, on the edge of Thingvellir National Park, in south-west Iceland.

The design of the hotel, supported by driftwood-like beams, is inspired by explorer Ingólfur Arnarson, who reportedly founded Reykjavík in 874AD at the precise spot where the wooden poles that he had flung overboard upon sight of shore landed.

Illustrations of Icelandic wildlife soften the severe interiors which, as well as reflecting Iceland’s unforgiving landscape, make use of it, too, with driftwood furnishings and lava lampshades.

Icelandic langoustine, locally caught arctic char and skyr (homemade yoghurt) are all served up at the restaurant. And beyond the main structure, a cantilevered bar balances seemingly precariously above the mountain slope, and has floor-to-ceiling glass windows on three sides, making it a fantastic vantage point for watching the northern lights dance above Lake Thingvellir.

Adventurers can try all sorts of iced-based activities, such as hiking, diving between two of the earth’s tectonic plates, and fishing, or hole up in the warmth of the hotel, where the Lava Spa offers facials and massages – no health-benefitting sub-zero pools of water to plunge into here.

Ion Hotel, Nesjavellir, Selfoss, Iceland (www.ioniceland.is). Discover the World (01737 214291;www.discover-the-world.co.uk) offers a three-night trip from £781 per person, staying full-board at Ion Hotel, including flights from London.

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ES Magazinehttp://ioniceland.is/es-magazine/ http://ioniceland.is/es-magazine/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:38:07 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=178 “At the foot of Mount Hengill, in a landscape of mossy lava fields, crystalline waterfalls and hot springs, stands a forbidding glass and concrete structure that seems to float above its otherworldly surroundings. This is Iceland’s Ion Hotel, in the Thingvellir National Park, and at its heart is the Lava Spa where you can soak in a 10Meter (38ft) outdoor […]

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“At the foot of Mount Hengill, in a landscape of mossy lava fields, crystalline waterfalls and hot springs, stands a forbidding glass and concrete structure that seems to float above its otherworldly surroundings. This is Iceland’s Ion Hotel, in the Thingvellir National Park, and at its heart is the Lava Spa where you can soak in a 10Meter (38ft) outdoor geothermal hot tub as the Northern Lights dance above your head. After a day exploring this land of volcanoes and geysers, enjoy a massage with Icelandic herbs and ash from that pesky Eyjafjallajökull volcano, or take a moment in the relation room to reflect on the grandeur of creation.”

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Check in for elegance and escapades in Iceland’s first ‘adventure hotelhttp://ioniceland.is/check-in-for-elegance-and-escapades-in-icelands-first-adventure-hotel/ http://ioniceland.is/check-in-for-elegance-and-escapades-in-icelands-first-adventure-hotel/#comments Tue, 11 Mar 2014 11:32:33 +0000 http://ioniceland.is/?p=174 Hotel ION delivers sleek design inside, plus the great outdoors, as Sarah Baxter discovers Face down in the frigid blue, I dangled between continents. The water, which seemed to grip my brain like an ice-cream headache, was crystal, allowing clear views of the fissure below. I flippered forwards, cresting a sub-aqua ridge where, suddenly, the turquoise plunged to a more […]

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Hotel ION delivers sleek design inside, plus the great outdoors, as Sarah Baxter discovers

Face down in the frigid blue, I dangled between continents. The water, which seemed to grip my brain like an ice-cream headache, was crystal, allowing clear views of the fissure below. I flippered forwards, cresting a sub-aqua ridge where, suddenly, the turquoise plunged to a more ominous navy, hinting at a fathomless abyss. I was so startled I spat out my snorkel and lost all form; my buoyant dry-suit spun me round, and returned me to the real world. Bobbing helplessly with my back to the bowels of the Earth, I was glad to see Iceland – mountainous, treeless and surreal – was still there.

Everything about this escapade was absurd. The air temperature in Thingvellir National Park hovered around 5C, the waters of its Silfra Rift 2C – natural, then, to don a padded onesie and neoprene babygrow, and jump right in …

Thingvellir, in Iceland’s south-west and less than an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, is the country’s most important cultural site. Parliament was established here in AD930. But it is also where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and I had just snorkelled in the chilly limbo in the middle.

My base was the recently revamped Hotel ION, just south of the national park, and plum inside the “Golden Circle” tourist circuit. Unveiled in February, not only is ION heavy on style – walls of wood and smoothed concrete, Scandi-chic furniture, big murals, an Icelandic soundtrack – it also claims to be the country’s first adventure hotel. If swimming between continents was anything to go by, I wasn’t about to argue.

“It’s mainly our location,” the receptionist replied, when I asked what an “adventure hotel” might be. Certainly, ION has quite a spot: so accessible from the capital, yet away from light pollution; out in the wilds, amid lava fields and snow-streaked mountains; wonderfully isolated – save one unusual neighbour …

“It’s great to be by the geothermal power station,” she continued. “It provides our energy.”

Before it was a hotel, the older part of ION was built to house the employees of Nesjavellir Power Station, whose steaming turbines came as a shock when I arrived in this otherwise pristine wilderness. But, actually, the plant is a source of pride – Iceland leads the world in geothermal technology. And it is Nesjavellir’s workers who mapped out the hiking trails that lead right from the hotel’s door.

The power station doesn’t intrude on the hotel’s Northern Lights Bar either. Although one side of this dimly lit glass-walled den overlooks an access road, station staff will turn off their streetlamps should the aurora start to dance. Sadly, despite me keeping vigil in the bar, as well as in the hotel’s al fresco hot tub, the Northern Lights didn’t come out to play on my visit. Still, it’s a good excuse to return this autumn, which Nasa has predicted will see solar activity peak.

And there was plenty more entertainment. Iceland is a geologic pleasuredome. This youthful island, only about 20 million years old, is constantly spewing, simmering, changing and creating natural features that lend themselves to thrilling pursuits. In this region alone, there are waterfalls to walk behind, slopes to snowmobile, caves to probe, volcanoes to climb and rivers to raft, kayak, or ford in SuperJeeps.

My next adventure was to take a stroll on Solheimajokull. “In 2000, it used to reach to the car park,” my guide, Gulli, explained as we now had to walk 500m or so to the glacier’s terminal edge. Helmets and harnesses on, we stamped onto the ice, walking like bow-legged cowboys so as not to stab ourselves with our own crampons. It was a dreary day but, like Scotland or New Zealand, there’s a drama to Iceland that’s almost enhanced by bad weather. The glacier, marbled with ash deposits and scored with crevasses, twisted up into its broody mother mountains; to the side, green valleys dripped with waterfalls, empowered by recent rain.

Gulli kept me safe and informed as we crunched about on Solheimajokull’s surface. He pointed out moulins (circular shafts) at varied stages of formation and led me into a sheltered bowl of sparkling blue-white that looked gouged by an ice-cream scoop. A good guide adds so much more than protection. But part of Iceland’s appeal is the refreshing lack of health and safety mania. There are no ugly barriers to nature: the rules of common sense prevail.

I certainly wouldn’t have attempted my final tour alone. As twilight descended over the troll-like knobbles of Stora-Bollahraun lava field, I followed guide Ingo into the centre of the Earth . Leidarendi (End of the Journey Cave) is a 2,000-year-old subterranean lava tube. Exploring with only Ingo, three Swedes and the odd plink of water for company, it felt like another world.

Our headtorches helped us to find safe passage amid a vulcanologist’s rapture of formations. Lava teats dimpled the roof; a silica-flecked ceiling glittered like a canopy of stars; fragile stalagmites grew from the rubble, and rocks came in purple, black, yellow and rich red. At one point the cave narrowed to about 50cm high, forcing us to crawl like Indiana Jones escaping a boulder (only with less panache and harder hats). Then we sat in a chamber and turned off our lights for a moment’s silent contemplation of the complete darkness.

I remembered this moment back at ION, my body cosy, my ears soothed by Icelandic folksters Of Monsters and Men, a delicious Arctic char, plucked from nearby Lake Thingvellir, on my plate. I pressed my face to the window: mountains, lava fields but, alas, no Northern Lights. An adventure for another night, perhaps.

Travel essentials

Getting there

Iceland specialist Discover the World (01737 214291; discover-the-world.co.uk) offers three-night Hotel ION packages from £781 per person, including return flights from Heathrow to Reykjavik with Icelandair, accommodation with breakfast and entrance to the Blue Lagoon; also included is either a Northern Lights Safari by SuperJeep (October-March) or SuperJeep Midnight Sun Safari (April-September), both of which also involve lava-caving and a lobster dinner. Additional excursion options include the Golden Circle Safari with Snorkelling (from £200pp) and the South Shore Safari with Glacier Walk (from £195pp).

Icelandair (0844 811 1190; icelandair.co.uk) flies to Reykjavik from Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, and Glasgow; returns from £238. Reykjavik is also served by Wow Air (0118-321 8384;wowiceland.co.uk) from Gatwick and easyJet (0843 104 5000;easyJet.com) from Luton, Manchester and Edinburgh.

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