Sitting amid a landscape of mountains and majestic lava fields in what felt like the middle of nowhere (an hour's drive from Reykjavik), the modern glass and concrete structure of the ION Adventure Hotel blends effortlessly into the surrounding landscape. The contemporary, minimalist Scandi-chic interiors were totally Instagrammable - though at times it felt like it lacked a bit of heart.
As soon as we arrived we ditched our bags and, despite chilly drizzle, we immersed ourselves in the hotel’s outdoor thermal pool. During our dip we saw blue skies, black skies, sunshine, heavy rain, and three - yes three - different rainbows. To be out in the elements and observing nature, while soothing my bones in the steaming hot pool was unforgettable. And by this point we had become used to the smell of sulphur when swimming!
ION's location within the Golden Circle makes it a great base. We arrived after visiting Thingvellir National Park, and went on to Kerio Crater Lake the following day.
The remote location makes it a perfect spot to see the Northern Lights, and they even have a Northern Lights Bar to keep an eye out sitting snug indoors with a cocktail in hand.
The bedrooms were plush and very comfortable, with proper pillows! (In Iceland, I found that they are not big on luxurious linen, or on nice bedding!) Our room looked out onto this rugged raw landscape. The amount of double rainbows we spotted should have brought me a lifetime of good luck.