Emerging on stilts from moss-laden lava fields, the Ion Hotel is a striking testament to sustainable design. Each detail of the award-winning hotel is thoughtfully considered to make the most out of the natural surroundings. A fully glassed-in extension houses a bar and lounge built for observing the Northern Lights. Similarly, each of the 22 deluxe rooms have floor to ceiling windows for views of Thingvellir National Park. A thermal outdoor pool melds into the natural hillside for seclusion, and the minimalist interiors designed with smooth concrete walls, Nordic wood floors and furniture, and plenty of sheepskin throws add contrast to the rugged landscape outside. From Ion’s doorstep you can snorkel and dive in the Silfra Rift, glacier hike, swim in the famous Blue Lagoon, fly-fish in Lake Thingvellir, horseback ride, kayak, and raft. After a day of adventure, warm-up in the Lava Spa with Icelandic herbal treatments and a flavorful Nordic meal at the Silfra Restaurant.