Connected Earth: Iceland’s ION Hotel
By Gemma Riberti

We are completely enamored with Iceland’s newest luxury hotel, which enables guests to fully immerse themselves in the country’s otherworldly landscape.

Aug 15, 2013
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We are completely enamored with Iceland’s newest luxury hotel, which enables guests to fully immerse themselves in the country’s otherworldly landscape.

The ION Hotel has been designed by Santa Monica-based practice Minarc, and is located in Thingvellir National Park – a volcanic region of Southern Iceland.

Energy-efficient in its design, the hotel takes inspiration from the dramatic and mountainous surroundings, such as Lake Thingvallavatn, a number of hot springs and glacier spots, and incredible views of the Northern Lights. The interior utilizes natural and locally found materials, including driftwood, birchwood, and lights that have been made using lava, while nearby hot springs provide natural geothermal heating and hot water.

Read our In The Air report Connected Earth, which explores the designers and artists drawing inspiration from the earth’s raw elements. – Samantha Fox

  • Such a stunning hotel, it is such a wonderful idea to build an energy efficient hotel in an area of natural beauty like this. Boutique hotels like this are becoming more and more popular as people what to stay somewhere different.


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