Nestled into the slopes of Iceland’s Mt. Hengill, ION is a luxury hotel offering a dramatic view of Lake Thingvallavatn and the mountains surrounding the lake. Completed in 2013 ION Luxury Adventure Hotel was designed by Minarc.
Nestled into the slopes of Mt. Hengill, near Thingvellir national park, the Ion sits perched atop a series of high-seat pillars, a homage to Iceland’s first settler, Ingolfur Arnarson, who en-route to Iceland in the year 874 threw his high-seat pillars overboard and sailed to where the gods brought them ashore.
Like an enormous basalt post pile, with its black, lava-like exterior emerging from the mountainside, the new wing appears suspended, as if floating on the cloud of geothermal steam that surrounds it.
Photographs by Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir
Visit site Minarc