Ion Hotel, Iceland

Surrounded by snow, lava rocks and dormant volcanoes, Iceland's newest adventure hotel isn't your usual honeymoon retreat - which is what makes it an awesome option.

The 46-room hotel's polished concrete floors and monochrome artwork shout 'industrial chic', while the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Fortitude-esque landscape bring you right up close to nature. Here, in Iceland's wildest corner, nature and solitude meet - and it's romantic.


Despite temperatures of -7˚C during our February visit, the hotel couldn't have felt warmer. Honeymooners are given flowers, chocolates, and their own photobook to take home, but that's where the schmaltz ends. The rest of the time, it's action, adrenaline and highs like you've never imagined. Hiking on sensational glaciers, horse riding through lava fields and swimming in steaming hot rivers is just a taste of what's in store.

Back at the hotel, there's a geothermal outdoor pool and a sauna to reinvigorate you. Then, at dinner, chefs Hrafnkell Sigríðarson and Sigurður Laufdal conjure up dishes of native reindeer carpaccio and tender Nordic lamb with burnt onion petals and dried cabbage leaves. Do we hear the tinkling of Michelin stars? It's only a matter of time.


And did we mention the views from the bar, which is basically a glass box on stilts? A-mazing!

WOW FACTOR: If you're lucky, you'll see the spectacular Northern Lights (below) dancing across a moonlit sky.

GO: A double room costs from £184, B&B; Icelandair ( offers transatlantic travellers a stopover in Iceland for up to seven nights at no extra cost. London to New York flights with a Reykjavik stopover start at £399 return.

FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours