Situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Iceland is one of Europe’s most sparsely populated countries. And with its extreme contrasts of fire and ice, a dark winter with summer’s midnight sun and untouched nature amongst urban dwellings, the experience is only heightened by the minimal amount of amateur tourists. Iceland’s award-winning hotel, Ion Iceland allows first-time travelers to experience its natural beauty, and is only an hour away from the bustling capital Reykjavik. You’ll be able to spend the day hiking lava formations and narrow fjords while wild horses roam nearby, and admire the Northern Lights that take over the sky right from your hotel room.
Photos courtesy of Ion Hotels, Trey Ratcliff and Jonathan.