Chasing Northern Lights & Lavish Stays: Iceland Luxury Hotels

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Chasing Northern Lights & Lavish Stays: Iceland Luxury Hotels
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Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and captivating culture. For travelers seeking a blend of adventure and indulgence, Iceland offers a plethora of upscale hotels that promise a stay as memorable as the mesmerizing aurora dancing across the Arctic sky. Here is my ultimate guide on Iceland luxury hotels!

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ION Adventure Hotel: Where Eco-Chic Meets Luxury

Nestled amid Iceland's otherworldly terrain, the ION Adventure Hotel stands as a beacon of sustainability and style. This 43-room eco-conscious retreat boasts a sleek, minimalist design, seamlessly blending into the rugged landscape. From its geothermal spa to its panoramic views of the Northern Lights, every corner of ION Adventure Hotel exudes tranquility and sophistication. Plus, where else can you unwind in a hot tub while marveling at the mystical aurora borealis?

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon: A Haven of Serenity

Prepare to be pampered like Icelandic royalty at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon. Set against the backdrop of the iconic Blue Lagoon, this exclusive resort with 61 rooms offers luxury and relaxation. Picture yourself indulging in a private in-water massage or savoring gourmet cuisine crafted from locally sourced ingredients. With its serene surroundings and world-class amenities, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon ensures a rejuvenating escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Deplar Farm: Adventure Awaits

For thrill-seeking travelers with a penchant for luxury, Deplar Farm is the ultimate playground, which was just recently named one of Conde Nast’s Gold List for ‘Best Hotels in the World’. This former sheep farm turned upscale lodge is a haven for adrenaline junkies and wellness enthusiasts alike. Whether heli-skiing down remote slopes, fly-fishing in pristine rivers or unwinding in the property's geothermal hot tubs, guests are treated to an unforgettable Icelandic experience. With its cozy yet sophisticated accommodations and unparalleled access to outdoor adventures, Deplar Farm is a destination where luxury meets adrenaline.

Hotel Borg: Timeless Elegance in Reykjavik

Step back in time to the golden age of travel at Hotel Borg, Reykjavik's most iconic luxury hotel. Steeped in history and sophistication, this Art Deco gem with 99 rooms exudes timeless elegance from every corner. Indulge in refined dining at the renowned Borg Restaurant, sip on handcrafted cocktails at the chic Lobby Bar and retire to sumptuously appointed rooms adorned with plush furnishings and modern amenities. Hotel Borg is not just a place to stay; it's a journey into the past where classic charm meets contemporary luxury.

The Tower Suites: A Sky-High Sanctuary

Redefining the concept of urban luxury, The Tower Suites offers an elevated experience in the heart of Reykjavik. Perched atop one of the city's tallest buildings, eight exclusive suites boast views of the vibrant capital and beyond. Whether you're soaking in your private hot tub under the midnight sun or relishing a gourmet breakfast delivered to your room, The Tower Suites ensures a stay that's nothing short of extraordinary. Paired with a private chauffeur and attentive concierge, the dedicated staff will ensure you experience luxury and personalized hospitality at its finest. After all, why settle for anything less.

Edition Reykjavik: Where Urban Chic Meets Icelandic Charm

Situated in the heart of Reykjavik's bustling downtown, Edition Reykjavik is a beacon of contemporary elegance. With its sleek design, world-class amenities and impeccable service, this luxury hotel redefines urban living in the Icelandic capital. From its 253 stylish rooms adorned with Icelandic art to its rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the city's skyline, Edition Reykjavik exudes sophistication at every turn. Whether you're exploring the city's vibrant culture or simply unwinding in the hotel's serene surroundings, a stay at Edition Reykjavik promises an unforgettable experience that seamlessly blends luxury with local charm.

UMI Hotel: A Sanctuary by the Sea

Just two kilometers from the famous ring road, UMI Hotel offers a tranquil escape from the crowds with a unique view of the southern coastline and the Westman Islands. Inspired by Iceland's natural beauty, this boutique hotel with only 28 rooms boasts Scandinavian-inspired design, understated luxury and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Wake up to breathtaking views of the Icelandic countryside from your cozy room, indulge in locally sourced cuisine at the hotel's acclaimed restaurant and have cocktails in the lounge bar with a famous view of subglacial volcano Eyjafjallajökull and the beautiful mountain terrain surrounding it. With its intimate ambiance and personalized service, UMI Hotel provides a sanctuary by the sea where guests can relax, rejuvenate and embrace the serenity of Icelandic coastal living.

Hotel Ranga: Where Luxury Meets Adventure

Tucked away in the rugged wilderness of South Iceland, Hotel Ranga beckons travelers with its unique blend of luxury and adventure. At only 51 rooms, surrounded by towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and the meandering Rangá River, this boutique retreat offers a true taste of Icelandic hospitality. From its cozy log cabins to its renowned stargazing observatory, Hotel Ranga immerses guests in the natural wonders of the Icelandic countryside. Whether you're embarking on a glacier hike, indulging in a soak in the hotel's geothermal hot tubs or sampling locally inspired cuisine at the gourmet restaurant, Hotel Ranga promises an unforgettable experience that celebrates the beauty and majesty of Iceland's untamed wilderness.

Need to Know

These Iceland luxury hotels offer more than just a place to rest your head; they provide an immersive experience that combines unparalleled comfort with a touch of adventure. So, whether you're chasing the Northern Lights, soaking in the Blue Lagoon, or exploring Reykjavik's vibrant culture, these opulent retreats ensure a stay that's as unforgettable as Iceland itself. So consider the land of fire and ice for your next journey of indulgence and discovery!

This trip report is part of our ongoing series on travel to Iceland. In need of further inspiration? Check out Jessica Rausch’s guide, Unraveling Luxury: Your Guide to Iceland Spa Hotels at the Blue Lagoon.

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