Less than an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Reykjavík and set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, the Iceland Eco Hotel will help you create a holiday unforgettable experience.
The location of the Iceland Eco Hotel is by the “Golden Circle” route makes it the perfect base from which to explore Iceland’s rich heritage, hardy flora and fauna, and myriad opportunities for extreme adventure. Close to Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Iceland Eco Hotel provides easy access to all the essential attractions of “the land of fire and ice”. At the Iceland Eco Hotel, we take good care of you upon your return after a day of adventures. Our luxurious rooms, exquisite Silfra Restaurant, award-winning Northern Lights bar, the awesome Lava Spa and the magnificent landscape that stretches out to the horizon wherever you look provides calm and good service so you can recharge, reflect and rejoice.
Our Iceland Eco Hotel recently was granted the acclaimed Boutique Hotel Awards in the sustainability category.
Iceland Eco Hotel has 24 deluxe rooms, each carefully decorated in inimitable Icelandic style with floor to ceiling windows so that guests can fully appreciate the magnificent view possible of the unique Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant or across the lava fields towards Thingvellir National Park.
Iceland Eco Hotel has 21 standard rooms: 16 twin rooms, 2 double rooms and 3 single rooms. All rooms have a view of the unique Nesjavellir Geothermal Power Plant or across the lava fields towards Thingvellir National Park.
Each deluxe room has beds that can be customised as twin or double as requested. The beds are hypoallergenic and supremely comfortable. Free WiFi is included both inside the rooms and in public area. Every room has fair-trade organic linens and a large bathroom with a powerful environmentally friendly shower and the following soaps and lotions from Sóley Organics.
The Nordic countries have a strong regional food culture – pure, simple, fresh and seasonal. The New Nordic Cuisine combines new ingredients with more traditional fare, often prepared in new ways. At the Silfra Restaurant and Northern Lights Bar at the Iceland Eco Hotel, we subscribe to this philosophy and offer a menu of fresh local ingredients served with a twist and accompanied by an array of beers, liqueurs and spirits from Iceland’s many microbreweries. Silfra restaurant embodies the local flavor and spirit of Iceland, offering seasonal and contemporary dishes with an emphasis on sustainable, farm-fresh ingredients from our close surroundings. Silfra is proud to serve modern nordic cuisine with purity, freshness, simplicity and ethics as a guiding light to represent everything that this part of the world has to offer above other.
After warming up in the sauna or soaking in the warm 10 m long outdoor pool you will experience wellbeing in the silent relaxation room. The feeling of tranquility, warmth, nature and pureness will enhance your personal energy and create an exhilarated experience!
The hotel is surrounded by hot springs, which provide geothermal hot water and energy to the hotel´s natural hot pool. The prefabricated, panelized building system exceeds environmentally safe building standards that merge with the lava and moss covered ground. Lava, and reused wood, Icelandic wool and other natural materials are used extensively in furniture throughout the hotel. The organic room amenities are made from Icelandic herbs.
Everything from bed linen to the restaurant´s food is organic and fair trade purchase. Tables and chairs are built from recycled materials. Lights made of lava and found-wood. Hand sinks are made from recycled tires and hand made Icelandic wool sweaters are sold in the hotel´s gift store.
The abandoned building was acquired in 2011 and — with the assistance of Santa Monica-based design studio Minarc — renovated, with a new wing also added. The new elements of the structure were built using a prefabricated panelized building system, which exceeds environmentally safe building standards. Natural light is taken advantage of through floor-to-ceiling windows, which also offer panoramic views augmented by the hotel’s position atop a series of pillars that dramatically jut out of the slopes of Mount Hengill.
The concrete and black lava exterior successfully merges with the volcanic landscape, creating a mood of integration, not interruption. Innovative materials, sustainable practices and natural features: these are the hallmarks of design at ION. Bolstering the hotel’s mood of a secluded retreat are driftwood and other natural materials, found in the surrounding area and seamlessly incorporated into the interiors.
Fairtrade organic linens and wooden flooring are found in all accommodations, where the sustainable ethos of the hotel is also realized via water-saving shower systems, and beds and chairs made from recycled materials.
Throughout the hotel, including public spaces, natural components are used extensively in furniture; for example, lighting constructed using lava and found wood. Each ION private room boasts fair-trade organic linens, and incredible views. Each private bath is environmentally responsible with water saving shower systems. The beds are king-size, hypo allergenic and supremely comfortable. Guests will notice a modern; natural and warm aesthetic that immediately makes them feel at-home with luxury attention to detail. Icelandic wool throws, Icelandic art, and flower vases, hand-blown by local artisans, guests will enjoy a new take on rural hospitality.
Birdlife is widely diversified within lakes and streams around the Hengill area. Known are about 50 species of breeding birds in the Thingvellir area and 20 species are seen regularly during the winter. Several changes in birds have occurred, ducks have decreased and water rails are gone. Greylag Geese have increased and are usually in a large group by the agricultural land.
The Great Northern Diver is common at the Úlfljóts-lake and Villinga-Water. Fulmar nests in the cliffs of Nesjaey, by Hestvík and by Steingrímsstöð. He retrieves food about 50 km towards the sea and the Thingvellir area is his nesting site. Mallard and Skúfönd are common at the lake and Villinga-Water. Kria is familiar with farms Reykjavik, Ölfusvatnvík and Villinga-Water. Merlin nests in the cliffs around the lake. Haförn has nested in the area from the beginning of the century and can be seen as a wanderer.
Folklore mentions a so called “hot spring bird”. They were said small, dark-colored and numbered swim in boiling hot springs. It is said that it made no difference boiling them ubt ig they were put in cold water they would taste as they were boiled.
Fox, Mink and Wood Mouse are the only mammalian species that stay continuously in the region.
In the lake there are three kinds of fish, Arctic Char , Brown Trout and Sticklebacks.
It is the only lake in the world that has four varieties of Arctic Char. The Arctic charr has evolved and adapted to their surroundings, this has taken around 10,000 years from the original species.The Piscivorous Charr and the Planktivous Charr inhabit the main body of Þingvellir lake. The Piscivorous Charr (Sílableikja) can grow up to 40 cm in length, they feed on the Planktivorous (Murta) which are usually about 20 cm. Living in the main body of water gives them little advantage from hiding from larger predators. The Snail-Eating Charr (Kuðungableikja) and the Dwarf Charr (Dvergbleikja) inhabit the bottom of the lake. There, they can find enough food and have plenty of places to hide from predators. The Snail-Eating Charr can grow up to 50cm in length and the Dwarf Charr usually only grows to be about 12 cm in length. The Brown Trout is a famous fish throughout the world, the main reason due to its size and numbers.There are many populations all over the lake, the habitat has proved well for them; strong current, river gravel for laying eggs and black flies to eat.
Mount Hengill is an active volcano covering an area of 100km2. Although the mountain is active, its last eruption was around 2000 years ago and is not likely to erupt for another 2000. This area offers great hiking trails which can help you find natural hot springs.
The Hengill area is an important geothermal energy source which is captured by the Nesjavellir power station. Most towns in Iceland are heated with geothermal power from The Reykjavík Energy stations. The geothermal water is around 320° – 360°C so it is not led directly to the houses but is used to warm up cold water which is then used for heated, bathing or other necessaries.
The pipeline to Reykjavík is 27 km long and takes around 7 hours to reach which brings hot water to 2700 people at the same time. 99% of housing is heated with hot water, The Reykjavík Energy company provides the hot water as well as, electricity and cold water for consumption and fire fighting. The company also supports the optimum utilization of natural resources, bettering our land and environment.
There are 3 stages which The Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (Reykjavík Energy) collects the water and electricity from the ground. The first stage is collection and processing of steam and water from boreholes, the second stage is procurement and heating of cold water and the final stage is the production of electricity. The steam and water are run through separate pipes, both around 190°C. The steam preheats the water and later makes electricity.
The hot water heats the cold water fully after the preheat. Once this is done, the water is set to 85°- 90°C. The small quantity of steam containing acid gases is mixed with the water to eliminate dissolved oxygen and to lower pH in the water to preventing precipitation. The hydrogen sulphide (H2S) dissolves the water causing the “good smell” near the power stations and sometimes in the water system.
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