The Hotel Ranga is the only 4 star luxury country resort in Iceland. Ranga is located approximately 60 miles south east of the city (an hour's drive more or less) in an isolated spot next to a river, also called Ranga, which is famed for the quality of its salmon fishing.
The hotel's remote location means that nothing disturbs the peace and quiet of this starkly beautiful spot. The picturesque surroundings include glaciers, mountains, and the nearby volcano at Hekla. The lack of light pollution also means that this is one of the best places in Iceland for viewing the famous Aurora Borealis. You can enjoy the view from the glass-walled restaurant, the balcony of your room or suite, or even from one of the geothermically powered hot tubs between the hotel and the river Ranga. The best time to view the Northern Lights is during the longer winter nights. The hotel keeps guests updated with forecasts of the sunspot activity which leads to this phenomenon, and if you request it, can even wake you if an occurrence begins while you are sleeping.
The hotel is well located for trips into the volcanic areas of the south of Iceland, including the infamous Eyjafjallajökull crater and the scenic Thorsmork national park, as well as the sights of the best known tourist route of the island, the 'Golden Circle'.
The hotel is attractively decorated within with natural woods and terracotta. The service is attentive and professional yet informal and friendly. There are some characteristic touches like the oft-photographed Hrammur, a 10 foot tall stuffed polar bear which dominates the reception area. The panoramic glass-walled restaurant serves beautifully prepared Icelandic and Nordic specialities, and the wine cellar is one of the best stocked in the country. The bar has a huge selection of single malt whiskies to warm guests on long winter nights.
There is a good range of accommodation options, from the comfortable but simple standard double rooms to the large and luxurious 'Master Royal Suite'. For those looking for something different the 'World Pavilion' features seven suites themed on the continents of the world and carefully decorated with typical works of art from each specific geographical area.
The newest addition at Ranga is their Astronomical Observatory, ideal for some stargazing! The roll-off roof observatory has room for up to 30 people and is equipped with two high quality 11-inch computerized telescopes, making it the most advanced observatory in Iceland. The observatory is located about 150 meters north of the hotel's main building to minimize light pollution. Scopes can be turned towards the stars to view amazing detail on Jupiter, see Cassini's Division in the rings of Saturn, and resolve details on the surface of Mars. Even the distant Uranus and Neptune are within your reach.
The hotel has 51 cosy and luxurious rooms, including The Master Royal Suite, and the seven themed suites in "The World Pavilion". The Standard rooms feature twin beds and a Jacuzzi bathtub or a shower, Deluxe rooms are more spacious with king or twin beds as preferred, and have a bathroom with bath and shower. The Suites are all designed and themed on the seven continents with each different suite representing a different continent and being decorated with authentic decor, artwork, fixtures and fittings coming from the respective continents. All rooms and suites include: TV and DVD player, wifi, Jacuzzi bathtub and/or shower, hairdryer, bath robes and slippers and minibar.
In this category there are five rooms with queen sized beds and 19 rooms with twin beds that can be put together on request, and most are equipped with Jacuzzis. The standard rooms face either the East Rangá River or the famous volcano Mt. Hekla. Approximately 18 square metres.
Amenities include: Televisions; Free WiFi Internet; Telephone; Bathtub or shower (3 rooms are handicap accessible with shower only); Bathroom amenities, hairdryer, bath robes and slippers; Minibar; 24 hour room service, laundry and wake up service.
There are 18 rooms with king size beds and two rooms with twin size beds. The rooms either face the river, the outdoor Jacuzzis, or the Mt. Hekla volcano. Approximately 26 square metres.
Amenities include: Flatscreen TV and DVD player; Free WiFi Internet; Telephone; Indoor Jacuzzi bathtub and shower; Bathroom amenities, hairdryer, bath robes and slippers; Sofa with built in bed; Minibar; 24 hour room service, laundry and wake up service.
The themed suites at Hotel Rangá are truly one of a kind. Designed and themed after each of the seven continents, they provide guests with the ultimate comfort, luxury, relaxation, and experience that is, literally, a "world apart". Ranging in size from 40-74 square metres, designed and decorated with top notch authentic fashion, decor, artwork, fixture and furnishings coming exclusively from the respective continents. The themed suites are a unique concept offering "that little extra" for the discerning traveller.
The Junior Suites are designed in the themes of Asia, Australia, North America and South America.
The Master Suites are similar to the style of the Junior Suites, however they are larger and are in the theme of Africa and Antarctica.
The Royal Suite with offers stunning views of the East Rangá River and Mt. Hekla.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Hotel Ranga but there are no particular facilities available for them. Children's meals can happily be prepared on request.
The hotel is home to the acclaimed gourmet 'Restaurant 4', which serves Icelandic and international specialities. The floor to ceiling windows offer views of the River Ranga and the islands beyond. The wine list is very extensive, and there is also a cosy bar serving cocktails and a cosy upstairs lounge to relax in at the end of the day.
Activities that can be organised from Hotel Ranga include fishing, golf, horseback riding, snowmobiling, glacier tours, ATV tours, bird & whale watching, hiking, river rafting, and sea angling as well as guided super jeep tours, self drive jeep tours, and trips by helicopter to view the coastline and mountains.
The hotel's staff is at hand to help you arrange and advise on activities. They can also arrange for you to have massages at the hotel if you would like to indulge in a bit of pampering.
The hotel can arrange transfers and excursions, and give advice about viewing Northern Lights. Massage can be arranged in-room.
When to travel
Nordic climate - May, June and July are the driest months of the year. Mid-June to August is high season, but most highland tours don’t operate until July because of snow. At other times, many tourist facilities outside Reykjavík are closed. From September through March, the night is dark enough to see the Aurora Borealis.
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Location and directions
Southern Iceland, Iceland
Located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, Hotel Ranga lies just off the main road right in the middle of South Iceland’s panoramic scenery. It provides stunning picturesque surroundings, such as the famous volcano Mt. Hekla, several glaciers and the Westman Islands.
How to get there
It is a three hour direct flight from London to Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport followed by a one hour drive to Hotel Ranga.