Hotel Ranga

Southern Iceland, Iceland

At a Glance

  • Unique wilderness location ideal for Northern Lights viewing

  • Fantastic restaurant ideal for sampling Icelandic gastronomic specialties with glass walls overlooking the river Ranga

  • Interesting décor for the adventurous in the 'World Pavillion' Suites

  • The most luxurious hotel in Iceland outside Reykjavik

  • Friendly and attentive hospitality

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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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Insider's View

Try the salmon if it's on the menu in the hotel restaurant: more often than not it was swimming in the river right outside only a short while ago!

The suites are all very unique, styled in the themes of Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Antarctica. Maybe try one of these out for a different kind of stay in Iceland

 Each room at Hotel Ranga offers something special and a little eccentric. North facing are rooms are best for a view of the Northern Lights, while if your room faces south you will look out at the beautiful river and the dawn.

Borrow a cosy fleece-lined overall in the winter months to keep warm whilst viewing the Northern Lights from the hotel grounds.

Make sure you ask reception and they will wake you up if there are Northern Lights.

In your room there is a postcard, write it and Ranga will send it for you anywhere in the world for free!

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Hotel Ranga or take a look at our itineraries to Southern Iceland

Description

Hotel Ranga is a hotel which offers a warm welcome, delicious gourmet food and wine, and the opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders of this remarkable part of the country. Its location means there is good chance of catching sight of the Northern Lights.

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 specialties, 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.

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Accommodation

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.

Standard Room

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 meters.

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.

Deluxe Room

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 meters.

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.

Junior Suite

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 meters, 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 traveler.

The Junior Suites are designed in the themes of Asia, Australia, North America and South America.

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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.

Childcare

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.

Services

The hotel can arrange transfers and excursions, and give advice about viewing Northern Lights. Massage can be arranged in-room.

Facilities

The hotel is home to the acclaimed gourmet 'Restaurant 4', which serves Icelandic and international specialties. 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

Activities that can be organized 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.

Reviews

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Hannah Dawson (Staff)

Ranga is fantastically located to enjoy the south coast and beyond. This authentic Icelandic hotel boasts cosy rooms and fantastic facilities after a busy day exploring. Relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, enjoy a massage or stargaze in their first-class observatory.

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Claire Medlock (Staff)

Sitting in an ideal location for the Golden Circle, Hotel Ranga is in prime Northern Lights viewing territory. We were lucky enough to have a north facing room which meant we could gaze at the phenomenon from our beds. The upstairs lounge and downstairs dining room have a good atmosphere, filled with guests chatting about the day's adventure overlooking a picturesque river. If youre looking for modern Scandi design this isnt for you, but it does make for a comfortable stopover in the south.

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Cammie Burke (Staff)

Hotel Ranga has a cosy cabin feel yet offers all the amenities you could ever need. Ranga is the perfect base to explore the Golden Circle and the beautiful east. Known for its Northern lights, hospitality, delicious dining and quirky dcor, a stay at this unique hotel is a must when traveling to Iceland.

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Milly Walker (Staff)

Hotel Ranga has a traditional Alpine chalet feel to it, with the cosy wooden exterior and rooms with balconies so you can look across the snowy landscape or wonder down to the hot tubs on the terrace for a welcome warming relax after a day enjoying one of the many activities on offer.

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James Ferguson (Staff)

Hotel Ranga is an amazing 'off the beaten track' place to stay. It's a luxurious and welcoming base from which to explore all the natural wonders this stunning part of Iceland has to offer.

Experiences

  • Bathing in the Blue Lagoon

    One of the world's most unique spas, Iceland's Blue Lagoon is an outdoor, geo-thermally heated spa providing an amazing experience that cannot be missed when visiting Iceland.

  • Borgarfjordur and into the glacier

    Explore the beautiful west coast of Iceland, discovering its incredible scenery, impressive waterfalls and the breathtaking Langjokull glacier. Venture deep into the glacier itself, walking through fascinating ice caves, for a truly unique experience.

  • Essential Iceland helicopter tour

    Explore Iceland from the air, discovering Iceland's highlights from a brand new perspective in your private helicopter. Fly above the iconic Golden Circle, spotting waterfalls and geysers, and admire the multi-colored mountains of Landmannalaugar.

  • Glacier hiking

    If adventure is high on your vacation checklist, hiking on one of Iceland's monumental glaciers is a must. An immense wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await discovery!

  • Glacier Ride Snowmobile Tour

    Langjokull is Iceland's second biggest glacier with several enormous ice filled volcanic craters, encircled by imposing volcanoes. The Glacier Ride by snowmobile is a great way to experience the breathtaking landscape of this region of Iceland.

  • Jökulsárlón private tour

    Visit the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and witness bright blue icebergs floating across the lagoon's glassy surface, with the Vatnajökull glacier towering in the background. A magnificent sight, this makes for a truly unforgettable experience.

  • Kayaking on Heinaberg glacier lagoon

    Try kayaking like never before as you glide across the surface of Heinaberg glacier lagoon in east Iceland. Kayak through the mirror-like waters, and depending on the time of year, you may be paddling between incredible ice formations.

  • Northern Lights Hunt

    Venture out in search of the elusive Northern Lights, with your private guide leading the way and using expert knowledge to give you the best chance of finding them. Head away from the artificial lights of Reykjavik and discover this wonderful phenomenon.

  • Private Hot Spring Hunt

    A pleasant and easy hiking tour through an active hot spring area with boiling mud pots and steamy hot springs. A shallow stream runs through the valley and makes for a welcome bathing stop en-route.

  • Private Super Jeep Tour to Thorsmork

    Explore volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and more on this amazing volcano safari super jeep tour to the dramatic landscapes of Thorsmork. Your expert private guide will take you to places very few people get to experience up close and personal.

  • Snorkelling between Tectonic Plates

    Snorkel the crystal-clear waters of Iceland's Silfra fissure and discover the secret underwater canyon located between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

  • Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull

    Perhaps Iceland's most famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull makes for a thrilling snowmobile experience. Join your private guide as you ride across the surface of the glacier and take in the incredible views of Iceland's south coast.

  • South Shore safari

    On this amazing guided jeep safari you will see the South Shore’s most treasured natural sights, including impressive waterfalls, epic landscapes, as well as its black lava sand beaches and dunes.

  • The Golden Circle

    Iceland's ruggedly beautiful and tectonically active landscape offers some amazing natural attractions, known as the "Golden Circle". These include the Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

  • Visit the Westman Islands

    Head away from mainland Iceland to discover the fascinating Westman Islands, located just off the country's south coast. Take the ferry to Heimaey, the only inhabited island in the archipelago, and explore its dramatic landscape with your private guide.

  • Walk along the black sand beach at Vík

    The southernmost village in Iceland, Vík í Mýrdal has a population of under 500. A five-minute walk from this small village is the stunning Reynisfjara black sand beach, this dramatic coastline highlights Iceland's wild and barren yet beautiful landscape.

  • Westman Islands and lunch on Elliðaey

    Fly from the mainland to the Westman Islands to explore this beautiful archipelago. Visit the only inhabited island, Heimaey, before sailing to one of the smaller islands, Elliðaey, for a truly unique lunch.

Vacation Ideas

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    Southern Iceland, Northern Iceland & Reykjavik

    from $11400 pp 6 nights

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    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
    • Iced water in cool boxes for every couple on the beach
  • Iceland for Teenagers

    Reykjavik & Southern Iceland

    from $4500 pp 4 nights

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    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
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    Reykjavik & South Iceland

    from $4800 pp 4 nights

    • Impeccable and friendly service
    • Delicious breakfasts with a different flavour smoothie each morning
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Location & 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.

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