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What We Love

  • Location feels remote, but you’re only an hour from Reykjavik and on the doorstep of southern Iceland’s best natural wonders
  • Geothermal outdoor hot tubs – when the Northern Lights put on a show, they’re the best seat in the house
  • Free WiFi
  • All the heating and electricity for the property come from green geothermal energy
  • The 24-hour aurora borealis watch and wakeup call – just sign up, and if the Lights appear, the hotel will let you know
  • Right on the banks of Iceland’s premier salmon river, the on-site Eystri-Rangá Restaurant 4 is excellent

What To Know

  • The design and decor are log-cabin-rustic
  • Choose carefully the time of year you visit. This is the far north, so extreme daylight and equally extreme darkness can predominate in summer or winter
  • Optimum Northern Lights viewing is from September to April
  • No nearby restaurants
  • You’ll need to rent a car to make the most of Iceland’s attractions, but it can be a long, unforgiving way between towns, so carry emergency provisions with you


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The Review

Only after I’ve had a taste of the harsh Icelandic weather does the interior of Hotel Rangá start to make complete sense. Clad in stripped pine on almost every surface, with matching furniture, it’s not dissimilar to the inside of a sauna, and it would look (and feel) out of place almost anywhere else in the world.

But here in the raw wilderness of southern Iceland, surrounded by rumbling glaciers, sulphurous pools of steaming water and the dance of the Northern Lights, I feel warm and welcome as soon as I enter. The warmth is fast compounded by the friendly, charismatic staff, who buzz around efficiently taking care of check-in and telling me all about my prospects for seeing the Northern Lights.

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For something a little different, the Rangá also has seven suites that make up its “World Pavilion,” a journey of decors around the continents. These unique, extraordinary suites use ethnic art and design to create a bespoke and very heavily themed space. I was desperate to stay in the penguin-themed Antarctica, but alas, it was prebooked. Next time.

The on-site eatery Restaurant 4 offers sweeping views of the Rangá River, from which it catches its signature wild Atlantic salmon. The food is locally produced and smoked, and it includes some of Iceland’s more interesting culinary creations (try the puffin – it’s delicious) alongside the best wine list outside Reykjavik.

And after a day of exploring natural wonders, hiking glaciers and gorging on flavorsome foods, nothing could have felt better than slipping into that steaming hot tub to watch Mother Nature’s most spectacular masterpiece swirl through the night sky above me. Lifelong ambition fulfilled.

How to Get There

Hotel Ranga
851 Hella
Mt. Hekla, 11111 Iceland


Suite upgrade? Probably not worth it

I'll start with what I liked about Hotel Ranga: potential for seeing northern lights (we didn't in our 3-day stay because of cloud cover); ease of booking and embarking on outdoor adventures; fantastic breakfast; friendly, helpful staff; quiet public areas in which to read or surf the internet. Also, it was very quiet at night, and the beds/linens were quite comfortable.

Unfortunately, there were a few things I didn't like: we had a "suite", which is really just a larger room -- I don't know if it's typical for all their suites, but I didn't like that the bed was on a raised platform which could pose a safety hazard for those with less-than-ideal balance (as well as our tub/shower in the "Japan" room, since it was a step up of about a meter to get into the shower on a slightly unstable wood block); our room had a very stuffy smell all the time, and I don't know if it was just ours or if all the rooms did (the public areas did not); I peered into the doorway of one of the regular rooms and thought it looked more comfortable than ours (at least they had a comfortable chair to sit in, which ours did not have).

In the end, I wished we had booked a "regular" room (the ones that face the river are worth any upgraded cost) and also researched typical cloud cover for the time we were there.

Nice hotel in the country side of Iceland

This is a nice hotel in the South part of Iceland that looks like a cabin.
The owner is extremely friendly that come to greet you on the dinner table .
Very cozy rooms and cozy lounge areas.

You can watch stars at night and this is where I was able to see the Northern Lights because

NOT One bad thing to say

The staff, the food, the accommodations, the relaxing atmosphere, the location for Northern lights and South shore sites, the restaurant food and outdoor hot tubs all made for a totally relaxing get away with no issues at all. The property is very cozy and had outstanding service and food.