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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

Amenities

  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

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

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 1869 Reviews
Relaxing Stay in Africa Suite
Reviewed 4 hours ago

My husband surprised me with a trip to Iceland for my 40th birthday this past June! Every detail was taken care of, and everything was amazing! After a quick stay in Reykjavik, we arrived for 3 nights at the Hotel Ranga. We were greeted immediately with welcoming smiles and conversation. Our suite fit the 3 of us (our 8 yr old son was with us) comfortably. Each Suite is decorated to represent a different continent. We had the Africa suite - it was clean, spacious and well decorated to suit the theme. The breakfast buffet was filled with varied food to satisfy anyone but was also complimented by a hot menu to order. Everything tasted great. Our dinners were fantastic! Their mushroom soup is absolutely amazing! (the seafood stew was also good.) When I am lucky enough to return, I will definitely have it every night! Yes, the food in Iceland is expensive but it is super fresh quality - the lamb and fish are fantastic! Plan ahead so it's not sticker shock,and you will have an amazing vacation! Iceland and Hotel Ranga are worth coming back to again and again :)

Great - but...
Reviewed 1 day ago

It is truly a great hotel. I'll start with the but.
The hotel consider both the Northern facing and the Southern facing rooms to be the same. In reality, they are far from it. The Southern facing has wider and separate balcony including several jacuzzis for the guest use. They are also quieter with far better view as they face the river rather than the highway, driveway to the hotel and the parking lot. So if you're unlucky you'll get the odd numbered north facing the room.
Second the hotel don't give any considerations to guests making reservation months in advance. So with such advance reservation you could end up with a north facing room during the season that the hotel is fully booked. We hope that hotel will reconsider his practices to the benefit of it's guests.

Otherwise, it is truly a great hotel. Nice rooms with heated bathroom floor (very luxurious and uncommon). The diner and breakfast are served in a river view restaurant. Diner is a chef quality food and presentation. A good indication is the large number of local people dining not just captive hotel guests. Breakfast is one of the best we have encountered in Iceland thus far.
So, enjoy a great hotel and if you care, ask during reservation and certainly during checking in for even numbered south facing room. This may change during the winter in order to watch the Northern Light from your room.

Great service. Very professional.
Reviewed 3 days ago

Hotel Ranga is a comfortable (but not fancy) hotel that has very good service and good food. it is the best option in the area. We enjoyed our 3 nights there. Again, as everything else in Iceland, its overpriced.

Best place to see the northern lights!
Reviewed 3 days ago

My husband, daughter and I actually stayed here in 2016 for New Years. What a phenomenal place! We saw the northern lights both nights we were there, and it was a great place to explore Vik, the black sand beaches and the glacier on a super jeep tour. Be forewarned- good is expensive in Iceland, and even more expensive at Ranga. I typically hate when people discuss prices of food (you are on vacation, you should know things will not be cheap!) But, Iceland is the only place I actually felt the sting of the credit card for food charges in my life of traveling (like $40for kids chicken meal). The food was exquisite at Ranga-very high quality. So-my advice? Save more money before you go and enjoy Ranga without doing Krona to $ (or € or £) in your head the whole time!

Grate hótel
Reviewed 3 days ago

Very nice room, good bed and spacius room. Grate staff, good food and nice atmosphere. Vety short distances in incredibly beautiful natue, waterfalls, rivers. You can choose horseback riding, helecopter tours and much more tours.