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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


  •  Parking On Site
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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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


4.5 Very Good 2213 Reviews
Lovely but a few caveats.

The hotel's location was stunning and the river view from our room was serene. I loved the quiet ambience of the hotel and my daughter enjoyed reading in the hot tub each evening. However, given the high price of rooms, and the fact that it is a member of the small luxury hotels of the world group, I would not consider it totally luxurious in the regular sense of the word. I suppose I had higher expectations of room comfort. Our room furnishings were a little tired and the beds were hard. Also, it was impossible to control the temperature in the bedroom. We found the food and service, although good, was inconsistent during our stay. Both were excellent the first night, and not so good the second night. Thor, the manager, was present every night and welcomed guests with a quick chat during dinner. This was a nice intimate touch. The hotel also offers a wake up service to alert guests should the Northern Lights appear. All in all, we did enjoy our quick stay here. I would recommend the hotel, based purely on its location, the views, and its small intimate atmosphere.

A good place on the South Coast!

I would recommend Ranga for anyone staying on the South Coast. Just a note--its a bit far from here to the Glacier Lagoon and some of the glacier hikes if that is on your itinerary. The facility is clean and the staff is friendly.

Amazing hotel to stay at on Southern Iceland route

We visited Iceland in August and drove from Reykjavik to the edge of the Southern Region by the East Fjords and then drove back along the same route back to Reykjavik. We stayed at Hotel Ranga on our way back toward Reykjavik and it was the perfect spot. It's close to some of the bigger sights - Golden circle, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the Seljavallalaug swimming pool and Icelandic horse adventures. It's the perfect place to stay for a few days as a "home base" for sight seeing and is also perfect if you're passing through and need somewhere to stay for only a night. We arrived here at 5pm, had a cocktail and enjoyed an amazing dinner and wine pairing! The view from the restaurant is incredible! We sat in the jacuzzis outside and relaxed. This place is very relaxing, the service is incredible and it truly feels like a home away from home. 11/10 recommend.