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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 2079 Reviews
STUNNING VIEWS, GREAT FOOD, LOVELY HOTEL
Reviewed 24 hours ago

I stayed at Hotel Ranga when I explored Iceland a few weeks ago and had an amazing time! The views are truly amazing and nothing beats watching the sunrise at their restaurant while having breakfast. The staff is extremely welcoming and answered all of our questions. I would highly recommend choosing Hotel Ranga especially if you want to get a feel of what Southern Iceland has to offer :)

We love Ranga!
Reviewed 1 day ago

Amazing hotel set in a beautiful location with great access to the South Coast Road in which there are a load of activities to do. The meal we had in the restaurant was one of the best we've had anywhere around the world and the owner was brilliant. We stayed in the Antarctica Suite which is easily one of the coolest rooms we've ever stayed in.

Lovely
Reviewed 1 day ago

We stayed here for two nights with the hope of seeing the Northern lights. The hotel is great. Very comfortable. The restaurant is fabulous, the food exceptional. Thor (Manager of the Hotel) talks very eloquently and passionately about the area and of the potential for seeing the Northern Lights, unfortunately we didn’t!
Hope to return ...... fingers crossed for next time.

Beautiful place!
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautiful place to stay. Needs new mattresses. Staff were remarkable and helpful. On negative is differs at restaurant. Food not worth price and not enough different offerings on menu for dinner. Can eat in Hella at a much better price and more to choose from.

Exceeded expectations.
Reviewed 3 days ago

I stayed two nights over a six day trip to Iceland. If I were to do this trip over, I would've stayed there the first night upon arrival (instead of in Reykjavik). The first night was a good room, clean and well adorned. The second night, the room was fabulous - a Japanese themed ambiance. Very Very nice.
The Aurora Borealis wake-up service is a nice touch. The location is fabulous to optimize viewing of the northern lights. It is far from the city lights, just far enough off the highway to be quiet, yet close enough to be convenient.
Two outdoor hot tubs were nice (during this mid-winter stay)
Food was pricey, but very much in-line with other restaurants. I had to smile when our guide on a glacier walk excursion related the findings of a study that had just been completed, indicating Iceland as the most expensive place to eat. We didn't need a study to know that.