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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 2046 Reviews
Excellent stay
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a magical stay at Hótel Rangá, such perfect couple of days :) The food was great, the room was amazing, staff friendly and helpful and we gazed at stars and the moon with a telescope. Wonderful :)

Definitely a Gem
Reviewed 5 days ago

We stayed at Hotel Ranga in the Australian Suite and loved it. Beautiful view off the back balcony. We did see the Northern Lights one night but the cloud cover kept us from seeing more. We ate at the restaurant several times - the breakfasts are fantastic! The staff are what make this place a gem! My husband got sick and they had over the counter meds for him when the pharmacy was closed.

I’ll definitely be back
Reviewed 6 days ago

Everything was wonderful from the making of the reservation through the stay. I got responses to my many emails I sent, almost immediately. I was so happy that the hotel was ready and willing to help me set up all the tours for us explaining the difference between them. The food was perfect actually extraordinary! We are already trying to decide when we’ll be back. Thank you especially to the manager who was very present and very pleasant.

Seriously overpriced and overrated hotel
Reviewed 1 week ago

Pros:
I cannot think of many. For the price we/travellers pay to the hotel we do expect at least spacious room with a comfortable bed and bathroom. The Ranga has it.

Cons:
- overpriced but basic accommodation (deluxe room).
- breakfast does not include espresso coffee. You will need to pay extra
- expensive restaurant with average quality food with the same expensive wine list.The bill for two with a bottle of simple wine will be around 300$
- Ranga was the only hotel in Iceland where we had to pay Euro 50 for a kid to sleep with us.
- The two outdoor jacuzzis are very small and if hotel has more guests it is unlikely you will get an opportunity to enjoy it, or to enjoy a clean outdoor jacuzzi :)

- Lastly, the telescopes and observatory that is the main attraction of this hotel, were closed during our stay WITHOUT ANY NOTICE. In our case it was the main reason for choosing this hotel. They said that manager was not in and hence they would not let us use it. Well... with no recovery service at all...very disappointing

There are many other good options available in that region. We regret that we spent so much money in Ranga. We could have spent them better :)

Wonderful Experience
Reviewed 1 week ago

My boyfriend and I spent two nights at Hotel Ranga, and it was our favorite part of our Iceland trip. The room was beautiful, and we loved enjoying a glass of wine on the balcony overlooking the river. The staff was incredibly helpful and they helped us reserve an amazing snowmobiling trip on a glacier. We ate dinner at the restaurant both nights and the food was the best I had in Iceland. I highly recommend Hotel Ranga to anyone traveling on the South Coast of Iceland.