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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 2134 Reviews
Beautiful northern light view!
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our agent booked at Hotel Ranga since we informed her that we wanted to see the northern lights and luckily we saw a glimpse of it the night we spent there. I loved how housewarming the staff were and the owner as well. The rooms are extremely spacious. I loved the food both dinner and breakfast! And my favorite part was breakfast since we were able to request eggs unlike the other hotels we stayed at where they only provided boiled eggs or fried eggs. What I loved is the wake up call for the northern lights and they have beds out on the parking lot. The only thing missing is having a porter to assist with the luggage. All in all it was a good stay.

Lovely location
Reviewed 5 days ago

The location was wonderful with a view of mountains and a river. We also saw the northern lights, and the children really enjoyed the astronomy. Booked as part of a larger package so can't comment directly on value for money, and the restaurant did feel expensive in line with prices in the rest of Iceland.

Amazing experience!
Reviewed 6 days ago

Amazing hotel!! The staff are all wonderful, and every single person we encountered was professional, kind and very helpful. The location is perfect if you’re looking to do some sight seeing in the golden circle and the southern coast. The complimentary breakfast was excellent, and I looked forward to it every day. They have a la cart options and a buffet with anything you could be craving for breakfast. The dinner restaurant was also an excellent option. There are other places in town to eat, but not at this quality. We did not eat there during lunch as we were always out travelling so I cannot comment on that. The rooms are very clean and the bathrooms very large. We had the basic double room, which just had two single beds pushed together with 2 single blankets and 2 single sized comforters combined. It was quite comfortable so we didn’t mind. The balcony walks out to a secluded area with a wooden bench and table overlooking a beautiful lake and green space. There are hot tubs on each side of the hotel accessible from your balcony, however we did not make use of it due to the strong winds while we were there. Due to the time of year we visited Hotel Ranga we did not get to experience the northern lights, and because it was quit cloudy during our stay the observatory was not open. They are very clear in explaining that northern lights sightings are not guaranteed during your stay. Mother Nature is very unpredictable. Overall the hotel was beautiful and the staff was extremely welcoming and gelpifl. Would definitely visit again.

New favorit place
Reviewed 7 days ago

Hotel Rangá is a perfect place.
Rooms, service, food and staff were excellent.
Rooms quiet and include all you need.
Staff friendly and helpfull.
Food five stars of five.
We had the best time there and used the hot tubs twice in one day.
Will for sure go there again.

Want to return!
Reviewed 7 days ago

I loved this hotel!

The service was great from everybody and I thought it was such a nice, personal touch that the owner took time to speak to all guests in the evening offering useful sightseeing tips.

We stayed half board and all dishes were great - the staff were very flexible about swapping out a dish if we preferred something else in the evenings and breakfast was the best we experienced while in Iceland.

The hotel is very close to some amazing sights in Iceland and it will always have a space in my heart as the first place I saw the Northern Lights!

I must make a special mention of the simple human magnifying mirror in the bathroom - I have found it hard to survive without it since we left!

I hope to return one day.

Thank you!!