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Hotel Rangá

Hotel Rangá

Making the most of its scenic riverside setting, the lodge-style Hotel Rangá is located at the foot of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark and within easy reach of the area’s volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, black beaches, and hiking trails. Behind the log-cabin façade designed with nature in mind, you’re met with 44 simply decorated rooms as well as eight themed suites that offer more living space. Modern amenities include flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibars, and bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers. Elsewhere, there’s a games room with billiards table, a library, and three outdoor geothermally heated hot tubs from where you can watch the northern lights when they’re visible. The hotel also has an on-site stargazing observatory with a retractable roof, two high-tech telescopes for solar observing, and guided night sky tours with local astronomers. The highlight, however, is the Rangá Restaurant for its generous buffet breakfasts and à la carte lunch and dinner menus that draw focus on modern Nordic dishes created with fresh and local ingredients. A special seasonal gourmet menu is also available. For end of day drinks, the hotel has a well-stocked bar and lounge offering cocktails, beers, and an extensive wine list. 

Our rating: Medium

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Rooms

Available in three categories, the 52 rooms and suites all have flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea and coffee-making facilities, minibars, bathrooms with bathrobes and slippers, and views of the river or Mount Hekla volcano. The simply decorated but comfortable Standard and Deluxe rooms have all-wood decor, while the larger Superior Deluxe rooms offer river views. The more luxurious suites are themed after the world’s continents and offer brighter decor themes as well as upgraded room amenities such as lounge areas, spacious bathrooms, Nespresso machines, and private balconies. An extra bed can be added to all room types. 

Location

On the banks of the Rangá River with views of Mount Hekla to the north and the lowlands to the south, you’ll have the volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and black beaches of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark on your doorstep. You’ll also be within easy distance of the small towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Reykjavík is a two-hour drive from the hotel. 

Food and Drink

A light-filled space with floor-to-ceiling windows, Rangá Restaurant offers buffet breakfasts and à la carte lunches and dinners that draw focus on modern Nordic cuisine created with fresh and local ingredients. A seasonal gourmet menu is also available. The hotel has a well-stocked bar for cocktails and an extensive wine list. Please note that dinner reservations are strongly recommended.

Families

Children are welcome at Hotel Rangá and an extra bed can be added to all rooms and suites as needed. The lodge is equipped with board games and has plenty of space for play. The children’s menu in the restaurant offers fish and chips, chicken with French fries and salad, pasta with homemade tomato sauce, and hamburgers. 

Facilities and Activities

If you are visiting during the winter and hope to see the northern lights, staff will arrange a wake-up call for when they are visible. The hotel has three hot tubs as well as its own private observatory. Guided tours of the night sky with local astronomers can be arranged.

Accessibility

All rooms at Hotel Rangá are at ground level, with ramps installed where needed. Two rooms have wheelchair-adapted bathrooms.

Our opinion

While its rooms are simply decorated, the exceptional Nordic menu at Hotel Rangá ranks as one of the best on Iceland’s south coast. We also love the stargazing options at the on-site observatory.

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