Iceland

Hotel Ranga, near Hella

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Type: Hotel

Grade: Deluxe

Introduction

We're huge fans of Hotel Ranga. And we're not surprised that it’s become a favourite with our clients. Around an hour's drive from Reykjavik, this cosy riverside lodge offers four-star comfort and fine dining in the volcanic heart of rural Iceland. There’s nowhere better for northern lights viewing - Ranga even has its own star-gazing observatory - while our Summer Nights break at this outstanding hotel promises long, indulgent days under the glow of the midnight sun and some fabulous culinary treats.

Summer or winter, you are also perfectly located at Ranga for exploring many of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders – including the tectonic triple-whammy of the Golden Circle and the waterfalls, glaciers and black-sand beaches of the South Coast.

The perfect place to see the northern lights

This is big-sky country. No wonder Ranga has such a glowing reputation for northern lights viewing. You’re miles from any artificial light pollution, so when the aurora appears you’re in for a truly unforgettable experience. Hotel Ranga offers its guests an aurora wake-up call so you needn’t worry about missing the spectacle. The staff are genuinely enthusiastic (and knowledgeable) about all-things aurora. You can glean tips on photographing the northern lights and learn about how they’re created. Gaze at the cosmos while gently poaching in one of Ranga's outdoor hot tubs or see beyond the aurora, deep into space, using the hotel’s new, state-of-the-art observatory.

Although the aurora can be visible at Ranga from as early as late August right through to April, summer has its own very special and unique light show. The glow of the midnight sun not only brings long, long days to this part of Iceland, but the sunsets are also truly remarkable. We can’t think of a more peaceful spot to simply relax, enjoy great food and explore untouched nature.

Our special partnership with Hotel Ranga has led to us developing an unrivalled selection of year round holidays. The moment you arrive you'll receive a warm welcome from our good friend and hotel manager, Fridrik, and his staff. Ranga has 51 stylish rooms, including seven sumptuous suites themed on each of the continents.

Although it's the only four-star resort in Iceland outside the capital, there's nothing pretentious about Hotel Ranga. Drive 96km east of Reykjavik and you will find the traditional, log-cabin style lodge nuzzled in wide-open Icelandic countryside, the East Ranga River frothing nearby and Mt Hekla brooding in the distance.


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Holidays at Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga, a luxurious country lodge astride a salmon-stocked river, is an hour from Reykjavik, yet many Rekis drive out to dine at Ranga's restaurant, one so good that if Michelin covered Iceland, it would undoubtedly receive a 'worth the journey destination'.
Tanya Steele, Editor epicurious.co.uk

Dining

Often compared to dining experiences at top restaurants in Paris and New York, Hotel Ranga treats its guests to an exciting culinary adventure. Inspired by the seasons and fresh, local ingredients, the restaurant has a ‘farmers’ market’ concept; menus are modern Nordic in style – with a touch of French and Italian.

Hotel Ranga's gourmet restaurant has one of the most delicious and exciting menus in the country. Locals drive out from the capital just to enjoy the food there. From melt-in-the-mouth salmon (straight from the river) to local lamb raised on herb-scented mountain slopes, dining at Ranga will be one of the highlights of your stay.

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Expect to be wowed by delicious, beautifully presented dishes of Atlantic salmon, trout, Arctic char, mountain lamb, beef, duck, reindeer, cod, monkfish and Icelandic langoustine. Wild mushrooms and berries add seasonal flavours, while locally farmed organic vegetables, fruits and herbs are used wherever possible. The strawberries from Fludir are a highlight, as are the meats from a local smokehouse near Vik.

A feast of European and Scandinavian gourmet dishes, Ranga’s Christmas Buffet is available during November and December.

The restaurant’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide panoramic river views – especially beautiful as you watch the sun rise while enjoying the extensive breakfast buffet. As you’d expect, the service is excellent and there’s an extensive wine list.

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You will definitely want to linger over meals at Ranga, but the long summer days leave plenty of time for getting out and about. Our self-drive holidays give you the freedom to roam the South Coast where mighty Skogafoss beats its thunder and other spectacular waterfalls (like Seljalandsfoss) vie for your attention. You can stroll along black-sand beaches, hike or snowmobile across an icecap, explore a lava cave and visit the Eyjafjallajokull eruption centre. And that’s before you turn your attention north towards the Golden Circle. Easily worth a day’s touring from Ranga, this famous medley of highlights epitomises Iceland’s natural wonders with the cascades of Gullfoss, bubbling, seething Geysir and the fascinating tectonic rift at Thingvellir. There are also numerous activities available at Hotel Ranga itself, from angling, hiking, horse riding and birdwatching to river rafting, snowmobiling, scenic flights over Hekla and 4WD tours by superjeep or quad bike.

Rooms

There are 51 beautifully furnished rooms at Hotel Ranga, divided into three categories: standard, deluxe and suite. Great fun and highly original, the suites are themed after each of the seven continents. All rooms have wonderful views of the East Ranga River or towards the volcanic hulk of Mt Hekla.


All rooms feature a television, free wifi, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, coffee and tea-making facilities, minibar, laundry service and wake-up service (including an aurora wake-up call if the northern lights appear during the night).


24 Standard Rooms These spacious rooms (around 18 square metres in area) are well furnished and have wooden floors and smart en-suite bathrooms with jacuzzi baths and showers. Six of the standard rooms have queen-size beds, while 18 have twin beds that can be joined together on request.

20 Deluxe Rooms There are 17 Deluxe Rooms with king size beds and three with twin beds. Larger than Standards, these stylish rooms each cover an area of 26 square metres and enjoy views of the river, the outdoor hot tubs or Mt Hekla volcano. Most have private balconies.

7 Suites Hotel Ranga’s themed suites are an unexpected and original touch. With a unique design based on each of the seven continents, they have been cleverly styled using beautiful and authentic décor and furnishings. Ranging in size from 40-74 square metres in area, there are four Junior Suites (Asia, Australia, North America and South America) and three master suites (Africa, Antarctica and the Royal Suite). The attention to detail is remarkable –black and white penguin-like leather furniture in the Antarctica suite, a thatched bed canopy for Africa, minimalist Japanese style for Asia and a Native American dreamcatcher above the bed in the North American suite. Spacious, sumptuous and bursting with style, Ranga’s global range of suites are deservedly popular, so be sure to book well in advance to guarantee your choice of continent.

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Observatory

To bring the night sky to life, a brand new roll-off roof observatory has been built at Hotel Ranga, the only hotel in Iceland to have such a facility. Light pollution around the hotel is minimal, making it the optimal location for viewing the night sky.

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With room for up to 30 people, the observatory is equipped with two high quality 11-inch computerised telescopes which allow guests to view amazing detail on the surface of Jupiter, look at Cassini's Division in the rings of Saturn, and see details on the surface of Mars. Even distant Uranus and Neptune may be seen.

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During the day, and in the summer months when Iceland enjoys bright summer nights, the observatory features a solar telescope with white light filter, providing a fantastic view of the sun, enabling guests to observe sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments. Stunning close-ups of the moon are also possible during summer, while the long, beautiful sunsets at this time of year can be enjoyed with or without a telescope.