It’s not often that I blog about a hotel but I’m going to make an exception in this particular case.
The object of my desire today is the gorgeous Hotel Rangá – a 4-star countryside resort located in the South of Iceland, just off the main highway one, in between the towns of Hella and Hvollsvöllur.
51 comfortably furnished rooms consisting of four different room categories are available. Standard, Deluxe, four Junior Continent Suites (South America, North America, Asia and Australia) and three Master Continent Suites (Royal Suite, Antarctica and Africa) – along with a tastefully decorated dining room, lounge area and several meeting rooms.
The aforementioned and somewhat funky Continent inspired Suites come highly recommended. Each of them superbly decorated in line with the respective Continent they represent and really worth paying the extra for – especially if you want to do things the Kardashian way!
(Ssssshhhh….rumour has it that the Kardashian Clan stayed at the hotel recently. More details and images to be found here)
The surrounding views are outstanding. Glaciers, farmlands and volcanoes await the camera lens on the one side – whilst out to sea, the Westman Islands shimmer seductively on the horizon.
This is the landscape that, according to ‘Burning Njáls Saga’, proved to be just that little too irresistible for local Viking Warrior, Gunnar of Hliðarendi.
So taken was he by the beauty of these surroundings that he flatly refused to leave Iceland despite being sentenced to exile. A decision that was to ultimately cost him his life.
Insiders tip: Already booked? Then I strongly suggest bringing along a copy of ‘Burning Njáls Saga’ as there is no finer place on earth than Hotel Rangá to devour this epic best-selling Viking page-turner!
You are in the very heart of Saga Country here, so be on the look out for familiar Saga place names along the way – such as Hlíðarendi, the Church at Oddi and Bergthórshvoll.
A fantastic museum type facility focusing on the ‘Burning Njal’s Saga’ can be found in nearby Hvollsvöllur. More information here and well worth a visit!
Iceland has long been favoured by discerning sport fishermen the world over and the hotel enjoys a prime location on the banks of the East-Rangá salmon river. Alongside fishing, many other popular leisure activities are also located within easy driving distance of the hotel too. These include golf, horseback riding, hiking and river rafting – along with glacier activities such as snow mobiling and ice climbing.
Personally, I would suggest going all out and taking a trip into nearby Thórsmörk by Super-Truck! An unforgettable adventure that is suitable for the whole family as the area is perfect for light hiking, picnicking and exploring.
There is even a waterfall you can actually walk behind en-route into the valley and plenty of rivers that will put your Super Truck to the test.
Incidentally, the waterfall in question, Seljalandsfoss, features in Justin Bieber’s ‘I’ll show you’ video – as do other several other nearby drop dead gorgeous locations.
Once back at the hotel, treat those weary muscles to a well-deserved soak in one of the hotel’s al-fresco hot tubs. Blisssss….
And should you decide to visit Hotel Rangá in winter, then the chances are that you will be granted a private viewing of the famed aurora borealis or northern lights as you bathe under light-pollution free skies.
If you are into star gazing and well, who wouldn’t be at this location, then take note as there is also a fine planetarium located about 150 metres from the hotel which features an opening roof along with some of the country’s most impressive and modern astronomical facilities.
Cool or what?!
All in all. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough.
So if you are looking for luxury in an off the beaten track location with that little bit of ‘extra’ – then this is certainly the Iceland get-away-from-it-all place for you!