A luxurious country lodge marooned amid South Iceland’s iconic panoramic scenery, Hótel Rangá is a quaint yet sophisticated resort with a worldwide reputation for its fresh food, exquisite accommodations, and hospitable warmth, the likes of which have been known to conquer even the harshest winter cold. With front row seats to the Northern Lights and easy access to all of South Iceland’s geological marvels, it is no surprise that this hidden gem is the first Icelandic hotel to be inducted into the prestigious Great Hotels of the World collection.

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Hótel Rangá plays host to 51 luxurious rooms, each facing either the salmon-saturated East Rangá River or the towering Mt. Hekla volcano. Sensitively appointed, rooms have private furnished balconies and delightful en-suite Jacuzzis for optimal Northern Lights viewing. Seven continental suites are literally a “world apart” in both form and function, decorated and themed after each of the continents. From authentic décor and artwork to fixtures and furnishings, these junior and master suites offer that little something extra for the discerning traveler looking for a taste of Asia, Africa, Antarctica, and beyond.

Downstairs, the massive and oft-photographed stuffed polar bear, Hrammur, stands guard in the lobby, while the hotel restaurant serves up gourmet Nordic cuisine with a twist of French and Italian sensibility. Overlooking one of Iceland’s finest salmon rivers, the restaurant is where to go for satisfying, pre-adventure continental breakfasts as well as some of the country’s best and freshest local delicacies of lamb, reindeer, salmon, and langoustines.

During the day, the picturesque countryside surrounding Hótel Rangá reveals endless views of Mt. Hekla, rolling mountain ranges, icy glaciers, and the distant, volcanic Westman Islands, all of which can be enjoyed from one of the many geothermal hot tubs sprinkled throughout the property. With the natural wonders of South Iceland right at its fingertips, Hótel Rangá is the perfect gateway to the beautiful waterfalls, black sand beaches, hot springs, nature preserves, and historic sites of this geological wonderland, including the ever-favorite Golden Circle landmarks. In the winter, however, the hotel’s trademark feature is its unpolluted views of the night sky. With its roll-off roof astronomical observatory and its promises of the spectacular Aurora Borealis, Hótel Rangá ensures a truly illuminated and magical Iceland experience. Click here for a glimpse of the full Hótel Rangá experience.

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