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Summer Nights at Ranga

from £639 excluding flights

  • 4-8 nights
  • Apr-Sep
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Stay at riverside Hotel Ranga in the volcanic heart of Iceland

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See the natural treasures of Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle route

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See the black-sand beaches and waterfalls on the South Coast

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Discover the legendary Thorsmork valley

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Explore under the long days of the midnight sun

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Relax in outdoor hot tubs after a day exploring

Why this trip...

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Nordic Heritage

With over 38 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

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Stay in great locations

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This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe


Based in the heart of the south west’s beautiful countryside, this 4-night self drive is a fabulous summer break in Iceland. What’s not to love about spending a few nights in a stylish country hotel, enjoying fine food and exploring some of Iceland’s most enigmatic natural wonders – bathed in the glow of the midnight sun? We’ve known and loved Hotel Ranga’s supreme comfort and welcoming charm for many years.

Your place in the country

Drive 90 minutes from Reykjavik and you will find the luxury, ranch-style Hotel Ranga nuzzled by a river on the green plains of Southwest Iceland. You’ll be instantly struck by the peace and tranquility. Every room has a view of the river or towards Mt Hekla. Ranga is also renowned for its charming hospitality and superb food. Prepare to be wowed by seriously fresh seafood, mountain-reared lamb and a flavour explosion of Icelandic wild mushrooms, berries and herbs. You’ll want to linger over dinner, but afterwards it will still be light during mid-summer thanks to the glow of the midnight sun. Time perhaps for a relaxing dip in one of Ranga’s outdoor hot tubs, enjoying the long, beautiful sunset?

Exploring nearby natural wonders

With the freedom of a rental car you will be able to make the most of the long summer days by exploring the Golden Circle and South Coast. Geysir, Thingvellir and the waterfalls of Gullfoss, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss are all within easy reach. Optional activities range from horse riding to 4WD superjeep tours exploring the wild and beautiful Thorsmork valley deep in the Highlands. Ranga’s state-of-the-art solar telescope, meanwhile, provides an opportunity to observe the sun in glorious detail, studying sunspots and other features of the midnight sun.

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On arrival at Keflavik international airport collect your rental vehicle and head off along the scenic coastal road to Hotel Ranga – your home for the next three nights.

After enjoying one of Hotel Ranga’s famous buffet breakfasts, drive north through beautiful rural countryside towards the Golden Circle – Iceland’s celebrated trio of natural wonders. Easily visited during a day’s gentle touring, the triple whammy of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir showcases Iceland’s rugged, volcanic beauty.

At the geothermal hotspot of Geysir, you can follow paths between bubbling springs and watch the obligingly regular Strokkur shoot scalding water 30m into the air. There’s wild water at Gullfoss too. This twin-tiered waterfall is a thunderous concoction of rapids, cascades and spray, squeezed into a narrow canyon and garnished with a rainbow. Calm and serene by comparison, Thingvellir has mysterious pools of gin-clear water. The flooded Silfra fissure is actually a rift between the Eurasian and North American plates. It is also the site of Iceland’s first parliament, founded in 930.

Return to Ranga for your second night’s stay, and perhaps use the hotel’s solar telescope to study the sun in startling close-up before it sets. At this time of year, you will often be treated to long, beautiful sunsets.

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Another sensational drive beckons today. This time head southeast, following Iceland’s iconic Ring Road along a narrow coastal plain between black sand beaches and towering cliffs, volcanoes and icecaps. After crossing the Markarfljot river, stop to admire Seljalandsfoss – a delicate 60m-tall horsetail plume cascading from an ancient sea cliff. Walk behind the waterfall into an overhang dripping with emerald-coloured mosses. A little further on, Skogafoss catches your eye. It cascades over the edge of former sea cliffs in a 25m-wide curtain of thundering water.

Beyond Skogafoss, the road crosses wide gravel plains scratched by rivers. Look west and you might see the Westman Islands offshore. To the north, however, looms a far more overwhelming presence – Myrdalsjokull. This 600 sq km ice cap slumps over the Katla volcano, but a tongue of ice – the Solheimajokull glacier – snakes tantalizingly towards the coast. It’s a wonderful opportunity for a guided glacier walk.

How far you want to continue along the South Coast is entirely up to you. You may choose to drive to Vik where you can walk along dramatic black sand beaches towards troll-like sea stacks or even opt for a the long drive to the glacial lagoon, Jokulsarlon, and back. During mid-summer it remains light long into the night! Returning to Hotel Ranga, relax in one of the outdoor hot tubs, enjoying one of Ranga’s extraordinary sunsets, before dinner.

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Head back towards Keflavik, where you will spend the night at the Northern Light Inn. Located next to the Blue Lagoon, why not take a relaxing dip at the Blue Lagoon or enjoying some sightseeing on the Reykjanes Peninsula

This morning return your rental car and checking in for your flight home

Prices and Departures

Price from £639 excluding flights

Airfares vary widely and are quoted separately to the holiday price, starting from around £250pp return with Icelandair and British Airways, though may be lower with Play or EasyJet. We'll provide the best fare available at the time of enquiry, which tend to be cheaper the earlier you book.

UK Airports with flights direct to Iceland are Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Glasgow and Edinburgh. We can also arrange flights from non-UK destinations. Discover more »

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Daily breakfast
  • Car rental throughout with unlimited mileage
  • No charge for additional driver
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices may vary depending on departure date. Please contact us for a detailed quote based on your preferred travel dates, vehicle category or to tailor this itinerary.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Price
April 4 nights B - VW Golf £639
May 4 nights B - VW Golf £672
Jun-Aug 4 nights B - VW Golf £978
Sep 4 nights B - VW Golf £916

* Choice of Vehicles

We can offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday – our team will be happy to talk you through the options and provide a quote for the most suitable category based on your individual requirements.

  • 4WD

    We would always recommend a 4WD for winter travel, but many clients also prefer the greater security and comfort that a larger vehicle provides year round – upgrade your vehicle from as little as £10 per person, per day.

  • Go electric

    With a selection of electric cars now available including the Kia Niro and Volkswagen ID.3, you can choose to upgrade from as little as £12 per person, per day. We recommend this option for summer only, due to the colder temperatures in winter affecting battery range.

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