Summer Nights at Ranga

from £443
excluding flights *
3 nights May-Sep

Overview

Based in the heart of the south west's beautiful countryside, this 3-night fly drive could be the ultimate 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.

Highlights

  • Spend three nights at the superb Hotel Ranga in the heart of rural South Iceland
  • Make the most of long summer days to discover a wealth of natural wonders
  • Try optional activities, such as snowmobiling or a superjeep tour to Thorsmork
  • See the sun and moon in close-up using Hotel Ranga's high-tech observatory
  • Experience long, beautiful sunsets while relaxing in Ranga’s outdoor hot tubs
  • Extend your holiday to include a visit to the dramatic Westman Islands

What's Included

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

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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 – plus the extra insight from iDiscover – 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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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price
May 2020 3 nights B - VW Golf £443
May 2020 3 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £477
May 2020 3 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £491
Jun-Aug 2020 3 nights B - VW Golf £670
Jun-Aug 2020 3 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £720
Jun-Aug 2020 3 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £773
Sep 2020 3 nights B - VW Golf £626
Sep 2020 3 nights D - Skoda Octavia (4WD) £660
Sep 2020 3 nights F - Suzuki Vitara £674

What's Included

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

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: arrive Iceland

On arrival at Keflavik international airport collect your rental vehicle and iDiscover digital travel companion before driving the scenic coastal road to Hotel Ranga – your home for the next three nights.

Day 2: explore the Golden Circle

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 – talk to us about booking a once-in-a-lifetime snorkelling or diving adventure in this beautiful, bewitching place. If you prefer politics to plate tectonics, Thingvellir is also the site of Iceland’s first parliament, founded in 930.

With plenty of summer daylight available, you may also want to consider other optional activities during your Golden Circle odyssey. For an adrenaline rush, race snowmobiles across the Langjokull ice cap (pick up from the café at Gullfoss). For chilling out, flop into the geothermal pools of the Fontana Spa near Lake Laugarvatn. The Secret Lagoon is another fine spot to gently poach yourself on a long summer’s evening in Iceland.

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.

Day 3: discover the South Coast

Another sensational drive beckons today. This time you’ll 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.

Back on the road, the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano looms to your left. Don’t miss the visitor centre in Thorvaldseyri where a 20-minute film portrays the spectacular eruption of April 2010 and how a local Icelandic farm ‘rose from the ashes’.

A little further on, Skogafoss catches your eye. A similar height to Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss also cascades over the edge of former sea cliffs. However, this is an altogether mightier beast – a 25m-wide curtain of thundering water. As you walk towards the spray-smudged base of the falls, look out for a rainbow – sometimes two.

Beyond Skogafoss, the road crosses wide gravel plains scratched by rivers. Look west and you might see the Westmann 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. Ranging from an hour to half-day, you’ll feel like Jon Snow exploring beyond The Wall in The Game of Thrones as you hike across ice fields, peer into cerulean-coloured crevasses and catch sight of the ice cap looming above you. Talk to our team about pre-booking this unforgettable adventure.

How far you want to continue along the South Coast is entirely up to you. Your iDiscover guide will do its best to lure you onwards with other attractions like Vik where you can walk along dramatic black sand beaches towards troll-like sea stacks.

As with the previous day, however, don’t worry too much if you stay out later than planned. 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.

Day 4: Hotel Ranga - Keflavik

Head back to Keflavik, perhaps stopping along the way for a relaxing dip at the Blue Lagoon or enjoying some sightseeing on the Reykjanes Peninsula before returning your rental car and checking in for your flight.

Hotel Ranga, near Hella

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Type: Hotel

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.

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Excursions

Enhance your holiday by pre-booking a selection of excursions and activities. View or download the pdf below and then talk to our Travel Specialists about how best to fit these into your holiday.

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Choice of Vehicles

We offer a wide range of rental vehicles for this holiday provided by the local Europcar franchise. Our long-standing relationship with them means that our clients enjoy many exclusive benefits including priority on the newest and best appointed vehicles available on the day.

Alternatively, consider renting a motorhome and use this itinerary as a route outline. You'll have complete flexibility on where you overnight.

iDiscover Digital App

Our next generation iDiscover app is here! Free to download for all Iceland holiday bookings before you travel, iDiscover is our innovative and exclusive digital travel guide that has been designed by us to enhance your holiday experience and to allow you to use your own smart device whilst on holiday. Personalised with your full itinerary, this easy-to-use app is packed with useful features such as a guide of must-see sites, local hikes and places to eat that you can add to you daily itinerary.

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