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29th October 2018
Away from light pollution, literally in the middle of nowhere, lies one of Iceland's most famous hotels - Hotel Rangá. If you want to see some of Iceland's most impressive attractions in a short space of time, this holiday provides just the service you want.
By using Hotel Rangá as the setting for your holiday, your chances of seeing the Northern Lights are optimised. Unlike any other hotel in Iceland, Hotel Rangá's Astronomical Observatory is the latest addition to the hotel. The roll-off roof observatory is equipped with two high-quality computerised telescopes, making it the most advanced observatory in Iceland.
And should 'the Lights' make a middle of the night appearance, hotel reception will give you a quick wake up call, all you have to do is throw your coat on over your pyjamas and hot tail it outside (however, wake-up call not obligatory!).
Day 1 - Arrive Iceland
Arrive Keflavik Airport and collect your 3 days hire car (VW Golf or similar). Your journey begins by driving, via Reykjavik, with ocean views to your left and mountains on your right, following with the lovely drive through lava fields before taking the mountain road, via the geothermal town of Hveragerði and Selfoss, to your 4-star hotel (88 miles).
3 nights HELLA - Hotel Rangá (4 star)
Day 2 - Golden Circle
Spend the day exploring the famed Golden Circle which includes three of Iceland's most famous attractions: UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir, the world-famous Geysir area including the erupting Strokkur geyser which spouts every 4-8 minutes and the spectacular two-tiered waterfall of Gullfoss.
Day 3 - Exploring South Iceland
South Iceland's attractions do not finish with the Golden Circle, it's only just the start. South Iceland's remote, beautiful, wilderness has much to offer those seeking an away from it all destination - amazing glaciers, gushing waterfalls and several volcanoes including mighty Hekla.
On this day we suggest driving to Iceland's most southern town, Vik. Despite its small size it's still one of the largest towns in south Iceland and arguably the prettiest, nestling at the bottom of rolling mountains and overlooking the ocean. Perhaps Vik's most distinct feature is the 'fingers' of balsalt rocks known as Reynisdrangar that eerily jut out of the sea. If you are feeling ambitious and willing to set off early, we highly recommend continuing on to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, an extraordinary vision of floating icebergs. (See 'Excursions' tab or our blog for more inspiration).
Day 4 - Return home
Drive along the southern shore of the Reykjanes Peninsula and visit the Krýsuvik geothermal area with bubbling mud pools and hot springs en route to Keflavik Airport. Drop off your hire car before return flight home.
Departure Day: Daily according to flight schedules
Departure Dates: 1 October - 14 April 2018
Duration: 3 nights
|Departure Dates||Price from per adult|
|October 2017 - 14 April 2018||£1015|
|Extra night||£155 per night|
|Supplement for a deluxe double||£45 per person per night|
|The deposit payment for this holiday is £300 per person|
HOTEL RANGA (4 star) - Hella
The wonderful location of Hotel Rangá offers picturesque views of the famous Mt. Hekla to the North; a range of mountains, glaciers and a live volcano to the North-East; and of the Westman Islands to the South. Whilst at Hotel Rangá, you'll able to relax in luxury and serenrity, by enjoying the comforts on offer, from outdoor geothermal hot tubs to massage facilities. All rooms are decorated to a high standard and include all modern necessities.
After a day of exploration, the acclaimed gourmet restaurant at Hotel Rangá offers a wonderful atmosphere to relax and indulge. The restaurant's motto is the concept of a "Farmers Market" - in effect using predominantly local ingredients of the highest quality and freshness - following seasonal availability. The menu is inspired by modern Nordic cuisine with a Mediterranean twist.
Hotel RangÃ¡ & the Northern Lights
To see the best of South Iceland using your hire car, follow our suggestions on things to see and do.
Svartifoss Waterfall (‘Black Falls’) and Svinafellsjökull - from Skaftafell
Svartifoss plunges over a wall of symmetrical columnar balsalt and an easy walk to its base provides a spectacular photo opportunity. Walk to the edge of Svinafellsjökull, a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
Dyrhólaey (‘Doorway Hill Island’) - from Vik
Iceland’s most southerly tip. A 120 metres high promontory where unique arch-shaped rock is found. The cliffs and sand dunes have been declared a nature reserve protecting large seabird colonies. Spectacular views of the black sand beaches from the lighthouse!
Skógafoss Waterfall - from Skógar
Just 20 miles away from Vik you will discover one of Iceland’s most beautiful and photographed waterfalls. Skógafoss is also one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 metres. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces, a single or double rainbow often appears by its side!
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon - in South East Iceland
It's a long drive from Hotel Rangá but worth it! This iceberg filled lagoon may be furthest away but we urge you to take the stunning drive from Vik. The term ‘out of this world’ could not be more accurate for this place!
The Blue Lagoon with own car
The Blue Lagoon is certainly one of Iceland's biggest attractions! Most visitors considering a holiday to Iceland have seen images of people languishing in the milky blue waters of this famous geo-thermal spa, surrounded by nature. Now is your opportunity to indulge your senses and experience this oasis of relaxation yourself. Due to demand we now need to pre-book your visit to the Blue Lagoon and you have a variety of 'package' options available. The prices given are prices from only and the exact price of your visit will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon and silica mud mask. Prices from: Adults £35 per person, Teens and Disabled £22, Children Free.
Includes Standard Visit plus use of towel, first drink of your choice and algae mask. Prices from: Adults £48 per person, Teens and Disabled £35, Children £13.
Includes Comfort Visit plus use of bathrobe, slippers, reserved table at LAVA Restaurant and sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant (complimentary with lunch/dinner). Prices from: Adults £60 per person, Teens and Disabled £48, Children £26.
Includes Premium Visit plus entrance to the Exclusive Lounge, Spa Journey product set and coffee/tea and fresh fruit. Prices from: Adults £168 per person*, Teens and Disabled: Not available. Children: Not available.
Suspended in the soothing warmth of a secluded expanse of the Blue Lagoon, you are floating on the tranquil waters of a wonder of the world. Your massage - deep, relaxing, and conducted with Blue Lagoon mineral massage oil - is a wonder unto itself. Use of towel and bathrobe is included in all in-water treatments.
This in-water experience is the foundation of all other Blue Lagoon massages and treatments. It is suitable for anyone from the age of 5 and up. Price: 30-Minute, £65 per person, 60-Minute, £102 per person. Optional Extras: Choose one of the following 30-Minute treatments to add to your relaxing massage for a supplement of £82 per person i.e. 30-Minute Massage + 30-Minute treatment = £147 per person:
This extraordinary 2-hour reatment cleanses and strengthens your skins, leaving you energized and nourished. It begins with a salt glow: your skin is scrubbed and polished with an invigorating combination of Blue Lagoon minerals and oils. The salt glow is followed by a silica or algae wrap: your body is swathed in the element of your choosing and you float on a mattress while your face and scalp are gently massaged. The final stage of the treatment is a 60-minute, full body, in-water relaxing massge. Price £198 per person.
We know you will have a few extra questions regarding this holiday so we have tried to answer those we have already been asked below. Any new ones will be added to the list!
Who is this holiday suitable for?
Everyone but most especially those interested in unique, weird, breathtaking, bizarre Iceland! Oh, and those who would like to see the Northern Lights of course!
What sort of clothing will I need?
You will need clothes for cold/cooler outdoor weather: warm trousers, a woollen pullover or fleece sweater, a warm wind and waterproof jacket and rain pants, woollen socks and an insulated bottom layer, like thermal underwear. A hat, scarf and gloves that are made from material that will dry overnight are great protection in Iceland’s winter weather and strong winds. Sturdy comfortable (hiking) boots are necessary for walking and when there is snow and icy terrain.
Buildings are often very warm, so bring light indoor clothes – t-shirts, lighter shirts and blouses. Bathing suits are essential, as a lot of the natural hot water is used to fill swimming pools, which are all over the country.
Do I need to bring any sort of equipment with me?
You don't need to but we would certainly recommend the following:
Would you recommend I buy Duty-Free items?
If you would like to have a pre-dinner drink or enjoy a nightcap in your room, then consider stopping at the duty-free store on arrival at Keflavik Airport because alcoholic beverages are very expensive in Iceland. The same applies to tobacco. Travellers are allowed to bring 1 litre of strong liquor as well as 1 litre of wine or similar drinks into the country, and 1 carton of cigarettes.