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13th January 2019
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).
Three outdoor hot-tubs are located at the side of the hotel overlooking the river. We recommend languishing in the warmth of the bubbling water whilst stargazing or watching the Northern Lights dance (weather permitting).
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 2018 - 14 April 2019
Duration: 3 nights
|Departure Dates||Price from per adult|
|October 2018 - 14 April 2019||£955|
|Supplement for a deluxe double||£55 per person per night|
|The deposit payment for this holiday is £200 per person|
TO BOOK: To book this holiday either telephone us on 01274 875199 (this is our preferred option as it gives us the opportunity to chat with you!) or email your booking request to firstname.lastname@example.org
It is important to read the Terms and Conditions which apply when making a confirmed booking with us. By asking us to confirm your booking, we are entitled to assume that you have read and understood our terms and conditions, and agree to them.
It is your responsibility to check and fulfil the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We can only provide general information about this. You must check requirements for your own specific circumstances with the relevant Embassies and/or Consulates and your own doctor as applicable. For further information contact the Passport Office on 0300 222 0000 or visit www.gov.uk/browse/abroad/passports. Up to date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.
Non British passport holders, including other EU nationals, should obtain up to date advice on passport and visa requirements from the Embassy, High Commission or Consulate of your destination or country(ies) through which you are travelling.
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 Rangá & 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!
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.