Hotel Ranga – Warmth in Iceland

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Ranga

During our road trip along the South Coast of Iceland a few months earlier, we spent a night at Hotel Ranga, a countryside hotel in Hella (between the capital Reykjavik and the town of Vik).

Just a bit over an hour away from Reykjavik and a stone’s throw away from the famous volcano, Mount Hekla, Hotel Ranga is a great base for exploring the beautiful southern Iceland and proved to be an excellent respite.

As soon as I arrived, I was drawn to the predominant wooden décor. This cozy theme persisted throughout the hotel, from log cabin style rooms to alluring Canadian Red Cedar wood furnishings.

I loved the hallway! First glimpse of the room

Modern amenities blended well with rustic countryside charm. We stayed in a deluxe room that faced the East Ranga River.

Room with a view of the river

Room with a view of the river


Cozy sitting area

Cozy sitting area

What was outside my room was pretty impressive as well.

Jacuzzi right outside my room

Jacuzzi right outside my room


Stunning views all around

Stunning views all around

It was soon dinnertime and we headed to The Restaurant, the hotel’s gourmet restaurant, which serves Nordic cuisine with Italian, French and Mediterranean touches. The menu featured a variety of fresh local ingredients.

We started off with the aromatic oregano, basil and Parmesan bread.

Ah, the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread!

Ah, the beautiful aroma of freshly baked bread!

Much recommended (with a well-founded reason) was the Wild Mushroom soup, which was served in style – local pickled mushrooms were presented in a bowl and creamy mushroom soup was poured on top, right at our table!

Mushroom soup being served at our table

Mushroom soup being served at our table


Off to a good start

Off to a good start

I was told that these mushrooms were grown in local greenhouses in the village of Fludir. If you are a fan of mushroom soup, you will love it, and even if you don’t usually have ‘mush-room’ in your heart for this soup, you will still love it – Honestly, one of the best mushroom soups I’ve tasted.

Reindeer Carpaccio

Reindeer Carpaccio

The next dish was Reindeer Carpaccio served with Rucola salad, truffle oil and Parmesan. Reindeer meat was definitely a first for me, and it was quite delicious.

For the main course, it only made sense to order the Salmon as the East Ranga River is one of Iceland’s most popular and productive Salmon rivers.

Sensational Salmon

Sensational Salmon

Slow cooked to a melt-in your mouth perfection, the Salmon came with mashed potato, root vegetables, strawberry with champagne foam plus sweet potato and white chocolate puree. Oh, and some lemon snow – Of course, there was snow on my plate; I was in Iceland after all.

Icelandic Mountain Lamb

Icelandic Mountain Lamb

Tasty and tender was Icelandic Mountain lamb served with potato and drizzled with truffle snow.

Warm chocolate cake with ice-cream and fresh berries

Warm chocolate cake with ice-cream and fresh berries

Desserts are an occasion on their own and I was glad to make friends with the warm chocolate cake, chocolate chip ice-cream and fresh berries.

Sweet view! Wining

View from the restaurant - Hotel guests enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi

View from the restaurant – Hotel guests enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi

Ready to call it a night, but the lovely staff tempted us into trying another local delicacy, the much talked about Hákarl, i.e., Rotten Shark! Deciding it would be unfair not to try some, we agreed.

Hakarl

Hakarl

Gutted, buried and cured in sand, and hung to dry for several months, the Greenland Shark (which was kept frozen) was served as a small bite with a shot of the local liquor called Brennevin aka Black Death, to defrost and perhaps make the strong smell more tolerable.

Rotten (and drunken) shark

It smelled very fishy indeed and quiet pungent, and tasted chewy. But I’m glad I got to try it.

Thanks to the wonderful staff for cheering on us as we tried it while making all sorts of ridiculous faces. And you are welcome for the entertainment!

Being served a shot of black death by GregBreakfast

Despite the minor ‘shark attack’ we slept well and headed for breakfast the next morning.

Breakfast

Breakfast


Cafe Latte, my dear friend

Cafe Latte, my dear friend

After breakfast, Mr. Ingi Þór Jakobssen, Hotel Ranga’s Operation Manager, was kind enough to sit and chat with me for a while about the hotel and their visions. He stressed on the importance of high standards of personal service, and about how the staff are encouraged to trust their intuition and make decisions as to what they deem best for guests. Serving excellent quality food with fresh seasonal ingredients that are not too complicated or messy, are also vital for Hotel Ranga .

Mr. Ingi Þór Jakobssen standing in front of the Icelandic quilt

Mr. Ingi Þór Jakobssen standing in front of the Icelandic quilt


The Icelandic quilt - bought at an auction with proceeds going to charity

The Icelandic quilt, bought at an auction with proceeds going to charity

Wined, dined, and recharged after a good night’s sleep in a warm and comfortable setting amidst vast stunning nature, I had a great stay and would love to return whenever I visit Iceland again.

* My stay and meals here were hosted by Hotel Ranga but opinions expressed are always my own. Many thanks to Hotel Ranga and their wonderful team for their warmth and hospitality. *

More photos…

I even found a polar bear near the lobby Pool table in an amazing setting

Breakfast at The Restaurant

Breakfast at The Restaurant


The bar

The bar


Room keysand hotel information book

Room key and hotel information book


Luxurious bathroom

Luxurious bathroom


Checking out at Asian themed suite

Checking out an Asian themed suite


Hotel Ranga entrance

Hotel Ranga entrance

Comments: 8

  1. Tushar Nov 13 at 7:49 pm Reply

    Wood work I like a lot. The moment I saw the wooden corridor of the hotel I said – Wow.
    Wooden flooring, wooden stairs all these are excellent interiors. Thanks for sharing.

    • Nita Nov 14 at 12:55 am Reply

      Really beautiful, right? I liked the decor very much too. Thanks for your comment, Tushar!

  2. Katie Featherstone Nov 17 at 10:21 pm Reply

    Wow, such a beautiful hotel! I would pay a lot for that mushroom soup right now. It’s so difficult to find mushrooms that aren’t in a can or dried here in Bolivia. Have an amazing time in Iceland!

    • Nita Nov 18 at 3:47 am Reply

      So beautiful, Katie! And in an amazing setting :) I’m not usually one to order mushroom soup when I dine out but that soup was really tasty! Bolivia must be awesome.. Hope you’re having a great time there.. Thanks for reading :)

  3. Packing my Suitcase Nov 24 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Hi Nita!!! We follow each other on Instagram so now Im just stopping by your blog, which by the way I find it veeery pretty and organized, to say hi :)

    Great review, I will keep this hotel recommendation in mind for when I visit Iceland someday 😀 I wish you a great week! Allane.

    • Nita Nov 25 at 2:05 am Reply

      Hi Allane! So pleased that you dropped by my blog :) Your Instagram photos are lovely and I’ll certainly be checking out your blog too.
      Yes, I think this hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Iceland and hope you get a chance to visit soon! Thank you very much for your kind comment :)

  4. Agness Dec 6 at 3:32 am Reply

    Wow, this place is absolutely amazing! So posh, warm and cozy! I wish I could spend here a couple of days with my boy :).

    • Nita Dec 6 at 3:45 am Reply

      Hi Agness! Yes, that would be ideal 😉 Whenever you’re in Iceland do check it out. Loved it there! Thank you for stopping by :)

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