This romantic hotel in Iceland is the perfect place to watch the Northern Lights

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Photo credit: Laurent Lacroix
Photo credit: Laurent Lacroix

Travellers looking for the best hotels in Reykjavik should head south of Iceland's capital where the views are as magical as they get.

At Hotel Ranga, near Hella, you won't only be in a prime location to explore the mighty volcanoes, waterfalls and black sand beaches for which the south is best known.


Those looking to tick the Northern Lights off their bucket list will be in a fine spot to watch the natural wonder when those dancing green lights appear.

Named after the lush salmon river that flows behind it, the four-star ranch-style hotel offers many luxuries you'd find at a five-star hotel: you can expect fine Icelandic dining at its restaurant overlooking majestic glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull and more.

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The rooms are cosy while themed around the world's continents, with the likes of an Antarctica Master Suite and North America Junior Suite for you to check into.

While you won't find an abundance of things to see and do around the hotel (there are cute Icelandic horses in the surrounding fields though), you can drive to the epic sites of south Iceland, whether you're looking to conquer all the attractions of the Golden Circle or visit glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.

After adventure-filled days out, Hotel Ranga provides the perfect retreat. The outdoor hot tubs await couples seeking the ultimate winter spa experience: imagine soaking in the steamy, bubbling water with the snow all around you...

Photo credit: Hotel Ranga
Photo credit: Hotel Ranga

To complete the experience, you can watch the shimmering stars above and possibly witness the Northern Lights. There are plenty of opportunities for aurora viewing during your stay. Upstairs, there's a balcony for both stargazing and watching the Northern Lights, too. The hotel staff will also wake you if the natural phenomenon appears while you're asleep.


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