Short stay: Antarctica Suite, Hotel Rangá, Hella, Iceland


By Paul Johnson on Oct 03, 2022 in Accommodation, Europe, Family Travel, Featured, Food and Drink, Going Out, Hotels, Iceland, Leisure Travel, Regions, Restaurants, Speciality Travel, Travel Miscellany, Western Europe

You could be forgiven for wondering how a hotel that is largely made from wood, in a country that is relatively devoid of trees, has come about. It’s thanks to the incredible vision of owner Friðrik Pálsson and wood sourced from Canada’s pine forests that the four star Hotel Rangá enjoys its homely log cabin façade and extensive wooden interiors. Read on to learn why this Nordic boutique hotel and member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World is also one of South Iceland‘s finest luxury hotels…

The welcome

Our initial greeting is from resident polar bear, Hrammur (which means ‘paw’ in Icelandic); he was salvaged from a bankrupt shopping mall and stands in a new part of the Hotel Rangá lobby that had to be specially-designed to accommodate his 13-foot stature.  As we turn to the reception desk, it’s a gentleman named Egill who warmly greets us and advises us that there’s a welcome drink waiting for us at the bar once we had settled in.

The room

We stayed in Room 60, a Master Suite. There are seven suites at the property that depict each of the seven continents. With penguin artwork above the super king bed, there are no prizes for guessing that we were in the Antarctica Suite.

The cool and quirky Antarctica Suite has it all – from a white-tiled floor that resembles an ice floe to a…

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