“Alpine-style lodge in remote southern Iceland where you can watch volcanoes explode, see the Northern Lights and eat like a (vi)king”
Simple Standard Rooms have queensize or twin beds clad in striped or coloured bedspreads (the curtains match), the odd piece of local art and parquet flooring. Some have balconies, the others Jacuzzi bathtubs in their bathrooms. Also on the ground floor, larger Deluxe Rooms (where we stayed on our latest visit) have sofabeds, best for families. All Rooms either face the river or Mount Hekla volcano.
Upstairs are the quirky, themed Suites aimed at honeymooners or families. All look over the East Rangá river. Stand-out Antarctica has black and white leather sofas, mini penguins and Jacuzzi bathtub, whereas Africa has an upturned tree, heavy African furniture and batik curtains. There's something entertaining about waking up under a thatched roof overlooking Iceland's top salmon river!
The Royal Suite also has a mid-room Jacuzzi; we were less keen on Australia's kitsch stained-glass windows. Asia takes Japanese inspiration, North America features a bearskin and native head-dress, while South America is hung with bright tapestries and butterflies. Enormous bathrooms have baths for 2 and a selection of bath bombs.
Rangá's pine-clad Restaurant serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner; room service and bar snacks are also available. Breakfast is lavish - a huge spread with meats, cheeses, pickled fish, eggs, make-your-own waffles, cereal, toast and the ubiquitous bottle of cod liver oil if you want to take part in that particular Icelandic breakfast tradition.
Dinner is sophisticated. This part of Iceland is famed for its salmon, langoustine or Icelandic lobster and free-range lamb. We savoured a creamy seafood soup, smoked puffin with textures of beetroot, Arctic char and barley risotto (they do great vegetarian dishes), with Skyr and berries, chocolate cake and ryebread ice cream to finish. The puffin tasted like marine duck. My husband also sampled the pungent birch schnapps as a digestif.
Upstairs, the bar has dark leather armchairs and sofas and nooks and crannies to make your own. Rangá’s remote location means you're likely to eat here for most meals; the restaurant also serves light lunches, and can make up picnics on request.
Iceland is a great country for children in general; Rangá welcomes them openly, and many of the larger rooms have an extra bed or space for a rollaway bed for small children. Baby cots are available, too.
The fresh air, landscape and endless activities will delight families, and management can help with special requests.
All Deluxe rooms have sofabeds, and extra beds can be added to the Suites. There are no connecting rooms.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A kids' menu of fish and chips, burgers, pasta and sandwiches is available.
A river forms the natural boundary to the south of the hotel and is unfenced.