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Discover the wonders of Iceland
Iceland is, quite simply, one of the world's most extraordinary countries. With its ice and lava-shaped landscapes, powerful geysers, towering waterfalls, and opportunities to view the Northern Lights, it is a completely different world - but still a relatively short hop from the UK. This itinerary, put together by Iceland specialists, Discover the World, will allow you to discover the best of the country under your own steam. From breath-taking rambles in Thorsmork Valley to underground ice cave exploration, you will have ample opportunity to discover the spectacular geography of the country. You can bathe in geothermal lagoons; discover the gap between Tectonic plates; drive along isolated mountain roads, stopping where you like to hike along glaciers, remote valleys and the rugged shoreline. This will be an adventure that only Iceland can offer.
"Sculpted with fire and shaped by ice, other-worldly sights
dominate Iceland's landscape, creating scenes unlike anywhere
Sarah Marshall, Sunday Times Travel writer
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Reasons to book
Thingvellir National Park
Spas and Waterfalls
Use of iDiscover iPad
- Seven nights' accommodation in rooms with private facilities on a bed and breakfast basis
- Car rental for seven days on an unlimited mileage basis (includes semi-comprehensive insurance and no charge for an additional driver)
- Use of iDiscover iPad for the duration of the holiday with free WiFi;
- Glacier hike on Solheimajokull
- Cave explorer excursion
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On landing in Keflavik, collect your rental vehicle and take a scenic drive around Reykjanes Peninsula. Optional visit to the Blue Lagoon along the way before continuing to the south coast and Hotel Ranga, where you will stay for the next few nights.
Take a leisurely drive along the south coast stopping to view the many beautiful waterfalls, mountains and glaciers, before joining the Solheimajokull Glacier hike.
Day3South CoastSouth coast , Iceland
Another day to explore the stunning south coast, with its the black sand beaches, bird cliffs and perhaps take the short ferry ride (additional cost) to the Westman Islands or an optional adventure by super-jeep to the secluded valley of Thorsmork. Surrounded by three glacial caps, it is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Enjoy the exhilarating drive through deep glacial rivers until you reach the base of the valley and the many hiking opportunities. On your return to Hotel Ranga enjoy the opportunity to relax in one of the hotel's outdoor hot tubs.
Explore the famous Geysir area and golden waterfall at Gullfoss and the lesser known, perfectly formed waterfall Faxi. It is also possible to take a snowmobiling trip on the Langjokull Glacier with a pick up from Gullfoss. The Secret Lagoon (additional cost) offers a relaxing bathing experience in the hot geothermal waters. Check in at the Ion Adventure Hotel.
Day5ThingvellirThingvellir , Iceland
Take time to explore Thingvellir National Park where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart, forming a rift valley. Optional snorkelling or diving tours are available at Silfra for those wishing to experience the mysterious underwater world of the tectonic rift. Then head to Hvalfjordur and perhaps take a hike to the Glymur waterfall before heading on to Reykholt and Husafell. Check into Hotel Husafell.
Day6HusafellHusafell , Iceland
Spend the day relaxing or hiking around the area at Husafell. Visit the famous waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, as well as Europe's most powerful hotspring area at Deildartunguhver.
Day7Vidgelmir cavesVidgelmir caves, Iceland
Visit the Vidgelmir caves in the morning. This easily accessible cave system takes you deep underground and features magnificent lava formations.
Option: 'Into the Glacier' tour is available in the afternoon.
Drive to Keflavik Airport in time for your flight home. Alternatively extend your stay in Reykjavik and enjoy the vibrant capital of Iceland.
Hotel Rangá, Iceland review
Review by Penny Alexander - Travel writer
Surrounded by mist at the end of a long driveway in South Iceland, four-star Hotel Ranga has 51 unique rooms themed on local legends and the seven continents. It's a grand design, log built with floor-length glass windows revealing 180-degree panoramas of the stunning wilderness and its smouldering hot tubs.
A secret escape for honeymooners, gourmets, families and adventurer-lovers, Ranga is perfectly poised to see the Northern Lights, explore Iceland's Golden Circle and even boasts its own observatory where you can stargaze with a resident astronomer.
Located in South Iceland, overlooking the Ytri-Rangá river. Perfectly placed for Iceland's signature adventures such as English Island Mountain Glacier (Eyjafjallajökull), the Golden Circle route (Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall and the geysers Geysir and Stroker) and the Glacier Lagoon (Jökulsárlón).
By plane: From Keflavik airport (142 km/ 88
By car: there is plenty of parking available at the hotel
Look & Feel
Quirky and Instagrammable. In reception you are greeted by a towering 10-foot tall stuffed polar bear named Hrammur. Instantly homely, Hotel Ranga has a relaxed countryside atmosphere with snug corners where you can cosy up and watch the wilderness. Room décor is arty and individual - each room has a unique theme.
Service is attentive and friendly. Owner Fridrik enjoys milling around the dining room and is happy to tell the story of Hrammur the polar bear.
The Northern Lights wake up call is like being a child at Christmas, the duty receptionist will knock on your door if the lights make an appearance while you are sleeping. A row of snow suits hang in reception.
- Observatory hosted by local astronomer
- Hot Tubs
- Games Room
- Room service
- Laundry service
- 24-hour room service
- Access for guests with disabilities
- Thermal snow suits
Hotel Rangá offers 51 rooms. Standard rooms are comfortable with queen-sized beds, desks and generous bathroom space. The more spacious deluxe rooms offer king-sized beds and a small seating area.
Each of the suites is themed around one of the continents and are decorated with original artefacts - owner Fridrik is a keen art collector.
There are balconies or verandas in all suites, most deluxe rooms and over half of standard rooms. All rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, bathrobes and slippers, coffee and tea-making facilities and a minibar.
Food & Drink
Chef Karl Jóhann Unnarsson is a rising foodie star on the island, his gourmet food showcases the best of Iceland: fresh, sustainable, local ingredients such as wild mushroom soup, smoked puffin, reindeer, lamb, plaice, and Brennivín, Iceland's signature liquor. Vegetarian catering was superb.
The breakfast buffet includes continental and cooked. I recommend waffles dripping in caramel yogurt and blueberries. The cosy bar serves wines, spirits, cocktails and local artisan beers.
Rangá Restaurant | modern Nordic | à la carte |
Bar | cosy and Nordic
Hotel Ranga is the only four-star hotel in South Iceland and the first Icelandic hotel to become a member of the prestigious Great Hotels of the World. Iceland is an expensive country, despite this Ranga offers unique ambience, one-of-a-kind experiences and good value to guests. Tipping is at your discretion and is donated to a local search and rescue organisation.