Relaxed summer vacation in Iceland - Hotel Rangá


Woman wrapped in blanket stands on Hotel Rangá balcony overlooking the Rangá River at sunrise.

Relaxed summer vacation in Iceland

Feel like staying in? Here are a few ways to wind down at Hotel Rangá.

Though Iceland is known for its fantastic outdoor adventures, it is also possible to have a relaxed summer vacation in Iceland. Keep reading to learn about the relaxing activities you can enjoy at Hotel Rangá luxury hotel.

Picture by Ása Steinarsdóttir.
Picture by Ása Steinarsdóttir.

Relax with a rub

Take your Rangá experience to the next level by booking a massage for you and your partner. It’s a great way to wake up those sore muscles but also for unwinding after long days of sight-seeing We offer 20, 30 and, 60-minute sessions – view message here or contact our front desk here.

Get in the tub

Top of the day with a glass of wine and a dip in our hot tubs overlooking the Rangá river. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the midnight sun and its glorious pink skies in summer and in winter you might just get to see the northern lights.

A woman in the hot tub at Hotel Rangá
Picture by Rachel Bower and Tom Kahler.

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Play some pool

Get some practice in on your own or shoot a round of pool with a partner. Our game room, which features a large light fixture made of reindeer antlers is a frequent site for wedding ceremonies and has a gorgeous view of the river.


Our game room also has a chess set, meaning you can challenge your travel companion to a battle of wits. Have a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while you strategize on how to circumvent the queen slay your opponent’s king.

Piece it together

If you are in the mood for something less competitive you can grab a chair and do a jigsaw puzzle. There’s often a large one already going in the game room – you can contribute to it, finish it yourself or maybe even start a different one. Puzzles are a perfect way to enjoy a relaxed summer vacation in Iceland.


Picture by Ása Steinarsdóttir.

Grab a cocktail

In our lounge, every hour is cocktail hour. Stick to the classics or try something new like a cocktail with Iceland’s signature spirit, Brennivín. Get one sent to your room as you get ready for dinner or to the hot tub as you soak in the day.

Read a good book

There are lots of comfortable quiet places around the hotel to spend the day diving into a good mystery novel or that biography you’ve been meaning to read. We especially recommend the couches in our upstairs lounge. If you are too lost in the pages to move, our staff will happily bring you snacks, drinks, and food from our menu.

The Africa Suite at Hotel Rangá.
Photo from our Africa Suite. Picture by Paul Lenk.

Walk along the river

If you feel like getting some air but want to stay close to the comfort of our premises, you can take a leisurely stroll by the Rangá river. It’s one of Iceland’s top rivers for salmon fishing and boasts beautiful flora and fauna during the summer.

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