Top Iceland Tours 2023 - Hotel Rangá



Top Iceland Tours 2023

Hotel Rangá is perfectly located for easy access to top Iceland tours. Soar above an Icelandic volcano on a helicopter tour or ride on horseback on a black sand beach. Keep reading to learn more!

Iceland tours range from buggy rides, to snowmobiling to ice climbing and much, much more. Our Hotel Rangá receptionists are experts about the top tours in south Iceland. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception today to book your Iceland adventure!

A rainbow soars above a buggy in south Iceland.
Buggy tours are an amazing way to see the beautiful landscape in south Iceland. Photograph by Paige Deasley.

Buggy tours: Iceland’s south coast

Get up close to the magnificent Icelandic countryside in a buggy tour. Buggies are fully automatic 4×4 ATV vehicles that can go off the beaten track. As you explore with an expert tour guide, you’ll drive across black sand beaches, beside majestic waterfalls and through fresh-water streams.

Buggies are easy to drive, open air vehicles that can zoom across rugged terrain. It is good to note that buggies are two-seater vehicles and drivers must be at least 17 years old with a valid driver’s license. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception today to book your Iceland buggy tours.

Black snowmobile drives across a snowy field in south Iceland.
Snowmobile tours are available on the nearby Eyjafjallajökull volcano-glacier.

Iceland tours: Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull

Whiz across the Eyjafjallajökull volcano-glacier on a snowmobile with experienced guides leading the way. As you drive, you will see magnificent views of the south coast. In fact, on a clear day you might even see the Westman Islands and the Icelandic highlands.

In Iceland, snowmobiling is available year-round. Even on the warmest summer day, there is plenty of snow on the nearby glaciers. All Iceland snowmobiling tours include helmets and snowsuits. You can ride either by yourself or with a companion. To drive a snowmobile, you must have a valid international driver’s license.

Red Super Jeep drives over black sands in south Iceland.
Icelandic Super Jeeps are rugged vehicles, capable of traversing tough terrain. Photo by Robb Leahy.

Super Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar Hot Spring

Super keeps are powerful sport utility vehicles, capable of traversing Iceland’s wild and rugged terrain. These massive jeeps can drive on the most rugged highland roads and even cross rivers. At Hotel Rangá, we highly recommend that our guests take a super jeep tour to visit the incredible hot springs at Landmannalaugar.

A group of women clink glasses in the famouns Landmannalaugar hot spring on the edge of the highlands.
Soaking in the hot springs at Landmannalaugar is something you will always remember. Photograph by Paige Deasley.

An expert guide will pick you up straight from Hotel Rangá in one of these mighty super jeeps. From there, your guide will drive you to the beautiful nature reserve at Landmannalaugar. This unique area bursts with geothermal activity, colorful rhyolite mountains and beautiful hiking trails.

One of the most popular attractions is the Landmannalaugar hot spring. The large pool is a lovely spot to soak all year round. In fact, if you visit Landmannalaugar in the winter months, you could even spot the northern lights while you are relaxing in the warm water.

Sun streams into an ice cave where a man stands atop rocky boulders.
Ice caves are constantly changing and shifting according to weather conditions. Photograph by Stefan Liebermann.

Explore Katla’s incredible ice caves

Ice caves are incredibly unique structures which change constantly depending on weather conditions. As temperatures rise and fall, each ice cave slowly shifts in size and appearance. As a result, new ice caves are always emerging. Guests at Hotel Rangá can book a tour to see amazingly beautiful ice caves under the guidance of an experienced guide.

Many ice caves can be found near the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and Katla volcano. All ice caves are thoroughly tested for safety before visitors are allowed inside. What’s more, visitors receive helmets, crampons and a headlamp before entering the caves. Inside, you’ll see the fascinating swirls and whorls of ancient ice. The icy walls and ceiling range in color from off-white to deep blue. We especially recommend ice caves tours for amateur photographers; these fascinating structures are a photographer’s dream.

Visit the mysterious Caves of Hella

Did you know that there are ancient caves just minutes from Hotel Rangá? The Caves of Hella are mysterious caves located on the land of Ægissíða just beside the town of Hella. Numbering twelve in total, experts continue to speculate exactly why and when these caves were created. Only one thing is completely certain–all of the caves are man-made.

What’s more, four of the Caves of Hella are now open to the public. Visitors can book a tour to learn theories and history related to these intriguing spaces. Private luxury tours are also available which include a special local whisky and beer tasting served alongside local delicacies. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception today to book your tour of the Caves of Hella.

Þórsmörk is a study in contasts. Photo by Olivia Synnervik.

Super jeep tour to Þórsmörk National Park

Þórsmörk National Park is a beautiful nature reserve only one hour from Hotel Rangá. A super jeep tour of this breathtaking space will expose visitors to authentic Iceland. You will see incredible contrasts–from deep valleys filled with surging rivers to rugged mountains rising high into the heavens.

On your super jeep tour, a local guide will lead the way sharing information about this special place. Þórsmörk is known for its amazing hiking trails and dynamic vistas. Every super jeep tour of this area gives visitors a chance to explore on some shorter hiking routes. Not to be missed, a trip to Þórsmörk is beloved by locals and visitors alike.

Icelandic woman wears lopapeysa and poses next to an Icelandic horse.
Icelandic horses are a special breed. Photograph by Dennis Welsh.

Iceland tours: Horseback riding

The Icelandic horse is a truly unique breed, having been isolated in Iceland for more than 1000 years. In fact, once a horse leaves Iceland, it is not allowed to come back. This strict policy ensures that the Icelandic horse will remain protected. What’s more, the Icelandic horse is an excellent riding horse and a perfect way to experience the local Icelandic countryside.

Hotel Rangá works with trusted, local stables to ensure that our guests have the best horseback riding experience. Iceland horseback riding tours are available for both complete beginners and experienced riders. Group horseback riding tours are also available. See amazing views while you ride across a black sand beach or beside a hidden waterfall. Contact the Hotel Rangá Hotel Rangá reception today to book your Iceland horseback riding tour.

Take a boat tour around the Westman Islands. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðrikdóttir.

Day trip to the Westman Islands

The Westman Islands are south Iceland’s best kept secret. The main island, Heimaey, is actually home to about 5000 people. It’s a small but bustling village with several restaurants, a community pool and even its own brewery. Visitors to the islands can explore beautiful hiking trails, go for adventurous rib safari tours or indulge in gourmet dining.

Hotel Rangá is located just 30 minutes from the harbor at Landeyjahöfn. From there, it’s only 45 minutes by ferry to Heimaey. Visitors are even able to bring their cars if you so desire. During the summer, the Westman Islands are a major puffin breeding site. There is even a puffin observatory where visitors to the islands can get an up close view of these cute creatures.

Skógafoss waterfall in south Iceland.
Skógafoss waterfall is only 45 minutes from Hotel Rangá. Photograph by Paige Deasley.

South Iceland Waterfalls

Iceland is filled with waterfalls–more than 10,000 in fact! Luckily, Iceland’s south coast is home to some of the most jaw-dropping cascades. Just twenty-five minutes from Hotel Rangá is Seljalandsfoss, a powerful waterfall where visitors can actually walk a path behind the falls. Just twenty minutes further, you’ll find Skógafoss–a huge waterfall with a viewing platform located directly above the pounding water. Both of these waterfalls are easy to access and right off the ring road.

Gullfoss is perhaps Iceland’s best known waterfall. This huge cascade pours over 32 m (105 ft) in the middle of the Hvíta glacial river. The sheer power of the falls is immense and often paired with a huge rainbow. You’ll find Gullfoss on Iceland’s famous Golden Circle which also includes the famous Strokkur geyser and Þingvellir National Park.

Lucas Raven stands in front of a helicopter on a snowy day in south Icealnd.
Take a helicopter tour and see south Iceland from above.

Volcano helicopter tour

There is no better way to see Iceland’s natural beauty than by air. A helicopter will pick you up directly outside Hotel Rangá. From there, you’ll soar above glaciers, fast-moving rivers and even volcanoes! Visitors can choose from several different tour options and even make a landing atop the nearby Eyjafjallajökull glacier-volcano.

As you soar high in the sky, your pilot will point out special landmarks. You can even book a specially tailored Iceland tour to see shooting locations from the popular TV show Game of Thrones. It is a good idea to check with the Hotel Rangá reception before booking your helicopter tour, as these activities can be weather dependent.

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