Top Winter Activities in Iceland - Hotel Rangá


Photo of snow covered mountains on the road to Landmannalaugar.

Top Winter Activities in Iceland

Planning a visit to Iceland during the wintertime? Keep reading to learn about Hotel Rangá's top winter activities in Iceland.

Winter in Iceland is an excellent season to explore. The days are certainly shorter, but that just means more time to hunt for the northern lights. From snowmobiling to horseback riding, there is something for everyone. Here are our top winter activities in Iceland.

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.

Visit an Ice Cave or Go Glacier Hiking

Winter is a great season to hike on a glacier with an expert guide who will share fascinating facts as you explore. Or venture inside an ice cave and marvel at the colors and textures of the ice. These unique structures actually grow and change according to seasonal weather conditions.

A group of people snowmobiling on the Eyjafjallajökull glacier in south Iceland.
Snowmobiling in Iceland. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.


Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull–the volcano-glacier that erupted in 2010–is one of the best winter activities in Iceland. Zoom across the snowy glacier while you experience incredible views of Iceland’s south coast.

Icelandic horses rub their heads together on a snowy field in south Iceland.
Icelandic horses grow a shaggy coat in the wintertime which keeps them warm.

Ride a Horse

One of the world’s oldest and purest breeds, the Icelandic horse makes the perfect companion for novices and children. Ride through lava meadows, explore volcanic terrain and enjoy expansive views of the mountains, coast and countryside.

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.

Drive a Buggy

Buggy tours are a unique and exciting way to enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty. Traverse remote parts of the countryside and experience Iceland’s stunning landscape up close. Feel the wind in your hair as you drive across a black sand beach or beside hidden waterfalls.

Man stands at the end of a long table filled with candles, food and drink and other guests inside the Caves of Hella.
Book a new dining adventure and enjoy a gourmet feast inside the Caves of Hella. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.

Visit an Ancient Cave

Hotel Rangá is located minutes from several mysterious caves in the town of Hella. Tour the caves with a local guide and learn the theories behind the caves’ creation. Explore underground and ponder how Iceland’s early inhabitants might have lived.

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.

Soak in a Hot Spring

Don’t forget to bring a bathing suit on your trip to Hotel Rangá–south Iceland is home to amazing natural hot springs like Landmannalaugar and Reykjadalur valley. Or grab a glass of wine and soak in one of our geothermal heated hot tubs overlooking the beautiful Rangá River.

A super jeep crossing a river in the Icelandic highlands.
Super jeeps can make epic river crossings. Photo by Rachel Bower.

Take a Super Jeep Tour

Winter is a wonderful season to visit Iceland’s highland interior on a super jeep tour. Visit remarkable locations like the Þórsmörk nature reserve or Landmannalaugar–a stunning geothermal valley bordered by colorful mountains.

The first official flight Iceland's first fully electric aircraft.
The first official flight Iceland’s first fully electric aircraft. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdottir.

Take Flight

There is no better way to see Iceland’s fantastic landscape than from above. A helicopter can pick you up outside Hotel Rangá’s front door and take you on the ride of a lifetime over mighty volcanoes, ancient glaciers and powerful rivers.What’s more, our guests can even book a ride on Iceland’s first electric aircraft.

Hikers walking beside a glacier in south Iceland.
Take a glacier tour and learn about these fascinating structures from an expert guide.

Guided Day Tours

Experience the best of south Iceland by taking a day tour with a local guide. Go off the beaten path and explore hidden waterfalls, majestic mountains and beautiful black sand beaches. Your guide’s expert knowledge will ensure that your trip is unforgettable.

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