Visual artist Arngunnur Ýr has an inviting smile in her eyes that perfectly matches her sunny personality. She brightens any room she steps into so it only made sense for Hotel Rangá to ask her to leave a bit of herself behind, by painting a very special piece for our bar and lounge area. The piece is in fact so special that hotelier Friðrik Pálson didn’t just want it on the wall – he wanted it inside of the wall.
Hotel Rangá had the pleasure of hosting power parents Biff Chaplow and Trystan Reese this past November. The couple was all over the headlines in 2017 when Trystan, a transgender man, became pregnant with their youngest Leo, but they also have two adopted children – Hailey and Riley. Like any couple, Trystan and Biff sometimes need a break from their responsibilities to reconnect and they decided to do it in Iceland. They stayed for a week and spent their first two nights at Hotel Rangá, before renting a van and driving around the country.
We asked Trystan a few questions about their stay and he graciously answered.
The month of Góa, the second-to-last month of winter according to the old Icelandic calendar, is now upon us. Back in the day, women would rise early on the first day of Góa, walk outside scantily dressed and recite a poem, welcoming the Góa into their home.
In modern times, people use the first day of Góa as an opportunity to treat the special ladies in their lives to something special – here at Hotel Rangá we say why stop after the first day? Use the Góa to unwind a bit.
While seven of the eight suites at Hotel Rangá are themed after the seven continents, some of the suites are primarily influenced by particular countries. Hotelier Friðrik Pálsson says China was an alluring choice for the Asian Suite but he also found Japan tempting since he had spent some time in the country. The suite became more and more Japanese during the design process until it eventually became the haven it is today.
Tipping has never been in tradition in Iceland. However, tipping is a tradition in other parts of the world and in some countries, it is almost the only wages that restaurant employees get for their work. With increased tourism, we have become aware that our guests tip employees in various fields connected to the travel industry. On the other hand, we have noticed that in the United States, for example, where restaurant wages are usually low, people are trying to put a stop to this custom and instead increasing salaries.