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Environmental Policy

Strive to minimize any detrimental effects

Environmental Policy

At Hotel Rangá we are committed to green hotel policies and the implementation of proactive measures to help protect and sustain the environment for future generations. We recognize the impact of our operations on the environment and aim to be an increasingly efficient green and environmental hotel. We strive to minimize any detrimental effects as a result of our business.

In delivering our commitment we will comply with relevant environmental legislation and take proactive approach to future requirements and obligations. We seek to conserve natural resources through the responsible use of energy, water and materials but also maintaining the quality of service expected by our guests.

Woman sits on a grassy knoll in front of a powerful waterfall in south Iceland.
South Iceland is filled with hidden waterfalls and majestic vistas. Photo by Ása Steinarsdóttir.
A pink and green band of northern lights stretches out across the sky over the Hotel Rangá Observatory.
Photo by Paige Deisley

The Considerate Collection

Hotel Rangá has been handpicked as a member of Small Luxury Hotel’s Considerate Collection – a special selection of boutique hotels that go above and beyond in sustainability management. To be a member of the Considerate Collection, a hotel must be community minded, a cultural custodian and environmentally conscious. Hotel Rangá was awarded this distinction due to our efforts to buy locally, immerse our guests in the local culture, use renewable energy and more. Learn about our sustainability practices below. 

Iceland's first Electric Aircraft

Iceland’s first electric aircraft took off in July 2022. The introduction of this revolutionary aircraft is the initiative of Friðrik Pálsson, Hótel Rangá´s hotelier, and his friend Matthías Sveinbjörnsson. Friðrik has long been a champion of green energy, setting a standard for Hotel Rangá’s sustainability policies.


As Iceland is located between Europe and North America, it is a desirable location for energy exchange in international flights. Therefore, Iceland’s first electric aircraft is only the beginning. Electric aircraft are the way of the future.

Iceland's first electric airplane at Reykjavík Airport.
Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir
Exterior of Hotel Rangá underneath the midnight sun.
During the Icelandic summer we enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight, also known as the midnight sun. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.

Green & Renewable Energy

Hotel Rangá operates and is heated purely with green and renewable energy. All electricity used at the hotel is produced either by a hydroelectric or geothermal power plants, both renewable energy resources. The hotel heating is geothermal and also renewable. Naturally heated hot-spring water is delivered from a nearby geothermal power plant to the hotel, providing abundant heating.

Saving Energy

Hotel Rangá uses energy efficient light bulbs and has installed motion sensors in the corridors to reduce power consumption. Hotel Rangá in cooperation with our guests try to minimize washing of towels and linens during their stay. 

The Strokkur geysir in mid eruption in south Iceland.
Fisherman stands in the Rangá River and casts his rod with a view of Eyjafjallajökull in the background.
The Rangá River is one of Iceland's best salmon rivers. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.

Local Suppliers

The hotel aims to use as much locally grown produce as possible. South Iceland’s many geothermal greenhouse farms provide locally grown vegetable all year round. The hotel also aims to use locally caught salmon, arctic char, dairy products, meat and poultry from local farmers and fish from nearby fishing villages. All meat and dairy products used at Hotel Rangá is hormone and antibiotic free.

Reduce, Renew

The Yule Lads are a mischievous yet friendly lot. In the thirteen days before Christmas, they come down from the mountains and bring presents to children. Local children from the school in Hella actually help out the Yule Lads. We give our extra linens to the kids, and they make special Christmas bags for the Yule Lads to use at Hotel Rangá. In return, Hotel Rangá gives the local school sewing machines and other things they need. 


Our newest addition in green initiatives is a cooperation with Viss – a local work community for people with disabilities. Hotel Rangá supplies Viss with recyclable materials and helpful tools. Viss then creates special gift bags for items purchased at the hotel. 

Icelandic bags for the Yule Lads at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland.
Students in the local school in Hella create these bags for the Yule Lads to deliver their gifts. Photo by Eyrún Aníta Gylfadóttir.
Woman stands on Hotel Rangá balcony overlooking the exterior of Hotel Rangá and the Rangá River.


Hotel Rangá aims to recycle as much waste as possible. This includes paper, glass, plastic, cooking oil and organic waste.

Electric Car charging stations

Hotel Rangá is proud to offer ten charging stations for European electric cars, type A. Free to use for our guests to support the use of Electric vehicles. 

Electric car charging stations free to use for our guests

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At Hotel Rangá we are committed to green hotel policies and the implementation of proactive measures to help protect and sustain the environment for future generations. 
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Exterior of Hotel Rangá on a summer night in south Iceland.
Exterior of Hotel Rangá underneath the Icelandic midnight sun. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.
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