What to do in Iceland in March - Hotel Rangá - Luxury Resort

What to do in Iceland in March

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.
Hotel Rangá front, at winter
Picture by Jamie Carter


Relax with a massage

Take your Rangá experience to the next level by booking a massage for you and your partner. We offer 20, 30, and 60-minute sessions which you can follow up with a glass of wine and dip in one of our hot tubs overlooking the serene Rangá river.



Soak it all in

We recently took in bath salts from Angan skincare. Angan means fragrance, a fitting name for these lovely bath salts. They are produced with surplus salt from the same Icelandic manufacturer that makes the sea salt we use in our kitchen. Angan’s ingredients are sustainably sourced, vegan, handcrafted, and free from harmful compounds such as parabens, silicone, sulfates, and formaldehyde. Ask about the salts at our front desk and then enjoy your fragrant detox.


The Angan skincare products.
The Angan skincare products.


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Buns, bombs, and ash

We have three big days coming up this month: Bun-day (March 4th), Fat-Tuesday or “bomb-day” (March 5th), and Ash-Wednesday (March 6th). Icelandic children used to hang bags of ash on people’s clothes on ash Wednesday, but these days they dress up in costumes a la Halloween and receive candy from shop owners for singing.


Icelandic creamy buns.
Icelandic creamy buns. Photo by Ingibjörg Friðriksdóttir.


On Fat-Tuesday Icelanders stuff themselves with salted meat and lentil-soup until their stomachs “blow” while Bun-day is spent eating puff pastries filled with jam, cream, chocolate, and whatever else people think to stuff their buns with.

Keep an eye out for something sweet around Hotel Rangá this Monday and make sure no one whacks you with a bun-stick or you’ll owe them a pastry.

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