South Iceland Activities and Adventures
Hotel Highland is perfectly located to discover everything South Iceland has to offer. It's the perfect base to explore the Icelandic highlands, glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, fishing villages, magnificent waterfalls, hot springs, cultural centers, historic places, nature preserves and much more. All year round, Iceland has always has something unique to offer.
"Super Jeep" Tours
Super Jeep tours are one of the most popular activities at Hotel Rangá. "Super-Jeeps" are oversized Sport Utility Vehicles specially modified to cope with all the wild and rugged terrain that the highlands of Iceland have to offer. These outrageous vehicles are capable of reaching hard to reach places in the Iceland highlands and nearby glaciers all year round. We only partner with reputable tour companies that ensure safety, comfort and satisfaction of our guests.
All Terrain Vehicles are one of the most popular adventure activities at Hotel Rangá, ATVs (4WD motorbikes) allow travelers to explore some of Iceland's most astonishing sites such as the famous black beaches of the South Coast.
Aurora Borealis viewing at Hotel Rangá
Northern Lights, or also known as the aurora borealis, are a leading trademark at Hotel Rangá. The hotel is in a geographical region that has very favorable conditions for viewing the Northern Lights. Although there is never any guarantee of seeing this wonderful natural phenomena – the hotel is one of the best places in Iceland to experience the aurora. See our Aurora Page with more information.
Iceland has sometimes been called a bird watchers paradise. This activity has the advantage that it cost nothing once you reach a suitable spot. Large colonies and breeding grounds are found in various places throughout the country. The most frequently-seen sea birds on the towering cliffs along the Icelandic coast are the common guillemot, Brunnich's guillemot, the razorbill, the puffin, the kittiwake, and the fulma.
Cave Exploration in Iceland
Iceland has a large number of beautiful caves, both caves shaped by volcanic activity and and glacial ice caves. Some of Iceland's caves are easily reached. It is strongly recommended that travelers go on organzied tours with experienced cave exploration guides and not embark on cave exploration without proper guidance or experience.
Dogsledding in Iceland is a fun activity and provides a unique opportunity to mix an adventure and sightseeing experience into one. It's time to discover the picturesque beauty of winter in Iceland – and the fun of dog sledding. This is also a favorite actvitiy for children. Dog sledding is available all year round, pending snow and weather conditions. In the summer dogsledding is available at the Langjökull glacier in South Iceland.
From Bakki or Hella airports fly over the volcano Mount Hekla and see the nearby glaciers from above, take a trip to the Westman islands or even to Akureyri/Myvatn in the north. A truly marvelous experience. Availability is entirely dependent on weather conditions during the summer months. Inquire about prices to enjoy this splendid luxury activity.
Fresh Water Fishing
Hotel Rangá sits on the banks of one of Iceland's best salmon rivers, East-Rangá River, with other fine salmon rivers in the area. Salmon fishing is highly popular in Iceland, expensive and rivers are booked well in advance. There are several rivers and lakes in South Iceland were fishing for arctic char and brown trout is available. Inquire with the hotel.
Iceland is famous for its glaciers. Iceland is famous for its glaciers. South Iceland has a total of 4 glaciers (Mýrdalsjökull, Langjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindfjallajökull) with the Vatnajökull (Europe’s largest glacier) and Hofsjökull glaciers close by. Various glacier tours options may be available depending on season and weather conditions, such as glacier walks, super jeep glacier tours, glacier snowmobiling.
The closest golf course to Hotel Ranga is Strandvöllur, providing a stunning view of mountains, glaciers and Mt Hekla. The 18-hole golf course on the Westman Islands (33km or a 5min flight) is also stunningly beautiful and well worth a visit. Though the golfing season is short in Iceland (from May to October most years), the light summer nights mean that one can spend 24 hours a day on the course. Golfers from all over the world are always amazed to take part in the midnight-golf experience.
Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
See Iceland from a birds eye view from above and really get a taste of this exquisite landscape and the vastness of the interior. Helicopter sightseeing tours and charter flights are available. One of the most popular sightseeing flights include a close up view of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, the magnificent Icelandic highlands with glaciers, volcanoes and geothermal areas.
Thousands of people come to Iceland annually to hike in the extremely versatile nature and alternating landscape. A number of hiking trails are in the area, ranging from long to short and hard to easy. Weather in Iceland is unpredictable, even in the summer, so make sure to always bring warm clothes, rainwear, good shoes and let others know of your travel plans. Mountain guides offer both organized hiking tours and individual guidance.
Horseback Riding in South Iceland
The Icelandic horse is one of the world's most unique horse breeds. A purebred descendant of its Viking ancestors from the 9th century, the Icelandic horse is a product of isolation and a thousand years of breeding for good riding qualities, resulting in a gentle, friendly disposition and calm manner that make them a delight for anyone to ride. Horseback riding is an all year activity.
Kayaking is available at the town of Stokkseyri. Both sea kayaking as well as kayaking on lakes and lagoons near the coast, a nature paradise with rich bird life. Fun for both families and first time kayakers alike.
The only white water jet boat company in Europe, a “must do” when in Iceland. Conveniently located on the Golden Circle route, Iceland Riverjet operates in the white water rapids of Hvita river below Gullfoss waterfall. From the moment the accelerator hits the floor your adrenaline will hit the roof! Speed through narrow basalt canyon, be exhilarated by 360 spins on the “milky white” river and jump the rapids like James Bond! While onboard, you also get to enjoy amazing scenery, open deltas, dramatic canyons, white water rapids and rich bird life. The 40 minute river ride guarantees an adrenaline rush for both young and old! Be one of many passengers who safely experienced the thrill of real white water jet boating in Iceland! The perfect add-on then you visit Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir !
River Rafting in the swirling waters of glacial rivers is a challenge as well as an unforgettable experience. The trips go through majestic canyons in several of the rivers in South Iceland. This is one of the most popular activities here in the region. The season usually starts in May and ends in late September.
There are several dive sites in Iceland in both the ocean and fresh water. Temperatures range from 2°C – 10°C so all dives are dry suit dives. One of the most popular dive sites in South Iceland is in the lava ravine Silfra. Silfra is a lava ravine in Thingvellir, the Parliament Plains, caused by the drift of the two continental plates Eurasia and America. The ravine constantly receives new groundwater that originates from the glaciers and has been filtrated through the lava for 10 – 20 years. The diving here in clear water is certainly unique, even on a global scale. Just below is the Lake Thingvallavatn, which under optimal conditions has an astonishing visibility of up to 120 meters!
For deep-sea anglers, there are fishing tours organized from various places in Iceland. Iceland's rich fishing grounds are usually only a few minutes cruise from the harbors. The boats are specially equipped for deep-sea-angling. Rods and tackle are supplied, and the fish you catch is yours. The catch mainly consists of cod, haddock, and halibut.
Skógar Folk Museum
Skógar Folk Museum was founded in 1949 on the initiative of Þórður Tómasson, the curator. He was born in 1921 and developed interest in Icelandic culture and its conservation at an early age. Together with his work at the museum, Þórður has published many books on aspects of Icelandic folk culture. In 1997 Þórður’s contribution to cultural history was recognized when he was awarded an honorary doctorate of the University of Iceland. Over 25.000 people visit this enchanting museum each year. Þórður is a charismatic character that is always well remembered by museum visitors.
Snowmobiling in Iceland
Snowmobile tours provide a unique opportunity to mix adventure and sightseeing experiences together, and are a key to a great day in Iceland. This is usually an all-year activity, in the summer you will snowmobile on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The view from the glacier top and feeling of exclusivity provide extra excitement to this activity. In high winter, depending on snow and weather conditions, the snowmobiles are sometimes moved closer to Reykjavík.
Swimming in Iceland
Make sure to bring your swimsuit. Iceland has swimming pools like no other country. Seriously. With abundant access to geothermal water, there are heated outdoor public swimming polls all around Iceland, about 120 of them. For a traveler, a geothermal dip is an ideal way to relax. Nearby towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur both have heated outdoor swimming pools open all year round.
The Saga Centre
The Saga Centre is a popular local attraction located in Hvolsvöllur. The area around the Hvolsvöllur village is the site of the dramatic Njál’s Saga, the masterpiece of an anonymous 12th century author.
The cool North Atlantic ocean is teeming with whales of various sizes and types, the most common species are the Mink whale and Porpoise. The main whale watching port in South Iceland is in the Westman Islands, just off the South Coast.