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.
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
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are one of Hotel Rangá's major features. The hotel is in a geographical region that has very favourable conditions for viewing the Northern Lights. Although there is never any guarantee of seeing this wonderful natural phenomenon, the hotel is one of the best places in Iceland to experience the Aurora Borealis. See our Aurora Page for more information.
Iceland has sometimes been called the bird watcher's paradise. This activity has the advantage of costing 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 glacial ice caves. Some of Iceland's caves are easily reached. It is strongly recommended that travellers go on organized tours with experienced cave exploration guides and not embark on cave exploration without proper guidance or experience.
Dog sledding in Iceland is a fun activity and provides a unique opportunity to mix an adventure and sightseeing experience. It's time to discover the picturesque beauty of winter in Iceland – and the fun of dog sledding. This is also a popular activity for children. Dog sledding is available all year round, pending on snow and weather conditions.
Eyjafjallajökull Erupts- Visitor centre
The visitor centre at Þorvaldseyri shows you how the eruption affected the family at the farm. You will see incredible photos and dramatic film about the Eyjafjallajökull eruption.
Fly from Bakki or Hella airports over the volcano Mount Hekla and see the nearby glaciers from above or take a trip to the Westman Islands. A truly marvellous 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. Salmon fishing is highly popular and expensive in Iceland and rivers are booked well in advance. There are several rivers and lakes in South Iceland where 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 and 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), 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.
Hekla Centre Leirubakki
The Hekla Center houses a contemporary, multimedia exhibition on Mount Hekla, its history, and its influence on human life in Iceland from the time of the island’s settlement until now.
Helicopter Sightseeing Tours
See Iceland from a bird's eye view and get a real taste of the exquisite landscape and the vastness of the interior. Helicopter sightseeing tours and charter flights are available. The most popular sightseeing flights include a close-up view of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and 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. The 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.
Guided angling tours on the south coast. A local guide brings you to the beach and teaches you surffishing. The most common catch is mudshark or spiny dogfish.
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 a narrow basalt canyon, be exhilarated by 360 spins on the “milky white” river and jump the rapids like James Bond!
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 at Thingvellir, caused by the drift of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates.
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 harbours. 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 at the initiative of Þórður Tómasson, the curator. He was born in 1921 and developed an interest in Icelandic culture and its conservation at an early age. Along 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 at the University of Iceland. Over 25,000 people visit this enchanting museum each year. Þórður is a charismatic character who is always wellremembered by museum visitors.
Snowmobiling in Iceland
Snowmobile tours provide a unique opportunity to combine an adventure and sightseeing experience, 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 add an extra excitement to this activity.
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.
Swimming in Iceland
Make sure to bring your swimsuit. Iceland has swimming pools like no other country. With abundant access to geothermal water, there are heated outdoor public swimming polls all around Iceland, about 120 of them. For a traveller, a geothermal dip is an ideal way to relax. Nearby villlages 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.
In the town of Vík there´s a factory called Víkurprjón- Wikwool Factory and Woollen Goods Shop. While visiting you can also take a peek into the factory and watch the knitting machines at work.
It takes 40 minutes to go to Westman Islands, one of the best kept secrets in Iceland. You can go there on a day tour or stay there for a longer time. You can visit the Fish and Natural History Museum of Vestmannaeyjar, go on a sightseeing tour in a bus or try something more adrenaline-inducing like Rib Safari! It´s also possible to go on a sightseeing tour around the islands with a ferry without stopping on the island itself.
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.