The land of fire and ice

Iceland's majestic scenery, geothermal geysers and springs, waterfalls are a photographer's dream. While I was there, I had the pleasure to photograph two hotels in 360°--the very first businesses in Iceland to have their spaces launched on Google Street View | Trusted.


Hotel Ranga becomes the first hotel in Iceland to be featured on Google Street View


While photographing Hotel Ranga, I had the great pleasure to be a guest there and experience the place intimately. It's an incredibly unique hotel with plenty of character, that knows the meaning of hospitality. I can't say enough good things about our stay there. To start, the place is absolutely gorgeous and the rooms are comfortable, uniquely decorated (each painted with a themed mural that ties in with the locale). All rooms feature amazing views of the Ranga River, Eyjafjallajokull volcano to the East and miles of countryside with wildlife coming and going. Dining is spectacular, not only the scenery but the gourmet dishes make for really difficult choosing (you can't go wrong). Above all, Fridrik and staff were incredibly welcoming and pleasant, to a level I have never before experienced in travelling the world. It made our Iceland trip memorable.

The refined yet cosy Hotel Ranga can now be explored from your computer or smartphone in full 360° via Google Street View. Check out the reception that has a 10-foot tall polar bear named Hrammur, the bar with the "leggy" stools, the dining room offering stunning views of the Ytri River, the stargazing observatory, and of course, the one-of-a-kind suites that are decorated in the theme of different continents around the world.

In the news: 

Iceland's most luxurious country hotel now offers Google map street view >>

Take a walk through!

Hotel Ranga offers stunning views from each and every one of its rooms. They face the Ytri River and in the distance you can see the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, which erupted in 2010 and grounded hundreds of thousands of passengers around the world.

Views of the Ytri River

The timelapse video below is taken from inside one of the rooms, from 7pm to 11pm and provides some amazing cloud formations.

More photos coming soon.