Aurora Borealis photography workshop in Iceland in February 2014

William Chua Photography conducted 2 photography workshops in Iceland in February 2014.
There was a total of 27 photo enthusiasts from both the groups; mainly from Singapore, and some from Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

Each group spent 2 amazing nights in Hotel Rangá with great view of the Northern ligths right outside their rooms.

In these two videos you can see the outcome:

Nice Video: Iceland – Nature’s Playground

Here is a very nice time-lapse video made by Shannon Avery of Hoo Films. The video provides some great images of various locations in South Iceland near Hotel Rangá. The video includes magnificent images of the northern lights as seen from Hotel Rangá (min 0:53 and min 1:48). The northern lights can be seen in Iceland from late August until mid April every year. Check out our northern lights special offer, the Age of Aurora special on our website.

 

27 Reasons Iceland Is The Most Wonderful Country To Ever Exist

This list was posted last weekend by Suzy Strutner in The Huffington Post.

Have a look and please tell us if you have tried or seen the places on this list.

27 Reasons Iceland Is The Most Wonderful Country To Ever Exist.

2013-2014 Hotel Rangá Northern Lights Photo Contest

It’s time to announce the winners for the 2013-2014 Hotel Rangá Northern Lights Photo Contest!
We received entries from 46 photographers who submitted over 150 photographs. The jury, consisting of two professional photographers and three staff members, reviewed the entries and selected the “best photograph” and another entry as the “most original”. In addition there was one photograph that received the most likes on Facebook.
We would like to thank all the competitors for the participation in the photo contest.

Here below you can see the photos that won.

This photo was selected as the best photo. Taken by Laurent Lacroix 21.02.2014 This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland www.hotelranga.is

This photo was selected as the best photo.
Taken by Laurent Lacroix 21.02.2014
This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland http://www.hotelranga.is

This photo was selected as the most original photo. Taken by Tom Allen 28.01.14 This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland www.hotelranga.is

This photo was selected as the most original photo.
Taken by Tom Allen 28.01.14
This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland http://www.hotelranga.is

This photo received the most likes on Facebook Taken by Daryl Wilson 02.01.2014 This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland www.hotelranga.is

This photo received the most likes on Facebook
Taken by Daryl Wilson 02.01.2014
This photograph was taken at Hotel Rangá in South Iceland http://www.hotelranga.is

 

Hotel Rangá Awarded Seven International Hotel Awards

Hotel Rangá received seven awards including the World’s Best Resort Hotel from the International Hotel Awards sponsored by EY and Virgin Atlantic.  Hotel Rangá competed against a number of hotels and resorts from every corner of the world to receive this top recognition. The finest hoteliers from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, the UK and the Americas gathered at the glamorous Grosvenor House Hotel in London in November to attend a gala reception and award ceremony to hear the long-anticipated results of the International Hotel Awards global competition.

World’s Best awards are given out to the world’s most impressive hotels for a variety of categories. A highly experienced team of professionals who cover the whole range of hospitality disciplines judged entries and selected winners. The chairman of the judging panel is Sir David Michels, retired CEO of Hilton Hotels.

To obtain the World’s Best award, a hotel must first be successful competing against entrants in its own country and obtaining the regional award as well. Hotel Rangá therefore received the International Hotel Awards as Best Resort Hotel in Iceland and Best Resort Hotel in Europe prior to winning the World’s Best Resort Hotel award.

Other awards received by Hotel Rangá include the Best Sustainable Hotel in Europe and Iceland awards, but the hotel management has made sustainability a priority in recent years. Hotel Rangá also received awards at the country level as the Best Hotel in Iceland and Best Hotel Website in Iceland.

Everyone at Hotel Rangá is of course delighted and extremely proud of this recognition by the International Hotel Awards. This tells us that we are doing something right, and we see this as an encouragement to do even better in the future.

Northern Light Photo Contest

We are starting a photo contest and the subject is Hotel Rangá and the Northern Lights. The period of the contest is from the 1st of September 2013 to the 15th of April 2014. All photos taken on this period of time are valid in the contest. 1st of May the jury, that consists of 2 professional photographers as well as 3 staff members of the hotel, will announce the best photo. All photos must be sent by e-mail to hotelranga@hotelranga.com with information about the photographer and what date the photo was taken. We reserve the right to publish all photos on our Facebook page and our website with the name of the photographer.

The price for the winner will be gift certificate for 2 nights stay in a Suite with breakfast buffet and dinner both evenings. The winner will be welcomed with chocolate covered strawberries and pre drink upon arrival to the hotel.

We will also announce two other winners; for the photo that gets most likes on Facebook and the most original photo. Both of the winners will receive a gift certificate for one night stay in a Deluxe room with breakfast buffet and 4 course luxury dinner.

Iceland number 3 on the list of 10 best places to live for escaping world conflict

In the article they say:

Iceland, of course, has no borders, has remote locations, is stable as a country and has virtually no world enemies. Its people are happy and the nation always ranks highly on the Global Peace Index. If world conflict erupts, Iceland is one of the few stable nations in the world unlikely to get caught up in the middle.

Read the whole article here: 10 Best Places to Live for Escaping World Conflict Travel Article at Expatify.

Hotel Rangá as a wedding destination

Hotel Rangá is a popular destination for couples from all around the world. The hotel specializes in weddings among other things and is also a great honeymoon destination.

The Me & My Wedding page recently featured Hotel Rangá as a part of their coverage of the Great Hotels of the World member hotels that are great honeymoon and wedding destinations. See the article here.

The Lights and Nights of Reykjavik

Great article on the New York Times that reminds us that Iceland is an all year around destination. While the Iceland summer, with its almost 24 hour daylight is magical, the winter in Iceland certainly has its appeal. This article is mainly about what to do in the Reykjavik capitol area, but there are bunch of things to do and see in the countryside. Getting out of town, away from the light pollution, will increase your chances of seeing the magical Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis for instance. And exploring the waterfalls and glaciers of South Iceland in their winter costumes can be a great experience. Hotel Rangá specializes in the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights season runs from early September to April. Check out our current Northern Lights special offer.

Northern Light Webcam

The northern lights webcam is up again at Hotel Rangá!  For several years we have had a web camera outside Hotel Rangá pointed in the direction where the northern lights most often appear. It was very popular with our website visitors and very often caught a great view of the aurora borealis flickering over Hotel Rangá. The camera broke last winter, but today we’re happy to report that we’re up and running again! The new camera has already seen some aurora action. You can view it here: Northern Light Webcam

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