Poetic Guests

On June 20th we announced a poetry competition about Hotel Rangá across our social media platforms. We got more submissions than we could have dreamed off – over 100 poems on Facebook alone.


There were so many great submissions that we ended up doubling the prize, giving two poets a gift certificate for the hotel and restaurant rather than just one. If you don’t read Icelandic you can try putting them through good old Google Translate. You’ll get the gist of it but frankly, it won’t do it justice.


Ljúfir dagar líða hratt

lífsins við að njóta.

Hlýja, fegurð, hjarta glatt,

himinstjörnur þjóta.


Landið fagurt, lax í á,

leyndir draumar rætast.

Veisluföngin vinir dá,

varir heitar mætast.


Tvítug áfram tiplar sátt,

tímans vegir færir.

Hótel Rangá hefur mátt,

heillar, seiðir, nærir.

Guðfinna Rúnarsdóttir



Ætti ég, um eitthvert pláss að velja

yrði varla lengi að hugsa um það.

á Hótel Rangá helst eg vildi dvelja

höfðinglegum unaðsdvalarstað.

Páll Eyþór Jóhannsson