Rangá Recommends: December 2018

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Where to go, what to do and how to dress for the Icelandic weather.


The Christmas decorations are up. Photo by Matt Cass.

Playing dress up

All that was said in our recommendations for November still goes: It’s getting cold out there folks so make sure you dress accordingly. There’s even been a bit of snow recently so if you get caught in a snowball fight or want to build a snowman you better bring some good gloves. Another great stocking stuffer is a pair of Icelandic wool socks that will keep your feet warm and toasty while watching the northern lights.


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Even Hrammur, our polar bear, dresses up for christmas

Since we are now in the holiday seasons, it might be helpful to know that Icelanders tend to dress up a bit more than many neighboring nations. If you are headed to a Christmas party, a cocktail dress or a nice shirt are the custom but don’t fret if you aren’t comfortable with dressing up. As long as you dress a step above pajamas or athletic attire, Icelanders won’t mind your outfit.

Legend has it that children who don’t get new clothes on Christmas eve will be eaten by the Christmas Cat.

Oh, and by the way, legend has it that children who don’t get new clothes on Christmas eve will be eaten by the Christmas Cat. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.


Food glorious food

At Hotel Rangá, Christmas equals eating. Our Scandinavian Christmas buffet, runs Fridays and Saturdays in December and is an event no foodie can miss. We start of with mulled wine and from there you can feast on Icelandic Christmas delicacies such as the smoked leg of lamb, leafbread (a traditional deep-fried patterned wafer) or Christmas herring, a Scandi tidbit.


Final touches before the guests arrive. Picture: Matt Cass

Burn baby burn

If you are joining us over the new year, talk to reception about events on New Years eve. Icelanders tend to go a bit crazy with the fireworks and there might be a good place around for a display but you could also attend the bonfire at neighboring village Hvolsvöllur, where children run around with sparklers and people sing as they bid the old year farewell and greet 2019 with a cheer.


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