The man who “ran April” and got a hotel room

Updated: Jun 19, 2019

Sigurður Bjarnason is no April fool. He was well aware of the date, when on April first, he heard an interview on the radio with hotelier Friðrik Pálsson about free rooms, that very evening, for the 20 first callers. It seemed to good to be true but yet, Sigurður couldn’t resist.


Our little April Fool’s trick was a part of our 20th anniversary celebration which will continue throughout the year.

“My wife and I have stayed at Hotel Rangá a few times through the years. We’ve made it a habit to go somewhere, just the two of us for a cozy night away a couple of times a year,” he says adding that he keeps his eye out for special offers at hotels around the country. “We are always on the lookout for Hotel Rangá.”

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Sigurður thought to himself that he had nothing to lose and dialed Hotel Rangá’s number, asking if they were actually going to make him “run april” all the way from his home in Akranes. The receptionist assured him this was no joke: if he showed up, he would get a free room for the night.


Sigurður and his wife were one of the lucky ones that got a free hotel room on 1st of April.

“My wife didn’t believe it,” Sigurður says with a laugh. “I was also a bit sceptical, frankly I didn’t feel sure until we got there, but I decided to just go for it – if it turned out to be a hoax I would at least get a funny story out of it.”


Of course, Hotel Rangá came through and Sigurður says the couple had a wonderful time.

“It’s always great to visit Rangá. The rooms are great and the food was first class. We really enjoyed ourselves.”


Our little April Fool’s trick was a part of our 20th anniversary celebration which will continue throughout the year.

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