Now you can star gaze at Hotel Ranga with their new super-strength telescopes!

By Abigail Collins | Blog, Iceland Holidays, Northern Lights Holidays, Seginfo Northern Lights Facts for Iceland, Seg info Iceland Northern Lights Holidays | Posted 03 Jul 2014

Hotel Ranga has invested in a wonderful addition to their hotel; An Astronomical Observatory !

Whilst Hotel Ranga is already on its own in a rural area away from artificial light they have built the observatory, with its roll back roof, about 150 m away from the main hotel so as to minimise any light interference from the hotels lights.

With these high magnification telescopes you can see amazing detail on Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and even some details on Mars. Even a glimpse of the far off Uranus and Neptune are possible !

During daylight hours a solar telescope with a white light filter can be used for solar observing. You will have a fantastic view of the Sun and can observe sunspots in great detail and activity such as prominences and filaments which are the flares which are the start of Northern Lights Activity.

It can take up to 30 people and has 2 high quality 11 inch computerised telescopes. We are told it is the most advanced observatory in Iceland !

Star Gazing

The 2 main telescopes at Hotel Ranga observatory

The Orion Nebula seen from a telescope at Hotel Ranga in Iceland

The Hotel Ranga Star Observatory

So now even your Northern Lights trip just got even better!


About Abigail Collins

Abigail has spent 20 years in Marketing and Product Development, and over 25 years avidly travelling around the globe. New experiences are her passion and as a result her travel has been as varied as partying at the Carnival in Brazil, Hiking in the Yukon, diving in the Cocos Islands and living with an Aboriginal community in Australia.

Creating unique new breaks with new experiences is her forte!

As a result of her experience in travel Abigail has worked on some of the more unusual or long haul breaks such as Jordan, Slovenia, India, Istanbul and Iceland.

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