A classic log cabin-style lodge in southern Iceland, around an hour from Reykjavik, Hotel Ranga makes for a warm and cosy retreat on a windswept plain. It’s decorated with a whole host of quirky pieces from around the world, like surfboards, zebra skins and a 10-foot tall polar bear named Hrammur. Three outdoor hot tubs are filled with geothermal water, overlooking the East Ranga River.
Rooms start from around €299 (about A$420) per night.
Ion Adventure Hotel
This sleek, bold hotel is in the middle of the popular Golden Circle route, jutting sharply out of an icy hillside. Interiors are decorated with driftwood, lava and concrete, and photographs of Icelandic ponies adorn the walls. The private geothermal spa features water pumped straight from the nearby volcanic hot springs.
Rooms start from around ISK48,600 (about A$575) per night.
A self-contained lodge in the Golden Circle, Ulfljotsskali is operated by Iceland Luxury Lodges. There are nine bedrooms and seven bathrooms, along with an outdoor hot tub, firepit, sauna, gym and plenty of open plan living space. It’s a great option for families or groups looking for the space and luxury of a private home.
The lodge is priced from US$2200 (about A$2900) per night.