Today, we’ll continue our exploration of the Nordic countries of Northern Europe, a region with fjords, lakes, glaciers, ice fields, icebergs and spectacular natural wonders (e.g. Midnight Sun, the Aurora Borealis and Polar Night).
Rugged adventures for corporate groups are available throughout the region. In Iceland and Finland, groups can relax to luxurious accommodation and meet in venues with first class amenities and state-of-the-art audio-visual support.
There is a widespread misconception that this area is a perpetual winter wonderland but Iceland, Greenland and Finland are destinations for all seasons.
Due to the warmth of the North Atlantic current, in July & August, temperatures reach an average high of 14 °C (57 °F) in some parts of Iceland.
In warmer months, river rafting, lava cave exploration, kayaking, mountain biking, jeep safaris, and quad bike adventures can be arranged for corporate events Snorkeling in Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park is reputed to be an unforgettable experience.
Experiences that are not to be missed include whale watching and exploring the countryside on Icelandic horses with their 5 unique gaits.
Winter activities include snowmobiling, ice climbing, and ice carving. How many ways can corporate groups explore a glacier? Land on a glacier during a helicopter tour. Go snowboarding. Enjoy a glacier feast. Take glacier ride in ATVs or snowmobiles. Go for a glacier walk or hike.
Places to Stay: In addition to the hotels we identified in our Iceland Incentive Travel feature, groups can choose from Glymur Resort and a number of Icelandair Hotels listed on the Cvent Supplier Network (e.g. Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura).
While your group is in Greenland, adventures that await you include dog sledding, and musk ox safaris.
Truly adventurous groups can challenge themselves with heli boarding or heli-skiing on a glacier or mountain.
Helicopter tours of the ice fjords and visits to the glacier at Ilulissat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, can be built into a winter itinerary.
In the summer, Ilulissat's giant icebergs can be visited by boat. Hiking, trekking (from camp to camp), whale watching, and soaking in a hot spring are all possible in the summer.
Places to Stay: Hotel Arctic, the world's most northern 4 star hotel, has a conference room overlooking the Ilulissat Ice Fjord that can accommodate up to 120 participants for business meetings. Hotel Kangerlussuaq has 70 rooms offering basic accommodation. There are meeting facilities for 70 people. Reindeer and musk ox can be spotted nearby and it is an ideal location to see the Aurora Borealis and the Midnight Sun. Hotel Hvide Falk offers three star accommodation in 40 rooms and nine apartments.
According to Visit Finland, to take advantage of the endless days, festivals, camping, and cycling are among Finland’s top five summer activities . Horse riding, windsurfing, hover crafting, canoeing, and even skydiving are possible during the summer. The summer is also an ideal time to visit medieval towns. Sailing is also very popular. Believe it or not, this photo was taken at midnight.
In the winter, groups can spend time skiing, skating, swimming in a frozen lake, and ice fishing. Dog sledding and snowmobiling also provide an opportunity to explore the rugged terrain. An ice sculpturing contest is guaranteed to energize any group.
Places to Stay: In addition to Naantali Spa Hotel, Hotel Haven, Hotel Kamp, and Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki, Finland has unique snow and ice hotels. Snow Village provides unique winter accommodation in Finland.
I met with Rami Kurtakko, one of the founders, when he was in Montreal last winter developing Snow Village Canada. We discussed how Snow Village Finland was developed and you can read what he shared on that blog entry.
Through the glass enclosed domes at Hotel & Igloo Village Kakslauttanen, guests can view the Northern Lights as they dose off at the end of a day filled with invigorating Nordic adventures.
Photo Credits: visiticeland.com, ilovegreenland.com, visitfinland.com