Today, we’ll take a quick tour of Northern Europe in search of special and corporate event ideas. We have previously discussed the fact that this is a region of unique natural phenomenon like the Midnight Sun, the Aurora Borealis and Polar Night, hot springs, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, glaciers, geysers and caves provide a stunning backdrop for exhilarating team events.
Culinary events with a delightful Danish twist give corporate groups an opportunity to make and sample open-face sandwiches and Danish pastries. For dining, groups won’t want to miss a dinner cruise on a canal or sample the cuisine at Chef Rene Redzepi’s Noma Restaurant, considered to be the world’s best dining establishment.
In Denmark, its more than 100 breweries, brewery tours and activities that revolve around beer-making are a natural fit for programs. For example, Visit Carlsberg introduces groups to Denmark’s brew master tradition through a tour of the visitor’s center, Carlsberg museum, cellars and Green House. There may be an opportunity to visit the stables to see the Jutland horses that have traditionally pulled the Carlsberg beer wagons or see the horses grazing in the paddocks near the Green House.
In honor of Denmark’s Viking tradition, there are Viking ship museums as well as an annual Viking Day.
Event venues include castles, manor houses and parks like Copenhagen’s world-famous Tivoli Gardens. During the winter, ICEHOTEL operates Icebar Copenhagen. In Odense, groups can visit the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, the Carl Nielsen Museum in honor of the composer and his wife sculptress Ane Marie Nielson and Funen Village that gives visitors into life in a 19th-century Danish Village. Legoland is another popular attraction and Lego challenges are always popular with corporate teams
Summer adventures include fjord cruises, wildlife safaris, horse riding, rafting, scuba diving, rock climbing, hang-gliding, parachuting, paragliding and diving.
Viking experiences in Norway include visits to the Viking Ships Museum Oslo and Lofotr Viking Museum. The annual Olav Festival includes a medieval market, theater, concerts and art.
In the winter, visitors can take advantage of Norway’s extensive network of cross country skiing tracks. Other activities include downhill skiing, snowboarding, glacier walks, snowscooter adventures. and ice climbing.
In Swedish Sapmi (previously called Swedish Lapland), visitors can see moose and reindeer in their natural habitat. Dog sledding, snowmobile tours, ice sculpting and ice driving are available in Sapmi near Jukkasjarvi, the location of ICEHOTEL and Icebar Jukkasjarvi. (There is also an Icebar in Stockholm.) A smaller version of ICEHOTEL Jukkasjarvi is now open during the summer when the midnight sun is shining. Summer adventures include horse riding, ATV safaris, river rafting, canoeing, hunting and fishing. We’ve previously discussed activities that groups can enjoy under the midnight sun in Sweden.
Plantagon, a sustainable agricultural ecosystem in a geodesic dome, will take shape in Sweden.