Iceland: Six of the best new developments

C&IT selects six of the best new developments for events in Iceland, including a whale exhibition and Europe's largest man-made ice tunnel.

Whales of Iceland exhibition, Reykjavik
Whales of Iceland exhibition, Reykjavik

Whales of Iceland
Whales of Iceland, one of the largest whale exhibitions in the world, opened in Reykjavik's old harbour area in February and features 23 life-size, man-made whale models. Guests can wander among the models, listening to the whale sounds in ambient lighting that creates the effect of being underwater with them. After closing time, the 1,700m2 area can seat 150 people for dinner in the main section, beneath the giant whales. Permits can be arranged for larger groups as the space can accommodate approximately 500 standing guests. The venue has already hosted a number of cocktail parties, breakfast business meetings and incentive gatherings.
whalesoficeland.is

Into the Glacier ice cave
Set high on the Langjokull ice cap, around 80 miles from Reykjavik, Europe's largest man-made ice tunnel and caves opened on 1 June offering visitors the chance to explore the glacier's five chambers, located 30m below the surface, while learning about glaciology and the effects of global warming. The tour kicks off with a ride on an eight-wheel super-truck and can take up to 80 people, three times a day until September. A revised timetable runs through the winter months. The cave room is available for hire for parties, meetings and events. The typical length of time spent in the cave is between 30 and 50 minutes.
intotheglacier.is

Wonder Wagon
Wonder Wagon is the brainchild of three Icelandic women who converted an old green bus with crystal chandeliers, scalloped curtains, paintings, sculptures and a grand piano to provide a 90-minute cultural tour of Reykjavik's art scene. Various local artists make surprise appearances en route to perform live music, read poetry and to sing traditional Icelandic songs. Guests can also expect treats, such as coffee and doughnuts. The 37-seater vehicle leaves from Harpa Concert Hall at 5pm every Friday and is available for exclusive use.

Fosshotel Reykjavik
The sleek and stylish 320-room Fosshotel Reykjavik opened in June in the business district, a short stroll from the centre. The four-star property's largest conference room, Gullfoss, can host 220 people, but can also be split into two rooms for 150 and 60 people. The Svartifoss conference room, also on the second floor, has space for a 40-person reception or 16 for a boardroom-style meeting. Another space, on the 16th floor, offers an impressive view of the capital for smaller meetings. The hotel's location is ideal for conference guests as Harpa Concert Hall and Grand Hotel Reykjavik, a big conference hotel, are nearby.
fosshotel.is

New flights to the country from the UK
Icelandair, which currently operates between Reykjavik and Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester and Glasgow, will double its services to Birmingham to four flights per week from February 2016. The new flights from Birmingham will operate each Tuesday and Saturday, in addition to the current Monday and Thursday services. The airline will also run five weekly services between Gatwick and Iceland's capital after adding a Saturday flight to its schedule in June. In the same month, WOW air launched a new, year-round Dublin-to-Reykjavik service, which will operate three times a week. In December, Easyjet launched a twice-weekly flight from Belfast International to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik Marina hotel
Located on the harbour, the Icelandair hotel Reykjavik Marina refurbished its fitness centre and added 39 new bedrooms in May, bringing the total to 158. The lobby can host up to 100 people for a conference, meeting or reception. The hotel's Slipp Cafe is perfect for brunch or coffee during the day before it becomes Slippbarinn by night, where guests can enjoy dinner, cocktails, Icelandic musicians or even stand-up comedy. The space also serves as a cosy meetings space with the bonus of a 26-seater cinema.
icelandairhotels.com/en/hotels/marina

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Email: conference@meetinreykjavik.is
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