Iceland: Incentive hotspot

Iceland's intoxicating cocktail of adventure, culture and luxury makes it perfect for incentives.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

ADVENTURE

Day 1

Check in the night before at the Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel, located only one hour from Reykjavik. The 46-room hotel has been used by brands including BMW for their all-action incentives and its location in Iceland's lava fields creates the perfect base camp for three days of pure adventure.

Spend time exploring the Hekla Volcano and Landmannalaugar Safari, before stopping off on the return journey at the Ljotipollur crater, a deep red basin surrounding a tranquil lake, which translates as 'ugly puddle'.

The nine-hour excursion ends back at the hotel where hearty Nordic cuisine is served at the Silgra restaurant followed by warming liquors and spirits in the Northern Lights bar.

Day 2

A short stop from the hotel is the Hvita river where Iceland's most popular outdoor activity, rafting, was born. The four-hour excursion takes place on the river that flows from the Langjokull glacier. The 7km stretch finishes at the Bruarhloo canyon where delegates can jump off the volcanic cliffs into the glacial river below.

Day 3

Transfer to Reykjavik city centre and check in at the stylish Alda Hotel. A 25-minute walk away is Aegisgarour pier, home to Reykjavik's Whale Watching Centre. Sea-life tours, which include the chance to see white-beaked dolphins, porpoises and humpback whales, last between two and five hours.

CULTURE

Day 1

Arrive at CenterHotel Thingholt, a stylish property located in downtown Reykjavik. The former printing factory is surrounded by the capital's most interesting attractions and some of the best Icelandic restaurants.

Iceland's fervour for food is undeniable, so start the trip with one of Reykjavik's food tours. A typical excursion starts at the Harpa Concert Hall and features seven stops, including a microbrewery, a family-run food market and the oldest cheese shop in the city.

Day 2

For an incentive with a unique twist, kick off day two at the Icelandic Phallological Museum. The only one of its kind in the world, the museum contains an array of phallic specimens of mammals, including 16 different species of whale and seven different kinds of walrus.

Day 3

Groups looking for a cultural kick must visit the Hallgrimskirkja church, one of the city's most striking landmarks.

Next up is the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, which opened in 2011 and has seen symphony orchestras from around the globe travel to perform in the state-of-the-art venue.

Enjoy pre-show drinks at Haloft, also known as Reykjavik's 'little rooftop bar', before taking in a performance in the dazzling Eldborg concert hall.

LUXURY

Day 1

The stylish, all-suite Black Pearl hotel is one of Iceland's top properties and is perfect for high-end incentive groups.

After checking in, embark on a journey to see the world-renowned Golden Circle from one of the best possible vantage points. Helicopter tours are available to view hot springs gushing from the earth, as well as some of Iceland's other natural wonders.

Day 2

The pinnacle of any trip to Iceland is a day at the Blue Lagoon. From 2,000m below the earth's surface, the warming geothermal water is accessed to create a blissful spa.

Delegates can choose from in-water massages, use of the exclusive lounge and expert tours of the natural marvel.

Day 3

End the trip with a luxury Northern Lights safari. Packages include a gourmet dinner in Reykjavik before heading to Hotel Ranga, which is known to be one of Iceland's best spots for viewing the Aurora Borealis.

Check into the hotel in the morning and make use of the property's range of outdoor experiences, from 4x4 tours to stepping behind the 65m-high Skogafoss waterfall.

DIRECTORY
Meet in Reykjavik
Contact: Sunna Thordardottir
Tel: +354 527 66 66
Email: conference@meetinreykjavik.is
Website: meetinreykjavik.is

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