Why I love... Iceland for events

Matt Curran, director at Chew Events, talks about his favourite hotels, restaurants, meeting venues and activities in Iceland.

Chew Events director Matt Curran was 'blown away' by Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik
Chew Events director Matt Curran was 'blown away' by Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavik

Hotels

I would recommend the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica, which is very close to the city centre. Although it's very modern, it fits in with that Icelandic style and doesn't seem like a typical Hilton product. It's a very contemporary hotel with fantastic rooms and its own on-site nightclub, and it's within walking distance of the main strip.

We took a 90-minute drive out of the city to the beach where we camped underneath the Northern Lights. We used a nearby cave as a nightclub with our very own bar and DJ.

Activities

The Super Jeeps was a great experience, organised by local DMC HL Adventure. The 4x4s have been developed to travel in extreme weather conditions and it meant we could drive up to the glaciers where the Blue Lagoon is located and enjoy a tour of the Golden Circle.

The Blue Lagoon itself was also a really special experience. We put on facial masks made of clay from the mountains and just relaxed in the hot springs. It's also a fully functioning venue with meeting space and facilities for private dinners on site.

Restaurants

The marina in Reykjavik is famous for its fish and groups can take boats trips out to sea to catch their dinner for the evening. There are several restaurants along the marina that offer this for groups and it's fantastic. The fish are so fresh it seems they have practically jumped out of the sea and straight into the restaurant.

Meeting venues

Although we only went for a lunch, Harpa, Reykjavik's concert hall, blew us away. The event space it has to offer is amazing and the theatre itself is a great blend of weird and wonderful. In 2018, Marriott will open a new luxury hotel under the Edition brand, which will be next door to Harpa.

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