Perfect pitch: Nordic highlights

C&IT compares the C&I offering in three Nordic cities - Oslo, Stockholm and Helsinki.

Oslo, Norway ©iStockphoto.com
Oslo, Norway ©iStockphoto.com

Oslo

Why?

Norway’s capital has it all, whether you’re taking a group of thrill seekers for a week on the slopes, a team of CEOs to sample Scandinavia’s greatest spas or a large gathering of delegates for a pan European conference. With 200 international flights a day and loads to explore, Oslo is an enticing prospect for anyone.

Hotels

The 37-storey Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel Oslo is one of the city’s largest hotels, not only for room numbers but for event space, too. The 676-room property is complemented by 30 meeting rooms, the largest of which holding up to 1,095 delegates. Alternatively, The Thief is a chic five-star offering with 118 rooms and great views of Oslo’s canals from its rooftop bar.

Activities

The Oslo Winter Park is just a short 30-minute drive from the city centre and with 18 slopes and 11 lifts it’ll be a struggle to get delegates off the snow come the evening. Perfect for the warmer months, groups can charter a Norwegian yacht to tour around the vast Olsofjord and take day trips to the surrounding islands where a day of activities including kayaking and fishing await.

Stockholm

Why?

As one of Europe’s most beautiful and charismatic capitals, Stockholm has plenty for event planners to consider from grandiose hotels to enchanting dinner venues, as well as being a hub of knowledge and expertise for multiple industries.

Hotels:

Perched on the bank of the Norrstro¨m River is the 140-year-old Grand Hotel Stockholm. The five- star, 330-room property is a two-minute walk away from Stockholm’s Royal Palace and is the city’s most elegant and cultural offering for both accommodation and events. At the centre of the city’s vibrant waterfront is the 82-room boutique, The Berns Hotel, which as well as offering a 2,000-capacity venue for events, sits above one of Stockholm’s top nightclubs.

Activities:

A trip to Stockholm wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the world-renowned Abba Museum where visitors can try their hand as the fifth member of the group through a range of interactive activities.


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Helsinki

Why?

Helsinki is a city full of landmarks and charm, with its unforgettable white cathedral towering above the famous Senate Square in the attractive Tori Quarter. It is also one of the world’s greenest (and cleanest) metropolises with more than a third of the city covered in parks and green areas. Nearly the entire city is surrounded by sea, making the Finnish capital one of the most picturesque on the continent.

Hotels:

The five-star 238-room Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa is a renowned business hotel with a long history of hosting international conferences. While the largest space can host up to 1,800 delegates, more than
15 other breakout spaces can take groups from 30 to 600. Hotel Ka¨mp is a deluxe five-star in the heart of the city. Its neo-classical architecture houses 179 rooms within a few minutes of the harbour.

Activities:

Helsinki is incredibly cycle-friendly meaning groups can tackle all the best sights in a day from the Design District to To¨o¨lo¨nlahti Beach. 

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