It might be counterintuitive to call a place with the word “ice” in it hot, but known as “The Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland has all the makings for a memorable and magical meeting or incentive destination. Named the number one emerging destination and a top millennial destination for 2018 by Virtuoso, Iceland boasts natural beauty, invigorating culture and boundless opportunities for adventure.
Situated conveniently between North America and Europe, Iceland has grown to be quite the accessible location. With daily flights from both continents, travel is easy. A flight from the east coast is five hours long, and from Europe, only two to three. With Reykjavík offering its impressive Harpa Conference Centre, planners will be impressed by the mandatory logistical options the city hosts, including nearby hotels, venues, restaurants and museums.
But the draw and appeal of Iceland lays in its rich cultural and natural experiences. Activity options abound including ice climbing, snowmobiling, river rafting, caving, waterfalls, geothermal pools, hot springs and volcanoes—truly offering both fire and ice experiences for visitors.
Even with all these options, there are some must-do experiences when visiting the wonder-filled island.
A quick drive from the airport, or about 40 minutes away from Reykjakík, sits the Blue Lagoon, one of the most famous geothermal pools in the world. Providing hot, mineral-rich, icy blue waters, this natural wonder provides a beautiful backdrop for some spa time. There are many organized tours that make it easy to treat your attendees to this unique experience.
The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, are a prime example of Iceland’s magical appeal. During the winter, this phenomenon casts magnificent colors across the horizon. On a clear night, viewers will experience the milky green, and sometimes multi-colored, lights painted across the sky. There are many tour companies that offer a variety of excursions, from boat tours to coach trips.
The Golden Circle
This ever popular tour route combines three astonishing sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. All within two hours of Reykjavík, this makes a great tour to see three splendid and unique sites of the island. Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers spectacular views of geological masterpieces. Driving along the way to Geysir, guests might see some volcanic activity on their way to the geothermal area. Although Geysir itself rarely erupts, the nearby Strokkur erupts about every ten minutes. To round out the tour, only ten minutes from Geysir, is one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, Gullfoss. Go on a sunny day and you might end the circle with some beautiful rainbows.
Two hours from Reykjavík, this area is rich in Viking history. Stop in the Arnarstapi fishing village or meander through the charming Dutch-style homes in Stykkisholmur. This peninsula is also home to cliffs, black sand beaches and Snæfellsjökull National Park, where you can explore a petite glacier. For Game of Thrones fans, don’t forget to stop by Kirkjufell (a mountain featured in the show).