Adventures in the north - beyond the arctic circle

As a backdrop to any business meeting or conference, there can be few sights more impressive than those on offer in the far north of Norway. Inside the Arctic Circle, the Midnight Sun illuminates the breathtaking scenery twenty four hours a day, and perhaps you might be fortunate enough to glimpse the aurora borealis, better known as the Northern Lights, painting an eerie and otherworldly picture above distant, snow-topped peaks. What better way to take a break after a long day of meetings than to sail between the Lofoten Islands, voted the third most appealing islands in the world by a National Geographic Commission panel? If in doubt about activities for a group of business guests, why not try deep-sea fishing at Henningsvær, or swim with killer whales before sitting back and finishing it all off with traditional Viking food at the Lofotr Viking Museum at Borg?

The far north of Norway is surely one of Europe’s most exciting settings for a business meeting. Participants can rely on top-class facilities, allied to unusual out-of-hours choices. The beautiful island group, Lofoten, is a particular highlight and a popular choice for business travellers. Picture postcard villages made up of pretty, coloured wooden houses provide a tranquil setting, but really, these are just the beginning. Visitors can take advantage of “The Best of the Arctic” tour, with elements specifically aimed at conference guests, and experience Norway’s most varied scenery and climate. “The Best of the Arctic” involves cooperation between a number of entrepreneurs and organizations intent on providing a package of experience tailor-made for each group according to budget and time available. A number of available packages include meetings with the local Sami culture, a killer whale safari or a tour of some of Norway’s northernmost and most pristine fjords by boat. Details of this and other activities for business in the Lofoten region are presented on the website of Destination Lofoten AS, the region’s joint promotional body – www.lofoten.info.

The Ideal Backdrop
Elsewhere in the north of Norway, businesses and organizations can take advantage of a region capable of delivering high quality corporate tours and convenient meeting facilities. In the Nordland region, businesses can take advantage of a number of group activities designed specifically to allow participants to work together and meet challenges as a team. Saivo AS organizes wilderness courses and training, including navigation by map and compass, setting up camps, and perhaps hunting with or without dogs; another option might be to take a historical perspective and hold a meeting at Solum Gård Estate, where in times past business, politics and fish have been discussed in the same time honoured manner. Whatever the decision, businesses and organizations can rest assured that northern Norway can provide an utterly unique setting.

Northern Norway rewards visitors with some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.
© Helge Grønmo

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