FAM Trip Norway, December 2015
Let me introduce you to Tromsø ….the gateway to the Artic Experience!
I recently had the pleasure of participating in a wonderful action packed programme in Tromsø, Norway that showcased some superb winter experiences, in an amazing city high above the Arctic Circle. If you are considering Norway for your next conference destination then take the time to visit and experience what Tromsø has to offer. It’s definitely at the top of my list and perfect for meetings, conferences and incentives.
Departing from Gatwick Airport on a mild November afternoon, a small group of event buyers and professionals were brought together by Innovation Norway in partnership with Visit Tromsø, Visit Norway, Norway Convention Bureau and Norwegian Airlines to experience an action packed four day Arctic Experience. On arrival at our destination airport in Tromsø and after a quick transfer, we checked into the modern Clarion Hotel The Edge, recently opened in May 2014 and the largest conference hotel in Tromsø. After a relaxing dinner at the hotel that evening we were all looking forward to the action packed days ahead and experience what Tromsø had to offer.
Over the weekend we saw a great selection of hotels and venues that all offered something different depending on your requirements and brief. Some standout favourites for me were the Clarion Hotel the Edge where we were based over the three days, the Scandic Ishavshotel and the Sommarøy Arctic Hotel. This charming hotel and resort is located just under an hour’s drive West of Tromsø and nestled beside the sea on the outer coast. We were also lucky enough to experience some fantastic activities across the 3 days including a day trip to Day trip to Camp Tamok where we experienced husky dog sledging and an exhilarating snow mobile trek. One of the highlights for me has to be the Whale Safari where we lucky to see Orca and Hump Back Whales followed by a very special evening chasing the Northern Lights which finally made their appearance after a week of bad weather.We couldn’t believe our luck as we witnessed a truly spectacular show and a very special moment!
As FAM Trips go, Tromsø for me has to be one of the best overseas educational trips that I have attended over the many years of participating in FAM Trips and an absolute must as a MICE destination!