Winter Corporate Getaways in Scandinavia
Whilst it may not be the first place that crosses your mind when you think of a corporate winter getaway, Scandinavia offers plenty to rival the most popular business destinations. Set in a beautiful, frozen landscape full of forests, lakes and unspoilt wilderness, not to mention the fabulously extended ski season, the region presents so much more than just another corporate winter getaway. Boasting an abundance of pure natural beauty, history, culture and friendly people, (most of which speak English) Scandinavia is one of Europe’s most innovative and unique regions. In fact, multiple international surveys suggest that the Scandinavians are the happiest people in the world – simply perfect for cheering up and incentivizing delegates.
If you are looking for an all round winter experience, then Scandinavia is the place to visit. The inhabitants here are all hugely into sporty pursuits such as cross-country skiing, ice-skating, ice hockey and football. They view their surrounding mountains as a fantastic playground, and regularly make the most of the fabulous terrain. Offering world-class skiing opportunities that are suitable for all abilities, the region also provides a wide selection of attractive non-skiing activities for corporate parties too, including winter cruises and of course, the incomparable Northern Lights. Personally, we can’t think of a better way to build strong and long-lasting business relationships with your top clients or team members – just remember to bring your warm clothes!
Skiing Scandinavian Style
With over 55 ski resorts in Sweden alone, Scandinavia offers the most diverse alpine setting in Europe. From resorts around the popular Swedish village of Åre to Norway’s largest alpine resort Trysil, and even Swedish Lapland, there are hundreds of places you and your team can hit the slopes.
Perfect for a range of skiing abilities, Åre’s slopes and ski accommodation are both set along the beautiful shores of a frozen lake and the resort. Located only 1.5 hours from the capital of Stockholm, the resort offers a myriad of pistes suitable for all abilities. The accommodation options here are also split across the different areas, so if you and your team are after some lively nightlife, you will want to stay in the centre and of course enjoy the legendary "after-ski" where you can savour the fine dining and icy cool cocktails on offer in the many glittering bars and restaurants. Another Scandinavian favourite is the alpine resort of Trysil the largest ski resort in Norway. With around 40 ski lifts, and over 70 km of pistes to explore, the resort is popular with all abilities for it’s variation and accessibility and also has guaranteed snow from the beginning of November through to late April.
For those that would rather explore the alternative winter activities on offer in the region, there is a vast range of options to choose from. With numerous frozen lakes dotting the landscape, corporate groups can partake in unique activities, including ice yachting, kite winging, long-distance skating and snowshoeing through the compact snow. Alternatively, a winter safari is a great way of exploring the Scandinavian wildlife. In search of moose, wolverines, wolves, brown bears and oxen, you and your fellow delegates will have to keep your eyes peeled for hoof prints whilst you trek the harsh artic landscape in a sledge.
Fancy a bit of sightseeing? A winter cruise along the Norwegian coastline, presents groups with unparalleled views of the deep fjords and towering mountains, and you will get the chance to visit remote coastal settlements such as Tromsø and Ålesund. Here you could take up the chance to stay in a remote hut for the night and reflect on your incredible surroundings.
For the more adventurous teams, how about unleashing the hunter gatherer in you by catching your dinner for the night, with a spot of frozen fishing, before racing to build your igloo bed for the night – survival of the fittest some may say! Igloo building is a great adventure and a team activity, working within small groups, teams will learn to work and communicate effectively, before warming up beside the fire to take in their achievements of the day.
Like the idea of sleeping in an igloo but not sure about building one? Not a problem. Innovative igloo villages such as Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland provide the perfect Nordic retreat for groups to settle down in or even host events or meetings. Offering free Wi-Fi, an ice bar, ice gallery, snow chapel, and the world's largest snow restaurant, groups can look forward to a comfortable stay in the glass igloos between late August and late April.
Providing a feast for the senses, the naturally occurring Northern lights occur most frequently in the skies above Scandinavia during the winter months, meaning that a seasonal break to the region is ideal for experiencing nature’s most extraordinary display. Lighting up the sky in the most incredible colours, Lapland and Sweden offer the best viewing opportunities, with possibilities to see the lights from late September to early April.
A range of fabulous offbeat accommodation options is available, promising to keep your team warm and entertained while waiting for the magic. Having become something of a local trademark, the Ice Hotel, Northern Sweden’s Jukkasjärvi Icehotel, offers a completely unique winter experience, where guests can sleep on a -5 degree ice bed, enjoy eating from ice plates and experience the peaceful tranquility offered within this completely innovative ice construction. If more than one night sounds too chilly, then you and your team could move onto a cosy log cabin for a few nights and enjoy a sledge trip out into the arctic wilderness to overlook the spectacular frozen lakes and remote hillsides. These excursions really will be the high point of your trip.
Not a fan of the cold? Not to worry. For those looking for a milder winter experience, cosy up in one of the region’s many beautiful cities. From Stockholm and Malmö to Gothenburg and Oslo, there is plenty to see and do on a winter retreat to Scandinavia. Stockholm’s old town is full of bustling medieval cobbled streets, which come alive during winter with a whole host of Christmas markets and seasonal delights to enjoy. Rows of stalls filled with handicrafts, toys, Christmas decorations and food items fill the Swedish streets and groups looking for alternative activities can also try their hand at traditional crafts such as candle making. In Gothenburg, groups can enjoy the largest Christmas party lit up by 5,000,000 (yes, million!) lights at the Liseberg amusement park. And in the far south of Sweden, the charming city of Malmö hosts several different Christmas markets as well. Combining the best of both worlds, Oslo offers plenty of adrenaline pumping winter activities from toboggan running down the 2km Korketrekkeren route to full speed sledding as well as shopping, fine dining, culture and a lively nightlife. With more than 50 museums and stunning outdoor attractions to explore, including the Akershuhs Fortress and Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo presents an exciting selection of activities with something to suit everyone. Rest assured, whichever Scandinavian city you choose, you and your team can count on an abundance of sparkling lights, beautiful decorations, vibrant bursts of colour and everything else that creates that special winter holiday feeling.
Top Entertainment Picks
For those really looking to make your corporate trip to Scandinavia a memorable one, we have some exciting corporate entertainment to hire, with our ever-increasing roster of talented acts. Based in Malmo, our experienced Cover Band performs a broad variety of jazz and soul infused music from the 60s through to the present day. Highly professional in their approach, they play music that guest’s can dance, party, mingle or just listen to. So whether you are hosting a corporate dinner, drinks reception, awards dinner or conference, Cover Band Malmo guarantee to entertain!
If you are looking for entertainment with a difference, then look no further than our mesmerising Norwegian Fiddler. Known for his incredible talents, he is also one of the most active musicians in the region and founder of several popular Norwegian - Swedish folk ensembles. Performing everything from folk music, to pop and even black metal, this extraordinary talent will leave guests at your special corporate event wanting more.
Having spent the last several years working with world-class teachers, our Norwegian Baritone offers highly sophisticated and elegant entertainment for your next corporate function or drinks reception. Based in Oslo, this classical mastermind, guarantees to blow guests away with his unbelievable vocal range and highly moving performances.