An Overview of Corporate Events in Scandinavia
Well known as a region full of unique natural phenomenon, Scandinavia is blessed with the colourful Northern Lights, the Midnight Sun and a stunning backdrop that includes an abundance of mountains, lakes, hot springs and caves. With this in mind, Scandinavia can provide an extraordinary location for event professionals looking to host a corporate hospitality event, product launch, a sales meeting, team building event and much more.
From unique team building experiences that include building an igloo and watching the Northern lights to exploring Stockholm’s archipelago of 14 islands, Scandinavia offers a wonderful mix of culture, landscape and business opportunities. Did we also mention that the Scandinavian are renowned for their friendliness and reliability?
Below, we take a little look at some of the most popular cities and venues to host a corporate event in Scandinavia.
Perfect for a seminar, product launch or convention, Stockholm is a great location to both work hard and play hard. A lively city, it boasts 150 museums, 60 theatres and 100 galleries all supported by a thriving nightlife and buzzing restaurant culture. Regularly referred to as the “Venice of the North” Stockholm is built on 14 islands, each with their own distinct character and offering an impressive choice of 220 hotels. So, if you’re feeling adventurous, there is a fantastic opportunity for you and your team to island hop and explore the archipelago with a crew on a sailboat or kayak from island to island.
Not forgetting this is a business trip, the city presents an array of top venues to host seminars and conferences, all of which are located a short distance away from the centre. The City Conference Centre, located in the heart of Stockholm, has an impressive 50 conference and meeting rooms, making it the largest centrally-located meeting venue in Scandinavia. Along with its central location and availability to accommodate anything from 10 to nearly 1,400 people, visitors will also find one of Stockholm's most popular nightclubs and Cabaret here, a restaurant that is designed for 150-550 guests.
It’s not difficult to see why the Swedish capital is so popular with businesses and tourists alike. As the first ever winner of the European Green Capital award, Stockholm has adopted a unique approach to sustainability, with 60% of the city space given to green spaces or water. There is a high-speed rail link from Arlanda airport to the centre of Stockholm, connecting travellers in just 20 minutes.
Fast becoming a well-established business hub, the Danish city of Copenhagen is perfect for the international business traveller. Located at the crossroads of Scandinavia and the Baltic Region, the metropolitan city is geographically located at the heart of all transport routes and in turn, is an extremely attractive area for business and event professionals.
Known as the “Capital of Sustainable Meetings” Copenhagen is another well-established green city with 52% of the inhabitants commuting by bicycle every day and 71 % of the city’s hotel rooms are eco-certified. In addition to this, the city’s history of corporate meetings is so green, that whether it was your aim or not, your corporate meeting will most likely be a green one!
Great conference spaces here include The Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, a conference hotel that is able to host up to 1,750 guests and boasts an impressive three ballrooms and 13 meeting rooms, all equipped with state of the art technology. In addition to this, the Ballerup Building, is situated amongst Denmark's largest concentration of research and hi-tech companies. This meeting space offers 24-hour access to facilities including Sky TV and is close to major rail, bus and road routes into Copenhagen.
As a historical city, Copenhagen homes plenty of copper roof buildings, spires, fountains, statues and squares. Key places of interest, perfect for a corporate incentive trip include the Vikingland tour, a royal tour to the Christianborg Palace, Rosenborg Castle and Amalienborg Palace. If you are looking for a team building activity then Copenhagen Air Experience is a completely unique sensation that will leave every participant with something to talk about long after returning! Delegates could also take in a brewery tour, which includes the famous Carlsberg and Tuborg breweries.
Not forgetting the city’s famous nightlife, Copenhagen is brimming with jazz clubs, dance clubs and world-famous dance performers. The selection is in fact so wide that the first morning restaurants open to coincide with closing time at 5 am!
A superb choice for corporate incentive travel, a visit to Lapland will never be forgotten. The northernmost region of Finland, Lapland provides an utterly unique setting for your corporate function or event.
Set in an uncommercialised Arctic location, delegates can be entertained with a trip to a snow castle, a unique reindeer ride and a spot of igloo building. Corporate team building can also be pushed to its limits with ice driving activities, as guests slip, slide and skid their way through 25km of frozen lake track to see who crosses the line first! Not forgetting the famous Northern Lights - Lapland is one of the best destinations to view the awe-inspiring displays of swirling colours and dancing ribbons of light.
As if this wasn’t enough, Lapland is also home to the famous ICEHOTEL where visitors get the once in a lifetime opportunity to sleep on furs atop blocks of river ice after a party in the hotel’s iconic vodka bar. Famous for its unique concept and dazzling works of art, the ICEHOTEL features an incredible assortment of rooms and suites for over 100 guests.
Located on Sweden’s South West Coast, Gothenburg is one of the largest cities in Scandinavia, perfectly positioned nearby to Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. In the 17th century, a network of canals was created by Dutch city planners, which crisscross all over the city and gives it a truly unique and special surrounding.
An important Swedish city in maritime industries, Gothenburg is today still an important international shipping route, with both Volvo and Ericsson housing large factories in the area.
This unique nautical city is known for hosting some of the largest annual events in Scandinavia, including, The Göteborg International Film Festival and a variety of summer music festivals such as, “Way Out West” and “Metaltown”. Corporate companies interested in holding an event here will find plenty of choice at the Liseberg Amusement Park, Universeum Science Centre or the incredibly unique Clarion Hotel Post. This former post office boasts facilities that can accommodate anything from 2 people to 2000 delegates, is situated in central Gothenburg, and comprises 500 guest rooms all decorated in a modern and eclectic style.
Business trips can be fun too - fabulous corporate incentive trips in Gothenburg can include an adrenaline-filled speedboat trip into the 20-island archipelago or an inspiring elk safari in the forest.
For those looking for exciting corporate entertainment in Scandinavia, we have an increasing roster of talented acts, including aerialists, singers, magicians and more. Based in Oslo, our highly impressive international Freestyle Footballer has been voted not only the best freestyler in Scandinavia but also third best freestyle footballer in the world! A perfect choice for WOWING guests at your next corporate function, product launch or award ceremony, Freestyler Footballer Tobias is a spectacular sporting talent.
Alternatively, our incredible Bathtub Aerial Act, are will provide a show stopping performance perfectly suited for a grand opening, product launch or luxury evening of corporate entertainment. These incredible Swedish talents will demonstrate some truly inspiring acrobatics and ultra daring aerial manoeuvres that will leave spectators wanting more.
If you’re looking for a traditional after dinner entertainment option, our Stockholm based Magician and illusionist Julien can offer exclusive close up magic and live stage performances at events both big and small. Having won the Swedish Magic Championships and the Nordic Magic Championships, this super talented artist has performed to an incredible 200 million people at prestigious venues and television appearances.
Bring the glamour of Las Vegas to your corporate event with Show band Sweden, Providing an original mix of soul, disco, jazz and dance – this eleven piece international party orchestra ensure to deliver a powerful and glamorous evening of entertainment. Delivering old classics with a fresh and contemporary twist, it’s no wonder that the group is fast becoming one of the most sought after show bands in Sweden!
For more information on hosting your corporate event in Scandinavia, why not contact one of our entertainment specialists on 01626 572072.