Reykjavík Iceland, the MICE planners paradise?
The capital city Reykjavik is expanding its infrastructure and has evolved into a premier location choice for MICE planners, only 3-5 hours from mainland Europe and 5-7 hours from N-America. Iceland is closer than you probably think. Up to 25 airlines service Iceland with direct flights to 80 destinations. Our flagship carrier Icelandair has been connecting the two continents for 80 years and is currently flying to 42 destinations.
Reykjavík is hip, it’s cool, it’s small but offers everything that large cities do. Good hotels, good food, good nightlife, good music and the nature is only a few steps away. And it’s finally affordable to go there – Lonely Planet’s reader
Unlike some major European cities whose size can be intimidating, Reykjavik has a small-scale urban center that attendees find easy to navigate. The hassle-free city centre is safe, clean and packed with restaurants, shopping, culture and vibrant nightlife. Iceland´s high level of education, scientific expertise, flourishing start-up culture, and magical nature makes the destination a perfect backdrop for international meetings and world-class events. It only takes around 40 minutes to reach the city centre from the airport.
Planners can choose from moderate accommodation to high-end hotels. Several luxury and lifestyle hotels are opening and being built There are also several venues to choose from accommodating up to 3500 guests. Harpa conference center situated by the harbor in the city center is an architectural gem but there are plenty of other venues that are either traditional or unique. Iceland is also up and coming as a foodie destination.
Visiting delegates enjoy interacting with Icelanders who speak English as their second language, and often other Scandinavian and European languages. Carolyn Bain wrote about her acquaintance with the Icelanders “…on subsequent visits, the beauty of those same landscapes can still reduce me to tears – but the locals are what affirm my love for Iceland. Their resourcefulness, quirkiness, interconnectedness and warmth is unparalleled.” Icelanders are known for their quick and accurate work, which was reflected in how effortlessly they welcomed former US president Ronald Reagan and former Soviet general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev for a famous summit in Reykjavík in 1986.
Although the Viking sagas tell the tales on violence and raids the Icelanders today are very friendly and peaceful, ranking number one on the Global Peace Index. The only war Icelanders have ever fought was against the United Kingdom in the so-called „Cod Wars“. This dispute centered on Iceland’s decision to extend its zone of control over fishing from 50 miles beyond its shores to 200 miles. Yes, Iceland won. When opting for a peaceful theme in Reykjavik city there is one place of particular interest. Situated just a few minutes from Reykjavik city with a ferry, is the island Videy. Videy is the home of the Imagine Peace Tower, a memorial to John Lennon from his widow Yoko Ono. Close to the Imagine peace tower is a beautiful venue and restaurant well suited for all sorts of MICE events.
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UNESCO City of Literature www.bokmenntaborgin.is
Reykjavík Art Museum www.artmuseum.is
Reykjavík City Museum www.minjasafnreykjavikur.is
Here are few videos from our wonderful city.
For the festival lovers.
For the museum lovers.
For the literature lovers.
For those that want to impress their business clients
- Reykjavik is emerging as an international meeting destination and the readers of Business Destination and Smart Magazine chose Reykjavík as one of top business destinations 2016 and as one of top emerging international meetings cities 2016. According to Kayak Reykjavik is the fifth most searched destination for flights in the UK as the price of flights fell by 49% from previous year.
- In August 2011, the City of Reykjavik was designated a UNESCO City of Literature as it boasts an outstanding literary history and has one of the highest per capita book publishing rates in the world. It was the first non-English speaking city to be awarded this honour.
- Reykjavík was named the World Festival and Event City by the International Festivals & Events Association. You can have a look at the digital brochures Reykjavík Festival City and the Reykjavík Event Calendar 2016 and see for yourself how festive our city is. Check out the Reykjavik theme cards Reykjavik loves winter, Reykjavik loves culture, Reykjavik loves thermal pools and Reykjavík loves city cards.
- CNN named Reykjavik as one of the worlds five most interesting Christmas destinations. Visit Reykjavík has taken the Christmas City´s holiday preperations a step further in collaboration with various companies.
- Scientific knowledge and research is growing and Icelandic ingenuity is leading the way in enterprises such as Össur, a preeminent prosthetic company, and Marel, a provider of electronics for the food processing industry. Cosmetics made from various plants and herbs are another flourishing sector.