There is no doubt that a three-day trip to the Alps is an unbeatable experience, however, for some there is more to a winter event than just skiing. We have therefore developed a portfolio of destinations where the emphasis is on a winter experience that is not solely focused on skiing or snowboarding. See below for further information.
Iceland and the capital city Reykjavik is a ‘Hot Spot’ not only due to the bars and night-clubs, but also geothermically. Iceland lies on the Mid-Atlantic ridge and due to the young age of the land (16 to 20 million years) there are a number of hot springs around the country. As a result, 90% of the population enjoys geothermal heating and hot water!
The island is serviced by 2 main airlines, BA and Icelandair. Between them there are 3 daily flights each way. Once on the island, the transfer time from the airport to the city centre is 30 minutes.
There are numerous restaurants on offer in Reykjavik. Of particular note is the famous Perlan restaurant which is located on top of six old hot water storage tanks, giving wonderful views over the city. The restaurant rotates and an artificial geyser spouts every few minutes. Reykjavik is well known for its vibrant nightlife, with trendy bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.
Lillehammer has superb facilities and is ideal for groups looking for something different. Of the three locations offered in the Winter Alternatives programme, Lillehammer is one of the only locations where there is good downhill skiing as well as a host of other activities.
Flight access is via Oslo. From London alone there are over 10 flights per day. On arrival the transfer time to Lillehammer is a comfortable 2 hour drive through some stunning scenery.
Living with snow and ice through the winter months is something that has been hewn to a fine art. You will be able to see first hand the beauty and excitement of this wonderful part of the world. Lapland is only really suitable for smaller groups. Generally the best group sizes will be up to 40 people. Many of the best hotels are small so you may need to consider some twin occupancy rooms. There is limited flight access, so the most suitable group will be an internal team who are all able to travel on the same flights.