For business travellers, two of Iceland’s hotels offer the best facilities, landscape and conference venues
Located just outside the centre of Reykjavik, the Grand Hotel Reykjavik is the capital city’s largest and most convenient conference hotel. The four-star hotel offers 311 rooms and 11 meeting and conference halls in a variety of sizes to suit any event. Grand Hotel Reykjavik rests in quiet surroundings, and is just a few minutes’ walk from the oceanfront.
But despite the hotel’s peaceful setting, it is far from being remote: it’s close to Reykjavik’s financial quarter, Kringlan shopping mall and the Laugardalur Sports and Recreational Park. As such, the venue can accommodate various occasions, from small and large conferences to exhibitions and business events, including daytime meetings, sales meetings, board retreats, award presentations and seminars.
Grand Hotel Reykjavik is perfect for business travellers, conference guests and tourists who demand excellent service and facilities. The hotel is a member of the Top International hotel group and conforms to the Nordic Ecolabel criteria for hotels, guaranteeing that the highest standards regarding environmental measures, health, functionality and quality are met.
The hotel’s conference rooms are named after places that appear in Norse mythology, and offer everything from boardroom-style offices to banquet halls with views of the surrounding mountains.
The central area of the hotel is named Miðgarður, from the Old Norse term meaning ‘middle earth’. The atrium-style area combines Nordic mythology with symbols of Iceland’s dramatic landscape and is the perfect spot for a welcome drink or reception.
Grand Hotel Reykjavik is perfect for business travellers, conference guests and tourists who demand excellent service and facilities
The hotel also features a modern and elegant fine dining restaurant where you can enjoy Nordic cuisine at its best. From fillet of foal to arctic char, the Grand Restaurant pays the utmost respect to Iceland’s produce.
On the ground floor, visitors will find the Reykjavik Spa, which includes a sauna, hot tubs and a comprehensive range of treatments. Guests can also access the well-equipped gym and benefit from its accommodating opening hours, which are designed to suit business professionals.
The most recent addition to the hotel is the newly rebuilt Háteigur conference room. With breathtaking sea and mountain views and a classy, modern style, the 258sq m banquet hall can host up to 200 people.
Change of scenery
Húsavík is a picturesque seaside town in North Iceland, and is known as Iceland’s whale-watching paradise. Fosshotel Húsavík features 110 standard and deluxe rooms designed to be warm, modern and simple. The hotel offers excellent conference services with eight conference and meeting rooms as well as a new restaurant, which offers fine cuisine made from seasonal local ingredients.
The largest conference room in the hotel measures 345sq m and seats more than 350 people. Fosshotel Húsavík offers numerous conference packages that can include dinner, lunch or afternoon refreshments, and it’s also the perfect location for weddings and other large events.
There are plenty of activities available in Húsavík and its surroundings, including whale-watching, sailing trips, fishing or sightseeing at the volcanic lake Mývatn, picturesque Ásbyrgi canyon or Dettifoss waterfall.
Húsavík is a stunning winter destination, with many skiing areas to be found close by. Plans are in place to construct a geothermal sea bath where visitors can bathe in the warm sea lagoon with views of the bay. Not only is Húsavík an excellent destination, but getting there is a breeze. You can take a direct flight from Keflavik International Airport to nearby Akureyri or a domestic flight from Reykjavik, which takes just an hour.