ICELANDGROUPS & INCENTIVES 104Why choose Discover the World - see page 4 With a wealth of stunning locations and exciting activities, Iceland defi nitely has ' wow factor' for any corporate or leisure group wishing to explore. Whether you are considering an incentive reward or conference trip, or would like to arrange a special group holiday to Iceland, our fi rst class service will take into account your needs and budget requirements. INCENTIVES, CONFERENCES & GROUPS CORPORATE - CONFERENCES & INCENTIVES We understand that incentive programmes are much more than a simple reward system; they are intended to inspire and motivate. A trip of a lifetime, remembered and relived between colleagues for years to come, is sure to boost morale and a sense of camaraderie. When it comes to incentive tours or team- building activities, Iceland is THE perfect location. And it is less than a 3 hour fl ight from the UK. Iceland can be enjoyed in every season; whether based in Reykjavik, at comfortable rural properties or a combination of both. Activities in the winter vary from superjeep trips and snowmobile races on top of a glacier, to ice climbing and swimming in naturally heated outdoor pools. In the summertime, the highlands offer action- fi lled activities such as river rafting, kayaking, horse riding, 4WD adventures, hiking through lava fi elds and climbing volcanoes or glaciers. Alternatively, your team may be in need of a few days relaxation in which case we are delighted to offer both detox and rejuvenating spa breaks with Joannah Metcalfe, a published leading natural health therapist. The Blue Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa surrounded by a jet black lava landscape where guests relax in warm, milky- blue water said to have healing properties - read more about this on page 22. Conference facilities combined with the fabulous Lava restaurant mean that groups are extremely well catered for. CLUBS, ASSOCIATIONS & PRIVATE GROUPS Iceland offers a wealth of possibilities for groups with an interest in photography, geology, textiles and handicrafts, fl y fi shing and sea angling, hiking and climbing, as well as trips associated with university fi eld studies. We've also helped to create memorable holidays for family groups and gatherings of friends, for special anniversary or birthday celebrations as well as weddings - see pages 102- 103. A multi- day Superjeep Safari, with your own driver/ guide, is a fantastic way for a small group to explore Iceland's amazing countryside - turn to pages 80- 81 for further details. We offer total fl exibility, either amending an existing itinerary or creating something entirely new, whichever best fi ts the personal requirements of your group. SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY GROUPS Take a look at our Schools Discover Iceland brochure - offering study trips with an emphasis on fi eld work objectives as well as priceless ' awe and wonder' moments. From waterfalls to geysers, hot springs to volcanoes, Iceland is truly nature's playground. To discuss your needs further, receive sample itineraries or request a quotation, please call 01737 218 800 or send an email to groups@ discover- the- world. co. uk.
tel. 01737 218 800 | discover- the- world. co. uk INTRODUCTIONGREENLAND 105 The world's largest island extends way into the Arctic Circle, spanning the equivalent distance of Scotland to the Sahara! The coastline is mountainous, in some places deeply indented by fjords and its huge inland icecap covers around 2 million km2 - in places 3km thick. Few places on earth can rival Greenland for natural grandeur. INTRODUCING GREENLAND This island of great proportions, dominated by the world's second largest icecap, has only a narrow coastal fringe of rugged mountains and intensely green valleys which remains ice- free, allowing a resilient and determined community to live at the edge of the habitable world. Greenlanders number around 57,500 and are a mix of native Inuit ( Eskimo) and Europeans, principally of Danish descent. 90% live in scattered settlements along the west coast, while the east is virtually uninhabited outside of the Ammassalik area. This remote Arctic island is very much part of the developing world, with a rural charm and often relaxed approach to everyday life. The fl eeting Arctic summer brings 24 hours of daylight and, north of the Arctic Circle, the midnight sun. The brief respite from winter is a period of intense activity - the pack ice breaks up and giant icebergs drift through the fjords; migratory birds arrive to breed and hardy Arctic fl ora bloom and scatter seed before the fi rst snowfalls herald the onset of another winter. The sea freezes over and giant icebergs are locked in place. Traditionally a small- scale hunting and fi shing society, East Greenland in particular still retains its old- world charm, barely touched by western infl uences. The world's largest island remains one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas - it is often more accessible than people think although adverse weather conditions can occasionally affect travel plans. A visit to the island, with its crystal clear air, magnifi cent glacial scenery and a fascinating culture both past and present, is easily combined with a holiday in Iceland, and our team will be more than happy to discuss the options with you. TRAVELLING TO GREENLAND Flights to East Greenland operate via Iceland. The gateway to West Greenland is via Iceland or alternatively via Copenhagen to Kangerlussuaq, from where scheduled Air Greenland helicopter fl ights ( carrying between around 9- 24 passengers, dependent on the aircraft type) continue on to Ilulissat and other major settlements. Helicopters fl y at low altitude, and this provides a completely different experience and perspective to fl ying in a plane high above the clouds. In Greenland there are no roads connecting the towns, so all transport takes place by aircraft or by ship. When travelling over shorter distances outside the towns, the local population use their own boats, dogsleds or snowmobiles. Anyone who is contemplating a visit to Greenland should be aware that it is a land ruled by the weather. Travel delays are not usually serious, but occasionally can last for several days. Any additional costs will be incurred by the traveller. Our offi ce and local agents will work together to do everything possible to assist you in the event of any disruption to your itinerary. Specialist Tip Air travel usually makes up a large proportion of the cost of a trip to Greenland; therefore we recommend talking to our team about your budget and the ideal length of your holiday; value for money makes sense!