Hot spot and university location
Here in the north it is one of the hot spots, among other things, the Norwegian trade union leaders meet here at the time of my stay. Microsoft, BMW and Volkswagen were already there.
Not only the hotels, but also the 1968-based university, which is the fourth largest in Norway and also offers numerous meeting rooms and event venues, is an important hub for all meeting rooms.
Golf as an extreme sport
A good 35 drive away from Tromsø is also the world's northernmost 18 hole golf course in the world. 72 players can play here at the same time. Due to the weather and lighting conditions, golf can be an extreme sport here: The golf course is only open from mid-May to mid-October, but 24 hours a day. Up to 5000 people use it every season.
Framed is the city of fjords and snow-capped glaciers - a breathtaking landscape, even in bad weather. "Anyway, the weather is something you have to take with serenity and arrange with it," explains Ivar Haugen. "If you get into a blizzard with a bus with 200 people, then you have to wait and see."
The weather leads to a few curious incidents: every winter in the middle of the city there is a reindeer race, where the participants of the skies can be pulled by the animals. In June, there is a Midnight Sun Marathon.
Every January, there is an international film festival, as well as a Nordern Lights Festival with classical music. And the next big event will be the chess game, to which most Tromsø hotels have already been booked.
However, the space constraint is not limited to the activities where the groups can be divided, but due to the hotel's capacity: 4000 beds are already available in the city, further 1000 are planned. For large conferences it is therefore necessary to have one or two years in advance.
The largest capacity has the 1. May reopened Clairon Hotel The Edge with 290 rooms and space for up to 600 people. The hotel, which runs triangular into the harbor, was designed by architect Niels Torp and by the Danish architects' office Schmidthammer Lassen.
Meeting rooms and equipment
The hotel has eleven meeting rooms, three of which are compatible with a large room for up to 1000 persons. Also the hotel is equipped with all technical refinements.
From beamers and various screens over audio technology, mixing consoles, microphones and loudspeakers to sophisticated lighting technology and even fog machines. Also for all variations of PC's and laptops can be taken care of, even VGA-HDMI splitter are no problem.
The restaurant at Clairon The Edge is the Kitchen and Table, an open-kitchen Concept New York-based Swedish master chef Marcus Samuelsson, who runs several similar restaurants.
It combines American and Scandinavian cuisine. What comes out of it are local specialties, such as mussels or reindeer, but haute cuisine is in vain. Also the breakfast is excellent, traditionally adapted to the climate with lots of fish and local products like Elchsalami.
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