Goway’s BDM Kathi Scott returns from Iceland FAM

Kathi Scott, our Business Development Manager based in New York City, returned from a recent FAM trip to Iceland, where she explored the Nordic culture and incredible landscape of this North Atlantic island. We caught up with Kathi to find out what her most memorable experiences were and if she has any tips for those agents selling Iceland to potential clients.

What cities/places did you visit in Iceland?

The main locations I visited were Reykjavik and Akureyri, but I also visited Grindavik, Þingvellir, Laugarvatn Fontana, the Golden Circle, Husafell, Hauganes, Siglufjorður, and Lake Myvatn, to name just a few places.

Puffin in Iceland

What was your highlight(s) and why?

It was most definitely the tour of the Ice Cave in the Vatnajokull Glacier, which offered a surreal sense of being within the earth. As well, the Blue Lagoon is an absolutely-perfect way to start the trip. It was beyond description to segue from mystical to magical with a facial and prosecco to top it all off. There was also the hospitality, warmth, and genuine interest offered by the locals as well as those in tourism; it made for a welcoming environment.

What was your favourite property and why?

The properties that we stayed in were both owned by Icelandair. The Natura highlights were the food and the very accommodating staff while the Akureyri Icelandair Hotel was a hit for its location close to the main street (just three blocks), which is a popular spot for locals, its rooms with incredible views, and the amazing Christmas dinner event. However, I’d love to stay at the Siglo Hotel in Siglufjorður in its corner room with two walls of windows looking out on the Arctic Circle.

Indulge in the natural spa at the Blue Lagoon

What are some interesting excursions or itineraries that you would recommend?

I was surprised by how interesting the visit to the Tomato Greenhouse in Friðheimar was, so I’d recommend it as a great place to hold a special event. As well, people should do anything with waterfalls, geysers, and the life popping out of the earth with brilliant waters and steam. It cranks up enough excitement to require another fantastic meal and a soothing soak in a nature bath. Just be ready to walk!

What’s your “Top Tip” for agents selling Iceland?

Don’t hesitate to sell winter vacations. Also, don’t fear the high costs of food and beverages—they’re worth every penny. As well, there is so much to do for all ages in Iceland, although it’s not a country for slouchers. Definitely encourage your clients to explore beyond Reykjavik.

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