The Agency Team Challenge: Lassoing Rudolph
Our World | On 10, May 2012
I know you’ve heard a lot about Norway in the past few weeks but I promise this is the last piece for a while. However I just wanted to mention a couple of my experience highlights that I really think would be valuable addition to any incentive itinerary.
A favourite that sticks out in my head is our visit to Whale Island where we were introduced to the local traditional Sami culture. First of all we did some reindeer sledding, the oldest form of transport in the north and then we had a traditional Sami lunch of Biddos (Reindeer stew) served in a lavvu (no that isn’t Norwegian for toilet but a traditional Sami tent).
After lunch we were shown lasso-throwing (not with a real reindeer mind, just with a wooden stump posing as a reindeer for us beginners) we even had a go ourselves to varying degrees of success. This was such a funny experience especially when a couple of my colleagues decided to test the Sami’s rope skills to see if he could lasso them! Despite a head start and running around like crazed creatures it wasn’t long before they were rounded up and trussed like a Christmas turkey!
Another place that is well worth a visit is Polaria, housed in a very distinctive building that represents ice floes that have been pressed up on land by the rough seas of the Arctic. Polaria is just a five minute walk from the centre of Tromsø and has an Arctic aquarium where you will be greeted by the bearded seals who are amusing and a panoramic cinema.
In the panoramic cinema, we were shown the Ole C. Salomonsen production “Northern Lights in Arctic Norway”. I know it doesn’t sound like riveting cinema but trust me on this it was absolutely fantastic and totally explained what exactly the Northern Lights are. Plus if you are lucky enough to actually see the Northern Lights, it then helps you fully understand what is going on.
Finally we watched the Reindeer Racing Championships. This was absolutely hilarious; in short, the event consists of people attempting to stay upright on skis whilst being pulled by a reindeer. They close one of the main streets, bring in snow and spectators line the pavements to watch the race. Watch out for some of the amazing wipe-outs.
In summary Norway offers a vast amount and managed to surprise us all. For anyone thinking about it as a possible destination for their next adventure, please give it a chance and visit. As you can tell over the past few weeks we have told you how much we enjoyed it, now it is time for you to create your own adventure there.
Taj Pabari, Events Team