The workshop will take place at Blindern campus, in the Niels Treschow building (12th floor).
Travelling to Oslo
The airport closest to Oslo is Oslo Airport Gardermoen. There are however also flights to Moss Lufthavn Rygge and Sandefjord LufthavnTorp, but it is easier to get to Oslo from Gardermoen than from the two others.
Getting to Oslo from Oslo International Airport Gardermoen
There are buses, taxies and trains that can take you to downtown Oslo. By bus it takes approximately 45 minutes, by train 19–37 minutes depending on the type of train. We recommend the train, which takes you to Oslo Sentralstasjon ("Oslo S"), which is the main station in Oslo. From here you can take trams, buses or the subway to your final destination. (For those of you staying at the Royal Christiania Hotel, you use the exit marked Byporten.)
Flybussen takes you to Oslo in 55 minutes; tickets are NOK 150 one way.
There are two types of trains linking the airport to the capital: ordinary trains and the Airport Express Train. Buy a ticket before boarding the train. You can use the ticket machine or buy it at the counter. The easiest way for paying for travels by train or subway/bus/tram in Oslo, is by using the Ruter app for smartphone. It is possible to buy tickets on the train, but you will be charged an extra fee. The Airport Express Train also charges extra for tickets being sold at the counter, so the cheapest alternative is to use the ticket machine.
Three departures every hour: at .03, .13, and .43. The train takes 23 minutes and tickets are NOK 101.
Airport express train
There are departures every ten minutes. The Airport express train takes you to downtown Oslo in 19–22 minutes. NOK 190.
Staying in Oslo
There are a number of low budget hotels in Oslo. The tourist information provides an overview. Oslo is a small city, and nothing is really far away. We recommend hotels marked Oslo West, Oslo East and City Centre as these are located in the city and thus closer to the university.
Oslo is generally a safe city, but beware of pickpockets in the area around Oslo Sentralstasjon.
Bring winter clothes and shoes when visiting Oslo in January. Check the forecast here.
Getting to the university
Getting around in Oslo is fairly easy as the city centre is rather small. There is a good public transportation system based on buses, trams and subways. The subway takes about 10 minutes from the city centre to the university, trams a bit longer. Tickets can be bought on board busses and trams (with an additional fee), but not on the subway. Get your tickets at a kiosk (e.g. Narvesen or 7/11) or a ticket machine before boarding. (Or use the Ruter app for smartphone.)
From downtown Oslo take westbound subways 3 (Sinsen), 4 (Ringen), or 6 (Sognsvann). In Oslo all subways leave from the same platform, so pay attention to the number of the incoming train. Take the subway to Forskningsparken. When you get off the subway you are at the university side of the rails. Follow the pathway (see the picture on the left) to campus. Niels Treschows hus is the second tall building on campus when coming from the subway (can be spotted behind the hedge).
Trams 17 and 18 (Rikshospitalet) stop outside the Niels Treschow building (Universitetet Blindern). Cross the rails and enter campus. Turn right. You're standing right outside the Niels Treschow building. The conference takes place on the 12th floor.
Nice to know
- The Norwegian currency is Norwegian kroner (NOK). (The currency situation is somewhat unstable these days. Check today's currency rate here.)
- You can pay with a Visa card almost anywhere.
- Most Norwegians speak English. Don't hesitate to ask people if you need any help.
- Read about Norway in Wikipedia.