Venue and Location
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet) is located in the city centre of Oslo, in Pilestredet. The closest tram stops are Frydenlund and Holbergs plass (Lines 11 and 17 stop at both locations), and the closest subway stop is Nationaltheatret. From Nationaltheatret it takes approximately 10 minutes to walk to OsloMet.
Arriving at Oslo Airport Gardermoen
For those of you visiting Norway for the first time, there are two main commercial airports serving the Oslo region: Gardermoen (OSL) and Torp-Sandefjord (TRF).
Gardermoen is the primary international airport, whereas Torp-Sandefjord is frequently used by budget airlines or for smaller domestic and European flights. We recommend that you arrive at Gardermoen, as it enjoys better access to the city centre. On public transit, it can take between 2-3 hours to travel from Torp-Sandefjord to downtown Oslo.
Since taxis are extremely costly in Norway, it is recommended that you use either train or bus connections to transfer from the airport to downtown. From the Gardermoen airport, take either the Airport Express train (Flytoget – www.flytoget.no) or a local train (Norwegian State Railways, NSB – www.nsb.no). The latter is the cheaper alternative. Both services offer student discounts with a valid student ID and stop at Nationaltheatret (the closest stop to the conference venue, OsloMet) and Oslo Central Station (Oslo S). Although Flytoget is slightly faster, both trains take only about 20-30 minutes to reach Oslo city centre.
NOR-WAY Bussekspress (https://www.nor-way.no/en-US#/) also runs a bus service from Gardermoen Airport to the Oslo Bus Station and various other drop-off points in the city, but this is likewise relatively expensive compared to the public train option.
Using subway/trams/buses/ferries in the city centre
You can buy a public transport ticket at almost all subway and train stations in Oslo. Several kiosks, such as “Narvesen” also sell tickets. The easiest way to buy a ticket, however, is to download the mobile phone app called “RuterBillett”. Once you have downloaded the app you can buy tickets online, including “period tickets” for 24 hours or more.
A single ticket for Oslo City Centre Zone costs 35 NOK, a 24-hour ticket costs 105 NOK, and a weekly ticket costs 249 NOK. If you get caught in a control you risk having to pay 1200 NOK penalty fee, and we therefore strongly advise that you have a valid ticket while using the public transport during POLLEN18. Please visit the following webpage to get an overview over the public transport offer in Oslo: https://ruter.no/en/journey/route-maps/.
Meals and Drinks
We are pleased to provide coffee, beverages, and lunch to all registered participants on each day of the conference.
In addition, the conference dinner will be held at Kulturhuset on the evening of Wednesday, 20 June. Tickets for the dinner must be booked at the time of conference registration. There are only 175 places available, and these will be sold on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
A drinks reception will also likely be held on the evening of Thursday, 21 June. We are currently awaiting confirmation from the venue – please consider subscribing to the POLLEN email list for timely updates.
There are a range of accommodation options near the conference venue. We encourage all participants to make reservations well in advance, as demand for accommodation can be high in the busy summer tourist season.
- Hotels that are within walking distance to the conference venue (OsloMet):
- Scandic Holberg
Holbergsplass 1, 0166 Oslo, +4723 15 72 00
- Thon Hotel Europa
St. Olavsgate 31, 0166 Oslo, +4723 25 63 00
- Thon Hotel Munch
Munchs Gate 5, 0130 Oslo, +4723 21 96 00
- Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel
Holbergsgate 30, 0166 Oslo, +4723 29 30 00
2. Budget accommodation options:
- Anker Hostel (30 min walking distance from OsloMet, 20 minutes by tram)
Storgata 55, 0182 Oslo, 22 99 75 10
- Oslo Youth Hostel Haraldsheim (approx. 15 mins from the city center on public transit)
Haraldsheimveien 4, Box 41, Grefsen, Oslo, 0587, Norway
- Saga Poshtel Oslo Central (a ‘posh’ hostel in central Oslo, approx. 20 mins walk from the conference venue)
Kongens gate 7, 0153 Oslo
- Smarthotel Oslo (three-star hotel near Nationaltheatret, 5 mins walk from the conference venue)
- Cochs Pensjonat (2 star hotel, 5 mins walk from the conference venue)
Parkveien 25, 0350 Oslo, +4723 33 24 00
- P-hotels Oslo (3 star hotel in central Oslo, 10 minute walk from the conference venue)
Grensen 19, 0159 Oslo, +4723 31 80 00
In June, the average temperature in Oslo is around 16-17°C. During the day the temperature usually rises to around 18-20 °C. As the nights tend to be slightly chilly we recommend that you bring a light jacket and a scarf to keep warm during POLLEN18. We also strongly advise you to bring good shoes, as there are several beautiful areas to go hiking in and around Oslo.
- Fire, accidents and serious pollution: Tel 110
- Police – immediate assistance: Tel 112
- Ambulance and Medical assistance: Tel 113
Things to do in Oslo
Oslo is a wonderful city full of activities and sights to explore during the day-time and night-time. Some places of interest:
Oslo City Hall (venue where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded)
Grünerløkka (trendy neighbourhood with lots of cafés and bars)
Munch Museum (contains more than half of Edvard Munch’s paintings)
The Kon-Tiki Museum (houses materials from Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition)
Aker Brygge (waterfront shopping and dining area)
Norwegian National Opera and Ballet (iconic building on the waterfront)
Sognsvann Lake (hiking and recreation area, accessible on public transit)
Holmenkollen (Ski jump, ski museum, and hiking area, accessible on public transit)
Islands in the Oslofjord (accessible by public ferries, nice for swimming and picnics in June)
SALT (public sauna and bar on the waterfront, nice views of the Opera House)
Blitz (controversial anarchist, communist, and socialist community near the conference venue)
Hausmania (Wikipedia: “self-governed cultural house in Oslo, Norway. It is run by a group of underground artists based on collectivist ideology”)
Vigeland Sculpture Park (free entry, pleasant in summer)
Akershus Fortress (near the waterfront, dates to the 13th century)
Norwegian National Museum (houses Edvard Munch’s famous 1893 painting, ‘The Scream’)
Please visit visitoslo.com (https://www.visitoslo.com/en/) in order to find more detailed information about the different activities and sights you can enjoy during your stay.