Travel and stay

Rooms have been prebooked for the Symposium in the following two hotels down-town Tromsø: Rica Ishavshotell and Thon Hotel Polar.

Booking information:

The symposium will be held at Rica Ishavshotell, located in down-town Tromsø. For room booking, please use the registration form.

Single rooms: NOK 975; double rooms NOK 1190. Note: The special symposium rate applies only to Rica Ishavshotell.

Rooms are also available at a lower prize at a nearby hotel (Thon Hotel Polar, 10 min of walking from Rica Ishavshotell): Single rooms: NOK 690; double rooms NOK 995.

Please note that although the total hotel capacity in Tromsø is high, the city is a popular tourist site and meeting place. Therefore it is advicable to book hotel room well in advance of the Symposium. For students who want low budget accomodation, we may be able to help with booking of a limited number of student flats.

Reaching Tromsø

There are several ways to reach Tromsø. Unless you plan to spend some extra time touring Norway on your way to Tromsø, it is recommended that you go by plane from Oslo to Tromsø. Symposium attendees travelling from abroad will have to enter Norway through Oslo International Airport Gardermoen. Here you connect to a flight to Tromsø. There are direct flights from Oslo to Tromsø several times every day of the week. The flying time is approx 1h 45min. Two airlines operate the air traffic between Oslo and Tromsø, SAS and Norwegian.

For those of you that are a bit more adventurous, there is a possibility to experience Norway from the car, by renting a car and driving all the way from Oslo to Tromsø (effective driving time 24h, distance about 2000 km!). See Budget, Rent-a-wreck or Avis

Reaching Tromsø directly by train is not possible, due to a fact that there is no railway in this region. You could take a train from Oslo to Bodø, and then bus or plane from Bodø to Tromsø. See NSB.

Another option is to take a train from Stockholm, Sweden to Narvik, Norway (Norrlandståget), and then a bus to Tromsø (NOR-WAY Bussexpress).

If you travel via the city of Bergen, at the South-West coast of Norway, by car, train or plane, you may continue by the coastal steamer (“Hurtigruten”) and enjoy the cruise all the way to Tromsø.

For other possibilities of reaching Tromsø, see Destinasjon Tromsø

Post-congress trips

The Lyngen Alps is a mountain range east of Tromsø of 90 km length and 15 km width. The highest peak is 1833m and there are several glaciers in the mountains.

Whale safaris provide an extraordinary experience of seeing the big mammals live and close. You will also get professional guidance and a memory for a lifetime. Two services go to Kvaløya and Andenes

Hurtigruten” (The Norwegian Costal Voyage) is a unique way to experience beautiful Norwegian nature: mountains, fjords and islands along the coast. The route starts in Bergen and takes 11 days to reach Kirkenes and back. On its way it calls at 35 ports, and you can start your trip in any of them, adapting the route to your wishes.

The North Cape (Nordkapp) is the northernmost point of the Norwegian and European mainland. The sea cliff dates back 500-600 million years and is situated at 307 meters above sea level. But there is more to experience there beside the cliff.

Svalbard (also known as “Spitsbergen”, the largest island of Svalbard) is an archipelago lying in the Arctic Ocean about midway between Norway and the North Pole. It is the northernmost part of the Kingdom of Norway. 60% of the surface is covered by glaciers, and during the summer only the top meter of the ground is thawing (permafrost). It is the nature in its most fragile and most powerful shape. See and for more information.

Enjoy your stay and travel!

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