ICDL-EPIROB 2019 will be held in the heart of Oslo, Norway at Ingeniørenes hus møtesenter (Engineer’s House Conference Centre). See some some general travel information in the pdf file here.
Getting to Oslo
There are two airports surrounding Oslo with Oslo airport Gardermoen (OSL) being the largest airport, where most airlines fly to. You will effectively get to downtown by taking train for slightly more than 20 minutes.
The other (and smaller) Torp Sandefjord airport (lufthavn, TRF) is located on the south-west side of the city with some international flights (low-cost airlines). Approximately 1 hour and 35–40 minutes by bus from downtown Oslo. You save a little bit on buying return bus ticket (NOK 488 regular, NOK 388 student).
Travel to Oslo from the main airport
The most effective and convenient way of getting from the main airport in Oslo (Gardermoen/OSL) is normally the Airport express train in the direction of Drammen: http://www.flytoget.no/flytoget_eng It runs four times per hour and cost NOK 196 one way (students half of that price, nothing to save on return tickets). However, the regular train by VY is much cheaper for regular travellers (NOK 105 regular/student price) and takes only a 2-3 more minutes but runs only 2-3 times per hour.
If staying at or near the conference venue, you should take the train to the “Nationaltheatret” station (National Theatre in English, follows after Oslo Central Station). It takes 26 minutes and arrives very close to the conference venue (Ingeniørenes Hus).
Please note that in between the Airport express train departures to Drammen, trains ending at Oslo S also run which is less convenient regarding the hotel location. Most of the regular trains by VY stops at the “Nationaltheatret” station.
Be aware that taking a taxi from the airport can be very expensive (!), especially with evening/night rates, and will also take much longer than the airport train.
Oslo is the centre of Norway as the seat of government but also as the economic and cultural capital. While Oslo is a small city (population of less than 1M in the urban area), it is home to a rich history, an active technology research and startup environment, vibrant theatre and music cultural events, and easy access to Norway’s beautiful natural environment.
More information about Oslo is available at the Visit Oslo web page. We look forward to offering a social program in connection with the conference that will allow attendees to experience a taste of Oslo’s culture, architecture, nature and cuisine.
Although Norway is famous for its winter weather, ICDL-EPIROB will take place in August (late summer) when the average daily high temperature is likely to be between 15-25 degrees celsius. However, weather can be anything from sunshine to cold and rainy. So be prepared. In Norway, there is no bad weather, there might only be bad clothing.
About Ingeniørenes hus
Ingeniørenes hus møtesenter located in central Oslo within an easy walk of National Theatre metro and train station, numerous accomodation options, and the exciting Aker Brygge pier, home of stylish museums and restaurants.
Image appears courtesy of VISITOSLO/Tord Baklund
Remember to consider early if you need to apply for a visa. See a list of countries not needing visa here. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us (General Chair, Jim Torresen firstname.lastname@example.org ) to get an invitation letter from the organizing committee. Please provide affiliation information and documentation of an accepted paper or paid registration fee when requesting a visa letter.
There are a number of hotels close to the conference venue. We recommend to book early and to compare prices on a few online booking websites (e.g., booking.com, expedia, hrs, hotels.com) as prices can vary. Many tourists visit Norway at the time of the conference so booking early is expected to give the best rates. Please also check tripadvisor etc for user experiences with the different hotels.
We have negotiated special rates for ICDL-Epirob 2019 attendees at the following hotels in walking distance from the venue (limited number of rooms in each hotel):
Thon Hotel Europa (NOK 1067 for single room). Booking link. Valid until 21 July.
Thon Hotel Cecil (NOK 1317 for single room). Booking link. Valid until 1 July.
Thon Hotel Slottsparken (NOK 1113 for single room). Booking link.
Please note that we can not guarantee that these rates are lower than what you can found through other booking sites.
For budget accommodation/hostels, there are a number of options:
Power and Connectors in Norway
Norway uses the Europlug Type C & F (Schuko) connectors and 230V, 50Hz mains power, so you might need a travel adapter if coming from outside of Europe.