26. april 2018

Practical information

Congress Venue

The congress venue is the Oslo Congress Centre – located at the heart of Oslo’s city centre With short distances to museums, arts, cafes and restaurants:

  • 35 minutes from Oslo Airport Gardermoen
  • 7 minutes’ walk (700 m) from Oslo central station
  • Universal design

   Youngstorget. Photo: Harald-Groven-Flickr

Address: Youngs gate 21

Oslo Congress Centre – Folkets Hus AS, is a stock company with majority shareholders being the Norwegian Confederation of Trade Unions (LO), the Jern og Metall Union and the Sparebank 1. The history of the “People’s House” goes all the way back to the end of the 19th century, however the today’s congress centre building was completed in 1989. Oslo Congress Centre is a leading modern congress centre consisting of more than 20 event rooms of various sizes. Oslo Congress Centre hosts nearly 1,000 events over the course of a year.

How to get to Oslo

Arriving by plane

Oslo airport Gardermoen is located 45 km from the city centre. To get from the airport to the centre, we recommend the local train (NSB) which departs from track 4. All trains stop at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) and takes 22-25 minutes. The train ride costs 93 NOK.

It is also possible to take the Airport Express Train, departing from track 3. The Express train takes 20 minutes and costs 190 NOK.

Arriving by train

All trains arrive at the Central Station (Oslo S), located close to the congress venue and hotels.

International visitors – VISA

Participants who need a visa in order to enter the Schengen area (Schengen short stay visa) are recommended to apply for a visa as early as possible. Participants who travel to Norway via a third country are reminded that they should also check with the authorities of that country whether they might need, additionally, a transit visa.

Kindly note that it is your responsibility to apply for and obtain a visa in advance of your journey to Norway. Information on visa requirements for Norway will be found on the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

To facilitate the application process, please consult the nearest Norwegian embassy’s website for accurate information about the specific procedures and documents needed in your country. For an overview of Norwegian representations in the world and links to their contact information, please visit http://www.norway.info/

Public transportation in Oslo

Visit the website of Oslo’s public transportation system, Ruter.

What to do and see

Oslo has a wide variety of attractions and activities to offer. Watch the 1 minute film below to learn more:

A short trip with the subway (Line 1 to Frognerseteren) brings you right onto Oslo’s rooftop, in the middle of the forest.  

For more information about Oslo, see the official travel guide:

http://www.visitoslo.com/en/

The wheel of life by Gustav Vigeland

Curious about the conference illustration? It is inspired by the artist Gustav Vigelands’s bronze sculpture The Wheel of Life that you can see in the fabulous Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, the world’s largest sculpture park made by a single artist.

Livshjulet

The Wheel og Life, 1933-34. Bronze. Photo: The Vigeland Museum

 

 

 

The wheel is a symbol of eternity and is here executed as a garland of women, children and men holding on to each other. In a sense, this sculpture sums up the dramatic theme of the entire park: Man’s journey from cradle to grave, through happiness and grief, through fantasy, hope and wishes of eternity.

The Vigeland Park - Sculptures - Photo: colourbox

Vigeland Sculpture Park, Oslo. Photo: Colourbox