Travelling from Gardermoen to DNVA
Det norske vitenskapsakademi (DNVA) is situated in Drammensveien 78, see map below. The location is close to tram line 13 (see below for more on public transportation) and close to Hotel Gabelshus where most participants will be lodged.
Travelling from the airport to the workshop
If you wish to travel directly to the workshop from Gardermoen Airport (OSL) directly to DNVA, take the airport express train (Flytoget) to Nationaltheatret, leaving every 20 minutes, direction Drammen. The train uses about 27 minutes. (Note: Trains leave every 10 minutes, but only half go as far as Nationaltheatret. The others stop at Oslo S/Jernbanetorget and are not labelled Drammen.) From Nationaltheatret, walk outside to the main entrance (see map). When you exit the station, directly to your right is a tram and bus stop. Take tram line 13 towards Bekkestua. Get off at Skarpsno. This takes around 9 minutes. From Skarpsno it is a one minute walk to DNVA.
If you happen to exit at the "wrong" exit, having walked underground for 2-3 minutes, you end up at a roundabout located on the corner Parkveien/Henrik Ibsens gate (see map). From there, you can walk about 100 m to the tram stop Solli, where line 13 passes on its way to Skarpsno.
Tickets for airport express: simply swipe a credit card at the entrance to the platforms. (Receipts are available online.) The official website is www.flytoget.no where you may also find the schedule.
Please note: Taxi fares are high in Oslo and surrounding areas. Taking a taxi from Gardermoen airport to Oslo is not advisable; the express train is equally comfortable and much faster.
Most participants will be lodged at Clarion Hotel Gabelshus. The hotel is within walking distant to DNVA. The closest tram stop is Skillebekk, on line 13.
In Oslo, the subway, trams and buses take you almost anywhere. Everything is run by Ruter (www.ruter.no), a Ruter-ticket being universally accepted by trams, buses and the subway.
To purchase tickets, it is higly reccomended to use the smart phone app for Android, iOS and Windows Phone called RuterReise: store a credit card, choose a password, and buy electronic tickets safely and easily! If you store your email address, you will get automatic receipts for every purchase.
Update: The smartphone app only accepts Scandinavian credit cards. The app will therefore be useless for most travelers.
We recommend buying tickets from Narvesen, Seven-Eleven, or other kiosks.
Alternatively, use the vending machines at every subway/tram stop. Unlike the smart phone app, the vending machines are not very user friendly, and some frustration must be factored in. Bus stops do not have vending machines.
Tickets purchased from the bus driver are more expensive than prepaid tickets. You can not buy tickets from the driver at the bus or tram. Note: All paper tickets must be validated at validation machines located at all stops and in all buses.
Ticket types include single trip, day pass, week pass, month pass, and even a year pass. One ticket is valid on all transportation means with unlimited changes. Buy tickets for "Zone 1", which is basically all of Oslo.
The conference dinner is on friday night. On thursday and saturday, the evening is "free", and here is a selection of restaurants to try, ranging from cheap yet excellent asian cuisine to Michelin star awarded experiences.
Dining out in Norway may be expensive to foreigners. Especially alcoholic drinks are pricey, but please note that this is heavily taxed. The restaurants below are chosen for their excellent quality/value balance.
Tipping is not compulsory, but if you are happy with the service and the food, you may add/leave up to 10 % of the bill.
Excellent and reasonably priced Thai and Vietnamese food in central Oslo. Do not expect excellent service or beatuful premises, but the food is great. This is the favorite every-day restaurant of many star chefs! Try the fresh spring rolls and a curry dish. Expect around NOK 150 for a filling meal.
Arguably the best Indian restaurant in Oslo, located within walking distance of both DNVA and Hotel Gabelshus. Great interior, staff and food! Expect around NOK 250 for a main course.
Brewpub close to the town hall and Nationaltheatret with a huge selection of beer and good pub-style food (try the fish and chips). A bit crowded and with expensive alcohol, but a nice place overall, and the to-go place if you want to try Westvleteren Trappist beer or real British cask ale.
This is a brasserie-style restaurant close to Stortinget. The interior is unique and full of odd collectables, the food is good and reasonably priced (try the duck confit), and the staff is friendly.
Excellent italian restaurant in the lower part of Grünerløkka. Try the tasting menu for two persons (NOK 550 per person) and imported Italian gourmet beer! NOK 400 for four course menu.
Situated in Grünerløkka, Villa Paradiso is an excellent place for Italian pizza and pasta, with Italian chefs. Has an Italian-style enoteca (Bar Bellini) linked via indoors entrance with a choice of excellent Italian wines. Pizza for NOK 150-200.
American style diner in Grünerløkka with good burgers and unique decor.
Small brewpub with perhaps the best in situ brewed beer and pub food in town! Try fish and chips or bangers and mash with one of the house beers.
This gourmet restaurant is run by 1993 Bucose d'or winner Bent Stiansen, one of Norway's most profilic chefs. The restaurant's premises are from 1640, giving a unique historic atmosphere. The food is classic yet modern. Excpect NOK 2000 for a complete experience. The restaurant has had one Michelin star since 1998.
A mid-price informal section resides in the basement, Statholdergaardens Mat & Vinkjelle, which is also a memorable experience and highly recommended. Ten courses including a complete wine menu for about NOK 1200. This is offer is hard to beat!
If you want to try Statholdergaarden, please book well in advance!
Oslo has a few sights to offer, if you have the spare time. Wintertime can be cold, wet, or both, so we list some typical sights that can be enjoyed regardless of weather.
A Astrup Fearnley museum is and has been perhaps the most important museum for modern art in Oslo. In 2012, its brand new museum building was opened at Tjuvholmen – a brand new district of Oslo beautifully situated by the harbour and Aker Brygge. The building was designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Narud-Stokke-Wiig, and is a highlight of modern architecture in Oslo. The collection at Astrup Fearnley includes famous works by Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons, and is definitely worth a visit.
The opera house
Another highlight of modern architecture in Oslo, the new Opera house is also situated in the Oslofjord harbour. Its white marble façade, unusual geometry and interior designs with mellow and futuristic lightning makes for a special experience. The restaurant is also worth a visit, albeit a somewhat expensive one.
Edward Munch is one of the world's most famous painters, and the Munch Museum at Tøyen offers unique perspectives on his art and life, drawing from a huge collection of his works.
A classic sight in Oslo, the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy showcases unique well-preserved viking ships found in iron age graves, in particular the spectacular Oseberg ship from AD 834. Is is a must for the viking interested, and unique in the world.
Thor Heyerdahl (1914-2002) gained worldwide fame when he crossed the Pacific Ocean on Kon-Tiki in 1947, a balsawood raft. The Kon-Tiki museum is located close to the Viking ship museum at Bygdøy, and another must see in Oslo.
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