Logistics

Details on conference location, lodging options, and transportation.

Venue

The 2013 Galaxy Community Conference (GCC2013) was held at the University of Oslo (UiO) in Oslo, Norway, from 30 June through 2 July. The meeting will be held in the Department of Informatics new home, the Ole-Johan Dahls House.

UiO Department of Informatics Ole Johan Dahls house
Department of Informatics
University of Oslo
Gaustadalléen 23 B
N-0373 OSLO Norway

Ole Johan Dahls House is adjacent to the Forskningsparken subway and tram stops.


Euro Plug

Power

Norway, like most of Europe, uses 50hz 230 volt power. Outlets in Norway are type "C" (the EuroPlug) with two round plugs.


Transportation

T-banen
Nearby stations

The conference venue Ole Johan Dahls house, is adjacent to the Forskningsparken subway and tram stops.

Subway (T-bane) lines 3, 4 and 6 serve Forskningsparken station. The subway runs every 15 minutes on all lines during the week and every 30 minutes on Saturday and Sunday. Trains run from the early morning until just after midnight.

Tram lines 17 and 18 also stop at Forskningsparken.

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Parking

Public parking is available at the Oslo Innovation Centre (Forskningsparken), just southwest of Ole Johan Dahls House. However, due to the excellent public transport system in Oslo (and the fact that the Metro and Tram stops are closer than the parking), we strongly encourage people to arrive via public transportation.

Around Oslo

Ruter

Ruter is the public transport system in Oslo and the surrounding county. City buses, regional buses, trams, subway/metro, ferries and local trains are included in Ruter's ticket system.

Getting to Oslo

Airports

Oslo has 3 international airports,

Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL)
Airport Express Train (Flytoget)
Norwegian State Railways (NSB)
Oslo Airport Gardermoen

Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) is an international airport with direct connections to Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Asia. The airport has excellent public transport to downtown Oslo by train, bus, or taxi. Trains include the Airport Express Train (Flytoget), and the Norwegian State Railways (NSB).

Sandefjord Airport Torp
Sandefjord Airport Torp (TRF)

Sandefjord Airport Torp (TRF) offers direct connections to Amsterdam, Copenhagen, multiple cities in the United Kingdom and Poland, and throughout Europe, and indirect connections all over the world. Sandefjord is served by several carriers, including KLM and Ryanair.

"Sandefjord Airport Torp is located in Vestfold County, about 110 kilometer south of Oslo. You can easily get here by car, bus or train. If you arrive by train, a shuttle bus will transport you to the terminal building (approx 4 minutes)."

Moss Airport Rygge
Moss Airport Rygge (RYG)

Moss Airport Rygge (RYG) offers direct connections to Denmark, Germany, Belgium, England, Ireland, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, and nine other countries in Europe. Rygge is served by Ryanair, Norwegian, and DAT.

NSBs regional train has frequent trips between Rygge and Oslo Central Station. Rygge Station is located just 4 kilometers from the terminal. There are complimentary buses to and from the airport. A bus is also available from Rygge to downtown Oslo.

Ferry

You can also reach Oslo by ferry from Kiel, Germany, and Frederikshavn and Copenhagen Denmark.


Conference and Lodging Map

Lodging

The conference does not have an official conference hotel. However, our hosts have made several suggestions which are listed below. All descriptions include the nearest metro stop. They are listed in decreasing order of price.

Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica

Holmenkollen Park Hotel Rica

Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion

Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion

  • €€€ Thon Hotel Ullevaal Stadion is offering a 21% discount off of published rates to conference attendees. To book a discounted room send an email to Ullevaal Stadion Bookings, or call them directly at +47 22082000 and mention that you are requesting the University of Oslo discount, and that you will be attending GCC2013.
  • Web Site
  • Closest hotel to conference. Right next to the Ullevaal football stadium, and far from downtown, but right next to a Metro station.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Ullevaal stadionUllev%C3%A5l%20stadion%20%5BT-bane%5D%20(Oslo)#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 1 stop away
  • Has free wireless internet

Thon Hotel Munch

Thon Hotel Munch

  • €€€
  • Web Site
  • Located in city centre
  • Nearest Metro Station: NationaltheatretNationaltheatret%20%5BT-bane%5D%20(Oslo)#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 3 stops away
  • Has free wireless internet

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel

  • €€€
  • Web Site
  • In city centre, very close to Palace Park.
  • Nearest Metro Station: NationaltheatretNationaltheatret%20%5BT-bane%5D%20(Oslo)#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 3 stops away
  • Has free wireless internet

Thon Hotel Astoria

Thon Hotel Astoria tadion

  • €€
  • Web Site
  • Located in city center
  • Nearest Metro Station: JernbanetorgetJernbanetorget%20%5BT-bane%5D#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 6 stops away
  • Has free wireless internet

Thon Hotel Gyldenløve

Thon Hotel Gyldenløve

  • €€ Thon Hotel Gyldenløve is offering a 21% discount off of published rates to conference attendees. To book a discounted room contact Gyldenløve Bookings and mention that you are requesting the University of Oslo discount, and that you will be attending GCC2013.
  • Web Site
  • In a neighborhood between downtown Oslo and conference venue.
  • Nearest Metro Station: MajorstuenMajorstuen%20%5BT-bane%5D%20(Oslo)#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 3 stops away
  • Has free wireless internet

Comfort Hotel Xpress

Comfort Hotel Xpress

  • €€
  • Web Site
  • Trendy, affordable. In city centre.
  • Nearest Metro Station: StortingetStortinget%20%5BT-bane%5D#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 5 stops away
  • Has free wireless internet

Perminalen

Comfort Hotel Xpress

  • € - €€
  • Web Site
  • This is backpacker lodging, with single rooms, double rooms, and dormitory style lodging. Located in city centre.
  • Nearest Metro Station: StortingetStortinget%20%5BT-bane%5D#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 4 stops away
  • Has wireless internet

Cochs Pensjonat

Cochs Pensjonat

  • € - €€
  • Web Site
  • This is a hostel, with single rooms, double rooms, and dormitory style lodging. Located in city centre, very close to Palace Park.
  • Nearest Metro Station: NationaltheatretNationaltheatret%20%5BT-bane%5D%20(Oslo)#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 3 stops away

Anker Hostel Oslo

Anker Hostel Oslo

  • € - €€
  • A hostel starting at 625 NOK for a private room, and decreasing in cost as the number of roommates goes up.
  • Web Site
  • Nearest Metro Station: JernbanetorgetJernbanetorget%20%5BT-bane%5D#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 4 stops away
  • Has internet.

Oslo Vandrerhjem Haraldsheim Hostel

Oslo Vandrerhjem Haraldsheim Hostel

  • This is a bed in a shared dormitory style room. Located close to a metro stop, but outside the city centre in a residential area.
  • Web Site
  • Nearest Metro Station: SinsenSinsen%20%5BT-bane%5D#st:1,zo:0,sp:0), 4 stops away
  • Has wireless internet.


Oslo

If you have heard rumors of a very high price level in Norway, all we can say is that, well, the burgers are cheaper in Norway than in Venezuela (The Economists Big Mac index). And if you wonder why there is a tax-free just after landing in Oslo, you can check out the prices of Norwegian beer (in Norwegian, but prices range from €5-12 depending on venue). On a more serious note, you will meet the Norwegian price level already when leaving the airport - the 19 minute train ride from the airport to Oslo centre with the "Airport express train" costs NOK 170 (~ €22). If there are suited departures, you may save some money by instead travelling with the train company "NSB", which only takes a few minutes more and consts about half (NOK 90, ~ €12).




Questions? Contact the Organizers.