The IPY-OSC venue is located in Lillestrøm - 11 minutes by express train from Oslo Central Station and from Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Most participants will stay in hotels in Oslo and everybody can enjoy what the capital of Norway have to offer.
Norway Trade Fairs (above) is the largest in the country and offers state-of-the-art facilities for international exhibitions and conferences. From the train station it is only 500 meters walk. There are frequent train connections to Oslo City Centre and to the Airport.
NoneThe famous parade street, Karl Johans gate, a 15 minutes stroll from Oslo Central Station to the King's Castle.
Oslo is the capital and largest city in Norway. As of 2009, the metropolitan area of Oslo has a population of 1.4 million of whom about 870000 lives inside the city borders. The population currently increases at a record rate of over 2% annually, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. A large portion of this growth stems from immigration increasingly changing Oslo into a cosmopolitan city. The immigrant share of the population in the city proper now counts more than 25%.
Compared to other capitals, Oslo is a very compact city with short distances to most things in the city centre. The city's nightlife attractions are rivalling most other major European cities, and it's unique position between a fjord and the hills makes it an unforgettable experience.
From Oslo Central Station to the Royal Palace is only a 15-minute walk. Public transport makes it easy to reach popular tourist spots like the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, the Edvard Munch Museum and Bygdøy, with the Viking ships, Fram and Kon-Tiki.
NoneThe Oslo Opera House is not yet as famous as its cousin in Sydney, and not as iconographic as the Holmenkollen ski jump or the City Hall, but the Opera will be the future signature of the capital. Most importantly, though, the Opera has a strong resemblance with packed ice. That is why it is featured in the profile illustration for IPY-OSC 2010. The Opera House is the seat of The Norwegian National Opera and Ballet. The architects were the Norwegian firm Snøhetta who were also the architects of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the Library of Alexandria) in Egypt.
Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The city is also a hub of Norwegian trade, banking, industry and shipping. It is also an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. The city is home to many companies within the maritime sector, some of them are amongst the world's largest shipping companies, shipbrokers and maritime insurance brokers.
In the centre around the main street Karl Johans gate, you find discos, night clubs, bars, jazz clubs and cafés in between all the shops, shopping centers and hotels. Downtown Oslo has a bit of everything.
There is pulsating life along the harbor. According to many globetrotters, Aker Brygge is the most attractive place in all of Northern Europe if you want to have fun, experience something unusual and eat well. In the summer the Oslo fjord also comes to life. Only minutes from Oslo by ferry, you can enjoy yourself in the sun on one of the islands.
In early June the weather is normally pleasant. It is the beginning of the summer season. Schools are heading towards summer vacation. You are more likely to experience sunny days, than rain showers. Average temperature for June is 20o C.
Oslo hosted the Winter Olympics in 1952 and is widely acclaimed as an excellent venue for conventions and competitions. The city will be hosting the EUROSONG (Eropean song Contest) finals 25th-29th May this year.
There are disadvantages. The hotel capacity is limited and it is thus important to do your booking early. All recommended hotels are within walking distance from the center of the city - except Thon Hotel Arena at the venue in Lillestrøm.
NoneOslo City Centre, with the harbour, the Town Hall, Akershus Castle in front and Holmenkollen and Nordmarka in the back.
Last updated: 09.02.2010