The conference will take place at the Breivik campus of UiT – The Arctic University of Norway, in Tromsø, which can be easily reached by bus from the inner city (see below). Remember that Tromsø is above the polar circle, and the weather in Tromsø in April can vary from sunny to stormy, and the temperatures vary between -5° C to 15° C, with an average round 3° C. Therefore, we encourage you to check the forecast before you pack your luggage. We also advise you to have good/waterproof shoes since the snow might be melting and it might be slippery. In particular, for those who want to hike a bit on the mountain (if possible) ice-spikes might be helpful. The nights start to be shorter after the spring equinox, but they are still long enough that chances of seeing Northern lights are reasonably high – provided the sky is clear.
Buses in Tromsø:
Buses are probably the most convenient way for you to move during the week. We recommend to download the two following apps:
1) Troms Mobillett:
You can buy your ticket with this app. You only need a tiket for 1 zone – even if you use it from and to the airport. If you plan to take the bus every day (or more than eight times), the best option for you will be to buy a one week ticket. Be careful: if you buy your ticket on the bus, it will be more expensive than if you use the app.
This is the app to check the bus schedule and plan your travels.
In case you do not want to use the app, you should also be able to get a one-way ticket (or a 24 hour pass) at the machine by the bus stop. Then if you want to get a one-week card, you have to go to WITO Kiosk (Storgata 68, next to the bus stop Wito).
From the airport to the city center:
It is very likely that you will arrive to Tromsø by plane. Once you manage to get out of the airport, the taxis and the hotel bus are exactly outside the building. However, it will be much cheaper for you to take the local bus, across the street after the parking (approximately 50 meters away from the exit of the airport, see plan). Then you can take any bus (40 or 42) as long as you can read “sentrum” included in the direction. If your hotel is in the city center, then the closest stops should be Wito (bus 40) or Sjøgata S3 (bus 42). The travel should last between 15 and 20 minutes.
From the city center to the Campus:
Several buses are going from the city center to the campus (stop: UiT) in less than 15 minutes: these are the buses number 20, 21 and 34. They all go through the stop Fr. Langes gate F4, which is just outside the Smørtorget Café. Just make sure that UiT or UNN is included in the destination of the bus.
The first bus stop on capus is called “Uit Planetariet”. Do not get off at this first bus stop, but at the second directly after, which is called “Uit”. Once you are at the bus stop, you can use the app MazeMap to find any room in the Campus. The conference room will be the room F1.101. If you do not want to download the app, the following plan should be enough:
Lunch and coffee on the campus
There are several lunch options on campus:
1) is the closest one right next to the lecture hall. It features a salad bar, and sandwiches.
2) is the canteen of the medical building. It offers every day two warm lunches (one of which is vegetarian), sandwiches and a salad bar.
3) is a “hipster” café-bar upstairs (take the stairs next to 2) in the medical building. They offer vegetarian and vegan dishes.
4) is the canteen of the philosophy building. It offers warm meals, sandwiches, salad-bar, soups and yogurt bar.
5) is the canteen next to the Mat-Building. They offer freshly baked pizzas, sandwiches and a changing warm dish.
Since you are a mathematician, you need maybe more coffee. Here are the two better options:
A) is a cafe-bar in the philosophy building (next to 4) they offer good coffee and also pastries.
B) is the “hipster” café bar in the medical building. Good coffee and also vegan food.
The conference dinner
The conference dinner will take place at the restaurant Compagniet, which is in the city center, very close from the hotels. The dinner is on Wednesday, at 8pm. If you are thirsty before the dinner, you can have a beer among a large selection in the bar below the restaurant.
Cafés, bars and restaurants
After a long day of hard work, you might want to relax. Here is a small selection of our favorite places. However, theses places are rather small, they might not be adapted to large groups.
- Globus Kafe: Very nice small café to have a coffee, but also for lunch or dinner (closes at 8 p.m.). Vegan friendly.
- Art Café: Very nice small café to have a coffee, but also for lunch or dinner (closes at 9 p.m.). Vegan friendly.
- Indie: Indian restaurant. Vegan friendly.
- Skarven: Three different options at the same place: Biffhuset (meat restaurant), Arctandria (fish restaurant), and Skarven (beer bar with small dishes).
- Bardus: Again two places in one: Bardus bistro, a restaurant for dinner, and Bardus bar, very nice cocktail bar.
- Huken Pub: Very small pub, perfect for a beer after dinner. You can also have some burgers.
- Driv: Poor Ph.D. students can have “cheap” beers in this student bar.