Practical Information

European Dataverse Workshop 2020

Practical Information

Tromsø is a popular tourist destination, also in winter time. We recommend you to book your journey as soon as possible after successful workshop registration.

How to get to Tromsø?

You may easily get to Tromsø by air plane. Tromsø airport is served by several airlines, including Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian, and Widerøe. There are about a dozen daily flights in each direction between Oslo and Tromsø, flown by SAS and Norwegian. You can also fly directly from London Gatwick or Stockholm Arlanda, if that suits you better than flying through Oslo.

Please note, that if you fly via Oslo with any other company than Scandinavian Airlines, Norwegian or Widerøe, you must get your luggage at Oslo airport, check it in again for your flight to Tromsø, and go through security. If you travel with Scandinavian Airlines or Norwegian, your luggage is scanned and you pass through a customs check-point, without having to leave the transit zone. See more information here.

Please make sure you are in Tromsø on the evening before the workshop starts, i.e. on Wednesday, January 22.

Accommodation

We recommend to book your accommodation in the centre of Tromsø (see map). From there, you may easily (within 10-15 min) get to the workshop venue.

How to get around in Tromsø?

  • By bus:
    • To get from the airport to the centre of the town, you may take the airport shuttle bus which leaves just outside the airport. Payment: Credit Card (Visa and Mastercard) or Norwegian cash (NOK).
    • To get from the centre of Tromsø to the workshop venue (UiT University Library, main library; see Google-map and detailed map), you can take busses no. 20, 21, and 34 towards UiT/UNN. The busses leave from bus stop F4 at Fredrik Langes gate (see map). Go off the bus at the stop called “UiT”. Payment: Norwegian cash (NOK) or Mobilett. For more information about bus transportation in Tromsø, see Tromskortet.
    • To get from the workshop venue to the centre of Tromsø; see above. On Thursday evening: If you go directly from the workshop venue to the dinner venue, go off the buss at the stop called “Torgcenteret”.
  • By taxi: See Tromsø Taxi or Din Taxi.

Internet access at the workshop venue

Wi-Fi access is available through Eduroam as well as a guest network called “uit-conference” (the password will be shared with the participants).

Bring along your laptop! For those attending session 1 or 3 on day 2, this is a requirement.

Social media:
Twitter: #dataverse2020

Tourist information about Tromsø

Tromsø is the gateway to the Arctic – the major town in Arctic Norway, a communication hub, an administrative centre and historically also the point of departure for Polar expeditions, sealing and whaling vessels en route to the seasonal hunting grounds and for hunters and trappers embarking on an isolated winter in the Spitzbergen archipelago.

Today, Tromsø is a thriving modern town of over 75,000 inhabitants, supplemented by about 9,000 students. In addition to the university itself it has a modern university hospital and is also host to a number of other research institutions, most notably the Norwegian Polar Institute.

Climate and Northern Lights

At the start of the workshop, Tromsø is at the end of the Polar Night season, meaning that the sun will return after having been permanently below the horizon since the end of November. The return of the sun is always celebrated on January 21!

If the weather is cold, it is often also a clear sky and there should be good chances of seeing the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Have a look at the forecast of Northern Lights activity. If you don’t have time to take a trip outside the city, away from the light pollution, there are some relatively dark spots in the city. From the city centre, you can take a walk to the eastern shore of the Prestvannet lake (there is a small concrete platform by the water) or to the “beach” – Telegrafbukta. From the university campus, you can go to the ski track in the forest to the west of the campus – aim for Kraft Sportssenter.

Unless otherwise indicated, plan for cold winter weather, and follow the weather forecast service. (We won’t guarantee the reliability!) The current weather can be followed from an on-campus weather station with a live web camera facing south. Ever since Christmas, the weather has been challenging, so be prepared for windy, snowy, and even rainy conditions.

Clothing

Whatever the weather, we can promise you that it won’t be warm, so you will need warm clothing and solid shoes. People won’t expect others to look elegant at this time of year, looking sensible and warm is the correct thing here.

Bring along your snow boots or other types of sturdy shoes that can handle some 10-20 cms of snow and icy pavements. You might also like to bring some light indoor shoes and change into them when you arrive at the workshop venue.

 

More tourist information is available here.

 

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