Here is some practical information for planning your stay in Tromsø.
- We have prepared a Google map with the most important conference locations.
- Local transport in Tromsø: start here. The bus stop for the music conservatoire is called “Musikkonservatoriet” (bus no. 37 via Tromsø Museum).
- Wi-Fi access: we have Eduroam and a guest network.
Participants are responsible for booking their own travel and accommodation.
Clarion Hotel The Edge in Tromsø has special prices available until 23rd February for conference participants: NOK 1108 for a single room. Please note that in order to benefit from this offer, you should state that you are participating in the “Music and Gender in Balance” conference when booking.
There are about a dozen daily flights in each direction between Oslo and Tromsø, flown by SAS and Norwegian. The same companies also offer some direct flights from Stockholm Arlanda, Copenhagen, and London Gatwick, but these are seasonal (and, it seems at the time of writing, mostly finished by April, but do check yourselves if these routes are of interest). Arctic Airlink also offer direct flights to Tromsø from Luleå and Oulu. The nearest train station is Narvik. It is 3 1/2 hours’ drive from Tromsø, and it is connected to the Swedish, not the Norwegian, rail network (sj.se). There is a bus link from Narvik, but usually the train does not meet the last bus to Tromsø.
Flying via Oslo Gardermoen used to be a hassle, but is much better now that checked luggage is sent directly to connecting domestic flights and passengers pass through a dedicated customs checkpoint. You no longer have to collect your luggage, check it in again, and go through security – you stay in the security zone. However, do note that if you are travelling from outside the Schengen area, you still have to pass through a special security point after passport control. Here, you can take through duty free purchases as long as they are in sealed bags with the receipt visible (and purchased within the previous 36 hours), but other liquids (e.g. bottles of water) are not permitted through.
- It is possible to buy tickets on the bus for NOK 50.
- The easiest and cheapest way to buy tickets is via the app “Troms Mobillett” (Android/iOS). With the app it costs NOK 29.90 for a single ticket. You need to show your purchased app ticket to the driver when boarding.
- You can also get the cheaper prices by using a prepaid bus card – busskort – which you can get at the kiosk in the arrivals hall at the airport, or at various sales points in town. At the time of writing, the minimum amount you can prepay onto the card is NOK 400.
- If you want to use the buses extensively, a 24 hour ticket is available for NOK 100 when bought at least the day before. A 7-day ticket costs NOK 240.
Be aware that these tickets may only be used on the regular buses – including buses 40 and 42 from/to the airport – but not on the dedicated airport buses. To use these buses, simply buy the ticket from the driver. They cost about NOK 100 for a single; 160 return. The airport is only 15 minutes from the city. If you are travelling together (or don’t mind talking to people), it can often be convenient to take a taxi to the city, which costs around NOK 200-250 depending on the time of day. A taxi directly to the conservatoire will cost about NOK 300.
(Adapted from the information given prior to the 12th annual Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing, Tromsø, November 2017, together with the airport and bus websites, and a good dose of personal experience.)