Sogndal offers daily connections to Oslo, Bergen, Lillehammer, Ålesund and Trondheim, by bus, boat or air. Oslo can be reached in about 40 minutes by air and 7 hours by bus. Bergen takes around 20 minutes by air, or 4 hours by express ferry and bus. Express coaches leave for Lillehammer, Ålesund and Trondheim several times each day, travel times from 5.5 to 11 hours through wonderful western Norwegian scenery!
More information on how to reach Sogndal can be found here.
This region, considered to be one of the most beautiful in Norway, has been a destination for tourists, discoverers, and artists from around the world for more than 150 years. Once again in 2009, the Norwegian fjords have been rated as the World’s most celebrated and iconic travel destination by National Geographic. The region’s scenery is powerful and varied, ranging from flat fjord-side districts to steep mountainsides, beautiful fjord arms, torrential waterfalls, blue glaciers and lush valleys.
The conference will be hosted by Vestlandsforsking (Western Norway Research Institute), Sogndal. The institute is located at the Fosshaugane Campus. It is a 5 minutes walking distance from the center of the small town Sogndal, in the view of the Sognefjord, the longest and deepest fjord in Europe.
UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Nærøyfjord and Urnes stave church are located near Sogndal. There are also possibilities for guided glacier hikes on the Nigardsglacier. Local attractions include the Sogn Folkmuseum, one of the largest outdoor museums in Norway, the Glaciermuseum in Fjærland and the Glaciersenter in Jostedalen.
Beautiful Flåm is situated in the innermost part of the Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the 204 kilometres long and up to 1,308 metres deep Sognefjord.
More information about the city and arround can be found here.
Currency exchange banks are located at major international airports and rail and shipping terminals, usually outside customs areas in the arrival hall. All Norwegian banks and major post offices exchange foreign currency. Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 09.00 to 16.00. Many banks have automatic currency exchange machines that also take credit cards.
Often rises during day at an average of 15°. Light summer clothing is suitable. Rain is also possible; light raincoat and something warm for the evening is advisable.
Major credit cards, including American Express, Diners Club, Visa and MasterCard, are honored throughout Norway at hotels, stores and restaurants. Taxis in Norway accept all major credit cards.
The unit of currency is the Norwegian krone, which is abbreviated NOK. 1 NOK = 100 øre.
The electric current in Norway is 220 volts and the frequency is 50 Hz. Wall sockets are the round two-pin European type. Foreign voltage could require an adapter.
It is highly recommended that all participants carry an adequate travel and health insurance, as the organisers of AIR'20 cannot accept any liability for accidents, illnesses or injuries that may occur at or during the conference.
Norwegian is the official language of Norway, but a majority of Norwegians speak English very well.
A valid passport is required for entry into Norway. A visa is required for citizens of a number of countries. Please check with the Norwegian Embassy or Norwegian Consulate in your country for requirements. Please visit the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for information on visa applications.
Smoking is not permitted in any indoor public areas including bars and restaurants or on any means of public transportation.
English is the official language of the conference.
A service charge is automatically added to hotel and restaurant bills. Tipping for special services at hotels or superior service at restaurants is appreciated.