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BookCrossing Convention Oslo – I was there!

For all that attended the BookCrossing Anniversary Convention in Oslo, the banner for your profile on facebook (or any other place you want to put it♥):

Banner link

This is what Moem has used, inside pointy hooks:
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Enclose in pointy hooks, and remove the space between ht and tp.

Or you can try what worked for me (it’s an image, so you need to retype it):

Banner link

 

Urban art in Oslo

Use VisitOSLO’s interactive map to find some of the best street art and graffiti in Oslo.

The clickable map below contains information about the location and artists of selected works and graffiti areas. Please note that, due to the nature of urban art, some works may have been altered or have disappeared altogether.

Read more at VisitOSLO.

FAQs – replies to some questions from the participants

Answers to some of the questions we have received from the convention participants (will be updated with more topics as needed):

How do I get from the airport to Oslo?

Please see: bcoslo.wordpress.com/2017/01/14/getting-to-oslo/

Where can I buy tickets for public transportation in Oslo, how much does it cost, and where can I plan my trip?

Please see: bcoslo.wordpress.com/2017/03/24/public-transportation-in-oslo/

What is the release zone for the convention?

The release path for the books at the Oslo Convention is:
Norway>Oslo fylke>St. Hanshaugen bydel
Crossing Zone: Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017.

Releasing books for the convention, please find information here:
https://bcoslo.wordpress.com/2017/03/18/book-releases-for-the-convention/

What is the address of the venue?

The address is Schwensens gate 15.

To find the most efficient way to get somewhere by public transportation in Oslo and surrounding, search at https://ruter.no/en/. To get to the venue, type in Schwensens gate 15 as where you will travel to.

What is the address of Heim St. Hanshaugen, where we will have early arrivals dinner on Thurday?

The address is Collets gate 33, and it is a five minutes walk from our venue.

What is the weather like in Oslo?

Here you can see the weather forcast for Oslo for the coming week: www.yr.no/place/Norway/Oslo/Oslo/Oslo/long.html?spr=eng

And you can see an hour-by-hour forcast for the comming 2-3 days here: www.yr.no/place/Norway/Oslo/Oslo/Oslo/hour_by_hour.html

Is there wifi at the convention venue?

Yes, there is wifi at the convention venue, but there is a limit on the usage, so we will ask convention participants not to use it too extensively, ie. not downloading big files etc., but to register and/or journal books, to check your facebook, etc., we think will be fine.

Where can I buy a SIM-card?

As we have subscriptions ourselves, we have little personal experience with prepaid SIM-cards, but this article seems to give some useful advice both on where the SIM-cards can be bought, and what is available from different providers: http://prepaid-data-sim-card.wikia.com/wiki/Norway

Remember that the SIM-card has to be activated, and you might need some help from the place you buy it.

Where can I buy postage stamps?

You can buy stamps at post offices, at “Post in Shop” – a post counter in a ordinary grocery shop, and often at kiosks and other places where you buy postcards.

The closest to the venue are probably 1) Coop Mega Bislett, Dalsbergstien 19 (opening hours Monday-Friday 08:00-22:00, Saturday 08:00-20:00) and 2) Rema 1000 Ila, Waldermar Thranes gate 25 (opening hours Manday-Friday 07:00-23:00, Saturday 08:00-21:00). Both are “Post in Shop”. The first one is approx. 5 minutes to walk from our venue, and the second one is approx. 7 minutes to walk from our venue.

The prices of stamps for postcards and letters up to 20 grams (up to 2 cm tick) are:

  • To Norway: NOK 13
  • To Europe: NOK 17
  • To the rest of the world: NOK 21

Nora Lindblad – our third guest author

We are lucky to complement our group of invited authors with Nora Lindblad, a young Norwegian author who is in the start of her career. She is currently working on her first collection of short stories for the Norwegian publishing house Forlaget Oktober.

 

One of the short stories Nora has written has been translated to English, and she will read it to us.

The photo at the top of this article shows the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo.

City bikes in Oslo

One way of getting around Oslo is to use the citybikes. They cost NOK 49 for a 24 hours subscription and NOK 99 for a 72 hours subscription. You need to download an app to your phone. You can register and unlock a bike with a foreign phone number. The only thing you have to do is to manually select your country code.

You are allowed to keep your bike for 45 minutes before placing it back into a station. Extended rental is available for NOK 5 per 15 minutes.

Read more about how it works here: oslobysykkel.no/en

Station map: oslobysykkel.no/en/map

Also see our articles about getting to Oslo from the airport and public transportation in Oslo.

Public Transportation in Oslo

Your public transportation guide is www.ruter.no. Get directions for how to reach your destination within Oslo and the Oslo area (Akershus), including also the Oslo Airport (Gardermoen). You can also download this app to buy your ticket, and download this app to get directions . Please note that your phone must be online when buying the ticket in the app. The phone must also be online for a ticket inspection, if today’s picture and control code have not already been downloaded locally to your mobile phone.

The closes bus stop to our venue if you come from the city center (Oslo Central Station) is called St.Hanshaugen (bus 37).

Also see our article about getting to Oslo from the airport and City Bikes in Oslo.

Prices

If you plan to use public transportation in Oslo, and will use it more than 3 days, we would recommend you to buy a 7-days ticket for Oslo (zone 1) (NOK 240 pluss NOK 50 for the travel card you need to buy a 7-days ticket if you don’t buy the ticket in the ruter app downloaded to your phone. The 7-days ticket will allow you to travel unlimited on trains, buses, trams, metro within zone 1 Oslo for one week. For instance between Oslo Central Station in the city center and the venue you can take bus 37, which leaves every 7-8 minute or less at daytime.

For some of you, buying 24-hours tickets and single trip tickets instead could be a good option. 24-hour tickets and single trip tickets can be bought as paper tickets, so that you don’t have to pay the extra NOK 50 for the travel card. 24-hour tickets and single trip tickets can also be bought at ticket machines. We recommend not to buy the tickets onboard the bus etc., as that will normally cost you NOK 22 extra.

Single ticket vs. 24-hours tickets: If you are planning to do 3 or more trips in 24 hours, a 24 hour ticket is recommended (which is valid for 24 hours from the moment you activate the ticket and you can travel as much as you like for 24 hours).

At the airport you can buy the ticket at the 7-Eleven kiosk or at the ruter service point, both in the Arrivals Hall. To get from the airport to the city center by public transportation you need to buy an add-on ticket which will cover zone 4 to 2, it costs NOK 60. You then need to take the NSB-train, not the airport express.

For other sales outlets to buy the tickets, find your nearest here.