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Bookcrossing zones and little free libraries in Norway

A BookCrossing zone is situated at Oslo Central Station (OsloS) – our main train station, at the Oslo Visitors Centre. Easy to reach whether you live in Oslo, visit Oslo or is just passing by, changing trains here. 

If you start looking, there are several other bookcrossing zones and little free libraries around the country, Continue reading Bookcrossing zones and little free libraries in Norway


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.

Fifth Newsletter for BookCrossing Convention Oslo

37 days – 5 weeks – to go:-)

Restaurants for dinner on Saturday evening:

If you want to join us for dinner on Saturday evening, but have not signed up yet, please sign up for one of the restaurants we have chosen, use the doodle link for the restaurant you choose.

For those of you with allergies; Based on the allergies you reported to us in your registration form, we will inform the restaurant of your allergies. Please duble-check with us if you are unsure of what has been reported.

# 1) Elias mat & sånt – Norwegian food. You choose between one of the following three options: meat (ca. NOK 270), fish (ca. NOK 240) or vegetarian/vegan (ca. NOK 200). 48 spaces.

# 2) Pila – Norwegian/Nordic food. You will get a choice between one of the following three options: meat (ca. NOK 250-270), fish (ca. NOK 230-240) or vegetarian/vegan (ca. NOK 170-200). 40 spaces

# 3) Cin Cin Cafe – Italian pizza restaurant with a Norwegian twist to some of their pizzas. Glutenfree pizza and vegetarian pizza is available. Pizzas from NOK 139. In this restaurant you also find an OBCZ. 20 spaces.

# 4) Jaipur Indian Restaurant – Indian food. Main course from NOK 169 (vegetable dishes)/NOK 219. 20 spaces.

# 5) Funky Fresh Food – Vegan cusine. Main course from NOK 129 (today’s soup), NOK 179 (burgers). 12 spaces.

When you sign up in doodle for the restaurant you choose, please use your bookcrossing alias as name if you are a bookcrosser. If people are accompanying you, make separate registrations for them to get the number of participants right.  (You can register them with the same e-mail as you used for yourself.)

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Estimated walking distance from venue:

  • Elias mat & sånt (Kristian Augusts gate 14) – 15 minutes – directions
  • Pila (Østre Elvebakken 7) – 18 minutes – directions
  • Cin Cin Café (Akersgata 47) – 15 minutes – directions
  • Jaipur Indian Restaurant (Karl Johans gate 18C) – 20 minutes – directions
  • Funky Fresh Foods (DoGA, Hausmanns gate 16) – 17 minutes – directions

Convention map with restaurants and other points of interest:

Getting to Oslo

Oslo Airport (Gardermoen) – Oslo Lufthavn (OSL) – is Norway’s main airport.

Normally the best way to get from the airport to the city center is by ordinary train. It’s less expensive than the airport express train, and it uses only a few minutes more. The Airport Express Coach (bus) may also be a good option if your hotel is close to one of the places the bus stops (see below).

Continue reading Getting to Oslo

First Newsletter for BookCrossing Convention Oslo

We have copied this great idea from the organizers of the UK conventions/unconventions, and will issue newsletters for the BookCrossing Convention in Oslo on a monthly basis – or more often if needed – to inform and remind you of this and that.

Many bookcrossers have decided to put their skis on, to slide right down to Oslo in April 2017!

We are now 103 participants (including 5 children) from 15 countries.

You can now sign up for the Early Arrivals dinner at Heim St.Hanshaugen on Thursday

The convention team has made some slight changes to the detailed schedule in September-November.

  • We have cancelled the Harry Hole Guided Walk on Sunday due to limited interest for this option, and a requirement for minimum participants, please register for the Harry Hole Guided Walk on Friday if you want to walk in Harry Holes footsteps.
  • We have included an Early Arrivals dinner at Heim St.Hanshaugen on Thursday.  There are 30 spots at 19:00 and 30 spots at 20:30. Remember to sign up if you want to join the dinner.

You can find the updated schedule here: bcoslo.wordpress.com/2016/01/16/schedule/

Bookplates are ready to be ordered in the supply store at bookcrossing.com


A very special bookplate has been designed for the International Anniversary Convention 2017 in Norway. Check it out and order in the Supply Store at www.bookcrossing.com (among the featured bookplates). It is available in English and Norwegian version.

Would you like to come extra early and experience the Norwegian way of celebrating Easter?

wp_20160210_07_48_13_proGoing to the mountains for Easter is a typically Norwegian thing to do. Travelina is arranging a Norwegian Easter tour to a place in the mountains called Gaustablikk from Wednesday 12th or Thursday 13th until Monday 17th April (last part of Easter holidays) travelina with Norwegian friends and bookcrossers MissMarkey, Molyneux and Lesenmachtfroh are going to a place in the Norwegian mountains called Gaustablikk. You don’t have to ski to come with us. Would you like to join? Read more at www.bookcrossing.com/forum/22/534520/8826886

Payment for the convention and extras

Except for a couple of persons who just signed up for the convention, everyone on the attendees list as of 30th November 2016 have also paid for everything. Thank you so much! We will do our best to give good value for your money:-)

Some information about payment for those of you that will sign up later:

We appreciate that you pay for everything (convention ticket, sightseeing events, T-shirts) in one sum to reduce the fees you and we have to pay to the banks/paypal. Therefore, first please consider everything you want to join that require upfront payment, then pay. If you are a family or group, we appreciate that you pay together, if possible.

You can see what you can book, and what you have booked, that require upfront payment here – and the prices:

Example if you book everything for one person, and have registered after 31st October 2016:

Convention Ticket NOK 550
T-shirt NOK 100
Sightseeing on Thursday
(for children under 16 years and seniors from 67 years of age the price is NOK 180)
NOK 350
Harry Hole Guided Walk
(for children under 18 years the price is NOK 100)
NOK 200
Ibsen Museum
(for children under 18 years the price is NOK 30)
NOK 75
Total NOK1275

Feel free to contact us at https://bcoslo.wordpress.com/—/contact-us/ if you want to check your calculations before you pay.

Translated Norwegian Literature

Inspired by or preparing for the convention in Oslo, why not read some literature by Norwegian authors?

For inspiration, visit Flickr to see all book covers of Norwegian books translated through translation grants from NORLA or The Nordic Council of Ministers from 2011 to 2015 (the 2016 covers are not posted yet).

All sets: https://www.flickr.com/photos/norwegianliterature/sets

You can also go directly to your language.

Continue reading Translated Norwegian Literature