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    Pre Congress Tour

    Dates: June 8th to 10th 2017

    City of Oslo – The Follo Line

    Dates: June 8th to 10th 2017. 2 Nights.
    All-inclusive price for two persons in twin room NOK 11990.-
    All-inclusive price for one person in single room NOK 7295.-

    City of Oslo – The Follo Line

    Oslo never fails to deliver unique experiences and tastes. Oslo with its old history yet modern feel, gives the visitor a wonderful mixture of both old and new and in the core of the city ends The Follo Line. The country´s largest infrastructure project with the so far longest railroad tunnel in Norway. Despite low population numbers, the night life is really pulsating, with numerous bars, clubs and cinemas. Oslo has also a renowned theatre and musical scene. Oslo has a considerable geographic size, but there are only some 600 000 people living there. Oslo does hence offer unique nature interactions that are difficult to match anywhere else in Europe. Hills and forests on one side and the magnificent Oslo fjord on the other surround the city.

    The Follo Line Project: Urban project constructing the longest railway tunnel in the Nordic countries

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    The 20 km long tunnel at Follo Line is the longest railway tunnel to date in the Nordic countries. This is Norway’s first long twin tube railway tunnel constructed with tunnel boring machines.

    The new in total 22 km long double track railway line between Oslo and the small city of Ski, will provide a significantly improved railway capacity for the region south of Oslo towards the border of Sweden. The line will be completed in December 2021.

    One central TBM launching location

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    The northern 1.5 km of the tunnel section is located close to sensitive infrastructure, and is excavated by a combination of drill & blast and drill & split methodology. 18.5 km of the 20 km long tunnel sections will be excavated by four TBMs, operating from one centrally located access point at Åsland, close to the main road. The TBM boring activities started in September 2016 and are expected to be completed by the end of 2018. Two TBMs will bore in the northward direction toward Oslo Central Station, and two TBMs will work in the southward direction toward the city of Ski, where they will be connected to a cut- and cover section.  All four TBMs are double shield machines, designed for extreme hard rock conditions, and built by Herrenknecht AG. The diameter of each machine is 9.960 meter.

    You can find additional information about the project on this site:

    http://www.banenor.no/Prosjekter/prosjekter/follobanen/

    The information is given both in Norwegian and in English (Use the small button marked «English» underneath the larger buttons)

    Program

    Thurday 8th June 2017

    Arrival Oslo on own. Overnight at Thon Opera Hotel Individual arrivals

    Friday 9th June 2017

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    07:00-08:30: Breakfast at the hotel
    08:45: Meet the tour host in the hotel lobby
    09:00: Walk to the Follo Project Office at Oslo S
    09:15: Welcome and presentation, safety drill/House keeping
    10:00: Local Tour Bus meet at Thon Opera Hotel Charter 8 hours at disposal
    10:15: Departure from the Thon Opera Hotel, direct drive to site
    10:45: Arrival at site.
    13:45: Lunch on site before return transfer back to Oslo city centre

    15:00: Oslo Sightseeing
    A coach a professional guide will take you on a 3  hour Sightseeing of Oslo.

    The tour will commence with a drive past the historic Akershus Fortress, City Hall, National Theatre and the Royal Residence. The tour will then continue with a visit in the Vigeland Sculpture Park, It is a large park containing the collection of more than 200 fantastic sculptures made by the world famous Norwegian artist Gustav Vigeland. It is the most popular attraction in Norway with  some 1 million visitors per year and an excellent example of Norway’s great cultural heritage.

    The sightseeing will then commence with a drive to the Bygdøy peninsula for an inside visit to the iconic Viking Ships Museum: This museum displays 3 viking ships that were found in royal burial mounds where they had been buried more than 1100 years ago to carry their royal owners to “the other side”.

    While at Bygdøy, a visit will also be made to the Kon-Tiki Museum, which displays vessels and artefacts from Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions; the Ra II and the Tigris.

    End back at Thon Opera Hotel at 18:00.

    19:00: Short Bus transfer to Ekerberg Restauant

    The Ekeberg Restaurant is easily visible on the hill above Bjørvika with grand view of the new Opera House and the rest of Oslo. It is a newly renovated and modern design restaurant and consists of several dining rooms, with a fantastic view of the Oslofjord, the islands and boats.

    3 course menu incl iced water & coffee/tea

    22:00: Return transfer from restaurant back to Thon Opera Hotel
    Overnight at Thon Opera Hotel

    Saturday 10th June 2017

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    06:30-07:15: Breakfast at the hotel
    08:00: Departure from the hotel – walk to Oslo S platform for boarding of Train
    08:25: Departure on Train bound for Bergen. Group seated together
    12:00: Lunch pre-booked and delivered to seats incl 1 mineral water & Coffee/tea
    14:59: Arrival Bergen Train Station
    14:45: Coach meet Bergen  Train station
    15:05: Transfer to hotels ( multiple hotels)
    15:30: All guests checked in at Hotels

    Leave Oslo on the morning express train on the world famous Bergen Railway line bound for Bergen. Bergen railway line is rates as one of the finest railway journeys in the world. Chicago Tribune voted the Bergen line as number 1 in competition with amongst other the Indian-Pacific (Sydney – Perth) Vienna-Venezia, Eurostar (London – Paris) Nozomi 500 (Kyoto – Fukuoka), Pacific Starlight (Los Angeles – Seattle) and  Trans-Siberian (Beijing – Moskva)

    This line connects the two most important cities in Norway, Oslo and Bergen, and the train journey “over the roof of Norway” is an experience in a class of its own. The Bergen Line is a unique experience on Northern Europe`s highest railway ( 1222 metres a.s.l as the highest point.)

    Upon arrival in Bergen, a private coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotels.