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    Pre Congress Tour

    Dates: 8-10 June 2017

    City of Oslo – The Follo Line

    Dates: 8-10 June. Two nights.
    All-inclusive price for two persons in twin room NOK 11990.
    All-inclusive price for one person in single room NOK 7295.

    Oslo never fails to deliver unique experiences and tastes. With its old history yet modern feel, the city 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 nightlife is really pulsating, with numerous bars, clubs, cinemas, theatres and musical scenes. Oslo has a considerable geographic size, but there are only some 600 000 people living there. The city hence offers 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 town 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 shall be excavated by four TBMs, operating from one centrally located access point at Åsland. 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 towards Oslo Central Station, and two TBMs will work in the southward direction towards the town of Ski, where the tunnels 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 9.96 m.

    You can find additional information about the project on this site:
    The information is given both in Norwegian and in English (Use the small button marked «English» underneath the larger buttons)

    Program

    Thurday 8 June 2017

    Arrival Oslo on your own. Overnight at Thon Opera Hotel, individual arrivals.

    Friday 9 June 2017

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    0700-0830 hrs: Breakfast at the hotel.
    0845: Meet the tour host in the hotel lobby.
    0900: Short walk to the Follo Project office nearby the Oslo Central train.
    0915: Welcome and presentation, safety drill / housekeeping.
    1000: Local tour bus meet at the Follo project office.
    1015: Bus departing, direct drive to site.
    1045: Arrival at site.
    1345: Lunch on site before return transfer back to Oslo city centre.

    1500: Oslo sightseeing

    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.

    The sightseeing will then commence with a drive to the Bygdøy peninsula for a visit to the iconic Viking Ships Museum: This museum displays three 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 artifacts from Heyerdahl’s world famous expeditions; the Ra II and the Tigris.

    End back at Thon Opera Hotel at 1800 hrs.

    1900: Short bus transfer to Ekeberg Restaurant

    The Ekeberg Restaurant is easily visible on the hill above Bjørvika with a grand view of the new Opera House and the fjord and city centre.

    Three-course menu includes iced water & coffee/tea

    2200: Return transfer from restaurant back to Thon Opera Hotel

    Overnight stay at Thon Opera Hotel

    Saturday 10 June 2017

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    The Bergen Railway

    0630-0715 hrs: Breakfast at the hotel.
    0800: Departure from the hotel – walk to Oslo S platform for train boarding.
    0825: Departure on train bound for Bergen. Group seated together.
    1200: Lunch pre-booked and delivered to seats includes one mineral water & coffee/tea.
    1459: Arrival Bergen Train Station.
    1445: Coach meet at Bergen Railway Station.
    1505: Transfer to hotels (multiple hotels).
    1530: 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 rated 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-Venice, Eurostar (London – Paris), Nozomi 500 (Kyoto – Fukuoka), Pacific Starlight (Los Angeles – Seattle) and  Trans-Siberian (Beijing – Moscow) .

    This line connects Oslo and Bergen, and the train journey “across the roof of Norway” is a unique experience with the highest elevation at 1222 m asl.

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