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Practical information for the Finse workshops

The AD Model Builder workshop and the Hierachical modelling workshop will be held at Finse Alpine Research Centre about 3.5 hours by train and buss from the conference venue. Participants must be prepared to hike 2 km in possibly bad weather and through wet snow to and from the field station. We will organize accommodation in shared same-gender rooms (special arrangements may be requested - see below).

Travel arrangements

Finse can only be reached by train and you are advised to buy train tickets well in advance - please see the page on Getting to and from Finse for travel directions.

Participants of the AD Model Builder workshop should arrive in the evening of 29 June (an evening meal will be served at 21:00), and must vacate their rooms by 19:00 on 1 July unless also taking part in the Hierachical modelling workshop.

Those participating in the Hierachical modelling workshop should arrive in the evening of 1 July (evening meal at 21:00). There will be a coach taking us from Hønefoss to the conference venue at Sundvollen on Tuesday 3 July (this is included in the registration fee) – buy train tickets from Finse to Hønefoss for the 10:19 departure.


Accommodation and all meals are included in the registration fee for both of the workshops at Finse. Participants will be housed at the research centre in rooms with two or four beds (special arrangements may be requested – send email to the organizers). Bed sheets and towels will be provided (though you may want to bring a large towel for the sauna). Alternative accommodation may be booked at the hotel Finse 1222 or the hostel DNT Finsehytta 1.5 km from the research centre.

There is high speed wireless internet available free of charge at the station.

What to bring?

  • A laptop with the most recent version of the course software installed
  • Wind and water proof clothing (may be needed on the hike to the station)
  • A large towel for the sauna may be useful

More about Finse

Finse was the scene of the ice planet planet Hoth in Star Wars' Empire Strikes Back, and the area has served as training ground for many polar expeditions. Read more about Finse here:

You may consider combining your visit to Finse with one of the Norway in a Nutshell trips. It may be possible to combine your visit to Finse with mountain trekking, but be aware that there may still be a lot of snow in these areas and some lodges may be closed - see The Norwegian Trekking Association for information.

Published Dec. 1, 2011 2:27 AM - Last modified Mar. 28, 2012 12:48 AM