Sponsors: The Antarctic Circle and The Fram Museum

Principles of the SouthPole-sium
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Optional Excursion to Uranienborg
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Joe O'Farrell and Rob Stephenson checked out two hotels when they were in Oslo in early December 2015. They are the Park Inn (our unofficial "official hotel") and the Hotel Perminalen, right next door and suggested by Geir Kløver, the director of the Fram Museum. The Perminalen would be particularly appropriate for those looking for budget accommodation. Geir also mentoned the Anker Hotel.

Joe and Rob stayed in an apartment not far from the Central Station. It was excellent, modern, quiet, comfortable and with a large outdoor patio. On the ground floor is a grocery store so all our wants were provided for (except for ice cubes which don't seem to be plentiful in Oslo in winter!). (Bjørvika Apartments)

Bruce Larsen, who is planning to attend, recommends the Bondeheimen where he arranged accommodation for a touring choral group he is a member of.

There are some B&Bs that might be worth a try. Airbnb presents some possibilities, too.

Park Inn by Radisson https://www.parkinn.com/hotel-oslo
Øvre Slottsgate 2c

This well-located hotel, within walking distance of the bus route to Bygdøy and the dock which the Bygdøy ferry uses, is the closest thing to an "official hotel" for the SouthPole-sium. Several of those who will be attending have already made bookings (see notations in red in the list of those attending). The hotel is offering attendees slightly lower rates and are holding 50 rooms until April 25th. The rates, which include breakfast, are NOK 1,245 (single) and NOK 1,445 (double). (May and June are very busy months in Oslo so hotels are not able to do an awful lot on special rates.) To book these rooms, contact the Meetings and Events Manager, Ms. Vibeke Mauritz Hansen, who can be reached by email at: vibeke.mauritz.hansen@parkinn.com or by phone at +47 22 400 189.

"The Park Inn is steps away from top shopping and sightseeing destinations. Located in the bustling city centre, this Oslo hotel offers an ideal base for exploring Norway's exciting waterfront capital. Guests can walk to attractions like Akershus Fortress and the Opera House, as well as Aker Brygge shopping district and Karl Johans gate, the city's main street. Enjoy easy access to public transportation and major motorways. Stylish and inviting, our 118 rooms boast amenities like coffee and tea provisions, satellite television and Free Wireless High-speed Internet. Sample a variety of hot and cold items at the breakfast buffet for just NOK 100 when booked or NOK 150 upon arrival. The on-site RBG Bar invites guests to savour refreshing beer, wine and cocktails in a chic, warm atmosphere. Featuring 6 well-equipped meeting rooms, this Oslo hotel accommodates events of up to 108 delegates.
    • This hotel in Oslo city centre is just a short walk from Central Station.
    • Karl Johans gate, Akershus Fortress and the Royal Palace are less than 1 kilometre away.
    • All 118 comfortable rooms include amenities Free Wireless High-speed Internet.
    • Hotel's breakfast buffet available for NOK 100 when booked online.
    • Relax with friends and colleagues at the on-site RBG Bar.
    • Our 6 meeting rooms span a total of 150 square metres.
    • The Park Inn by Radisson Oslo is a non-smoking property."

Hotel Perminalen http://www.perminalen.no/Default.aspx?L=GB
Øvre Slottsgate 2

Since the opening in 1954, the Perminalen Hotel has worked in close collaboration with the Norwegian Army. Many Norwegian soldiers and officers have stayed in our hotel for shorter or longer periods of time during the last 47 years.

The Perminalen Hotel offers nice and clean rooms with high standards. All the rooms have bathroom with shower and toilet. Every room has TV.

    • 3 minutes from Karl Johan, parliament and subways (Parliament)
    • 3 minutes from Aker Brygge.
    • 10 minutes from Oslo Central Station (Oslo S).
    • Accommodation capacity for up to 200 people.
    • Smoke-free hotel.
    • Backyard with outdoor seating in summer.
    • Dining room with seating for 80 people.
    • Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
    • 2 meeting rooms for up to 10-12 people.
    • Free luggage storage.
    • Wireless Internet.
    • Common room.
    • Attended reception 24 hours a day.
    • P-house two blocks beyond the hotel.
    • Free maps, brochures and receptionists who can help with info about Oslo.

Bondeheimen Hotel http://www.bondeheimen.com/
Rosenkrantzgate 8

Hotell Bondeheimen is located only 100 meters from the parliament building, Stortinget, and the main street Karl Johans gate. Guests will find themselves in the most central part of downtown Oslo, with all important museums, shops, restaurants and attractions, like the Royal Palace and Aker Brygge, within walking distance. You will also find popular shopping centers like Oslo City, Glasmagasinet and Steen&Strøm close by.
Hotell Bondeheimen is a business hotel right in the center of downtown Oslo. We have all the facilities you might require in our immediate surroundings, and public transportation like the airport train, Flytoget, is only minutes away. The airportbus, Flybussen, actually stops right outside our building.

Anker Hostel http://www.ankerhostel.no/en/   Anker Hotel http://www.anker-hotel.no/en/
Storgata 55

There is both an Anker Hotel and an Anker Hostel. They share the same address.

"Anker Hotel is owned by the Foundation Anker STI. The Foundation has four separate divisions:
    • Anker Hotel consisting of 296 guest rooms.
    • Anker Student Housing consisting of approx. 1000 studios and apartments.
    • Anker Hostel consisting of 53 guest rooms in wintertime and 126 guest rooms during summertime.
    • Anker Business Space consisting of 7000sq.m. of office space rental."

"Anker Hostel is a modern hostel, located in the middle of Oslo. We offer:
    • Private rooms with ensuites
    • Laundry services
    • Bar
    • Kitchen
    • Internet
    • Luggage Lockers
    • Parking
We have approx 50 rooms all year around, with 250 beds. In the summer, we have a lot more, since we use some student apartments next door.
All our rooms have a private bath room with WC and shower. You only share with those in the same room.
You have to make your bed yourself. Either you bring your bed linen with you, or you rent it in our reception. Sleeping bags are not allowed (sanitary reasons).
We aim to provide separate gender dorms as long as there is availability."

Smarthotel Oslo http://smarthotel.no/en/oslo
St. Olavs gate 26

"Our new state of the art budget hotel opened in mid-summer of 2013. With its central location, Smarthotel is easily accessible from the National Theatre station; only a few minutes walk away. Within walking distance you'll also find the Royal Palace, National Assembly, the quays of Aker Brygge, the Opera House and the Vigeland Sculpture park. Oslo's main shopping street Karl Johans gate is just around the corner. Our low cost hotel has a large roof terrace, meeting room situated on the ground floor and our very own Smart bar where both guests and locals enjoy to hang out. Order your next stay at smarthotel.no and get a delicious Scandinavian breakfast included."

Using its website I found (on 20 November 2016) that a single room for one person for one night (13 May 2017) is 835 NOK or $97, £78, or €92.

Bjørvika Apartments http://www.bjorvika-apartments.no/en/

"Located in a new and exciting part of the city, Bjørvika Apartments offers a temporary home in Oslo for you who request freedom as well as comfort. Enjoy the urban city environment from a new, modern and central apartment in an area that is becoming one of the most attractive parts of the city, within short distance from attractions such as the Opera house. We offer accommodation on both sides of the railway station; in the Operakvarteret and Teaterkvartalet.
The central location is reflected in the short walking distance from both Oslo Central Station and Oslo Bus Terminal. After spending hours on a plane, and later on a bus or train, it is comforting to know that your apartment is only a 5-10 minute walk away from the train station and the bus terminal.
Bjørvika Apartments in Oslo are perfect for you who travel alone, for couples, friends or colleagues, and even families or groups. You can choose your apartment from a selection of three different apartment types with one, two or three bedrooms. If you are in need of a baby cot or an extra bed, we can arrange this for an additional charge. All buildings have elevators for easy access to the various floors. If you like to enjoy a cup of coffee outside in the morning sun, you might be interested to know that most of our apartments have private balconies. In addition, there is a communal roof terrace that is open to everyone."

I stayed in one of these apartments in December 2016 and I will be staying in one this December as well (while attending the annual Amundsen Memorial Lectures and checking out arrangements for the SouthPole-sium). I can highly recommend them based on my stay. Clean, modern, quiet, on the whole conveniently located. I had a two bedroom apartment with a very large patio, open concept kitchen, dining, living room.

B&Bs http://www.bbnorway.com/

Airbnb http://www.airbnb.com