Archive for April, 2010

FUGN is now accepting registrations for gotoAndSki(); at Juvasshytta June 11-13 2010.

As Juvasshytta is not a big hotel we need to reserve rooms for all participants as soon as possible. The rooms are for three persons with shower and shared bathroom. We have a limited number of these rooms (10 first attendees), but we also have access to other rooms with shared shower and bathroom.

We will have an open agenda during the day where it is possible to ski, hike or take a guided tour. After dinner Friday and Saturday there will be Flash and mobile related sessions. The program is not finalized, but we welcome speakers to submit their proposal.

Ticket price is 1990 NOK pr. person. The price covers two nights, breakfast and a three course meal on friday and saturday. Depending on what you want to do of activities, these is an additional cost. The gotoAndSki(); conference is non-profit.

Click here to go to the Eventbrite registration page

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Summer skiing

Apr, 23, 2010

At Juvasshytta there is an alpine ski resort with lift on a glacier, with top on 2200 meters above sea level, the highest in Scandinavia. It is called Galdhøpiggen summer ski center and is open from June and all the summer as long as the road is open.

All sorts of skiing equipment is available to rent, The one-day pass is NOK 325.- and the two-day pass is 560.-
Read more about Galdhøpiggen Summer Ski here

C.H./Innovation Norway

http://www.flickr.com/photos/alindquist_/ / CC BY 2.0
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One of the activities at Juvass is the hike to the summit of Northern Europe’s highest mountain. The trip is not hard, but the view is breathtaking and crossing the glacier is quite exciting!

“Access to the top of Galdhøpiggen is not especially hard: from Juvasshytta (1850 metres above sea level, 5 km from the summit) it takes about three hours up (including about 45 minute to prepare for crossing the Styggebreen glacier) glacier, an hour at the top and about two hours back. Some days in the summer, a few hundred people reach the summit each day. Guides are needed to cross the glacier, but are available every summer morning.

At the summit a small cabin has been built. In the summer soft drinks, chocolate bars, postcards and other items are sold here. Earlier the Norwegian Postal Authority had a small post office here—being the highest in Northern Europe.” (from Wikipedia)

While the postal office is no longer there, you can still get your postcards stamped at the top. You can find more info about the climb here (Norwegian). Below you can find a couple pictures from when my son did the trip some years ago as well as some more professional pictures from the summit.

Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

Johan Wildhagen/Innovation Norway

Walking up to the summit / Looking up at the summit

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Given that the event location is up in the mountains, it’s also not just next to a major airport so some travel is required. If you arrive by plane, you should fly to OSL Airport and then take either train or car from there. The best/cheapest airline for getting to OSL is usually Norwegian.

By train

The most comfortable way is by taking the train to Otta station. From there, we will arrange for someone to pick you up by car. To arrange the pickup, just send an email to jenschr [at) gmail (dot] com after you have ordered your ticket.

The train takes 3.5hrs to Otta and the drive from Otta is about 2 hrs. There are 6 trains daily and you can also jump on this train directly from OSL airport to save some time. Use http://nsb.no for train planning.

By car

You can also do the trip using your own car. Travel time will vary depending on where you travel from, but using Google Maps gives you a decent estimate. The drive from both Oslo and Bergen is about 6 hours. We already know of people driving their own car, so email us if you either drive and have room for others, or you want to catch a ride with someone.

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