Oslo Blog Gathering August 2010 – The Official Program Site

OsloBG2010 at RennyBAThis was a chance to Visit Oslo, the capital of Norway, to explore the city and Norway’s history, culture and traditions!
A compact guided adventure invited by RennyBA’s Terella, to give everyone in Blogsphere a chance to see some of the attractions presented on this blog over the years. The guided tour: Highlights of Oslo, learned them to use the public transportation and chose their favourite attractions like museums, historical buildings, shopping, boat trips or hiking in the woods.

The Participant’s Adventures:
OsloBG2011Some of the participants from all over the world in front of the City Hall. The photo was taken before the grand opening; The Oslo City Mayor’s reception in the town hall.
Back home, safe and sound, they where full of impressions, adventures and wonderful memories. It took a while to digest all, but slowly by the time, more and more posts appeared on their sites. Click here to see the collection of their reports!

Blogging Connecting People:
RennyBAAs an active networker I enjoy using social media and blogging extensively. Through this I have met many nice people online which I am curious about, and would like to meet personally. This is the reason behind this project and no other – I am not sponsored by any tourist group or agency, or any of the local hotels.
However being a network evangelist and traveller I have a lot of experience in planning and some good connections in the local area. I have used my capability to try and arrange a good offer for those who wish to come together and meet while exploring Oslo and hope many of you will join us. This is not a commercial venture for me and I do not earn anything on the participation.

The Program:
18th: Participants arriving from all over the world
19th: 10AM – 1PM – Highlights of Oslo – A compact guided bus tour
19th: 5PM – 6:30PM – Grand opening by The Mayor of Oslo & a City Hall guided tour
19th: – Evening: Casual gathering at Aker Brygge; an amusement area by Oslo harbour
20th & 21st: – Daytime: Free choice of Oslo attractions, some guided by locals
20th: – Evening: Picnic at the Paradise Bay on Bygdøy Island
21st: – Evening: Big Party, OsloBG Grand Finale on The Dubliner Folk Pub
22nd: Participants returning home

Grand opening by the Mayor of Oslo:
The Mayor of OsloThe official opening will take place at Oslo City Hall hosted by Mayor Fabian Stang. The Mayor heads the City Council and is the highest ranking representative of the city. On behalf of the city, the Mayor is given the mandate to invite and greet welcome national and international delegations and individuals, representing organizations and institutions on different levels, such as political, cultural, social or economical. First there will be a 30 min. reception, hosted by the Mayor – refreshments will be served (max participants = 50!) and then a 45 min. guided tour in The City Hall.

visitOSLOvisitOslo is a key contributor to this Gathering. Sharing their knowledge and experience has been an important input for composing the program. Thanks to them we’ve got the Oslo Pass and the guided tour: Highlights of Oslo – all included in the program fee.

The purpose of their website is to promote Oslo as a travel destination. It’s the Official Travel Guide to Oslo providing all the information you need to plan your visit. I strongly recommend that you visit their site and get acquainted with Oslo; what they have to offer and what you would like to do on Friday and Saturday – e.g. Top 10 suggestions

Oslo Pass – Experience Oslo at its best:
Oslo PassIncluded in the Program fee, all participants get the easiest way to experience Oslo and surroundings! The Oslo Pass provides free travel on all public transport, free admission to museums and sights, free parking in all Oslo municipal car parks, discounts on car rental, ice skate hire, Tusenfryd Amusement Park etc.

First Hotel MillenniumThe Gathering’s HUB: First Hotel Millennium is located at Tollbugata 25 in the center of Oslo within easy reach of the city’s sights and attractions as well as public transportations. This elegant city hotel features comfortable, wood appointed accommodation including breakfast to a special price for the Oslo Blog Gathering 2010 participants.
First Hotel Millennium is located in the “Kvadraturen” area, few steps far from the main street Karl Johan. In the area you will find a wide selection of restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs and snack bars.

Check if you need a Visa::
A visa is not required for nationals of countries with which Norway has signed a visa waiver agreement. Nationals of countries with a visa waiver may stay in Norway for up to 90 days. The countries with which Norway has a visa waiver agreement are listed here.