Hedmark University College is located in the south-eastern part of Norway. With more than 7500 students it is one of the largest university colleges in Norway. Hedmark University College has four campuses with different professional faculties: Health and Sports (Elverum), Forestry and Wildlife Management (Evenstad), Business administration, Social Sciences and Computer Science (Rena) and Education and Natural Sciences (Hamar).

SONY DSCThe conference will be held on Campus Hamar. Hamar is located one hour north of Oslo Airport, and is easily accessible by train. The address for the conference venue is Hedmark University College, Holsetgata 31, 2318 Hamar. Sitting on the shores of Norway’s biggest lake, Mjøsa, it has beautiful surroundings. The campus is in the town center with easy access to hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as recreational areas by the lake.

One of the recreational areas consists of Hedmarksmuseet “The Hedmark museum“, located on Domkirkeodden, an important historical landmark in Hamar. The museum is one of Norway’s largest medieval museums, providing an insight into our history from the Viking era, through the Middle Ages and up until today.  Domkirkeruin eksteriør1The institution is a combined medieval, ethnological and archaeological museum, and has received architectural prizes for its approach to conservation and exhibition. The glass structure covering the medieval cathedral ruins is the main attraction, designed by the famous architect Kjell Lund. The open air museum by Mjøsa comprises over 60 antique buildings from the Hedmark villages. Permanent exhibitions are available in Storhamarlåven from the 1700s, converted to a museum by architect Sverre Fehn. Guided tours of the country’s largest ecological herb garden are also available.

Langs strandveien og ridehusstrandaIf you continue along the lakeside, you will find The Norwegian Railway Museum. This is a museum for railway enthusiasts, children and those interested in Norwegian history. The grand station buildings create a nostalgic atmosphere in the museum park, and the main exhibition takes you on a short journey through Norway’s transport and railway history. Norway’s shortest railway line is just a few hundred meters long, and a trip on the pellets-fired steam train is a highlight for many visitors.

Down by the lake Mjøsa, you will find Skibladner. Skibladner til bryggaSkibladner is known as the world’s oldest paddle steamer. When the ship’s bell rings and Skibladner puts out to sea, you will discover “the art of slow travel”. Skibladner has been carrying passengers across Mjøsa since 1856, and is today the world’s oldest paddle steamer still providing this type of service. An impeccably dressed head waiter will ensure that you are comfortable in one of the region’s best restaurants. The unique interior, with its plush, mahogany, brass ceiling lights and gilded mirrors, are reminiscent of a time when gentlemen arrived wearing top hats and ladies came dressed in layers of skirts. A varied menu is available on board.

A new cultural center “Kulturhuset” will be completed by January 2013. KulturhusetKulturhuset will be the cultural nexus for cultural production and artistic development in the region and a major cultural venue. Kulturhuset will offer concert and theater performances, youth culture, music workshops, conference hall, library, cinema, cafeteria and office space. It will include a variety of large and small rehearsal rooms adapted to local and amateur choirs, bands, and dance and theater groups.

Kirsten Flagstad, Norway’s most famous international opera singer, was born at Strandstuen, Hamar in 1895. Today the little house, which is the oldest building in Hamar, is home to the Kirsten Flagstad Museum. StrandstuenIn 1935, she became an overnight international sensation when she made her début at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York as “Siegelinde” in Wagner’s opera “Die Walküre”. After her momentous breakthrough, Kirsten was hailed as ”The Voice of the Century”. The museum has a unique collection of costumes, props, photos and artefacts from the artist’s life and work, photographs and programs from a number of productions, recorded performances and various recordings on record and CD. Daily guided tours during the summer season.

Additionally, Hamar is known for its indoor long track speed skating and bandy arena, the Olympia Hall, HAR_Vikingskipet_0807_#FE46jpgbetter known as Vikingskipet (“The Viking ship”) for its shape. It was built to host the speed skating competitions of the 1994 Winter Olympics that were held in nearby Lillehammer. Already in 1993 it hosted the Bandy World Championships.The Vikingskipet Olympic Arena was later used in the winter of 2007 as the service park for Rally Norway, the second round of the 2007 World Rally Championship season. It has been the host for the world’s second largest computer party The Gathering starting on the Wednesday in Easter each year, for the last 13 years. Also situated in Hamar is the Hamar Olympic Amphitheatre which hosted the figure skating and short track speed skating events of the 1994 Winter Olympics.

AnkerskogenAnkerskogen water park is one of the most visited water parks in Norway. It has been used 355 days a year for 30 years for the benefit of approx. 230000-250000 visits a year. The Water Park was renovated in 2013 and offers spa and fitness center, four pools, bath & play, sauna, and steamroom.

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