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The GOVST-VIII Annual Science Team Meeting

is hosted by our Norwegian collagues from NERSC and will take place in Bergen, Norway.

Bergen view


Registration is now CLOSED

Please note that the deadline for booking  accommodation is the 8 October 2017 (see further details below)!!


To arrange your participation in this event, please follow the instructions below:

  1. If you need an invitation letter for VISA purposes please contact the GOV programme office or our Norwegian hosts.
  2. Please complete the online registration form. This is mandatory!
  3. Arrange your hotel accommodation with the Augustin Hotel in Bergen. The hotel will provide our meeting venue and we strongly encourage you to book a room here. Please note that the deadline for booking the hotel using the special rate is the 8 October 2017. Any unused rooms will be released after this date and are then subject to availability.

For any questions please read through the details below or contact the programme office.


Hotel reception


Our host has arranged a special rate room-block for attendees of the 8th GOVST Annual Meeting at the Augustin Hotel in Bergen. i.e. 905 Kr for a single room  per night (this is ca.£85, €95 or $110) and includes breakfast. You can alos book a double room for which an addtional costs would be charged (see belwo). The hotel will also provide the meeting rooms and facilities for the event.

Hotel room

Augustin Hotel, Bergen
C. Sundts gate 22
5004 Bergen

Augustin Hotel enjoys a central location, close to Bergen's express boat terminal, with excellent shopping options and all the city’s attractions right on the doorstep. Augustin is a popular hotel with a relaxed atmosphere and outstanding service.


  • Reservation/Booking

To book accommation you need to go to the hotels booking website were you will need to provide credit card details for making the booking.  The special rate covers 1 day before/after the meeting and includes breakfast.

A double room can be booked for an extra 200 NOK per night. Please make a note on the booking. After the deadline of 8 October participants can book directly referring to the meeting name and as long as rooms are available be rate can be provided.

Requests to check in earlier/check out late should be made at the time of reservation. Both are subject to availability and additional charges may be applicable accordingly. All guests are required to produce photo identification/passport at the time of check-in.

Bergen fjord view

Please contact the GOV programme office for booking details, code and contact information.


  • Hotel booking deadline and cancellations

Please book your room under this room block by 8 October 2017 to take advantage of the special price.

Booked rooms for the GOVST meeting can be cancelled without any charge until 8 October 2017.


Some useful info about Bergen and Norway

Bergen autumn

Language: English is widely spoken in Norway, and virtually every Norwegian can speak fluent (or understand a minimum of, this is mostly the elder people) English.

Climate: Norway is quite far North, but it does not have an arctic climate. The south-west coast (Bergen) has a mild humid climate like Britain and the Netherlands. Most visitors come during summer but Norway also has a very long skiing season from November to April.

Prices: Norway is one of the richest countries in the world and many things are accordingly expensive (particularly personal service, such as restaurants and taxis, as well as some food items). Note that service and taxes (VAT) is always included in the price offered, nothing is added to the bill.

Eating out: Tips are not included into the price of of food and drinks, and so it is usual for Norwegians to leave a tip in restaurants rounding up the bill. It is uncommon to tip taxi-drivers or cleaning staff at hotels.

Electricity: 230 volts. You might require a plug adapter.

Money: ATMs (called 'Minibank') are widely available in all cities and towns for cash withdrawals and other services. Most of these accept international credit cards such as MasterCard and Visa for cash withdrawals, and some allow withdrawals of cash in other European currencies. There are ATMs located in shops and petrol stations which allow cash withdrawals using the Bank Axept debit card, available from Norwegian banks.

Find out more about Norway...



Bergen map overview


The Bergen International Airport is located south of Bergen and it takes about 20-30 min by car/taxi to get to/from the hotel.

Tranfers to Bergen from the airport can be made by using a

  • shuttle bus service (Flybussen), cost ~100 NOK. Details about the bus stops in Bergen are available from the Bergen-Guide site. The best stop for the Augustin Hotel seems to be Fishmarket/Lido Corner (Torget V/ Lido).
  • taxi (cost around 400-600 NOK)
  • car hire (~€200 for one week)

The shuttle bus is the easiest and cheapest option.     


Flights: Bergen has a small international airport (BGO) which connects to many national (Norwegian) and international (European) destinations. Reaching Bergen from further away will require a stopover at one of Europe's larger airports, e.g. London, Amsterda, Paris, Barcelona or Frankfurt. Airlines flying to Bergen from those airports include BA, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Scandinavian Airlines, KLM, Lufthansa of Icelandair.

Cost of flights from European destinations are about 120-150 Euros.