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Hotel Reservations

Gothia Towers
Mässans gata 24, Göteborg, SWEDEN

Rooms are available from October 13 to 19, 2020.
Attendees of the Regional Meeting are offered 15% off the best available room rate at Gothia Towers. 

International Airport

Gothenburg Landvetter Airport (GOT)
Address: S-438 80 Landvetter, SWEDEN
Phone: +46 10 109 31 00
Email: info@landvetterairport.se
The airport is the second busiest airport in Sweden after Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. It is located 20 km (13 miles) east-southeast of Gothenburg. Top ten busiest routes from GOT Airport are European destinations: London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Copenhagen, Berlin, Helsinki, Munich, Brussels, Istanbul and Palma de Mallorca.

Gothenburg Airport consists of a Main Terminal with both domestic and international operations. Both terminal buildings are connected to each other. Gothenburg Airport Terminal consists of a couple of levels:
- Arrivals (ground level)
- Departures (upper level)
Domestic Terminal is located on the right and International Terminal on the left.
At Gothenburg Airport there are VIP Services available to all passengers that request the service. It can also hold wedding ceremonies

Entry Into Sweden

All citizens outside of the European Union are required to have a passport for flying into and out of Sweden. For the most part, though, citizens of countries in Asia, Africa, and South America are required to present a tourist vista when staying less than three months, but those from the United States, Japan, Australia, and Canada do not need a visa for entry.

If you are a family member of a Swedish citizen and planning a stay that's longer than 90 days, you will need to apply for a Schengen visitor's residence permit, which will extend your trip another 90 days to bring your total time allowed in these countries to six months or 180 days.

Welcome to Gothenburg!

 

Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden, is situated off the Göta älv river on the country's west coast. An important seaport, it's known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards like the Avenyn, the city's main thoroughfare, lined with many cafes and shops.

Gothenburg is an open and accessible city. It offers almost everything you would expect of a cosmopolitan city - within walking distance. All you need is right in the city and you can get everywhere on foot - from the Central Station to your hotel, to the arenas, shopping, restaurants and nightlife. But it's not just close to everything; it's also easy to get here. Both international airports are just 20 minutes from the city centre and you can get direct flights here from more than 65 European cities.

Today, Greater Gothenburg is home to 970,000 people from almost every country on the planet. It is they who give the city its soul, its pulse and its unique atmosphere. In Sweden, Gothenburgers have a reputation for their friendliness and hospitality, and many who visit the city for the first time can attest to just how welcoming it feels.

What to do in Gothenburg

Exciting museums, shopping, lots of activities and an amazing archipelago. Discover Gothenburg!

A shopping spree or visit to the museum on the very same day as you plunge into the salty sea or paddle across a glittering lake. Nature is always around the corner and the distances are short. You can easily travel on public transport from cafés and city attractions to cliffs or green forests in no time.

The Gothenburg Archipelago

Over 20 islands with an endless amount of gems to discover. The archipelago of Gothenburg stretches along the coast like a string of pearls. You don't have to travel far from the city to find charming villages, stunning nature and beaches. Seal safaris, sea-fishing and boat excursions are just some of the activities available here.

No cars are allowed in the southern part of the archipelago which makes this the perfect destination for long walks and bike rides. You travel on the same ticket the whole way from the city, including the ferry from Saltholmen. The northern part of the archipelago is accessed by a car ferry from Lilla Varholmen at Hisingen and you can bring your car to most islands.

Liseberg, Scandinavia's Largest Amusement Park

Head-spinning rides, carousels and concerts are an essential part of summer. In October there is fantastic Halloween theme and later in November the park opens up for Christmas at Liseberg.

Learn More about Liseberg!

Visit the splendid Gothenburg Museum of Art

The museum has three stars in Michelin's Green Guide and houses impressive Nordic collections dating from the 15th century, among other works of art.

Learn More about Gothenburg Museum of Art!

Explore the City using the Waterways

Gothenburg has in many ways been shaped by its closeness to the sea, and the river and waterways are present throughout the city. They also offer a great view of the city, so give sightseeing on popular tour boat Paddan a try, or if you're more adventurous, explore the canals in a kayak or on a stand up paddle-board!

Take a 'Fika break' in Haga

This charming neighborhood has a wonderful selection of cafés and small artisan shops. You might like to try a giant cinnamon bun on Haga Nygata.

Learn More about Haga.

Go on Safari through the Rainforest at Universeum

At Universeum you can find a rainforest, a huge aquarium and a variety of exotic animals and plants - all under one roof.

Learn More about Universeum.

Indulge in seafood

Fish and shellfish is a real specialty in the port city of Gothenburg. Shrimp sandwiches, newly caught fish in classic and modern dishes, clams and oysters - the selection is huge! Go to our restaurant page and find your new favorite place, whether you'd like to go all in on seafood or try something else.

Learn More about restaurants.

Visit the Garden Society in the City Centre

Just a stone's throw from the City Centre is the Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) - one of the best preserved nineteenth-century parks in Europe. A short tram ride away you'll find Gothenburg Botanical Garden, a world class botanical garden with more than 16 000 different species of plants.

Learn More about Gothenburg parks and gardens.

Gothenburg Travel Tips

Transportation

Trains

SJ, Västtrafik, Öresundståget, Tågab, NSB and MTR Express are running frequent services to and from the central station in Gothenburg, connecting the city with the Scandinavian capitals Stockholm, Oslo and Copenhagen. The journey times are just under 4 hours from Oslo, around 3 hours from Stockholm and 3,5 hours from Copenhagen. The trains from Denmark stop at Copenhagen international airport, making it a convenient option to fly there and catch the train to Gothenburg.

There are apps that make it easier to plan and book train trips across Europe, here are two of them.

Buses

The bus terminal Nils Ericssonterminalen is serviced by long distance and express bus companies like Flixbus, Nettbus and Bus4you. You can easily get travel to Gothenburg from major cities in Sweden and Scandinavia. The journey time is around 3,5 hours from Oslo, 6,5 hours from Stockholm, 3,5 hours from Malmö and 5 hours from Copenhagen. Travel by bus in West Sweden with public transport company Västtrafik.

Weather

Crisp autumn and winter days are perfect for enjoying a relaxed atmosphere, while the summer season is busier with more visitors. However, late spring and summer are particularly easy to love. Temperatures can rise to 30 degrees Celsius on a sunny day and the sea reaches swim-friendly degrees especially in July and August.

The average minimum temperature (usually the minimum temperature is noted during the night) in Gothenburg in October is 5.0°C (41°F). The amount of rain in October is high with an average of 84mm (3.3in). This month is known as a chilly month. The average maximum temperature lies around 11.0°C (51.8°F). With a water temperature of around 11.0°C (51.8°F), this is not the best month to swim. In this month you will hardly see any sunshine with 94 hours of sun the whole period.

Currency

The monetary unit in Sweden is the krona SEK (plural "kronor") and equals 100 öre. Bank notes are printed in values of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 1,000 kronor. The coin is available as 1, 2, 5 and 10 kronor.

Sweden is widely regarded as the most cashless society on the planet. Most of the country's bank branches have stopped handling cash; many shops, museums and restaurants now only accept plastic or mobile payments. Most terminals in stores are supporting the use of paying with contactless cards.

But no need to worry. Major credit cards (some restriction may apply to American Express) are widely accepted throughout Sweden at banks, hotels, stores, restaurants, taxis, car rental companies, and for air, ship and rail tickets.

Travel Advisory

ISAKOS would like to remind all meeting attendees that it is your responsibility to exercise increased caution when traveling abroad. As a first step in planning any trip, please check the Travel Advisories issued by your home country for your destination. For example, you may access the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs Travel Advisories.

Conditions can change rapidly and at any time. Be sure to note country-specific details that could affect your travel, including entry/exit requirements, local laws and customs, required vaccinations, health conditions, transportation information, and other travel tips. In general, please be vigilant whenever leaving a hotel. Be aware of your surroundings, particularly in crowded public areas, at large events, and when using public transportation (including taxis). ISAKOS encourages all attendees to travel with increased caution and to always exercise good, common sense.

Official Tourism Links

For more information on Gothenburg, Sweden please visit https://www.goteborg.com

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