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Tromso Chess Olympiad – Need To Know

Tromso 2014 logoThe organizing committee of the Tromso Chess Olympiad has issued a brochure with the basic information that visitors need to know before and on arrival.

Money

We strongly recommend exchange of Euro and U.S. dollars to Norwegian currency (NOK) prior to departure – or at Norway’s international airport, Gardermoen.

On arrival in Tromsø there will be limited opportunities for currency exchange. The only place that to exchange foreign currency to NOK in Tromsø is the main post office (Posten). Please note that the post office only accepts Euro and U.S. dollars.

Climate

In spite of its location so far north, Tromsø enjoys a moderate oceanic climate. From May 20 to July 22, the city is graced by the Midnight Sun and daylight around the clock. It then gets gradually darker every night – but you will still get to experience those bright summer nights in August.

Arrival at Oslo Airport

A Chess Olympiad crew will welcome and guide you at Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Please remember to pick up your luggage for custom clearance, and check in again for Tromsø (TOS).

Our team will show you where to go. They will meet you outside the custom clearance area, so you will find them after you have picked up your luggage.

Arrival at Tromsø Airport

On arrival at Tromsø Airport all participants will be welcomed and guided by our friendly local hosts. The Chess Olympiad will also have an Information stand in the arrival area, which will provide help with practical questions.
Furthermore, we offer free shuttle bus service from the airport to all accommodation venues. We will guide you about which bus to take and give you a complete bus schedule for the Olympiad.

Lost or delayed luggage

The security company Securitas handles all lost and found property at the airport, and can be contacted by phone: (+47) 670 34 506.

Objects found on board will be handled by the respective airline. If your luggage is delayed or damaged, please contact the airline you traveled with as soon as possible.

Check-in at hotels

Please note that all the hotels in Tromsø will ask for a credit card before check-in. This is standard hotel procedure, and will cover expenses that aren’t paid in advance by the organizer or the federation. It will be sufficient if the Head of Delegation or another federation official uses one credit card for this purpose.

Accreditation desk

All participants have to be accredited in order to access the playing area – please collect your accreditation at the Accreditation desk.

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel, first floor
(see map in the centre of the Info bulletin)
Opening hours:
30 July: 10:00-18:00
31 July: 10:00-21:00
1-2 August: 09:00-21:00

See further opening hours in the Info bulletin (PDF, 47MB)

Information offices

Our Information offices will help with any questions and provide various kinds of practical information.

Location: Radisson Blu Hotel and Chess Olympiad Arena
(see map in the centre of the Info bulletin)

Phone: (+47) 971 39 753.

Opening hours at Radisson Blu Hotel:
30 July: 10:00-18:00
31 July: 10:00-21:00
1-14 August: 09:00-22:00

Arena information desk:
2-12 August: 13:00-21:00

See further opening hours in the Info bulletin

Opening ceremony

Accredited players, captains, trainers and delegates are allowed entry to the opening ceremony (as well as the closing ceremony).

The opening ceremony takes place on August 1 at 19:30 at Skarphallen, located in Heilovegen 19, nearby the Scandic Hotel.

The Chess Olympiad will provide free shuttle buses from Prostneset to Skarphallen on the ceremony dates. Please see complete bus schedule at your hotel, or at the Information office at Radisson Blu Hotel.

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