The field excursion will take place in and around Sommarøy near Tromsø in northern Norway! Situated 350 km north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø offers a vibrant city centre surrounded by raw nature. September is a great time to see the Northern Lights, and Tromsø is one of the best places in the world to experience this.
Our field excursions will be led by Prof. André Freiwald (Director of Senckenberg am Meer, Germany) – one of the pioneers of Arctic coralline algal research. In the Sommarøy-Hillesøy-Brensholmen area, just one hour from Tromsø, there is a fantastic selection of live coralline algae beds at diving / snorkelling depths, plus emerged Holocene beds for those who might not want to get their feet wet!
The plan is to travel to Tromsø from Umeå via overnight train on Friday 1st September (arrival into Tromsø Saturday afternoon), with field excursions on Sunday and Monday (3-4 September).
Once we have an idea of the level of interest, we will provide a more detailed excursion itinerary. Please note, field trip costs are not included in the meeting registration fee.
Getting to Tromsø
Connection to Tromsø from Umeå is possible via the famous Arctic Circle train to Narvik, with a connecting bus to Tromsø. Train prices start from around 600 SEK (~€60). Alternatively, there are direct flights to/from from Stockholm, Oslo and further afield. You may wish to book your return flight from Tromsø, rather than travelling back to Umeå. More information is available on the Visit Tromsø website here.
Accommodation in Tromsø
A wide range of accomodation options are available in the city, including comfortable hotels, local apartments and authentic cabins. More information is available on the Visit Tromsø website here.