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May is fast approaching! Come celebrate with us in Oslo!


article by Morten M. Morch

Next month, the Spring 2019 IPG Conference will open in Oslo.

Our hotel venue is the Grand Hotel, opened in 1847 and situated in Karl Johan, the main street in the Oslo City Centre. The hotel is Norway’s best-known and prestigious hotel. When in Oslo for Norwegian Constitution Day, the Grand Hotel is the place to be!!!!.

Just a short walk from the hotel you can see the Parliament, the Royal Palace and the Oslo harbour. Karl Johan is Oslo’s main shopping street, filled with high-end stores, museums and a large range of restaurants. From here you can visit the famous Oslo Opera house, where you can walk on roof and sneak a peek at the rehearsals inside, Vigelandsparken, a famous park with over 200 statues, and the Munch museum where you can see Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream”.

The conference will kick-off Wednesday with a dinner at Tjuvholmen Sjmagasin, a short walk from the hotel. The restaurant in located in the district of Tjuvholmen, a modern area that was formed in 2012 by connecting an islet to the city with bridges. Here you will eat a lovely seafood meal while enjoying the view of the Oslo harbour.

The conference sessions on Thursday will be at Scandic Edderkoppen, located near the hotel. The sessions will focus on crypto and blockchain technology, a hot topic in today’s society. The day will start with a session on regulation of blockchain technology – where are we and where are we heading – held by Magnus Jones, Tax Technologist at EY and leader of the Norwegian Blockchain group.

The next session will present current Norwegian crypto/blockchain projects, focusing on topics like decentralized skill-identity and how blockchain technology can change the way banks, real estate offices and others work. The last session will be a panel with a Q&A session on blockchain.

The Thursday evening dinner will be at Ekebergrestauranten, situated on a hillside just outside the city centre giving a spectacular view of Oslo. You will be transported to the restaurant by a privately hired tram, traveling like the locals. Here you can enjoy a three-course meal and a DJ.

Friday the 17th of May is the Norwegian National day, so expect to meet excited, Norwegians dressed formally throughout the day wishing you a Happy Birthday - “Gratulerer med dagen!”.

The morning will start with the delegates meeting at Scandic Edderkoppen, followed by Lunch at the Wine Cellar in the Grand Caf?Located in the Grand Hotel, the cellar holds 16 000 bottles and 1 500 different wines, and is one of the largest and most diverse wine collections in Oslo.

After lunch you will walk through the city centre, taking part of the celebrations outside. We will end up at the Akerhus Fortress, where there will be a guided tour. The fortress and its buildings have a rich history and have played a vital role in the development of Oslo. To this day, several of the buildings are still in use by the armed forces and is the Government’s principal venue for official functions and state occasions.

Friday afternoon, there will be free time to relax and take in the holiday spirit. A free outdoor celebration concert will be held at the Akerhus Fortress between 15:30-16:30. You can also choose to take a stroll to the Oslo harbour, or visit one of the many parks in close proximity to the city. Wherever you chose to go, the city will be buzzing with happy Norwegians celebrating from early morning to late evening.

Friday evening will be our last event and farewell dinner. We will dine at Festningen which used to be a prison at the Akerhus Fortress. Today it’s a gourmet brasserie that offers a panoramic view of Oslo and the Oslo Fjord.

For those accompanying delegates, on Thursday we have planned a sightseeing on the Oslo fjord by boat. The tour will end on an islet that holds a rustic yet incredibly charming restaurant overlooking the Oslo Fjord, Lille Herber’n. After lunch there will be a guided tour at the internationally renowned Astrup Fernley Museum which holds the largest collection of contemporary art in Northern Europe. The building, situated at Tjuvholmen, is drawn by the world’s famous architect Renzo Piano and is in itself a masterpiece. 

Friday morning the plan is to watch the famous children’s parade moving towards the Royal Palace to wave hello to the Norwegian King and Queen. The Parade starts with a famous performance by His Majesty The Kings Guards Band and Drill Team right outside the hotel.

The conference host, Advokatfirmaet Morch AS, looks forward to welcoming you to the Spring 2019 IPG Conference.

Morten MORCH

Inkognitogaten 33
NO-0256 OSLO

T +47 90 04 47 29