There are a few simple things you should know before the party begins.
Time and place
Solskogen 2018 happens from Friday the 13th to Sunday the 15th of July. The party place is called Flateby Samfunnshus — a former cinema and event space, surrounded by a thick forest — and is located in Flateby, about 35 minutes outside of Oslo, the capital of Norway.
Early arrivals (Thursday)
Participants traveling from a long way off have asked if they can arrive on Thursday instead of opening day which is Friday, and yes — we allow this. However: no service will be offered on Thursday since the party doesn’t officially start until Friday. This means that you should be self-sufficient in terms of food and such.
The toilets will be open when there are members of the organizing team present at the venue. The crew typically comes and goes on the day before the party begins, so you cannot expect any assistance or service on this day. That said: a few crew members typically spend the night at the venue from Thursday to Friday.
We have a very good relationship with the people who rent us the venue, but given that it is located in semi-close proximity to a residential area, there are a few rules for what we can and cannot do:
- No noise outside after 02:00. Seriously – this is important – noise almost got us blacklisted at our old venue back in 2010, and it almost certainly lead to us having to relocate.
- No smoking inside the venue or close to the fire detectors, for obvious reasons
- Keep the party place clean – use the waste bins both inside and outside the venue
Compos and voting
All compo entry and voting is done in the on-site compo and voting-system. To access this system you’ll use a votekey issued to you when you arrive and register at the door. There will be wireless internet access at the party!
There is a separate sleeping hall inside the venue, and there is plenty of space in the forest and surrounding area for tents. Note: you are not allowed to sleep at or under tables in the main hall due to fire security and evacuation procedures. There are also many hotels in Lillestrøm, a city 20 minutes from the party place, as well as several Airbnb opportunities closer by. But: most people sleep in tents — it’s party of the Solskogen experience!
Showers and toilets
Separate showers for men and women will be open to participants during the day at a separate venue (1 km away, walking distance) which we have rented for the duration of the event. The showers will also be open after the street basket tournament. Toilets are available at the venue (basement level).
Shopping & conveniences
There are several shops and stores just 150 m from the venue (including a grocery store, a pizza place and a pub). Keep in mind that they close early on Saturday and are closed on Sunday. In addition there is a 24h gas within walking distance.
Keeping your food cold
A shared refrigerator will be available at the venue, which is accessible for everyone. Priority will be given to food items (so don’t try to stuff massive amounts of soft drinks into it — it will only be taken out). We also have a walk-in cooler but this is reserved for the organizing team and necessary items only. This walk-in cooler is not accessible by participants, and items must be placed here and fetched by the crew.