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Social Program

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 For Participants and Accompanying Persons 

Monday August 2, 5.30 pm
Opening Ceremony and Welcome Reception

Opening Ceremony in City Conference Centre followed by Welcome Reception at the Stockholm City Hall hosted by the City of Stockholm. The Ceremony and reception is included in the technical program fee and fee for accompanying persons.

Wednesday August 4
Dinner at Vaxholm Fortress

Price per person SEK 600.

Boats will take you from the city's center at 6 pm for a one-hour cruise through the Stockholm Archipelago ending at Vaxholm Fortress. (Picture of the Vaxholm Fortress.) Upon arrival you will be served a traditional Swedish dinner in ancient historic surroundings.

Swedish king Gustav Vasa decided that the Fortress should be built and the work began on the original structure in 1548, but there were many alterations over the centuries. The present-day fortifications date back to 1863, and the mighty walls are built from 30,000 solid granite blocks. The fortress has been attacked twice, by the Danish navy in 1612 and by the Russian navy in 1719.

The courtyard, that was originally the place for military drilling, is now a place for events, theatre and music. Today the Fortress is an exciting and popular tourist attraction.

The number of tickets for the Dinner are restricted and will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis.


 Optional Tours 

Sunday August 1
Introduction to Stockholm - A Sightseeing Tour

Price per person SEK 135.

The best way of getting to know a city quickly is to go on a sightseeing tour by bus. This tour gives you an overall view of Stockholm. While passing well-known buildings, museums, and parks, your guide will tell you about shopping facilities, good restaurants and entertainment. The tour starts at 2 pm and lasts for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Monday August 2
A Walk in Gamla Stan (the Old Town)

Price per person SEK 140.

A guided walk through Gamla Stan, Stockholm's heart. This is the island on which Stockholm was originally built at the beginning of the 13th century. Stroll down the narrow streets and discover breathtaking sights and fascinating buildings. The two most dominant buildings on Gamla Stan are Stockholm Cathedral, built in 1267 and therefore the oldest church in Stockholm, and the Royal Palace where the King and Queen still hold their official receptions and banquets. The tour starts at 2 pm in Gamla Stan at Slottsbacken, by the Obelisk, and lasts for 2 hours.

Tuesday August 3
The Vasa Museum

Price per person SEK 155.

Enjoy a piece of Swedish history at the spectacular Vasa Museum, one of Stockholm's main attractions. The royal warship Vasa sank on her maiden voyage inside Stockholm Harbor, in 1628. After 333 years underwater, she was raised from her watery grave in 1961, and after several years of restoration she has now been moved to her final resting place in the spectacular museum. A guide will give a fascinating account about the Vasa and what life was like onboard a warship in the 17th century. The tour starts at 10 am and lasts for 2 hours.

Wednesday August 4
Art Tour

Price per person SEK 275.

This tour will take you to two beautiful art museums in Stockholm.

First Millesgården, with its fountains, terraces and magnificent view of Stockholm, which was the home of the great Swedish sculptor Carl Milles (1875-1955). He is famous for his dramatic and technically daring work. A number of Milles' works are displayed in the beautiful garden overlooking the sea.

Second Waldermarsudde, which was once the home of Prince Eugen, the "Painter Prince". His house, which contains his art collection, is now a museum offering the informal charm of a private home. The tour starts at 9.30 am and lasts for 3 hours.

Thursday August 5
Drottningholm Palace

Price per person SEK 310.

Drottningholm Palace, just outside Stockholm, dates from the 17th century and is modelled on Versailles. Today, the palace with its magnificent park is the Royal Family's residence. The Court Theatre is one of the oldest in the world still in use. It is the only theatre that uses the original stage scenery from the 18th century. The tour starts at 1 pm and lasts for 3 1/2 hours.


 Pre Conference Tour to the Midnight Sun, Northern Sweden 

July 28 - July 30, 1999

Price, see end of this section.

Wednesday, July 28

Departure from central Stockholm at 8 am for Kiruna, situated 200 km north of the Arctic Circle. Transfer to the small village of Jukkasjärvi. You will then go on to the activity of your choice.

Activity 1 - Historical Tour and a Visit to the Space Centre

Guided tour of the beautiful church in Jukkasjärvi, built in 1608. The next visit is to the Lappish Museum. We close the day by visiting the most northern-situated space centre "Esrange".

Activity 2 - River Rafting (minimum 6 participants)

Coach transfer to Aha-Mukka by the Torne River. Reach Pirtilathi by rubber rafts and return transfer to Jukkasjärvi. After dinner at the Inn in Jukkasjärvi a guided tour along one of Sweden's most beautiful roads, Nordkalottvägen, will follow. The road was inaugurated in 1984 and goes between Kiruna and Narvik in Norway. Although late in the evening, it will be full daylight.

Thursday, July 29

In the morning you will visit the famous photographer Sven Hörnell to see a beautiful slide show showing the eight seasons of Lapland. After lunch we will make a train ride along the old railway constructed between 1898 and 1903. Get off the train at the small mountain station Katterat in Norway to walk one of Scandinavia's most spectacular trails. It is a 2-hours walk (6 km) following the old construction railroad used by the workers at the turn of the century. Arrival at Rombakksbotn. It was in these areas that one of the largest sea battles was fought during World War II. At Rombakksbotn a Norwegian seafood feast has been prepared in the remains of one of the old houses. A chartered boat will pick you up and among other things you will pass a German destroyer sunk by the Allies. Coach transfer back to Hotel Riksgränsen.

Friday, July 30

Departure for Kiruna. When you arrive at Rensjön you will be welcomed by the Laplander Nils-Anders and his family. In the large lap-hut Nils-Anders will tell you about the Lapps, their lives, history, and culture while a light typical lunch is served. After lunch you will continue towards Kiruna for departure to Stockholm. Arrival appr. 3 pm in Stockholm.


Price per person in double room SEK 10.500.
Single room supplement per night SEK 660.

The price includes: transfer from Stockholm to the airport, air fare (economy class), meals, guides, sightseeing tours, evening entertainment and all arrangements during the tour. Please observe that a limited number of tickets are booked for this tour. Reservation must be received by Congrex no later that April 20, 1998. After this date, reservations will be made upon request.

Please register for the social program on the registration form. Tickets will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Congrex reserves the right to cancel any of the tours if the number of participants should be too small. Full refund is then made.

Webmaster: Sven Olofsson, sveno@dsv.su.se
Last modified: Mon Aug 9 00:01:37 MET DST 1999