Routes Europe 2020

The route development forum for Europe

Bergen, Norway
27 - 29 April 2020

Why Bergen?

Avinor welcomes you to Bergen in 2020

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Bergen Reiselivslag / Lars Korvald /

Located at the heart of Norway’s breath-taking fjord region, Bergen is a treasure trove of UNESCO World Heritage sites and adventures. Our hosts have put together a selection of information showcasing the best of Norwegian culture and some of Bergen's most spectacular attractions. 

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Bucket-list experiences

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Mattias Fredriksson / Fjord Norway

From white-capped mountains and lush green hillsides to blooming fruit orchards, Viking-age wood churches and glacier-fed waterfalls, breathtaking Bergen acts as a playground for adventure. Even the historic quay in downtown Bergen is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a mere 10-minute stroll from the Grieg Hall, the main event venue for Routes Europe 2020, which was named after the world-famous composer Edvard Grieg. Grieg's historic wood villa, Troldhaugen, is available to visit in the city, and delegates can enjoy a special piano concert in the villa's living room.

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Discover a different life

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Bergen Tourist Board / Robin Strand /

By hosting Routes Europe, Avinor has been given the opportunity to demonstrate, on a large scale, Scandinavia’s distinctive work-play approach to life. Embrace the culture of this fascinating region by exploring the city and its regional markets.

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Bring your walking shoes

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Walking comes natural in Bergen.
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Although it is Norway’s second-largest city, Bergen is by no means a metropolis by European standards. Official Hotels for Routes Europe 2020, along with the event venue, are so close to one another that walking is more convenient than any other mode of transport. Walking is also a central part of the Norwegian cultural experience.

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"Kos" culture

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Bergen’s nightlife scene is remarkably varied
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The most important word in the Norwegian language consists of just three letters, but it symbolises an abundance of warmth, kindness, togetherness and laughter. Say “kos”, and Norwegians expect everything from a cosy gathering around a candlelit kitchen table, to holding hands under the northern lights. Throughout Routes Europe 2020, we guarantee all delegates a warm, “kos” environment in which to do business and engage in networking activities.

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Family and spouses are truly welcome

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Via Ferrata Loen is a memory for life!
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Norway is said to be one of the world’s most family-friendly nations. After childbirth, paid leave is obligatory for both partners, as are five weeks of holiday each year for all employees. Workdays are effective, healthcare and education are free. As a result, family life thrives, and exploration of the natural world is a favourite past time. Sample this wholesome lifestyle through a special programme that will be offered to you during the conference.

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Wider Scandanavia

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Stylish Manshausen Island near Bodø
Photo: Steve King

Friday 1 May 2020 will be a national holiday for most delegates attending Routes Europe. The conference ends on Wednesday 29 April, leaving an ideal opportunity to spend the rest of the week exploring Norway’s distinctly different regions. Avinor’s nationwide network of airports offers endless possibilities to discover Scandanavia and visit sites including the Arctic Archipelago Svalbard to mainland strongholds Bodø, Ålesund, Trondheim, Bergen, Stavanger, Kristiansand and Oslo.

Sample Norwegian delicacies

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Salmon sushi was invented in Norway
Photo: Norwegian Seafood Council / Tom Haga

Norway’s foodie nation credentials are growing by the minute. The nearby city of Stavanger holds the privilege of hosting Scandinavia’s largest food festival, and Trondheim’s festival attracts over 150,000 food enthusiasts. As the world’s second-largest seafood exporter, we feel obliged to serve up the very best treasures from our arctic waters. Fresh, cold-pressed apple juice from the orchards of Hardanger, Polar beer from the world’s northernmost brewery at Svalbard, award-winning cheeses and other delicacies will be on the menu.

Opportunities to explore

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Main venue Grieghallen.
Photo: Bergen Tourist Board / Willy Haraldsen /

Bergen is a nation which is proud of its great polar explorers. The hosts of Routes Europe 2020 encourage delegates to become explorers in their own right and discover some of Norway’s many treasures. Avinor, along with their stakeholders, are determined to make Routes Europe 2020 an unforgettable event.

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