Umeå is a Swedish university town 300 km south of the Arctic circle, yet is only a 1 h flight from Stockholm or Helsinki, and serves as the gateway to Lapland and the far north. It was the European capital of Culture in 2014.
Getting to Umeå
The easiest way to get to Umeå is by plane. Direct flights to Umeå Airport (UME) are available from Stockholm (ARN, BMA) and Helsinki (HEL).
There is an airport bus operated by Ultra which loops through the city centre (Vasaplan) as well as campus (Universum), and costs ca SEK 50 for a pre-paid ticket, or SEK 70 onboard. The University also maintains a page with information for visitors to Umeå.
Umeå has two train stations: the central station in the centre of the city, and the east station (östra station) by the University hospital, just off campus. Long-distance trains in Sweden are typically run by SJ.
Getting to the conference venue
The conference will be held on Umeå University campus, which is a brisk 25 minute walk east of the centre of the city, or a more leisurely 10 minute bike ride. There are several buses that serve the campus, with most departing from Vasaplan in the centre of the city. Buses are run by Ultra, and a one-hour ticket costs SEK 26 in bought in advance, or SEK 36 if bought onboard by debit or credit card (please note that you cannot pay by cash). Ultra also have a mobile phone app and website which can be used to pay for tickets.
The university campus is east of the city centre and north of the airport.
Places to stay
Rooms at a special rate have been reserved for the conference attendees.
To Accommodation page
Please note that note that it can sometimes be difficult to pay with cash in Sweden. Paying by debit or credit card is often preferred, and local transport and parking is normally paid for by using mobile phone apps.
Swish is a popular app used for transactions in Sweden, but may not be available if you have a foreign phone number or bank account.