Social program


Get-together (fully booked)

All participants are invited to this informal social event, which will take place at Fjellstua.

Fjellstua is located at Town Mountain Aksla, only a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue. Walk the 418 steps up from the Town Park, go by car or take the City Train up to Fjellstua.

The Get-together is a great place to mingle and talk with colleagues before the conference starts.

Wednesday September 1st, 7 pm.

Parken Kulturhus

Opening reception

The opening ceremony will take place on September 3rd at Parken Kulturhus. This will be followed by an opening reception. Parken Kulturhus is opposite to the conference hotel.

Thursday September 2nd, 5.30 pm.

The path up Mt. Aksla

Run for Arthritis

Come join us for SCR2021´s own Run for Arthritis event! Run or walk with us to the top of Mt. Aksla, or simply just cheer for the participants! Most importantly, we want as many as possible to climb the stairs, it doesn't matter whether you're fast or slow as long as you reach the top!

Friday September 3rd, 06.45 am.


Congress dinner

The official congress dinner will take place on Friday September 3rd at Øygardshallen. The venue is located on Giske, a beautiful island just outside the city.

The islands of Giske lie in a unique costal area, and have a majestic nature with beautiful mountain peaks, fishing villages, nature reserves and sandy beaches.
Burial mounds and other ancient monuments tells us of settlements here as far as 8.000 years back, and fisheries and agriculture has been the basis, and still is, of development and growth on these islands.

Please join us for a fabulous evening!                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Friday September 3rd, departure from Scandic Parken Hotel by private coaches at 6:30 pm. Dinner starts at 7 pm.


On Saturday September 4th we hope you will join us as we take a chartered cruise to the fjords surrounding Ålesund!

We will make a stop at Trandal/Christiangaard Farm. Trandal is an old farming settlement in Hjørundfjord, without road connections to the outside world, and is surrounded by the mighty Sunnmøre Alps. Try the famous swing, and get the view of a lifetime.

Saturday September 4th, Departure is at 1.15 pm. We will return at 5.15 pm

View from Gjuv, Ålesund in the background.

Hikingtrip to Mt. Storhornet

As a bonus for those of you who are eager to explore Ålesund and the surrounding area, and wish to stay on until the day after congress ends (Sunday), we plan for a hike to the top of Godøy island, one of the true classics among hikes within reach of the city.
An approximately 20 minute busride, through the subsea-tunneling system outside Ålesund, leads us to starting point of Gjuv, on the southern shore of the island.
From Gjuv the path ascends to the peak, Storehornet, 497 metres above sea level, which provides you with a magnificent 360* panoramic view of the coast, nearby islands, the city of Ålesund and much more. But then of course, in this part of the country cloudy weather might limit the view..
From the peak the path moves on downhill, passing the mountain lake, before ending in the spectacular descent to the village of Alnes, with its famous lighthouse and art gallery.
This hike should be feasible for most of you, but some previous outdoor experience is recommended, as well as waterproof footwear and clothing!
Highly motivated guides will be leading the hike, which is expected to last for 3-4 hours. We consider this a low-risk expedition. Polar bears are rarely seen in this region and the locals are generally believed to be friendly 🙂

Direct transportation to the airport will be arranged for, for those of you with an afternoon flight. Hopefully, the hike will prevent deep venous thrombosis on the following plane travel!

Sunday September 5th,  10 am.