International Conference on Invertebrate Vision

Bäckaskog Castle, Sweden | August 1 - August 8, 2013


Bäckaskog Castle is situated in a beautiful, but unpopulated part of Scania. The closest big town is Kristianstad (see map) from where we will pick up delegates by bus (outside Kristianstad Railway Station). These buses will depart regularly throughout Thursday August 1st 2013. Delegates arriving on other days will need to take a taxi from Kristianstad to Bäckaskog. For taxi services call 044-12 30 00. The trip should cost 342 SEK from Kristianstad to Bäckaskog and 525 SEK from Kristianstad airport for a car fitting 1-4 people (April 2013). A bigger car fitting 1-8 people costs 495 and 752 SEK respectively.

Most international travellers will arrive by air at Kastrup Airport or at Sturup Airport, however, Kristianstad Airport may also be an option for some delegates.

map of southern Sweden

How to get to Kristianstad Railway Station:

From Copenhagen/Kastrup Airport: Since July 2000, Denmark and Sweden are joined by a bridge, and it is possible to travel most conveniently by high-speed train from Kastrup Airport to Kristianstad Railway Station. The trip takes about 1 hour and 25 minutes and costs 195 SEK one way (April 2013). The trains leave Copenhagen Central Railway Station, pass by Kastrup (Track 1) and make stops in Malmö and Lund before heading for Kristianstad. They leave roughly once every hour (starting at 3.26 on weekdays) from Kastrup and several times per hour from Malmö. Skanetrafikens website have a journey planner for your convenience.

From Malmö Airport (Sturup): Those arriving at Malmö Airport (Sturup) need to take a bus from the airport - known as "Flygbussarna" - to Malmö Central Railway Station (about 40 minutes, 99 SEK if booked through internet), and from there take the train to Kristianstad. The trains from Malmö to Kristianstad leave twice every hour throughout the day, starting 4.34 on weekdays. The trip takes a bit more than an hour and costs 99 SEK (April 2013)

From Kristianstad Airport: Those arriving at Kristianstad airport (Everöd) can take a taxi from the airport directly to Kristianstad Railway Station, which costs about 90 SEK.

...and how to get away from there:

We will have buses leaving Bäckaskog castle heading for Kristianstad Railway Station on Thursday 8th. From there you can take the train to either Malmö or Copenhagen.

Other modes of transportation:

By car: If you are travelling by car, the bridge between Copenhagen and Malmö is open to motorists as well. There are also car and passenger ferry connections to southern Sweden from Germany (Scandlines, phone +46 42 186000, TT-Line, phone +46 410 56200 and Nordö-ferries +49 (0)4502 80520). Another possibility is to take the ferry from Helsingør to Helsingborg, approximately 30 min travel (Scandlines, phone: +46 42 186000). It is recommended to make a reservation for your car on all ferry lines.

Try to get to Kristianstad prior to midafternoon. This way you will make it for dinner, and welcoming drinks in the main state room of the castle!

Some of you may need a visa to enter Sweden, at this point in time (May 2012) this concerns those delegates arriving from India, Russia and South Africa. Complete list of countries can be found here. Information about visas can be found at Migrationsverkets hemsida. Make sure you apply for a visa in good time before the conference.

We will be available at all times by telephone (Anna: +46 705 480235, Eric: +46 704 964927) if you experience any transport problems and require assistance.