Camping for peace!
The location of the camp site during War Starts Here is now booked. We will be at "Gäddviksundet" which is right next to the Lule River, 5 km from Luleå bus station.
At the camping site there will be plenty of room for tents, trees for
hammocks or camping cottages or double rooms for those who want/need to sleep in a real bed. The climate network Klimax will fix compost toilets, and the river is right next to the camp site if you want to take a swim. In the evenings those who want to can gather around the camp fires!
Most of the workshops will be held at the camp site, and food will be served within walking distance from the camp.
Below we have gathered all the practical information you will need for the camp. If you have more questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will arrange different kinds of lodging in view of participants’
economy and needs. The majority of people will stay at the camping site in tents or in double rooms or cottages. Some people will also stay at local people's homes, at different parts of Luleå city.
Options for lodging:
- Camping at Gäddviksundet, for free. Bring tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag
- Double room at Gäddviksundet: 360 SEK/day (36 euros). Tell us whether you are willing to share a room and bring your own bedding.
- Bed in cottage at Gäddviksundet: 145 SEK/day (14,50 euros). Bring bedding.
- In local people's homes, for free. Bring sleeping bag, sometimes sleeping pad.
Notice! All double rooms and beds in local people's homes are now full. There are a number of beds left in the cottages for single days, but not for the entire week. Since we booked and paid for the cottages, we would love if all beds were filled every night. Contact email@example.com if you would like to stay in a cottage a few nights. For everyone else, the wonderful camp site has almost unlimited space for tents :)
For participants who need to sleep in a bed because of back problems (for example), or participants who need accessibility to get in with a wheelchair, we can still arrange for real beds indoors. Please tell us when you register and we'll help you.
- "Camp site Gäddviksundet" - The camp site at Gäddviksundet. Adress: EFS Sundet, Gäddvikssundet 59.
- "Infopoint Bergnäset" - The place where food will be served and morning meetings held. This is also the place for one of the infopoints. Adress: Elevhemsgatan 12 (Next to the school Bergnässkolan)
- "Infopoint ceter" - The infopoint in the center of Luleå. Adress: Storgatan 32
- "Storgatan" - The main street through Luleå, where the manifestation on saturday will take place. Adress: Storgatan.
- "Lärkan" - High school where the seminars on saturday and sunday will take place. Adress: Gymnasieskolan Kv Lärkan, Storgatan 3
- "Svartöstan" - An area by the river in the south of Luleå. A beautiful place with fireplaces where the mini-peace-festival on saturday evening will take palce. Adress: By the water next to Kajgatan.
A map of Luleå with all the places can be found here.
Luleå is a small town, and within the city center everything is at walking distance. The camp site is 5km outside of the city center, so it's possible to walk or bicycle there.
There's three ways to get to the camping site by public transportation:
- The district busses number 14, 29, 31 or 221, from Luleå bus/train station. Tell the driver you're going towards "Gäddvik" and want to get off at "Sundet". The busses leave around once an hour from 06.00 in the morning until 20.10 in the evening. You can search for journeys here.
- Luleå local buss number 4, from the city center. Get on behind the galeria in the middle of Luleå city at the bus-stop "Smedjegatan". Take the bus towards "Bergnäset" and get off at "Rudtjärnsvägen". The bus leaves once an hour on weekdays and once every other hour on weekends and evenings. The last bus leaves at 21.15 both weekdays. From "Rudtjärnsvägen" there's a 2km walk to the camp, following the signs from the bus stop. You can download the timetable here.
- Airplane busses from, from the Luleå airport "Kallax". Ask the driver to let you off at the big roundabout where "Kallaxvägen" meets "Älvbrovägen", from where you can follow the signs about 500m to the camp. If you can't get off at the roundabout, get off at the bus stop "Bergnäset Flyg" and follow the signs from there about 2km walk to the camp. The airplane bus leaves about once an hour.
It will be possible to borrow a bicycle during the week of the camp. If there's need we will also use cars. If you have special needs for transportation, please tell us by register for the camp.
Ofog will arrange transportation to and from the mass action. If your affinity group has special needs for transportation, contact the infokiosk at the camp.
If you have a car that we can use during the week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"The Peace March"
The organisation "Women for peace" organises a bustrip, "the peace march", from Malmö to Luleå and War starts here. Along the way the bus will stop for manifestations against nuclear weapons and pick up more passangers.
20 july - manifestation at Möllevångstorget in Malmö
21 july - journey Malmö - Huddiksvall. Stops in Laholm, Göteborg and Stockholm.
22 july - journey Huddiksvall - Luleå. Stops in Örnskäldsvik, Skellefteå and Trästocksfestivalen
23-26 july - War starts here, Luleå
17 july - journey south, passing by Stockholm, Göteborg and Malmö
The return price is 500SEK (50 Euros). Register by sending an email to email@example.com. Don't forget to tell where you'd like to join the bus.
Bustrip with AKL
The Finnish Union of Conscientious Objectors organises a coach trip from Helsinki to Luleå, through Tampere, Jynäskylä och Oulu. Departure 22/7, 100 Euros return ticket. Read more at http://akl-web.fi/tapahtumat/War_Starts_Here_toimintaleiri_Ruotsissa
The buscompany called Y-buss is driving from Stocholm and to Luleå. You find them at the website www.ybuss.se or call them at +46(0)771334444.
If you are in northen sweden, you can also find regional busses at www.ltnbd.se
Trains within Sweden you find at www.sj.se or call SJ at +46 (0)771757575.
To Luleå from Stockholm there are two departures by night train everyday and there are also day trains going to Luleå. The cheapest is a seat ticket and there are also couchette and sleeping car. Sleeping car is most often a bit more expensive than couchette.
Trains within Europe is easiest to book at http://www.bahn.de/i/view/GBR/en/index.shtml or call them at +49 1805-1011 11
Here we'll post information about cars going to the camp and has available seats. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to be on the list. Please also contact us if you have a car that we can use during the camp.
Minibus from Göteborg to Luleå:
- 5 seats avalible, contact ania_hedlund(at)hotmail.com
Going for free
At http://hertzfreerider.se you can find rental cars the company wants someone to drive back to the place they were rented. It's free to drive such a car, but you don't know until some days before if there is one available.
From Stockholm, the highway goes all the way north to Luleå and it is a relatively easy way to hitch-hike. At the hitch Wiki (http://hitchwiki.org/en/Sweden) you'll find general tips about hitch-hiking in Sweden, and at hitchbase.com (http://hitchbase.com/orte.php?l_id=185) you can find good places to start.
The ResRobot travel planner makes it possible to easily compare travel options by train, bus, boat, plane and car throughout Sweden. You can not buy your ticket at this site – only compare different options.
The kitchen "Automat" will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for a cheap price. The food is vegan and mostly ecological. Let us know if you have an allergy.
The food will be served at "Infopoint Bergnäset", close to the camp site. During the seminars on saturday and sunday, lunch and dinner will be served in Luleå center, close to where the seminars are held. At the morning on the day of the mass action, there will be food so you can prepare your own picknick.
In Luleå there are of course a number of grocery stores, restaurants and cafés where you can buy food/snacks/coffee for yourself.
The infopoint is the place where you get answers to your questions and (hopefully) help with everything you need. There are always people there who are responsible for answering practical questions and contact various people at the camp. Go to the infopoint if you need medical care and it’s not an emergency.
Phone number to the infopoint: +46(0)768175501
There will be two infopoints during War starts here:
- "Infopoint Bergnäset", close to the camp site. Adress: Elevhemsgatan 12 (Next to the school "Bergnäskolan")
- "Infopoint center", in the city center. Adress: storgatan 32
At the camp there will be a number of trained medical staff, doctors and nurses. They will be available via a medical care-phone if anyone needs help. In an emergency, always first call 112. If it’s not an emergency, call the medical care-phone or go to the infopoint for help. Pain pills and patches will be available at the infopoint.
Children are welcome to War Starts Here. Children should be included in the camp, be listened to and taken seriously, and it’s their future we are making possible when we stop war. Tell us when you register if you are interested in taking care of children or if you need child minding.
War starts here is organized entirely on a voluntary basis, but money is needed for renting rooms for the seminar, transportation, various material and so on. To cover these expenses, we ask all who can to make a donation for the camp (pay when you get there). Recommended amount is 200 SEK (20 euros) if you're staying the whole camp and SEK 100 (10 euros) if you're just joining for a few days. Everyone pays according to ability, so it is OK to pay less or more.
For the camp to be as open and inclusive as possible for everyone, the War starts here-camp is drug and alcohol free. The places and activities that are organized to be used for participants of the camp (seminars, manifestations, actions, camping-area, dining, common transport...) are thus alcohol-and drug-free places.
War starts here is an international camp and all information will be available in Swedish and English. Some information will also be translated into Spanish, Finnish, and possibly other languages. Meetings and workshops will be held in English or Swedish depending on the participants and interpretation will be made as needed.
The seminars will be in English, Swedish and Spanish and simultaneously translated between these languages. The interpretation will be available through radio frequency, so if possible please bring a radio receiver (radio, mp3, mobile phone ...) with earphones to be able to listen to the interpretation.
Can you help with interpretation during the camp? Please let us know by register to the camp.
- Tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag (or bedding if you are staying in a double room or cottage)
- Sturdy shoes/boots, cap, mittens, long underpants, warm socks (temperature range from 15-30C in northen sweden during summer, cooler in the nights)
- Plate, cutlery, mug
- PINK paint, clothes, cloth, balloons etc
- Mosquito net/mosquito repellent
- Radio receiver for translation, ie mp3 or similar which can be used for listening to the radio
This is great if you have and can bring:
- Video camera
- Musical instrument, whistle, wig, costume, clown nose, theatrical makeup, juggling balls, serpentine
- Tools; nipper, hammer, saw, chisel, pocket knife, paint
- Reflective vest
- Climbing harness/ropes/hooks
We don’t keep a register of participants at the peace camp and
registration is not mandatory, but since we want to be able to plan the camp as well as possible in view of the number of people who are coming, we appreciate it if you tell us that you’re coming, especially if you have special needs! You will find the registration form here.