General Information

The conference is held at the Arctic Centre, the Arktikum House in Rovaniemi, Finland (address: Pohjoisranta 4). The Arctic Centre is part of the University of Lapland, the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union. The meeting venue is located about 1.5 kilometers from the city centre and 10-15 min walk from hotels. You can see the locations from this Rovaniemi map.

The city of Rovaniemi is the vibrant capital of Lapland. Rovaniemi, called the Gate of Lapland, is located at the northern Arctic in the northernmost part of Finland, at the Arctic Circle. With a land area of 8016 km2 it is Finland’s and Europe’s largest town, with a population of over 60,000. This small but modern city offers a unique combination of urban services and the beautiful natural environment of Lapland, and is located at the junction of the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers. It is a university city, the commercial centre for the area and a city of sport and culture. Four different seasons are strongly present in the peoples’ day life and they give a rhythm for living and activities.

Reindeer husbandry in Finland

The reindeer husbandry area in Finland lies in the most northeastern part of the European Union and covers almost the entire area of the Province of Lapland and part of the Province of Oulu. The reindeer husbandry area covers 114 000 km², which is 36 per cent of the entire surface area of Finland. Four-fifths of the area lies in the Province of Lapland with only the most densely populated and industrialized southwest region of Lapland not included in the area. Two-fifths of the Province of Oulu, its northernmost and easternmost regions, are included in the reindeer husbandry area. The Reindeer Herders’ Association has its office in Rovaniemi.

The reindeer husbandry area of Finland is composed of the 56 separate reindeer herding districts (In Finnish: paliskunta), of which the 13 northernmost districts belong to the Sámi area. According to the reindeer herding law the semi-domesticated reindeer management has a certain special status on the state owned land in the area of 20 northernmost districts. There are ca. 4500 reindeer owners altogether in Finland. The number of Sámi reindeer owners is ca. 1200. The maximum allowed size of the winter stock is 203 700 reindeer (reindeer left alive after slaughter). During the last years around 90 000-110 000 reindeer have been slaughtered annually and little under 200 000 reindeer have been left alive after slaughter.

Since reindeer husbandry area in Finland covers one third of the total area of Finland, there are several other land use forms operating and competing with reindeer management in the same areas. Forestry, tourism, agriculture, mining, energy production, settlements etc. have affected and changed considerably reindeer pasture lands especially in the southern and middle parts of the reindeer husbandry area. Also long-term intensive grazing and the lack of workable annual pasture rotation systems have deteriorated markedly especially condition of winter pastures. This large-scaled deterioration of reindeer pasture land has been mostly compensated by increasing and intensifying supplementary feeding by reindeer. Although feeding has kept the productivity of reindeer herds generally at good level in Finland, it forms also one of the most remarkable costs for reindeer husbandry. It has also been observed that regardless of feeding quality and quantity of pastures as well as annual weather and snow conditions still have considerable effects on the productivity of reindeer herds. Besides this the increasing populations of different predators have caused more and more losses for reindeer herds in Finland and consequently reduced productivity and profitability of reindeer husbandry during the last years. Due to several previous reasons the number of slaughtered reindeer during the last ended herding season has been estimated to be reduced only to little over 60 000 reindeer.

English is the official language of the conference.

How to get there
Rovaniemi is easily reached by air and train. The city is about 700 km north from Helsinki, the capital of Finland. There are frequent international flights to Helsinki, and internal flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The latter takes about one hour, with several flights every day.

The train journey from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes about 10 hours and is a good alternative if there is time to spare as this offers a good opportunity to see more of Finland.

All major car rentals have an office in Rovaniemi for those who are interested in travelling around the surrounding areas and Lapland by themselves.

Please check flights, trains and timetables from the Useful links below.

How to get from the airport to the hotels
Airport Express – bus from Airport to the city centre and back – drives to all the centre hotels as well as bus station, ca. 15 minutes, price 7 € / person. Airport Express departs from the airport after every flight arrival. Check your hotel reception about the pickup time from your hotel back to the airport. For further information call +358 (0)16 – 362 222.

Airport Taxi: Cars available at the airport when flights arrive. Airport Taxi transports in the city area and surroundings. Price 10-12 € / person, takes more than one customer at the same time (car pool). For further information call +358 (0)16 – 362 222.

Normal Taxi: Price from the airport to the city centre ca. 20 €

The railway station is located about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre. There is no direct bus connection. The easiest way to get to the hotel is to either walk or to take a taxi.

Time and weather

Finland’s time zone is GMT + 2 hours (daylight saving time, GMT +3).
Check the local weather.