General Information

The conference is held at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland. University of Lapland is the northernmost university in Finland and in the European Union. The meeting venue is located about two kilometers from the city centre and 20-30 min walk from hotels.

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 local life and they give a rhythm for living and activities.

Conference language is English.

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 domestic flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi. The flight to Rovaniemi 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 traveling around the surrounding areas and Lapland by themselves.

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

NB - flights to Rovaniemi are quite cheap at the moment - book now and save money!

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 € . Phone +358 (0)200 88 000.

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. 

Meet for drinks!

Thursday evening on 4 June:

Bar Cafe Hemingway´s is located just beside the Lordi Square, at lively pedestrian street in center of Rovaniemi. Hemingway´s is like your living room in the city centre and a popular place to meet your friends while having few good drinks, maybe play some boardgames or just enjoying good music and atmosphere. We have room for 120 clients inside and for 80 clients more at our cozy terrace outside.

We have very good selection of beers and wines from all over the world as well as delicious assortment of cocktails. We also have snacks to tame the little hunger.

20 % discount with your event name badge from all Wine Bar products plus a special Sex & Capital drink! 

Welcome to Bar Cafe Hemingway´s!

Saturday afternoon/evening on 6 June:

Kauppayhtiö is a café where everything is for sale! We offer extremely delicious burgers (made of meat produced in Lapland), juicy chicken wings and fresh salads. Taste the taste! Our definitely fresh coffee is ground in local Rovaniemi Roastery. We are proud to present DJ’s and cultural events. Furniture, interior decoration – everything is for sale! We even have a clothing store called Hih-hi! under our roof.

A special Sex & Capital drink!

We're here for good and authentic vibes!

Useful links

Bus schedules

Your window to Finland
Lapland Finland
Welcome to Rovaniemi
Tourist Information
Web camera

Rovaniemi Map EFRC 2015.pdf (478.8 kB)