General Information


29 - 30 June 2009 (Mon-Tue) Pre-conference for Doctoral Students
1 - 4 July 2009 (Wed - Sat)  ISATT Conference 2009

Conference Venue
The ISATT 2009 Conference is organized at the University of Lapland (address: Yliopistonkatu 8) located about two kilometres from the city centre (15-20 minutes by foot). Bus transfer from the hotels to the congress venue and back will be provided.

Official language
The official language of the congress is English. No simultaneous interpretation will be provided.

Rovaniemi - the heart of Lapland
Rovaniemi is the capital of Lapland with 58 000 inhabitants. It is an international city located at the point where the rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki meet. Rovaniemi is a university city , the commercial centre for the area and a city of sport and culture. Rovaniemi consists also of dozens of village centres that are spread out along both sides of the Arctic Circle along the banks of two of the largest rivers in Finland - the Rivers Kemijoki and Ounasjoki.

Travelling to Rovaniemi
There are frequent flights to Helsinki , the capital of Finland , from many European countries as well as from overseas countries. Rovaniemi has developed into one of the main centres for traffic to the arctic region to which thousands of people who thirst for adventure fly from all over the world each year. The connections for all other forms of transport are excellent. Finnair flies from Helsinki to Rovaniemi five-six times a day and Blue1 six times a week.VR, the national railway, operates five trains a day. Many coach companies pass through Rovaniemi on their way to the North.

From the airport to the city centre

Airport Taxi:
Cars available at the airport when flights arrive. Airport Taxi transports in the city area and the surroundings. Fee 9€/person, takes more than one customer at the same time. Tel +358 (0)16 - 362 222.

Airport Express: Mini-bus from airport to the city centre and back - drives to all the centre hotels as well as the bus station, ca. 15 minutes, fee 5 €/person. Airport Express departs from the airport immediately after every Finnair flight arrival. Check your hotel reception about the pick-up time from your hotel back to the airport. Tel +358 (0)16 362 222.

Normal taxi: Taxis available near the airport entrance. Fee to city centre ca. 20 €.

Local travelling
The following transfers will be provided by the congress organizers:

  1. transfer from/to the hotels and the conference venue for the Welcoming Reception on Tuesday evening
  2. daily transfers between the hotels and the conference venue 
  3. transfers included in optional excursions on Thursday afternoon

More information about all transfers will be included in the conference confirmation letter and the final conference materials.

Time and weather in Finland
Finland ’s time zone is GMT + 2 hours. In July the summer is at its best in Finland . Around midsummer in Northern Finland the sun does not set for several weeks. The "nightless night" lasts in Rovaniemi for one month, beginning on June 6th and ending on July 7th. The hotel rooms are equipped with blackout curtains.

Weather forecast is difficult. While the average July temperature in Rovaniemi is +17 degree centigrade, it may vary from +10 to +25 degrees. You will not have to worry about mosquitoes. They do not really appear in the town areas, and if you go into the forest, it is sufficient to wear long sleeves and trousers. The food shops and service stations sell very effective mosquito repellents.

Travel visas
Participants who require a visa should contact Rovaniemi-Lapland Congresses which will provide a letter of invitation for visa purposes. The invitation is intended to help participants to obtain a visa and does not represent a commitment by the organizer to provide any financial support. The decision to grant a visa belongs to the Embassy/Consulate.