Social Programme

Welcome Reception
Tuesday 30 June at 18-20
The Welcome Reception will be arranged at conference venue, University of Lapland . Advance registration is required. Bus transfer from/to the hotels will be provided. The reception is included in the registration fee for conference participants. The separate fee for accompanying persons is 35 €.

City Reception
Wednesday 1 July at 20-21
The Reception hosted by the City of Rovaniemi will be arranged at the Rovaniemi City Hall (Hallituskatu 7). Advance registration is required. No transfer provided. The reception is included in the registration fee for conference participants. The separate fee for accompanying persons is 35 €.

Get-together Evening
Thursday 2 July at 19-
This casual evening will be arranged at Restaurant Valdemari by the riverside, just opposite to Hotel Pohjanhovi (Jäämerentie 9). Music, dancing, meeting old friends and making new ones…   Advance registration is required. No transfer provided. Cash bar and possibility to dine. The evening is included in the registration fee for conference participants; includes a welcome drink. The separate fee for accompanying persons is 10 €.

Conference Dinner
Friday 3 July at 19-
The Conference Dinner will take place at Arktikum located near the city centre by the riverside (Pohjoisranta 4). Arktikum is a museum, science centre, popular cultural venue and an architectural sight in its own right. The permanent and temporary exhibitions portray culture, history, traditions and modern life in the Arctic regions. Come and find out about the livelihoods of the Northern peoples and animal life in the Arctic , or travel through history… far back to ancient times through to the recent past. 

The evening will include a guided visit to the Arktikum exhibitions at 19-20 and a served dinner with drinks starting at 20.00. Advance registration required. No transfer provided. The price per person is 70 €.


Optional Excursions

All the following optional excursions will be arranged on Thursday 2 July. Please register in advance.

Outdoor Excursion to the Arctic Circle Hiking Area     Fully booked
Come and enjoy a sporty afternoon at the Arctic Circle Hiking Area. It is a wilderness-like destination located a half-hours car ride from Rovaniemi. The landscape’s signature features are the rugged hills, open water logged aapa bogs and the River Raudanjoki with its spectacular rapids and lush shoreline forest. The hiking area’s trail network is diverse and has a variety of rest spots. The excursion includes bus transfers, guided hiking trips (either 1 km or 5 km) and refreshments by camp-fire.
Time and duration: at 14-18 (4 hours)
Group size: min. 10, max. 20
Price: 45 €

Visit to a Finnish Summer Cottage and Santa Claus Village     Fully booked
Pikkuniemi (name of the cottage, means "a little peninsula") is located 25 km north from of Rovaniemi by the Lake Olkkajärvi . It belongs to the family Poikela who invites you to see and learn about the summer cottage culture in Finland . You will see a sauna and maybe even try it! Pikkuniemi was built already in 1947 and has served for decades as a resting and overnight place for lumberjacks working in the area. Even today you can sense the atmosphere of the old days and maybe hear the walls repeating the stories they once heard from the hard working lumberjacks. Take your swimming wear along if you like to take a refreshing dip in the lake! The trip includes bus transfers coffee/tea and snacks. On the way back we will stop for one hour at the Arctic Circle where you can visit Santa Claus in person and do some shopping.
Time and duration: at 14.15-17.15 (3 hours)
Group size: min. 10, max. 20
Price: 40 €

Cruise on River Ferry Kemijoen Helmi
Kemijoen Helmi is a river ferry with a homeport right at the city centre. The ferry is completely covered and has a fully licensed restaurant. The trip included a guided walk from/to the hotels, a two-hour cruise at the river and coffee/tee and coffeebread.
Time and duration: at 14.30-17.00 (2,5 hours)
Group size: min. 30, max 100
Price: 20 €

Fishing Trip
This is your chance to try your luck with fishing in Lapland ! A guided fishing trip will include fishing permit, transfers by car, all necessary equipment as well as refreshments by camp-fire.
Time and duration: starting at 14- (4-5 hours)
Group size: min. 2
Price: 120 €

Cruising Sauna M/S Löyly   Cancelled
M/S Löyly offers you a unique sauna experience – the total relaxation. Feel the delicate heat of wooden sauna and have a refreshing dive in one of the greatest rivers in Finland . The trip includes transfers from/to hotel, two hour cruise onboard M/S Löyly, towels and refreshments
Time and duration: at 15-17.30 (2,5 hours)
Group size: min. 6, max 12
Price: 125 €