The conference is held at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (street address is Yliopistonkatu 8). 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 the peoples’ day life and they give a rhythm for living and activities.
English is the official language of the conference. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
Getting to Rovaniemi
It is very easy to get to Rovaniemi. There are frequent direct flights from all over Europe to Helsinki, and also easy connections from major cities on the other continents. Helsinki airport has regularly been voted as one of the best in the world. There are several daily flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland. By air it takes only about one hour from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.
You can also travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by train and see how the nature changes from south to north. Overnight trains with sleeping cabins offer a comfortable way of traveling at night. From Helsinki to Rovaniemi it takes about 12–13 hours.
From the Rovaniemi airport and railway station to the city centre
Airport Express – bus from Airport to the city centre and back – drives to all the centre hotels as well as the bus station, ca. 15 minutes, price 7 €/person. Airport Express departs from the airport after every flight arrival. At departure, check your hotel reception about the pickup time from your hotel back to the airport. For further information call +358 (0)16 362 222.
Normal Taxi: Price from the airport to the city centre ca. 20 €. For several persons in the same taxi the fee is € 9/person. 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.
Car rental in Rovaniemi
All major car rentals have an office in Rovaniemi for those who are interested in traveling around the surrounding areas and Lapland by themselves.
What to do in Rovaniemi
Other interesting links - check out!
Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival
National Parks of Finland
Time and weather
Finland’s time zone is GMT + 2 hours (daylight saving time, GMT +3).
Check the local weather.