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Sea cruise

Cruise Suomenlinna The cruise will take place on July 4, Thursday afternoon. The ferry will take us around the Archipelago of Helsinki for a 1,5 hour cruise, starting from Market Place (Kauppatori, walking distance from the conference site) and with the final destination at Suomenlinna seafortress where we will have a guided tour around the fortress and dinner. Suomenlinna seafortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is situated on a group of islands off Helsinki.

Dinner Suomenlinna With its handsome vaulted halls, the dinner place Tenalji von Fersen in the inner bastion ring of Suomenlinna seafortress is one of the most valuable buildings on the island. Tenalji von Fersen is located on Suomenlinna’s Susisaari island, next to the dry dock. The renovated banquet hall is located in the old granary of the fortification’s bakery, built in 1775.

The return will be organized by scheduled public ferry.

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Pre-conference hike

Nuuksio park
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to discover the beauty of Finnish nature in the national park Nuuksio close Helsinki. We will arrange an informal, no-frills hike on Sunday morning and early afternoon before the conference.
Details will be sent to those registered for this event. Costs 10 EUR covers the bus tickets from Helsinki and a coffee break with snacks.

Due to the big interest in the hike, we have arranged for a charter bus transportation to the hike.

THE BUS LEAVES AT 9:00 am Finnish time on Sunday morning from outside the Kiasma Museum of Modern Art near the central railway station in Helsinki. (Please note that the location has changed, the previous plan was to start from the railway station square on the other side of the station). Look for a bus or person carrying a REI logo there. In case of problems, you can call Stefan Parviainen (+358-40-5496550) for finding it.

We will arrange for drinking water and lunch food (sandwich plus something for a barbeque) during the hike. In case you have a special diet, please bring your own food.

The hike will be about 8 km long along a gravel trail at a relaxed pace. Please bring appriopriate shoes and clothing depending on the weather of the day.

We will come back with the bus at about 15:30, well in advance for getting to the welcome reception at 6 pm.


sauna kuninkaan lohet Traditional Finnish sauna session on Tue evening, with separate saunas available for men and women. The price (50 EUR) includes transportation to the sauna, the saunas, a “vihta”, towels, dinner and drinks, as well as an introduction to Finnish sauna tradition by sauna enthusiasts in the group.

Bus departs on Tuesday 2.07 at 17.30 from the conference entrance and arrives at 22.00 the same place.

Accompanying person programme

walk Helsinki A separate programme with local hosts will be arranged for those registered as accompanying persons. These include a walking and tram city tour around Helsinki, museum visits and advice on how to find department stores and other sights of interest. The meeting time and place and other details will be sent to those registered as accompanying persons.

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