By plane: Helsinki-Vantaa airport.
Connections to the city center (railway station) from the airport:
Helsinki is also easily reached by high-class ferries from Stockholm (overnight trips) and from Tallinn (several ferries, duration 1.5 to 3.5 hours). There is also a direct train connection to St. Petersburg (4 hours). See below the section on pre- and post-conference excursions for further information.
There are numerous taxi stands around the city centre. To order a taxi, you can call +358 100 0700 at any time (more information at www.taksihelsinki.fi). Taxis can also be hailed.
The average day temperature is around 17 °C in Helsinki in early August. There might be occasional rain showers, and in the night the temperature might drop down to 10 °C, so remember to take some warm clothes and an umbrella with you.
See Helsinki local weather on the web site of the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Information on events, shopping, museums etc.: Helsinki This Week
Check out the main attractions: Main Attractions
Shopping and Finnish design: Helsinki Design District
The Helsinki Card and sightseeing tours: Helsinki Expert
Sauna & swimming: Visit Helsinki sauna & swimming
Boat tours: Excursions at sea
Helsinki offers an unique opportunity to visit Tallinn, Stockholm or St. Petersburg before or after the colloquium. Visiting the old town of Porvoo, 50 km from Helsinki, is an excellent way to explore southern Finland. You can also visit the Nuuksio Natural Park. If you want to see northern Finland and reindeers, visit Lapland.
If you have
Ferries and cruises to Tallinn
Ferries and Cruises to Stockholm
Ferries and hotel packages to St. Petersburg
Boat and bus trips to Porvoo
Lapland by plane (Rovaniemi, Ivalo, Kemi, Enontekiö and Kittilä airports)
Lapland by train (to Rovaniemi or Kemijärvi)
Car rental services
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