Practical information

This page details various practical information regarding staying in Helsinki, Finland and attending the ICON 2020 conference.
Public transport

Helsinki metropoliation area has a modern, easy-to-use, and reliable public transit system, which comprises of trains, trams, busses, ferries and metro.

The metropolitan area is divided into zones A–D, of which the most central zones A&B cover Helsinki city and parts of Espoo, including Aalto university. The airport is located in zone C. 

Day tickets can be bought for 1–7 days from sales points, ticket machines, or on the mobile app.

Detailed ticket information and route planner can be found at the webpages of the Helsinki regional transport authority HSL or in the mobile app (available for both Android and iOS).


Child care

For parents travelling to Helsinki with children, the Mannerheim League for Child Welfare provides affordable and reliable child care services.

Locations of the Social Programmes

The Honorary Reception by the city of Helsinki will be held in the Helsinki City Hall; street address: Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13.

The dinner cruise will leave from West Terminal 2; street address: Tyynenmerenkatu 14.

See map for the locations.


There is an ATM in the Otaniemi metro station. See Aalto University campus map.

Food and beverages

Lunch and coffee would be provided for all participants during the conference. See Aalto University campus map to find restaurants and cafes around the Undergraduate Center.

Poster printing

Posters can be printed at Unigrafia (University print house). Unigrafia has many pick-up points around Helsinki area, and one of them is right next to Porthania building. Order online and choose to pick up at the pick-up point City Centre campus. Paper posters may take up to three working days to print.

Wireless network

You can use either the Eduroam or Helsinki city open networks at the conference venue.

COVID-19 regulations

The general mask recommendation has been lifted in the Helsinki Area. Despite the updated recommendations, each person may continue to use masks at their own discretion, for example, in indoor areas in which averting close contact is difficult. In particular, individuals who have not been vaccinated, and all who are susceptible to severe coronavirus disease regardless of vaccination status, should consider using a mask that also protects the user effectively. 

It is still necessary to pay close attention to health security: we exercise good hand hygiene, maintain distances and refrain from participating in the conference if feeling ill.

The current COVID-19 regulations for travelling and entrance to Finland on e.g. the Finnish institute for health and welfare webpages.

We wish to keep you all safe, so if you feel any COVID-19 symptoms, feel sick or ill, please stay home.