Venue, travel and accommodation

Helsinki

Helsinki has been the capital of Finland since the country's independence in 1917 and is the central political, cultural and economical hub of the country. The Helsinki metropolitan area, which also comprises the neighbouring cities Espoo and Vantaa, as well as number of smaller municipalities, is one of the fastest growing regions in Europe, with currently about 1.5 million inhabitants.
Helsinki itself is often named as one of the most modern, cleanest and safest capitals in Europe and hosts five universities, the largest of which are Helsinki University and Aalto University (in Espoo), which regularly are named in the top 100 and 200 of worldwide university rankings, respectively.

 

Helsinki Market and Cathedral

Helsinki market square and cathedral. Photo credit: Oleksij Mark.

 

As the northernmost capital in Europe, Helsinki has a mild climate in summer, and the sun doesn't set before 23:00. 

There are many things to do in Helsinki: You can explore the compact city center which is characterised by neoclassical, Jugendstil and modern architecture; visit one of many museums; take a trip to the island fortress Suomenlinna; or for a particularly Finnish experience, go to a Sauna. 
Tourist guides can be found e.g. at MyHelsinki and Visit Finland.

Museums

Helsinki region is home to about 80 museums. The Finnish National Gallery comprises three museums located in the city centre: The Ateneum features classical Finnish and international art, in Kiasma you will find contemporary art, and Sinebrychoff Art Museum is both home to classical paintings and a historic house museum by itself. Helsinki City Museum is dedicated to the city's rich history, and the National Museum of Finland to the history of the country. Helsinki Design museum is one of several musems devoted to design, both Finnish and international. 

 

Ateneum Museum

Ateneum Museum.

Suomenlinna

A popular tourist attraction is the 18th century sea fortress Suomenlinna, spread across 6 linked islands. Suomenlinna can be easily accessed by ferry from Kauppatori, the market square; ferries are part of the public transport system and take 15 minutes. There are no less than 6 different museums on Suomenlinna, among them the history-focused Suomenlinna museum, the quirky Toy Museum and a restored submarine.

Suomenlinna

Aerial view of the sea fortress Suomenlinna.

 

Saunas

Did you know that "sauna" is the only Finnish word that is known around the whole world? That saunas are believed to have been part of Finnish culture for 9,000 years, and that a sauna was often the first buildings erected in a new village? That nowadays there are estimated to be 2 million saunas in Finland (at a population of 5.5 million)?

Clearly, saunas are a central element of Finnish culture, which visitors to Helsinki can experience in one of dozens of public saunas.
 

sauna

Löyly design sauna. Photo: Pekka Keränen

 

 

 

The new venue for ICON is Porthania building. As part of the Helsinki University's city centre campus, it is situated right in the middle of the city, close to the central railway station and directly next to the southern exit of metro station Helsinki University. This modernist building was designed by famous Finnish architect Aarne Ervi and completed in 1957.

 

Porthania Building_photo by Ari Aalto

The outside of Porthania building.

 

Porthania building inside

Inside of Porthania building. Photo credit: Jussi Tinainen.

 

 

 

Photo: Mari Mäkiö / MFA

Inside of Porthania building. Photo credit: Mari Mäkiö​​​​​​​.

Flying to Helsinki

Most travelers arriving to Helsinki will arrive at the Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport, which is situated 19 kilometers to the north of Helsinki city centre. Helsinki-Vantaa can be reached by direct flight from most European capitals and several other cities in Europe, America and Asia.

Train to & from the air­port

Two train lines, I and P, which are part of the Helsinki public transit system, run from the airport to the central railway station about every 5 minutes. The train ride takes about 30 minutes. 

You can buy tickets from the following spots:

  • HSL ticket vending machines (by the entrance of the train station & at baggage claim 2B)
  • Tourist information (T2 Arrivals Hall 2A)
  • Alepa Grocery Store (T2 Arrivals Hall 2B)
  • WH Smith (T1 Departure Hall)
  • WH Smith (T2 Departure Hall)
  • R-kioski (T2 Arrivals Hall 2A)

Please note that it is not possible to buy a ticket on the train.

The entrance to the train station is in the corridor between the terminals.

Buses to & from the air­port

The Finnair City Bus line operates directly between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport, taking about 30 minutes. The public transit bus lines 415 and 615 also connect the airport with the city and take about 50 minutes to the railway station, stopping on several other locations along the way.

Bus stops at Helsinki Airport

The bus stops for both arriving and departing buses are located in front of the terminals.

Bus stops for Terminal 1
Bus stops for Terminal 2

Taxis 

A journey by taxi from the airport to the centre of Helsinki takes 20–30 minutes and costs 40–50 euros. The taxi stands are located right outside the arrival areas of the terminals.

 

Ferries to Helsinki

In addition, Helsinki can also be reached by ferry from Russia, Estonia, Sweden, and Germany. Information about ferries can be found here.

 

Note: Due to the changes in the conference's date and location, the hotels for which there will be room quotas are likely to change. 

The conference organisers have booked room quotas for the conference participants in the following hotels. When the reservation is made via the registration form, the below-mentioned prices are valid until the quotas are reached. 

Delegates are of course free to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Either way, early reservation of accommodation is strongly recommended as Helsinki is popular with tourists in summer.

Accommodation payment

For the hotels below, a hotel deposit of one night must be paid in advance, together with the registration fees. The hotel deposit will be deducted from the total cost of accommodation. The remaining hotel payment will be charged at the hotel upon check-out. Reservations without full deposit payment cannot be accepted. The hotel has the right to charge all booked nights in case of late cancellation or early departure.

If you are paying the fees against an invoice, kindly note that your reservation is guaranteed only after we have received the payment. If you require accommodation outside the given dates, please contact the local secretariat at icon2020@confedent.fi

All room rates include breakfast and VAT.

Hotels:

Radisson Blu Hotel Espoo
Otaranta 2
02150 Espoo

Situated on the edge of the shimmering Gulf of Finland, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Espoo invites you to explore the stunning coast and landscape of Scandinavia. The conference venue can be reached via metro within 30 minutes.

Distance from conference venue: 10 km

Room rates (per room / night)
EUR 170,00 Standard single room
EUR 190,00 Standard double room

EUR 190,00 Superior single room
EUR 210,00 Superior double room

 

Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden
Tapionaukio 3
02100 Espoo

Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden is a meeting place in the heart of the growing Tapiola district in Espoo, close to good public transportation connections. Here, you can get friendly service and stay like you're at home. The hotel is located next to the shopping center AINOA and the Tapiola Keskusallas pool, where people can ride SUP boards in summer and go skating in winter. The conference venue can be reached via metro within 30 minutes.

Distance from conference venue: 10 km

Room rates (per room / night)
EUR 155,00 Standard single room
EUR 175,00 Standard double room

EUR 175,00 Superior single room
EUR 195,00 Superior double room

 

Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti
Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 4
00100 Helsinki

Original Sokos Hotel Presidentti showcases Finnish phenomena in an innovative way. In the hotel rooms, designed by Paola Suhonen from Ivana Helsinki, you can immerse yourself in Finnish Sisu, Midsummer, a Fairytale Forest, the Tranquility or a Winter storm right in the heart of Helsinki. The hotel is located close to the Parliament House right in the heart of Helsinki, and close to the Kamppi Shopping Centre and Kamppi metro station.

Distance from conference venue: 1 km

Room rates (per room / night)
EUR 190,00 Standard single room
EUR 210,00 Standard double room

 

Hotel Arthur
Vuorikatu 19
00100 Helsinki

The private and cozy Hotel Arthur is located in Helsinki city center right next to the Central Railway Station. Helsinki's most prominent sights, large department stores, theaters, and Casino Helsinki are all within walking distance of the hotel. The entrance to the University of Helsinki metro station is right next to the hotel.

Distance from conference venue: 0.5 km

Room rates (per room / night)
EUR 135,00 Standard single room
EUR 150,00 Standard double room

 

Both Helsinki
Hietaniemenkatu 14
00100 Helsinki

Both Helsinki is an economy hostel, conveniently located in the very heart of Helsinki. The hostel offers private rooms, all with en suite bathrooms. The hostel is located close to the Kamppi shopping center and metro station, with easy transport to the conference venue. Both Helsinki is driven by its values of sustainability, tolerance and multiculturalism.

Distance from conference venue: 2 km

Room rates (per room / night)
EUR 81,00 Standard single room
EUR 108,00 Standard double room