Practical information

The People and Planet - from Theory to Solutions 2024: towards Transformations conference is organized in the city of Lahti, Finland.

If you have any questions or need more information concerning the conference, please do not hesitate to contact us:

conference coordinator Marju Prass, Specialist, Lahti University Campus

Minna-Maija Salomaa, Secretary General, Lahti University Campus

Conference venue

More information will be updated soon on the conference venues.

The city of Lahti


The city of Lahti is located less than an hour from Helsinki Airport by train or car, and an hour from the harbours of Helsinki. As a medium-sized Finnish city, Lahti delivers both excellent services and ample green space. No rush hours or sitting in cars for hours. This means you can use your time effectively. 

Built in connection with the Railway Station, Lahti Travel Centre is the transport hub of the region bringing local and long-haul traffic and different modes of transport together seamlessly.

A landscape created by water

Salpausselkä Geopark, situated in the Lahti region in southern Finland, tells the story of the best-known geological entity of Finland. The First and Second Salpausselkä are unique ice-marginal formations laid down by ancient meltwater streams at the end of the Ice Age. They reach across the entirety of southern Finland and are at their most spectacular in the area of Salpausselkä Geopark. Here they are joined to eskers of international value, such as the picturesque Kelvenne Island and Pulkkilanharju Esker in Päijänne National Park.

Top 05 tips for your free time in Lahti

01 Malva & Malski

Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva is located in the city centre, in a historical old Malski brewery building. In addition to the intriguing exhibitions of Malva, Malski houses a museum shop and a tempting restaurant world including a micro-brewery, cafe and bakery as well as a lunch and dinner restaurant.

02 Lahti Harbour

Although the lake cruises are on a winter break while the lakes are frozen, go for a stroll in the Harbour area. There you’ll find beautiful modern wood architecture, such as Sibelius Hall and Piano Pavilion and a wood design and gallery centre Pro Puu. Some of the cafes and restaurants are also open, for example Cafe Kariranta which is famous for its enormous cinnamon rolls.  For more strolling, climb up the the view stairs to Lanu Sculpture Park.

03 Urban nature of Salpausselkä UNESCO Global Geopark

Trying to figure out the source of Finnish happiness? One source is definitely the easy access to our pure nature – even from the Market Square it is just a few minutes’ walk to Salpausselkä forest. There you’ll find one of the most wellknown sights of Salpausselkä Geopark, Salpausselkä Trails for hiking or e-biking and of course tens of kilometres of ski tracks.

04 Sauna and winter swimming

What could be more Finnish than sauna? Sauna plus swimming in a lake! There are public saunas where you can also try exotic winter swimming.

05 Local delicacies & self-guided foodie tours

Check our tips of the favorites of locals in Lahti – where to eat and find the season’s best specialties. For foodies there are special day tour suggestions, as well.


We have secured your stay at three hotels, all conveniently located near the conference venue. We recommend making your reservations well in advance.

GreenStar Hotel Lahti  

Single room €89 per night, double room €101 per night. Breakfast is included. 

Book the reservation directly with the hotel via phone (+358 10 423 9392) or email ( with the code peopleplanet. Reservations must be made by January 23rd, 2024.

Scandic Lahti City  

Single room €116 per night, double room €136 per night. Breakfast is included.  

Book online ( or contact the hotel via phone (+358 30 030 8435) or email ( Use the booking code BLAH130224. Reservations must be made by January 31st, 2024, or as per hotel availability.

Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone 

Single room €112 per night, double room €137 per night. Breakfast is included. 

To reserve through the website ( use the booking code BPEOPLEPLANET. Select the appropriate city and dates and enter the booking code.  

Reservations can also be made through Sokoshotels' national sales service (+358 30 087 0000) or directly with Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone via phone (+358 20 123 4655) or email ( Call charges apply (€0.0835 per call + €0.1209 per minute). Use the booking code peopleplanet. To secure your stay, we advise booking well in advance.

Please note the reservation deadlines for each hotel and use the booking codes provided. Enjoy your stay in Lahti during the People and Planet Conference!