The organizers of the IA2022 congress understand any possible concern regarding travelling during this new crisis formed by Russia’s attack to Ukraina. Ministry of foreign affairs in Finland is monitoring closely the security situation in Europe.
Additional information to be found: https://um.fi/frontpage
Travelling to Finland is safe at the moment. Airlines operating to and from Finland are not using Russian or Ukrainian airspace.
Download map of conference locations here.
Bus Transportation – free of charge
Daily from 13th to 16th of June
7:30 Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi – UEF Snellmania
8:05 Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi – UEF Snellmania
7:30 Scandic Kuopio – UEF Snellmania
8:05 Scandic Kuopio – UEF Snellmania
Bus transportation Wednesday 15th of June
15:10 UEF Snellmania-Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi – Scandic Kuopio – UEF Snellmania – Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi-Scandic Kuopio- Väinölänniemi
15:25 UEF Snellmania – Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi – Scandic Kuopio – UEF Snellmania – Väinölänniemi (program starts at 4pm) – Scandic Kuopio – Sokos Hotel Puijonsarvi
Arriving in Finland
Helsinki can be easily reached by plane or by ferry. From Helsinki to Kuopio (about 400 km) you can choose either plane, train or bus.
*By plane* There are several planes between Helsinki and Kuopio. Kindly check timetables from finnair.com. The summer timetables are published in early spring 2022.
*By train* From Helsinki there are excellent train connections to and from Kuopio and all other major towns in Finland. The summer timetables are published in early spring 2022.
From the Airport there is a train to Tikkurila station, commuter train P (runs daily/several times per hour) from where you can get a train to Kuopio. You can by the train ticket already starting from the airport:
- Train timetables – Provided by VR, the Finnish railway company
*By bus* Buses to Kuopio leave from Helsinki central bus station (Kamppi). The summer timetables are published in early spring 2022.
From Helsinki Airport You can take a taxi, train or the Finnair city bus to the Central Railway Station in Helsinki from where it is about 400 m to the central bus station.
- Long distance bus timetables – Provided by Matkahuolto
Taxis and car rental in Kuopio
Taxis are reliable and available from different taxi stands (airport, bus station, railway station, Market place , some of the hotels, or the hotel reception will order it for you). We recommend Taxi1 or VieVie.
If you wish the rent a car, we recommend Hertz, Europcar or rentalcars. Pickup locations are available e.g. at the airport, railway station or hotel.
Public transportation in Kuopio
The city of Kuopio has good public transport network. The busses run daily couple of times per hour from early morning until Midnight. Many different bus routes run from the city center (next to Market place, Tulliportinkatu) to and from the university, e.g. bus numbers 4,16, 21, 23 and 31 .
Itinerary suggestions and timetables: https://kuopio.digitransit.fi/
Purchasing the bus ticket: https://vilkku.kuopio.fi/en/ticket-and-fares/tickets-and-travel-cards
In summer also E bikes and E scooters are available from several drop off and pick up locations, also some hotels offer bikes.
Bike route suggestions: https://kuopio.digitransit.fi/
Prices for E bike rentals and how to pay the rental: https://kaupunkipyorat.kuopio.fi/hinnasto.html?lang=2
Dining out in Kuopio
There are numerous restaurants in the city center. Local restaurants using local products and e.g. wild herbs, berries and mushrooms, Mediterranean, Italian cuisine and pizzerias, Chinese, Nepalese and fine dining. Tapped water is safe to drink and very often offered in the restaurants.
Activities in Kuopio
The lake Kallavesi offers beautiful landscapes. You can enjoy it from a cruise boat (departures from the harbour) or e.g. rent a canoe, SUP board.
Canoe and SUP board rentals: https://seikkailukeskus.johku.com/en_US
KUOPIO DANCE FESTIVAL
The largest dance event in the Nordic countries will start on the 15th of June. The city of Kuopio will turn into more vibrant city: https://www.kuopiodancefestival.fi/frontpage
If you should need a visa coming to Finland, please contact the nearest embassy.
Additional information: https://um.fi/entering-finland-and-travelling-abroad