Wednesday Excursion

We offer three conference tours to choose from. You can book your tour when registering to the conference.

Option 1: An Excursion to the Finnish Nature: Guided tour to Nuuksio National Park including Finnish Nature Centre Haltia

The event will be organized provided that a minimum of 30 participants register.
Cost: 50 €
The cost covers bus transfers, an English speaking guide, entrance to Haltia Exhibitions, and a guided walking tour to the Nuuksio National Park with a light snack.

Departure: at 13.15 from Dipoli Congress Centre
Return: at 17.00 to Dipoli Congress Centre

Concept Picture of Haltia exhibition

The Finnish Nature Centre Haltia is a new type of visitor centre, bringing all of Finland’s nature under one roof and closer to the visitor through both the building’s facilities and its stunning exhibitions. The centre will open its doors in May 2013 in Espoo, about 25 km northwest of Helsinki on the fringes of the beautiful Nuuksio National Park.

The Haltia main exhibition features the best Finnish natural attractions from our beautiful Baltic archipelagoes to the windswept fells of Arctic Lapland, including spectacular scenes from our 37 National Parks. You will experience the beauty and magic of the four seasons in all their glory and get a taste of nature’s power of creation with a touch of mythology from the Kalevala.

Picture of a hicker in Espoo

A specialized National Park Guide will take you for an easy walk in the forest with beautiful views, including that over Lake Pitkäjärvi, and tell you about the region as well as about the animals and plants in Nuuksio. You will grill sausages over a camp fire, and coffee brewed over the fire will be served.

Please note: If youitkäjärvi wish, you can extend your stay in Nuuksio and engage, for example, in the following activities: go for one of the longer hikes along marked pathways, or try canoeing on Lake Pth an experienced guide. For more information please contact tavicon.

Option 2: The fortress island Suomenlinna

Bus transportation from Dipoli for the boat leaves at 13:15 hrs, taking you to the pier for the boat. The boat, m/s Emma leaves at 14:00 hrs. If you come to the boat on your own, please be on time! The cost 25 € for the excursion covers the boat and a 90 minute guided tour on the island.

The boat will leave Suomenlinna at 16:00 hrs sharp from the same pier it arrives on, the Tykistölahti pier. If you wish to stay on the island and return on your own, please see the instructions below.

Suomenlinna. Helsinki can be seen on the background. Figure from Suomenlinnan hoitokunnan kuva-arkisto/Suomen Ilmakuva Oy.

Situated on a group of islands off Helsinki, Suomenlinna was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Work on the fortress was begun in the mid-18th century. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Finland’s most popular tourist attractions. Suomenlinna is also a district of the city of Helsinki, with a permanent population of more than 800.

You should wear good, comfortable shoes because the streets in the fortress are cobblestoned and distances between the sights may seem long if you are wearing high heels or thin-soled sandals.

If you wish, you can stay on the island after the guided tour. There is a lot to see and do. You can swim, watch the beautiful landscape, shop unique presents made by Suomenlinna craft designers and enjoy the restaurants or cafés, many of them have sunny terraces. Return on your own: Ferry departs from the main quay on Iso Mustasaari island. The ferry is part of the Helsinki city transport system, so you can use the ticket provided to you by the conference.

Option 3: Football and sauna

Otaniemi athletic field

The event will be organized provided that a minimum of 20 participants register.
Cost: 30 €
The cost covers the field, referee, sauna and evening snack.

North vs. South football match (duration approx. 2 hours)

Football is a global language, just like physics. After staying indoors for two and a half days, listening and talking physics, you might feel the need to get some physical exercise. Join the North vs. South football match, or just come and cheer your team. The football pitch is located right next to the conference centre.

Please remember to bring your own football boots and any other gear you may need to be able to play.

Sauna and snacks (duration approx. 2 hours)

Sauna is something quintessentially Finnish, and what would be a better way to wash away mud, sweat, and tears and discuss the highlights of the game than going to a sauna with your teammates, opponents, and fans. The sauna is located just a few minutes' walk from the football pitch, and there's also the possibility to go swimming in the sea. Typical sauna-related refreshments will be served (incl. beer and sausages).

Please bring your own towel (and swimsuit).