University of Helsinki

Planning your trip

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    About Finland

    Click here for fast facts about Finland and the Finns. You'll learn about the main language (Finnish), currency (euro) and climate (varying and exotic) among other things. Here you find detailed information.

    When planning your trip do not forget to check whether you need a Visa to enter the country. Finland is part of the Schengen area. The other Schengen member states are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden. Up to date information on Visa requirements

    Getting around

    Helsinki's public transportation system is of top quality and makes it easy to get around with buses, trams, metro, commuter trains or Suomenlinna ferries. You can choose from a variety of ticket options to match your needs. Tourist tickets can be purchased between 1-, 3-, or 5-day tickets, and with it you can freely travel in all vehicles.

    Arriving in Helsinki by plane

    International flights arrive at Helsinki/Vantaa Airport, about 19 kilometres from the city centre. To get to the city centre you can either use public transportation (bus nr 615 to the Central Railway Station (4 euros) or the Finnair City Bus (6 euros) or take an airport taxi (1-2 persons some 25 euros) or a regular taxi (some 40-40 euros).
    For more information, please visit the Helsinki/Vantaa airport web page. For more information about tram, bus and metro routes, ticket types and fares, maps etc. please visit the Helsinki City Transport pages.

    A surprise

    The Opening Ceremony starting on Thursday, August 27 at 1pm sharp will offer a surprise that cannot be disclosed until early August. We kindly ask all participants to plan their trip so that they can be seated in Auditorium 5 at 12.50 pm on that day.


    Helsinki offers a wide range of accommodation choices from hostels to first class and luxury hotels. Below please find just a few examples. (More choices via the Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau.)

    First class
    Hotel Kämp
    Scandic Grand Marina

    Tourist class
    Hotel Arthur
    City Apartments

    Hostel Academica

    Helsinki in August

    In August the weather type in Helsinki can change quite rapidly even during a single day. Temperatures can range between less than 15 degrees even up to 30. Also the weekly precipitation can vary from 0 up to 100 mm. On the average, every third day the daily precipitation exceeds 0.1 mm. Rain is possible at all hours around the day, but in the summer typical rain showers occurs in the afternoon. More on the weather. For weather forecasts please consult the Finnish Meteorological Institute.

    More information about Helsinki

    More information about Helsinki is available at Helsinki City Tourist & Convention Bureau.

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