Finland is a Nordic country in Northern Europe bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, and the Gulf of Finland, between Sweden to the west, Russia to the east, Estonia to the south, and Norway to the north. The capital and largest city is Helsinki. Other major cities are Espoo, Tampere, Vantaa, Oulu, Turku, Jyväskylä, Lahti and Kuopio

Finland’s population is around 5.52 million, the majority of whom live in the central and south of the country and speak Finnish, a Finnic language from the Uralic language family, unrelated to the Scandinavian languages.

Local time: GMT + 2 hours / CET + 1 hour

International telephone code: +358

Ethnicity: Finns, Russian, Estonian, Somalian, Iraqi, and former Yugoslavian.

Landscape: Finland has about 168,000 lakes (of an area larger than 500 m2 or 0.12 acres) and 179,000 islands. Its largest lake, Saimaa, is the fourth largest in Europe.

Climate: The whole of Finland lies in the boreal zone, characterized by warm summers and freezing winters. A quarter of Finland’s territory lies within the Arctic Circle and the midnight sun can be experienced for more days the farther north one travels. At Finland’s northernmost point, the sun does not set for 73 consecutive days during summer and does not rise at all for 51 days during winter. The average temperature for October is 7° / 1°.

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Flight Connections

Helsinki Airport (HEL)

Served by many flag carriers and some low-cost airlines. Full information here:

From Helsinki airport, train connection every 30-60 minutes to LAHTI. Online connections and bookings here: From Lahti train station, the transfer will be provided to Vierumäki.

We recommend arrival on Tuesday 5th-October afternoon, or until noon on Wednesday 6th-October.

Depending on arrival times and the number of participants, a special transfer service without extra charge will be organized on both days from Helsinki Airport for registered participants. A similar service in the inverse direction will operate in the afternoon of Friday, and on Saturday.