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28th Annual Conference – Local Tourist Information

#IADMS2018


Helsinki, Finland

Thursday–Sunday, October 25–28, 2018


Local Tourist Information


 

The 28th IADMS Annual Conference will take place in Helsinki, Finland. Helsinki is the capital of Finland, located on the southern coast meeting the Baltic Sea. Finland is the eastern neighbor of Sweden, the northern neighbor of Estonia, and the western neighbor of Russia, close to St. Petersburg, Russia. Helsinki is the country’s epicenter for politics, education, culture, research and finance.

The two official languages of Finland are Finnish and Swedish. The currency is the Euro. According to UNESCO’s World Water Development Report, the water in Finland is the cleanest in the world. So it should be no hardship to stay hydrated!

The international dialing code for Finland is +358. The general emergency number for police, ambulance, and fire departments is 112.

Helpful sites to get acquainted with the spirited seaside city are: http://www.visitfinland.com/helsinki/ and https://www.myhelsinki.fi/en.

HOTEL

The newly renovated Scandic Park Helsinki is located opposite Töölö Bay and is a short walk away from Helsinki’s vibrant city center. In close proximity to the hotel are major culture attractions such as the Finnish National Opera, Finlandia Hall, Linnamäki Amusement Park, and the Olympic Stadium (which was built for the Summer games in 1952). The hotel is also positioned next to the city’s major tram and bus stops, making it a great hub from which to explore.

Scandic Park Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 46, 00260 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 9 47371
Transportation stop: Hesperian Puisto

MAPS

To get a lay of the land, check out the Interactive Map of Helsinki.

TRANSPORTATION

From the airport
Finnair City Bus operates between Helsinki Airport (Terminal 1, platform 11, and Terminal 2, platform 10) and Hesperian Puisto every 20 minutes. The total journey takes approximately 30 minutes and a single ticket costs €6.60 (cash and credit accepted).

Helsinki Region Transport (HRT; also known as Helsingin Seudun Liikenne, or HSL) runs public buses that operate throughout the region, and some routes operate between the airport and the Central Railway Station. All information regarding bus lines and timetables can be found on the HRT website, or you can plan your journey through the HSL Journey Planner.

New in 2018! HSL is set to launch the world’s first public transport retail interface open to anyone in the world. This means you can purchase single tickets for any of your journeys whilst in Helsinki with just the tap of an app.

Taxis are available for hire in Helsinki. They can be ordered by phone, from taxi stands, or hailed from the street. Taxis between the airport and the city center takes approximately 20 minutes and costs around €40-45. Popular taxi services are:
Taksi-Helsinki +358 (0) 100 0700
Airport Taxi Yellow Line +358 (0) 600 555 555
Kovanen Taxi +358 (0) 200 6060

Around the city
Helsinki is a relatively compact city, making it easy to get around on foot. Maps of recommended walking routes are available from the Tourist Information center. One of the most popular ways of commuting in Helsinki is by bicycle, especially along the “Baana” route which was converted from a stretch of disused railway line. City bikes are available to rent until October 31st from €5 a day.

The tram is another main mode of transport in the inner city. A single ride on the tram is €2.50 when purchased from a ticket machine, and €2.20 when purchased on the mobile app. A full day ticket starts at €9 and can be purchased from Tourist Information points at the airport or in the city, from a ticket machine, or on the mobile app. The metro, on the other hand, is a good way to travel further out of the city centre from Vuosaaru and Mellunmaki in the east to Matinkyla in Espoo on the southern coast of Finland. A single ticket starts at €2.90.

The cost of all travel modes/routes are covered in the Helsinki Card. See below for more information.

VISITORS CENTER

The Helsinki Tourist Information office offers free information about the city, sights, events, and services, including a wide range of brochures and maps all year round. It is centrally located on the corner of Pohjoisesplanadi and Unioninkatu.

Pohjoiesplanadi 19, 00100 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 (0) 931013300
E-mail: helsinki.touristinfo@hel.fi

DINING

Finnish food is all about local, seasonal, sustainable, and fresh cuisine mixed with an innovative flair. Modern Helsinki food enthusiasts are the masterminds behind recent global fascinations such as Restaurant Day, where restaurants can pop-up at any place, at any time!

Lunch/Convenient Options

Subway (sandwich chain)
Mannerheimintie 56, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 43696660

Lie MiKamppi
Eerikinkatu 20, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 4548093

Ravintola Lukla
Runeberginkatu 60, 00101 Helsinki
+358 9 490742

Kahvila-konditoria Hopia
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 9, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 492556

Cafe Tin Tin Tango
Toeoeloentorinkatu 7, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 27090972

Raw ‘n More Cafe
Runeberginkatu 59, 00260 Helsinki
+358 10 5817171

Dinner/Upscale Dining

Ravintola Kuu
Toolonkatu 27, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 27090973

Sushi Wagocoro
Runeberginkatu 63, 00260 Helsinki
+358 40 0299415

Ravintola Lyon
Mannerheimintie 56, 00260 Helsinki
+358 10 3281560

Ravintola Carelia
Mannerheimintie 56, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 27090976

Ravintola Umeshu
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 15, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 4543670

PHARMACY

Carelia Apteekki
Runeberginkatu 46, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 25385300

GROCERY STORES

K-Market
Tykistonkatu 7, 00260 Helsinki
+358 9 434 2630

Alepa - Hesperiagatan
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 5, 00260 Helsinki
+358 10 7669130

Alepa - Runeberginkatu
Runberginkatu 58, 00260 Helsinki
+358 10 7669550

AUTOMATED TELLER MACHINES (ATMs)

The local currency in Finland is the Euro. ATM machines are marked by “OTTO”. There are 24-hour cashpoint machines widely available throughout the city and they accept the following card carriers: Visa, Visa Electron, EuroCard, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus, and EC. The current exchange rate between the U.S. Dollar and the Euro is 0.84.

Nearest OTTO machine:  Mannerheimintie 58, 00260 Helsinki

There are also several foreign currency exchange points around the city center:

Forex
Stockmann Department Store, Service desk, 8th floor
Aleksanterinkatu 52B, 00100 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 9 4171027
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Central Railway Station
Rautatieasema, Asemahalli PL 118, 00101 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 9 4171027
Hours: Mon-Fri, 8:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Tavex
Fabianinkatu 12, 00100 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 9 68149149
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm; Sat, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Asematunneli, 00100 Helsinki
Telephone: +358 9 68149149
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

BANKS

Danske Bank
Kaivokatu 6, 00100 Helsinki
+358 10 5460050

SHOPPING

Stockmann Department Store
Aleksanterinkatu 52, 00100 Helsinki
The Stockmann department store is a culturally significant building located in the center of Helsinki and the sixth largest department store in Europe.

Kamppi Center
Urho Kekkosenkatu 1, 00100 Helsinki
A modern 6-floor entertainment complex containing retail shops, restaurants, and nightclubs.

Kluuvi Shopping Centre
Aleksanterinkatu 9, 00100 Helsinki
Offering both upscale and casual shopping options, this center is also located in the heart of Helsinki. The XXL Sports Shop is particularly enticing for active and dynamic individuals, such as IADMS members.

Galleria Esplanad
Pohjoisesplanadi 33, 00100 Helsinki
Most of Helsinki’s designer brands are housed in this architectural wonderland, aptly named the Fashion District.

REGIONAL ATTRACTIONS

In Finland, cultural attractions are often things to experience over places to see. One quintessential Finnish experience is the sauna; in fact, the very word ‘sauna’ is Finnish. There are an estimated 2 million saunas in Finland, and many popular destinations can be found in Helsinki.

Allas Sea Pool
A marine spa and oasis of urban culture just a stone’s throw away from Market Square and the city center. The complex has three saunas, two warm-water pools, one sea-water pool, a gym, a café, and a bistro-restaurant, and offers event packages such as ‘Wine & Stretching’.

Hours of Operation
Pools & Saunas: Mon-Fri, 7:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sat, 9:00 am - 9:00 pm; Sun, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
https://www.allasseapool.com/front-page.html

Löyly
No matter the weather, it is possible to get warm year-round in this visually stunning complex on the southern tip of Helsinki. The complex is complete with a traditional Finnish smoke sauna, two wood-heated saunas, a terrace restaurant, and an area for dips into the Baltic sea.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Wed, 4:00 pm -10:00 pm; Thu, 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm; Fri, 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sat, 8:00 am - 10:00 am & 1:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Sun, 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
http://www.loylyhelsinki.fi/en/loyly-en/

If you wish to get steeped in Fine Arts, look no further than the Finnish National Gallery. It is comprised of three museum units: the Ateneum Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, and the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

Ateneum Art Museum
Housed in a palatial 19th century neo-Renaissance building, this art gallery showcases the works of famed Finnish artists such as Albert Edelfet, Hugo Simberg, and Helene Schjerfbeck, to name a few. The museum also showcases a small collection of foreign art which included the first-ever Van Gogh purchased by a museum, Street in Auvers-sur-Oise (1890).

Hours of Operation
Tues & Fri, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm; Wed & Thu, 10:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat & Sun, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
http://www.ateneum.fi/?lang=en

Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma
Kiasma, the Finnish word for Chiasma, describes the crossing of nerves or tendons or the intertwining of two chromatids, and this serves as a symbol for the museum in its mission to provide a space for the exchange of opinions and the redefinition of art and culture. This curvy contemporary building hosts regular performances, events, and workshops.

Hours of Operation
Tues & Sun, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Wed-Fri, 10:00 am - 8:30 pm; Sat, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://kiasma.fi/en/

Sinebrychoff Art Museum
Once the office for the Sinebrychoff family, this house is now adorned by the family’s most valuable acquisitions from Europe’s most important art masters.

Hours of Operation
Tues, Thurs & Fri, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm; Wed, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm; Sat & Sun, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
http://www.sinebrychoffintaidemuseo.fi/en/

Finnish National Opera and Ballet
The FNOB is the only professional opera company in Finland whose origins trace back to 1911. The ballet was founded in 1922 and moved into its current, custom-built home in 1993. Now, interspersed amongst revivals of old productions, the ballet stages at least three new ballet productions each year. Interestingly, Madeleine Onne was just appointed as the new Artistic Director of the Finnish National Ballet after having spent the past year as the Director of the Houston Ballet Academy!

Hours of Operation
Service desk: Tue-Fri, 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Sat, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
http://oopperabaletti.fi/en/

Design Museum
Finland is unmistakably famed for its pioneering in design. This museum traces the Finnish design diaspora from the nation’s earliest traditions to its most contemporary design objects, drawings, and images.

Hours of Operation
Tue, 11:00 am - 8:00 pm; Wed-Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
http://www.designmuseum.fi/en/

Helsinki Cathedral and Senate Square
The cathedral, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel, and its surrounding square provides the most cohesive example of Finnish neoclassical architecture. The square itself hosts a sound installation called the Sound of the Senate Square - a glockenspiel that rings over the city at 5:49 pm every day.

Hours of Operation
Cathedral: Daily, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (closed during services)
http://www.helsinginseurakunnat.fi/seurakunnat/tuomiokirkkoseurakunta/touristinformation.html

Helsinki Zoo
This is one of the oldest zoos in the world, founded in 1889, and is home to nearly 200 animal species and 1000 plant species.

Hours of Operation
Oct-Dec, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
https://www.korkeasaari.fi/helsinki-zoo/

Market Square
Located at the South Harbour, Market Square is Helsinki’s most famous market, providing traditional treats and souvenirs to local and international clientele.

Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri, 6:30 am - 6:00 pm; Sat, 6:30 am - 4:00 pm
https://www.hel.fi/helsinki/en/culture/city-culture/markets/

Suomenlinna Sea Fortress
The ‘Fortress of Finland’ is a cluster of islands connected by an intricate system of bridges at the southeast corner of Helsinki. Added in 1991, this UNESCO World Heritage site was first built by the Swedes in 1748 and has since served as a defense fortification throughout Swedish, Russian, and Finnish rule.

Hours of Operation
Museum: 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
https://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/

Temppeliaukio Church (Rock Church)
A church excavated directly into solid rock, Temppeliaukio not only serves as a place of worship, but it is a popular venue for concerts on account of its excellent acoustics.

Hours of Operation
Varies weekly; call +358 (0) 9 23405940 for the recorded message with updates
https://www.facebook.com/temppeliaukio/

Nuuksio National Park
Although a proper day-escape, this national park is easily within reach of the capital by bus or train. It is an excursion haven for those interested in activities, such as fishing, climbing, hiking, berry-foraging, canoeing, horseback-riding, and more.
http://www.nationalparks.fi/en/nuuksionp

Sibelius Monument
This monument by EilaHiltunen pays homage to the world famous composer Jean Sibelius (1865-1957). Hiltunen used over 600 steel pipes to create this popular organ-resembling structure.
https://www.hamhelsinki.fi/en/sculpture/sibelius-monumentti-eila-hiltunen/

Helsinki Card
Pick up a Helsinki Card and save on Helsinki’s top 20+ attractions, including the Suomenlinna Fortress, Sinebrychoff Art Museum, and Temppeliaukio Church. A free hop-on hop-off tour, a free guide book, and free transportation around the region are all included in the package.

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