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Social Program

Wednesday 13.6.2018

Opening ceremony

Time: 17:00- 18:30

Place: Helsinki University Great hall,  Aleksanterinkatu 5, Helsinki. Check the Venue page for the location on the map.

Price: Free of charge

Wednesday 13.6.2018

Get together

Time: 19:00- 20:30

Place: Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki. Check the Venue page for the location on the map.

Price: Free of charge, requires registration. You will be welcomed by Alina & Ilkka playing Baroque inspired folk music from Finland. Alina Järvelä (fiddle), Ilkka Heinonen (violone). 

Thursday 14.6.2018

Optional social program is available:


Option 1: Evening concert on an island with waffle and cava: ‘Music for a While’

Lonna Island, Helsinki

Price: 60 euros including transportation, concert, waffle and cava.

Requires registration and place are limited (only 40). ALL PLACES SOLD!

Thursday 14.6.2018; gathering at 18.45.  Be on time, the waterbus will not wait!

Gathering in JT-line pier in Market square. See the map.

Returning to the same place at 21.45.

Please, make sure to take enough warm clothes with you. The weather by the sea during the transportation might be cold and windy.

The Concert includes: Lute songs and ensemble music from the Baroque era and beyond.

Meri Metsomäki, soprano
Milla Mäkinen, soprano
David Hackston, countertenor
Kaisa-Maija Uljas, theorbo and lute

We welcome to our evening program four up-and-coming musicians from the Baroque-opera collective Orpheus’ Muses. The concert presents some of the most famous arias and duets from the 17th century with which to while away a summer’s evening, and explores the possibilities that living composers can bring to period instruments

Option 2: Sightseeing bus tour in Helsinki. Price: 10 euros, requires registration. Time: 19:00-20:00. Departure from front of Marina Congress Center. See the map.








Friday 15.6.2018

Gala dinner: A dinner in the Finnish House of Nobility (Ritarihuone).

Dress code: Semi-formal but you won't be turned back if dressed otherwise!

Time: 19:30-23:30

Place: Ritarikatu 1, 00170, Helsinki

Price: 100 euros, requires registration. VERY LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE

In the town plan of the early 19th century a place had been reserved for a palace of the nobility. Many plans of various styles were presented. The neo-gothic plan drawn by the architect G. T. Chiewitz won the competition and the palace was completed in 1862, in time to house all four estates during the Diet of 1863. The inside decoration of the palace is largely contemporary with the palace itself. 

Check the Venue page for the location on the map


Saturday 16.6.2018

Closing ceremony

Time: 17:00- 18:00

Place: Venue of the Congress, Marina Congress Center

Price: Free of charge, no registration is required.

We do not have a separate fee for accompanying person, but you can reserve more than one ticket for all the social program options.

Post-Congress Tour to Tallinn, Estonia

Date: June 17th, 2018

Price: 143 euros with additional optional 28 euros for 3 course lunch.


Departure in the morning from Scandic Grand Marina hotel by private transfer to Helsinki port for the ferry crossing to Tallinn. After 2 hour ferry crossing, arrive to Tallinn. Meet your local guide and board coach for a city tour ending in a walking tour of the Old Town of Tallinn.


Lunch will be served at the atmospheric historic restaurant Olde Hansa in Tallinn's Old Town.



Medieval restaurant Olde Hansa takes you on a journey to Tallinn's golden age. Olde Hansa takes the visitor back to the Middle Ages through a richly diverse menu featuring authentic dishes prepared according to Medieval standards in an ambience befitting a wealthy merchant house of the bygone era. Visitors sit on wooden benches with boar skin covers, much like the banquets of medieval lords where guests sat on benches set before trestle tables. Servers in period costume assist with menu recommendations and explanations of unfamiliar selections. Beverages include liquors like berry schnapps, beer with herbs, honey, or cinnamon, and spiced wine (not included in tour price).



Meat soup with herb-nut bread and Castle's cream cheese


Earl's forest mushroom soup with herb-nut bread and Castle's cream cheese


Alderman's juicy pork


Salmon with mushroom sauce


Cake with saffron pudding

Table water

Free time in the historic old part of Tallinn before transfer back to the ferry port for the return ferry crossing to Helsinki. Arrival in Helsinki in the evening and at Helsinki port, transfer back to Scandic Grand Marina hotel.

Date: June 17th – 18th, 2018

Tour price:

EUR 809.00/person, accommodation in twin/double room
EUR 850.00/person, accommodation in single room

The tour prices are valid for a group of minimum 15 persons.


Sunday, June 17

The tour starts at Helsinki Airport, where you board flight AY 533 taking off at 11:10 AM. You will arrive at 13:00 in Rovaniemi where you will be met by your local guide at the airport. After a short transfer to restaurant Villa Maria, a Finnish lunch will be served. After lunch continue to Arktikum for a guided tour.



Villa Maria is located only 9 km from Rovaniemi in the village of Nivankylä. In the old days, the village was known for its

hospitable inn. The restaurant offers country style buffets and served menus. It's always privately reserved for the group.



Arktikum in Rovaniemi provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture and history of Finland's North. It is a museum,

science centre and a popular cultural venue with impressive meeting and congress facilities and an architectural sight in its own



After the visit to Arktikum, you will check-in to Hotel Santa Claus.



The Santa Claus Hotel is one of the leading hotels in Rovaniemi, a lively Lappish town located directly on the Arctic Circle in

the heart of Finnish Lapland. All 169 rooms offer TV, Mini bar, Internet access, a safe, air conditioning, electric kettle, Ironing board, trouser press, bathtub and shower, and hair dryer.


The main Restaurant Gaissa is a Chaine des Rôtisseurs member and serves excellent Lappish dishes. The Café Bar ZoomIt is

popular with locals and tourists alike. Traditional Finnish sauna is included in the price for all hotel guests.


Standard room with breakfast

A standard room accommodates maximum of three persons. Most of the rooms have separate beds and a sofa which can

serve as an extra bed. There are also rooms with double bed. The bathroom is equipped with a bath tub and a shower. The

majority of standard rooms are facing north and east. Some of the standard rooms have a connecting door. The total living

area of a standard room is 22 sqm.

In the evening, you will be taken to the local restaurant Poropirtti – Reindeer Lodge for dinner.


This theme evening brings out the four traditional colours, representing the four main seasons in Lapland. Blue and red

together with green and yellow.


The chef of Poropirtti brings in his favourite delicacies. Lapp Tapas served on a thin slice of pine for starters

• marinated forest mushrooms

• Lapp cheese flavoured with honey

• roe in sour cream

• cold smoked salmon

• warm smoked salmon

• cold smoked reindeer

• paste of cold smoked reindeer

• potato-barley bread, rye bread and butter


The chef serves the main course in the restaurant; the choice for the whole group is either:

• Fillet of reindeer tournedos, Juniper sauce, Lapp potatoes duchesse and butter with smoked reindeer OR

• Salmon baked in oven, creamy sauce fortified with cognac, Lapp potatoes



Layer cake with Finnish berries and whipped cream, coffee/tea


Monday, June 18

The day starts with a breakfast at your hotel. After breakfast you will meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your tour to a Reindeer Farm and to Santa’s Village.


Upon arrival to the farm, there will be an initiation ceremony of crossing the Arctic Circle. It will be performed by reindeer herders in a "kota" a Lapp tepee village. While sitting on reindeer skin covered benches you will experience an old but cheerful Lappish

ceremony, which helps your stay at the Arctic Circle. Everyone will have a sip of the magic drink made of reindeer milk. As a

proof of the ceremony you will receive Arctic Circle Certificate with your name on it. Traditional Lappish lunch is server at the farm



After Reindeer Farm, transfer to the Santa Claus village. Santa has chosen this magic line of Arctic Circle to be the place for his office. Enter the world of the Santa Claus folk and join the fairytale! As you step through the mist, you leave your ordinary life far behind, beginning the trail of mystery. Experiencing sounds, smells and challenges along the way, you head for Santa Claus, and before you know it, you will be face-to face with a big white beard.


Free time for shopping at Santa’s shopping gallery and why not sending your regards home from Santa´s Main Post Office with a special stamp.

After Santa Claus village, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Helsinki, AY 536 leaving at 18:10 and arriving in Helsinki at 19:25.

Included in the tour price:

  • return flights Helsinki-Rovaniemi-Helsinki

  • coach services as specified in the program

  • guide services in Rovaniemi as specified in the program

  • lunch and dinner on 17 June, buffet breakfast and lunch on 18 June

  • admission fees to visits described in the program

Reservations and cancellations:

  • reservations for the Post Tour to Lapland should be made latest 3 months in advance

  • for cancellations before March 16th, full refund less a EUR 60 handling fee

  • for cancellations before May 30th, 50 % refund of the tour price

  • for cancellations after May 30th, no refunds

Post-Congress Tour to Lapland

Optional Post-Congress tours

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