Venue & how to get there

Holiday Club Saimaa offers all the comforts for a scientific meeting combined with an opportunity to enjoying the wonderfuland unique landscape of South Karelia, the most beautiful parts of the Finland lake district. The Workshop venue is situated on the shores of Saimaa, the largest lake in Finland. Its broad waters and numerous islands provide visitors with magnificent scenery.

Holiday Club Saimaa is easily accessible via Highway 6 through Vesivalo interchange (junction 62). It is located between Lappeenranta (35 km) and Imatra (7 km). Vainikkala Station (trains from Russia) is 60 kilometres away. For timetables, see

Distances to Holiday Club Saimaa

  • Imatra:                        7 km
  • Lappeenranta:          35 km
  • Helsinki:                     250 km
  • St Petersburg:           230 km
Pre/post-conference activities

Your trip to NP2016 will probably include Helsinki. Being the capital of Finland, Helsinki has numerous tourist attractions (see, therefore being well worth a short stay either before or after the conference. You can find more information in the Finnish tourist board website

The city of Savonlinna is located 130 km away from the NPO2016 venue and is reachable by bus or train. The main attraction of Savonlinna, a town surrounded by Saimaa lake, is the Olavinlinna Castle, one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe.  In 2016, a famous Savonlinna Opera Festival that takes place in the castle will last until August 6. The festival program can be found at It is worth noting that tickets should be reserved well in advance.

You may consider also combining NPO2016 with visiting St.Petersburg, which is 230 km away. You can visit St. Petersburg by Allegro high-speed train (see St.Petersburg by train) or express bus providing you have Russian visa. Visa-free travel to St. Petersburg is possible if you enter St.Peterburg by ferry from Helsinki. Please check details at Ferry to St.Petersburg.