Travel and Accommodation

Koli is one of Finland's most beautiful areas and offers a unique combination of nature and culture. The broad waters and islands of Lake Pielinen, the fourth largest lake in Finland, and the forest clad Koli hills, provide you with magnificent scenery. The Workshop venue in year 2010 is situated near Lake Pielinen and is embedded in the National Park Koli.


Distance between Joensuu and Sokos Hotel Koli is about 60 km. Organizers will provide bus transportation from Joensuu to Koli on Sunday, 1 August 2010 and from Koli to Joensuu on Saturday, 7 August 2010 for Workshop participants. Please notify organizers if you wish to arrive later or leave earlier. There also exists a regular bus service between Sokos hotel Koli and Joensuu.

Reaching Joensuu by plane

When you travel to Finland by plane, you most probably arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa international airport , which is served by many airlines. There are several flights per day between Helsinki-Vantaa and Joensuu with Finnair and Finncomm.

Reaching Joensuu by train

The railway link between Helsinki and Joensuu is operated by VR. There are several daily connections, the travel should take between about four and half hours. If you arrive at Helsinki-Vantaa airport and wish to continue by train to Joensuu, you should take either bus No 61 or a taxi from the airport to Tikkurila train station. See for detailed instructions. The travel between the airport and Tikkurila station takes about 20-30 minutes. If you wish to spend overnight in downtown Helsinki, you can begin your train journey from the Helsinki railway station.

If you travel by train from Moscow or St Petersburg, you need to change a train at Kouvola station. Timetables, pricing and other details can be found in the VR website.

Reaching Joensuu by car

The distance between Helsinki and Joensuu is around 450 km , i.e. the journey may require up to six hours. You may rent a car from the major international car rental companies at Helsinki-Vantaa airport, Helsinki or at the Joensuu airport.


The Workshop venue is located in the heart of the National Park Koli. The Sokos hotel Koli offers all comforts for a scientific meeting combined with the opportunity to enjoying the wonderful, unique landscape. It is expected that the Workshop participants will be staying in the hotel. However you also have an opportunity to stay in a lake-side cottage in the Koli area.

To book your accommodation at the Sokos hotel Koli please contact the hotel directly by phone +358 20 1234 662 or e-mail referring NPO2010.

The following daily rates (breakfast included) are available for NPO2010 participants:

  • Single room 98 €/ person
  • Twin room 59 €/person
  • Triple room: 46 €/person

If you decide to stay in a cottage, please remember that you will need a car to travel to and from the Workshop venue. You may reserve a cottage online via Karelia Expert. Further information can be obtained from Karelia Expert Tourist Service Ltd, e-mail or, Tel +358 50 408 1051 or +358 40 023 9619.