GENERAL INFORMATION

CONGRESS VENUE

Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Mannerheimintie 50
00260 Helsinki
FINLAND

Tel: +358 200 48 101
Fax: +358 (0)20 601 9103

Crowne Plaza Helsinki.pngIn the heart of the business area in downtown Helsinki; approximately 1 km to the railway station.

Virtually opposite the Finnish National Opera, the hotel has easy access to City Centre and Helsinki Airport.

The Crowne Plaza Helsinki offers the discerning business and leisure traveller first-class facilities and personalized service.

The Crowne Plaza Helsinki offers every guest newly renovated rooms that provide brilliantly executed interior design that is both comfortable and practical with a touch of Finnish as well as Oriental feeling. 

The Hotel has 2 restaurants, a bar, a coffee shop, an indoor swimming pool and a fitness center/gym. All 349 rooms are equipped with minibar, hairdryer, safe, ironing set and air conditioning. 

LANGUAGE

The official language of the 22nd ICEI Congress is English.

TIME ZONE

Finland, Helsinki is 2 hours ahead of UTC / GMT. EET (Eastern European Time) 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

International participants to the 22nd ICEI Congress may require visas in order to enter Finland.

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Our participants will need to apply for a valid Schengen visa to enter the country for a short-term or temporary period of residence lasting no more than 90 days.

You will not need a visa if you are a citizen of a Nordic country or EU Member State. Similarly, no visa is required if you are a citizen of a visa-free country .

Information on visa application and visa fees can be found on the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.


ARRIVAL TO HELSINKI & CITY TRANSPORT

Helsinki can easily be reached from anywhere in the world. The main gateway is the Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The Helsinki Airport consistently ranks among the best airports in the world, and serves around two hundred international flights each day. 

The transportation time from the airport to the conference hotel is around 30 minutes. Crowne Plaza Hotel is located next to the Central Railway Station (Helsingin or Helsingfors) in the city center. There is a comfortable walking distance from the Railway station to Crowne Plaza Hotel (about 1.2 km). Or delegates can take the light tram from the Railway Station at Lasipalatsi stop and get off at Hesperian-Puisto stop or take a Taxi. 

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How to get between the airport and the city center?

By Train

Local trains I and P operate between Helsinki Airport and the city center on the Ring Rail Line, which opened in July 2015. The travel time between the airport and the Central Railway Station is approximately a half hour. A regional ticket costs 5,50 euros and can be purchased from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines or onboard trains from a ticket sales carriage.

By Bus

The Finnair City Bus operates between the airport and the city center (Elielinaukio) every 20 minutes. The trip will take around 30 minutes. A single ticket costs 6.20 euros when purchased online in advance or 6.30 euros from the driver.

Bus 615 ("Lentoasema-Rautatientori") is operated by Helsinki Region Transport (HSL). A regional ticket costs 5,50 euros and can be purchased from Helsinki Region Transport (HSL) ticket machines or from the driver with cash. At night you can also take the 415N night bus.

By Taxi

You can also travel conveniently between the airport and the conference hotel by taxi, which will cost around 45 euros.


Travel around the city by tram:

Metro traffic
The metro connects the Helsinki city center and eastern Helsinki. The Helsinki metro consists of one line and 17 stations.

Trams
Trams are the main mode of public transport in the inner city. The Architectural Tram Tour, the Sightseeing Tram tour and the Design and culinary Tram Tour
Trams operate from about 5:30–23:20 Monday to Saturday and from 7:00–23:30 Sunday.
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CLIMATE

Helsinki’s climate is typical of its northerly situation. Its intermediate climate combines characteristics of both a maritime and a continental climate. The proximity of the Arctic Ocean and the North Atlantic creates cold weather, while the Gulf Stream brings in warmer air.

The summer in Helsinki is bright. Summer begins in end of May and ends in the end of September and has long bright days that have sunlight for around 19 hours a day in the later part of the season. Daily temperatures in early August vary between 20°C and 25°C.

Clothing

The dress code for ICEI 2017 is business casual for all occasions unless stated otherwise.

Electrical Supply

In Finland the power sockets are of type F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. 

LIABILITY AND INSURANCE

The Congress Secretariat and Organizers cannot accept liability for personal accidents or loss of or damage to private property of participant. Upon registration, participants agree that neither the Organizing Committee nor the Conference Secretariat assume any liability. Participants are advised to purchase their personal travel and health insurances for attending this conference.

BANKING AND EXCHANGE

The Euro (EUR) is the currency in Finland. International Credit Cards are widely accepted for payment in most hotels, restaurants and shops. For exchange rates: www.xe.com

SAFETY AND SECURITY

Helsinki is a very safe city, but you should keep an eye on your possessions and luggage at all times, just like in any other big city nowadays. This is especially true during the summer in crowded trams and crowded places.

Please do not leave bags or suitcases unattended at any time, whether inside or outside the session halls. The hotels strongly recommend that you use their safety deposit boxes for your valuables.

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