Helsinki-Vantaa international airport offers about 350 flights per day. These direct connections serve all major European cities and several Asian destinations (including Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, Peking, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Xi’an, Hongkong, and Singapore). Our North American attendees will probably have to fly in through a major European hub (e.g., London, Paris, Frankfurt, Munich, or Amsterdam). There are train and bus connections to Helsinki city center that cost about 6 € (travel time about 45 min), and a taxi ride is about 45 € (travel time about 25 min). Participants are advised to arrive already on Saturday September 16th and to book one of the numerous hotels in Helsinki city center, such as the Sokos Hotel Vaakuna or Sokos Hotel Presidentti.
More information can be found from http://www.visithelsinki.fi/en
Finland is part of the Schengen area, and citizens of other Schengen member states can enter Finland holding a passport or a national ID card which is valid for the duration of the stay.
A passport valid for three months beyond the length of stay and issued in the past 10 years is required from citizens of USA, Canada, Japan, Australia and UK, who will be able to stay a maximum of 90 days as a traveler without a visa.
A full list of accepted travel documents and visa requirements can be found from:
International attendees who require a visa are advised to request an invitation letter as soon as possible to ensure enough time for the visa application process. Link to visa application: http://formin.finland.fi/public/default.aspx?nodeid=49459&contentlan=2&culture=en-US