TRAVEL BETWEEN HELSINKI AND JYVÄSKYLÄ
When you arrive to the Helsinki Airport, you can take a taxi, but it is equally easy to take the Finnair City Bus from the airport to the Helsinki train station (about 35 minutes). Please see more information about the Finnair City Bus here. The bus leaves every 20 minutes. The price for the bus is 6,30 euros. When you walk out the doors of the airport, you will see in front of you several traffic lanes where taxis and buses come to pick up passengers. The Finnair City Bus will come at the scheduled time to pick up passengers from one of these lanes. You can also ask almost anyone you see for help, most Finns speak English.
Your train to Jyväskylä will leave from the Helsinki Central RailwayStation. Trains leave at least every hour during the day, except between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, there is no convenient train between these times. The usual duration of the trip is between 3 and 3.5 hours.
Please find here internet web page address for the train timetables in Finland:
For most of the trains running between Helsinki and Jyväskylä, you will need to change trains in a city called Tampere. Usually this is fairly easy, because in most cases the train you need to board in Tampere is leaving from the same platform, just the other side, so you only have to walk a few feet. The conductors are good about informing you of the platform when they come to check your ticket on the Jyväskylä-Tampere leg of the journey.
The price for all of these train trips is approx. 105 euros for a round-trip ticket.
You can buy tickets either at the railway station ticket office, or on the train itself (where you will need to pay cash).
Sokos Hotel Alexandra is located just opposite the Jyväskylä train/bus station. The route to Hotel Alba is a bit more complicated, so it is best to take a taxi (there are always a number of them parked where people disembark the train). The taxi ride should cost less than 10 euros. Hotel Alba is very near where the conference will be held. The name of the conference venue is "Agora", it is a building near the hotel. If you ask at the hotel desk reception, they can show you which direction to walk to the conference venue, it's a walk of just a few minutes.
PLACES TO SEE WHILE YOU ARE IN JYVÄSKYLÄ
Please see this link (and along the left-hand side, the "places to visit", "maps" etc.):
See also the link:
Here are listed, among other things, the Alvar Aalto museum (honoring Finland's famous architect) and the Craft Museum of Finland and the National CostumeCentre (there is also a nice shop selling Finnish crafts and souvenirs right next to the Craft Museum).
On the main street called "Kauppakatu", there are several cafes and shops of crafts and souvenirs, and on Kauppakatu there is also the large department store called "Sokos", which on its basement level sells the most famous names in designer Finnish glass and ceramics.
For walking, we recommend the Kuokkala bridge and the wooded ridge in the center of the city called the "Harju" (pronounced 'har-you'), which has nice views. On the ridge is a building called "Vesilinna" where you can go to the top of what was once a water tower and is now a great spot to look out over the landscape - you take an elevator part of the way and walk the rest of the way up - it's quite a walk, but worth it! There is also a nice restaurant in Vesilinna, where you can sit on the balcony overlooking Jyväskylä and its environs. Walking on the university campus is also nice, where there is a lot of nature there and buildings designed by the aforementioned architect Alvar Aalto.
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Conference Building (Agora Center) at University of Jyväskylä
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Campus map with Agora Center, MaA Building and Hotel Alba: Click here.
Map of Agora Building with lecture halls: Click here.
University of Jyväskylä.
City of Jyväskylä.