Do I need a visa to go to Finland?
Conference attendees from other countries will need a visa if they are not 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 and you have a valid passport or comparable travel document. Please see more information about visas here.

Members of Res Artis who need a letter of invitation to the meeting in order to obtain a visa and/or to help themselves in finding travel grants from their own countries can send their request to:

How can I register to this event?
The registration can only be made through this website, using the official Res Artis online registration form. (Please note that registration by e-mail, telephone, fax or traditional post cannot be accepted).

How do I book accommodation?
Find your place to stay in Rovaniemi from the alternatives below by selecting types of accommodation that suit you best. Most of them are in the city centre. The hotels are within walking distance from each other and all main services, enabling large groups to stay in different hotels but still close to each other.

Conference attendees can obtain a discount on hotel bookings in the following hotels. The discount is included to the prices and valid until 6th of May 2018. Please use the reservation code Res Artis 2018 when making a reservation. When bookings are made credit card information should be given as a guarantee.

Whatever your choice of accommodation, you will be met with Lappish hospitality and charm.

City Hotel Rovaniemi
Address: Pekankatu 9
96200 Rovaniemi
Tel. +358 16 330 0111

Comfort room:
82 €/single/night
92 €/double/night
Free sauna and breakfast are included
Reservation code: Res Artis 2018

Cumulus Resort Pohjanhovi
Address: Pohjanpuistikko 2
96200 Rovaniemi
Tel. +358 200 48135

Standard rooms:
89€ /single/standard/night
109€ /double/standard/night

Deluxe rooms:
Free sauna & free entrance to the night club Life; breakfast is included
Reservation code: Res Artis 2018

You can ask for the accommodation also from the Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus and Rudolf Hotel (code is not required when making a reservation).

Santa’s Hotel Santa Claus
Address: Korkalonkatu 29
FI-96200 Rovaniemi

Sales +358 (0) 16 321 3227
Tel +358 (0) 16 321 321
Fax +358 (0) 16 321 3222

Economy Hotel Rudolf
Address: Koskikatu 41-43 Rovaniemi

Sales +358 (0) 16 321 3227
Tel +358 (0) 16 321 321
Fax +358 (0) 16 321 3222

Which are the travel and transportation costs?
Participants cover their own travel and personal insurance costs.
Res Artis, host organisations and partners cannot be held responsible for any mishaps that may occur during the participants stay in Rovaniemi.

What are my travel options?
Despite the northern location, getting to Lapland is easy – Rovaniemi is well connected to the rest of the world via various means of transport. From abroad, the town is easiest to get to by plane via Helsinki. Inside Finland, Rovaniemi can be reached by plane, train, coach or car.

By Plane: The closest airport is only 9 kilometers from Rovaniemi. Daily flights between Rovaniemi and Helsinki are operated by Finnair and Norwegian throughout the year.

Airport taxi shuttle service: ( is also available. Fares for the Airport Taxi shuttle service start from 10 euro/person, takes more than one customer at the same time (car pool).The route is: Central Bus Station – Hotel Scandic – City Hotel – Hotel Cumulus – Hotel Santa Claus – Hotel Vaakuna – Hotel Cumulus Pohjanhovi – airport. The shuttle bus leaves the central bus station 1 h and 10 min before the departure of the next flight. After each arrival, the shuttle bus departs from the airport to the town centre. On the way, it stops at hotels when necessary. Stops at private addresses are possible on request.

By Train: Finnish railroads are operated by state company VR ( Rovaniemi is easy to reach by rail from many Finnish towns, with several trains running to and from Helsinki every day. You should arrive at Rovaniemi Railway Station. From here it’s only a kilometer to the City Centre.

By Bus: The coach services by Matkahuolto ( cover a great deal of Finland’s road network.

They’re not only an option for reaching Rovaniemi from the south, but also the only means of public transport that connect the town with the northern parts of Lapland.
Another coach company, Onnibus, offers services in most of Finland, Rovaniemi being one of their northernmost stops.

By Car: Rovaniemi is easy to get to by car from all directions.
If you plan on travelling around Lapland by car, be sure to allocate enough time for the long distances and changing weather conditions.
Up-to-date information on road conditions is published by the Finnish Transport Agency.

Traffic connections to neighbouring countries:
In the summer season, there is a daily bus connection from Rovaniemi to Tromsø (Norway) and from Rovaniemi to North Cape (Norway) as well as from Rovaniemi to Vadsø (Norway). A valid passport is sufficient for crossing the Finnish-Norwegian border, no separate permit or visa is required.

Buses and trains operate all year from Rovaniemi via Kemi and Tornio to Haparanda (Sweden). A valid passport is sufficient for crossing the Finnish-Swedish border, no separate permit or visa is required.

The bus from Rovaniemi via Ivalo to Murmansk (Russia) operates all year. Visitors from/to Russia must acquire a visa in advance; the need for other required documents should be clarified well ahead of the journey.

Finnish taxis are reliable and use a standardised kilometre-based pricing system. The following taxi companies operate in Rovaniemi:
Taxi Rovaniemi, tel: +358 16 106 410; email:
Rovaniemi Taxi Service, tel: +358 60 030 030 / +358 29 009 1090; email:


Here’s the Rovaniemi tourist map in pdf format

How do I get to the meeting premises?
The Culture House of Korundi is located in the city centre, approximately 15 minutes’ walk from all the central hotels. Rovaniemi is a relatively small town with short distances. In the city centre, everything is close to everything else and walking is the way to get around.

It is possible to access the premises with wheel chair.

Other useful information:

Your window to Finland
Lapland Finland
Welcome to Rovaniemi
Tourist Information
Web camera

Conference language is English.
Time and weather:
Finland’s time zone is GMT + 2 hours (daylight saving time, GMT +3).
Check the local weather