The 2019 ICRPS summer institute will be held at the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi, Finland (street address: Yliopistonkatu 8). The University of Lapland is the northernmost university in both Finland and the European Union. The university is located about two kilometers from the city centre.

Rovaniemi is the vibrant capital of Lapland, with a population of 60,000 inhabitants. The city of Rovaniemi, also called the Gate of Lapland, is located at the Arctic Circle in the northernmost part of Finland. With a land coverage of 8016 km2, it is the largest town in terms of area in both Finland and Europe. Located at the junction of the Kemijoki and Ounasjoki rivers, this small but modern city offers a unique combination of urban services and a beautiful natural environment. It is a university city, the commercial centre for the area, and a centre for sport and culture. Throughout the year, peoples’ daily lives revolve around the four different seasons, which give a rhythm to life and activities.

Map of Finland
Map of Rovaniemi
Map of the University of Lapland

Useful links about Finland and Lapland:
ThisisFINLAND (from the Finland Promotion Board)
Lapland – Above Ordinary (from the Regional Council of Lapland)
The City of Rovaniemi
Summer activities in Rovaniemi
Rovaniemi events

Getting to Rovaniemi

By air

There are frequent direct flights from all over Europe and several US and Canadian destinations to Helsinki. There are also easy connections from major cities on other continents. Helsinki airport has regularly been voted as one of the best in the world. There are several daily flights from Helsinki to Rovaniemi (via Finnair and Norwegian). It only takes about one hour to fly from Helsinki to Rovaniemi.

By train

You can also travel from Helsinki to Rovaniemi by train and see how the nature changes from south to north. Overnight trains with sleeping cabins offer a comfortable way of traveling at night. A train trip from Helsinki to Rovaniemi takes about 12–13 hours. The railway station is located about 1.5 kilometres from the city centre and the university.

Transport from the airport and railway station to the city centre

Airport Express – This bus runs from the airport to the city centre and back. It goes to all the city centre hotels as well as the bus station. The ride takes about 15 minutes, and the price is €7/person. The Airport Express departs from the airport after every flight arrival. At departure, check your hotel reception about the pickup time from your hotel back to the airport. For further information call +358 (0)16 362 222.

Taxi: For a normal taxi, the price from the airport to the accommodations is roughly 25 €. For a shared airport taxi, the fee is €10/person. Airport taxis can be booked online: If you arrive by train, the only option is a normal taxi (Phone +358 (0)200 88 000). You can use the same taxi options upon departure. The address of the accommodations is Opintie 2, 96300 ROVANIEMI. We will meet you in there!

Most participants have sent the organizers detailed arrival and departure times with their registration. If you have not, it is important that you send these to the organizers as soon as possible!

Useful transportation links:
Norwegian Air
VR (Finland’s government-owned railway company)
Matkahuolto (Finnish bus company)


Finland’s time zone is GMT + 2 hours (daylight saving time, GMT +3).


Finnish is the official language, but nearly all Finnish people have good English and like to practice it. The language of the summer institute will be English.


Although it is summertime in Lapland in June, temperatures can vary between +5 to +30 degrees Celsius. Pack comfortable clothes, good shoes, sun screen, and mosquito spray. Because of the beautiful nature and hiking opportunities, it is possible that we will have outdoor lectures.

On Sunday June 23, a unique Finnish sauna and swimming experience will be offered, so please pack your swimsuit.

Current weather in Rovaniemi

Note that there are nightless nights in the Arctic Circle. If you are not able to sleep when it is light, bring a sleeping mask with you.


Because you are in foreign country, easy and quick access to emergency instructions are important. That’s why we recommend that you download the 112 Suomi app to your Android/iPhone.  With this application, you can phone emergency services and the application will recognize the coordinates of your mobile phone.