Finnish Forest Research Institute

Post Conference Tour
in Finland and Sweden,
June 12-17, 2003

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Program | Travel | Accommodation | Meals | Weather | Tour price | Registration | Formalities and liability

The five-day Post-Conference Tour will take the participants to Northern Finland and Sweden, including locations north of the Polar Circle, characterized by endless daylight and the midnight sun in June.

The program is designed to give the participants an overview of the possibilities and applications of uneven-aged management in the northern boreal pine and spruce forests, also on peatlands. In addition to the basic ecological, silvicultural, and technical factors, related issues like reindeer husbandry and the management of recreation forests and national parks will be introduced and discussed.

The Tour is organized in Finland by the Finnish Forest Research Institute, Rovaniemi Research Station, Rovaniemi, and directed by Dr Hannu Hökkä, and in Sweden by the Department of Silviculture, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Umeå, and directed by Professor Lars Lundqvist. Local sponsors, organizations, and individuals are also involved.


Route Map

The Tour departs from the Conference venue Meripuisto right after closing on Thursday, June 12, 2003. It adjourns at Umeå, Sweden on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 in the afternoon. An overview of the daily program is below. Please click on "details" for an elaboration on each day.

Thursday June 12

  • 18.00 Load bus at Meripuisto Congress Center, and transfer to railway station
  • 19.20 Over-night train to Rovaniemi

Friday June 13

  • Arrival at Rovaniemi
  • 8.00-17.00 Excursion around Rovaniemi
    Theme: Uneven-aged Structures and Management in Pine Stands and Peatland Forests with Alternatives
  • 19.00-23.00 Boat trip on the Kemijoki river and dinner at Metla's Rovaniemi Research Station
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi
  • Details

Saturday June 14

  • 7.30-23.00 Excursion to Pallas National Park
    Theme: Uneven-aged Stand Structures and Dynamics in Timberline and Natural Forests; Management of Recreation Forests
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi
  • Details

Sunday June 15

  • Chartered flight to Vilhelmina, Sweden
  • Excursion around Vilhelmina
    Theme: Shelterwood Management
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Wilhelmina

Monday June 16

  • Excursion to Bielite area,
    Theme: Management of Uneven-aged Norway Spruce Forests, from
    Clear-cutting to Single-tree Selection in sub-alpine spruce forests
  • Accommodation at the Hotel Wilhelmina

Tuesday June 17

  • Excursion between Vilhelmina and Umeå
    Theme: Uneven-aged Management of Norway Spruce, Forest Development on Rising Coastlines
  • Conclusion


Participants will be transferred by bus from Meripuisto to Helsinki railway station for an overnight train ride to Rovaniemi. The program will commence right after arrival at Rovaniemi on Friday morning. The next two days will be spent traveling around in a bus. A chartered flight will be used for a 700 km transfer to Vilhelmina, Sweden on Sunday morning, where the program continues by bus.

The tour concludes at Umeå, Sweden, on Tuesday, June 17 in the afternoon, after which participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements.


Accommodation will be arranged by the organizers and it is included in the Tour price.

The train ride will be spent in comfortable sleepers, two people per compartment. There is also a club car assigned to the group. In Rovaniemi, accommodation is in single rooms at the brand new Hotel Santa Claus in the center of town, and at the Hotel Wilhelmina in Sweden.

If you are traveling with a family member, a friend, or a colleague and want to share a double room or a train compartment, please indicate that on the Registration form.


During the whole excursion, meals will be arranged by the organizers and are included in the tour price. If you have special dietary needs, please indicate that on the Registration form.

Weather and terrain

Great variation is typical for the summer weather in Finland and Sweden. The average daytime high in the North in June is 20 °C (10-32 °C). Nights are light but cool with an average low of 7-10 °C. Average monthly precipitation is around 50 mm, with a very high degree of variability involved - it may rain every day or not at all during the event. Be sure to bring your rain gear! Walks will be mostly easy on relatively even ground and paths - no steep slopes. Mosquitoes can be a nuisance in Lapland in high summer but not this early.

Weather forecast and current conditions - Finnish Meteorological Institute

Tour price

The Tour price is € 1050 per person. It includes transportation, meals, and accommodation in single rooms (two-person compartments on the train) during the excursion program. It does not cover any arrangements after the conclusion in Umeå, Sweden. Reductions can be considered for instance on partial tours or double room occupancy. Please contact the Secretariat in that case.

Given the short interval between registration and the tour, possibilities to refunds will have to be limited to special cases for specific reasons. Please contact the Secretariat in such unfortunate situations.

The feasibility of the Tour will depend on the number of participants that have registered by May 15, 2003. If there are significantly fewer registrations than pre-registrations, the Tour will be cancelled by May 19, 2003 and the participants will be eligible for a complete refund of the Tour price but no other costs.


Deadline for registration and payment is May 15, 2003.
Please fill in one registration form for each person.

Registration Form

  1. Please complete the electronic Registration form including the Payment information, and Submit the form by clicking on "submit" or

    Print the form (in pdf-format) out and send it by fax to the Secretariat
    (If you pay with a credit card, we'll need a signed hardcopy and you are advised to use this alternative only)

  2. Pay your registration fee (Instructions)

Formalities and liability

Participants will be responsible for their own travel documents for both countries. Please check the requirements before departing from your home country.

Visitors are not covered by Finnish Government Health Insurance and should obtain their own short-term health and accident insurance, if required.

The conference fees do not include provisions for the insurance of participants against personal injuries, sickness, theft, or property loss or damage. This applies to any event held during the Conference period and the Excursions. Participants are advised to obtain whatever insurance they consider necessary. The Conference Organizing Committee, and the program sponsors will not assume responsibility for loss, injury, or damages to persons or belongings, however caused.

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