Travel and Accommodation

Required Travel Documents

All participants will require a valid passport or an officially approved identification card to enter Finland. Depending on the nationality and passport type, some visitors will also need to apply for a temporary visa. To determine if you require a visa, please visit the website of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland:

As a rule, foreign nationals who require an entry visa are requested to apply for one from the diplomatic mission that represents Finland in their home country.

We recommend that you apply for your visa well in advance of your travel. Kindly contact the congress secretariat should you need a letter of invitation signed by the organizers: ssiac2015@somalistudies.org

Please note that the official invitation letters will be provided only for those participants who have been accepted as presenters for the congress. The invitation letter is not a commitment on the part of the congress to provide any financial support.

Arriving in Helsinki

Around 200 international flights a day arrive at Helsinki Airport, which is situated 19 kilometres from the centre of Helsinki and can be reached by car in approximately 25 minutes. Helsinki Region Transport provides public transport services between Helsinki Airport and the metropolitan area. You can also take taxi or the Finnair City Bus to the Central Railway Station. A taxi to city centre costs approximately 35–40 euros.

In addition to flight connections, Helsinki can be reached by ferry services from Estonia, Sweden, Germany, Russia as well as from Poland.

You can find more information about public transport in Helsinki from here.
If you need a printable map of the Helsinki city centre, you can download it from here.

Accommodation

Accommodation is not included in the congress registration fee.
All guests are required to make their own accommodation arrangements.

The congress organizers have made block reservations and negotiated special rates for the congress attendees in a number of selected hotels featured below. To make a reservation contact the hotels directly by e-mail or by telephone. In some cases, you can also make a reservation through hotel’s website.

To receive a special rate when making your reservation, refer to the block code. The special rates are valid and the availability of rooms is guaranteed only for bookings made by the dates given by the hotels (see the specific dates below).

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
Asema-aukio 2
00100 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Single room 135€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)
Double room 155€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA Congress
Booking by August 5, 2015.

E-mail: sokos.hotels@sok.fi
Tel. +358 20 1234 600
Online (code: BSSIA2015)

Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki
Kluuvikatu 8
00100 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Single room 110€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)
Double room 130€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA Congress
Booking by August 5, 2015.

E-mail: sokos.hotels@sok.fi
Tel. +358 20 1234 600
Online (code: BSSIA)

Eurohostel
Linnankatu 9
00160 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Double room (for one person) 64,20€ (EUR) (incl. VAT)
Double room (for two persons) 57,80€ (EUR) (incl. VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA Congress
Booking by July 19, 2015.

E-mail: eurohostel@eurohostel.fi
Tel. +358 9 622 0470

Cumulus Kaisaniemi
Kaisaniemenkatu 7
00100 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Single room 120€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)
Double room 138€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA Congress
Booking by July 16, 2015.

E-mail: kaisaniemi.cumulus@restel.fi
Tel. +358 9 172 881

Hotel Arthur
Vuorikatu 19
00100 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Single room 105€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)
Double room 125€ (EUR) (incl. breakfast + VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA- congress
Booking by July 19, 2015.

E-mail: reception@hotelarthur.fi
Tel. +358 9 173 441

Unihome / Töölö Towers
Pohjoinen Hesperiankatu 23
00260 Helsinki

See the location from here and more information about the hotel from here.

Room options and rates / night:
Single room 93€ (EUR) if a person accommodates 1-3 nights (incl. breakfast + VAT)
Single room 329€ (EUR) in total for 4-7 nights (incl. breakfast + VAT)

Booking:
Block code: SSIA Congress
Booking by May 18, 2015.

E-mail: unihome@helsinki.fi