Kuopio is located approximately 400 kilometers to the north of Helsinki. There are no international flight connections to Kuopio, but several daily connections from and to Helsinki. The flight time from Helsinki is 30-60 minutes, depending on the aircraft. We recommend to fly with Finnair.

Once at the Kuopio airport, it is easy to reach the congress venue by taxi. The cost for one way taxi drive is about 25-30€ (18 kilometres).

You can travel from Helsinki to Kuopio also by train. The shortest travel time is about 4 ½ hours. You will arrive in the city center, less than 2 kilometres from the congress venue.

Our congress venue Scandic Hotel Kuopio boasts with superb location at beautiful Kallavesi lake. Double rooms are equipped with modern amenities, some with lake views. You will find everything under the same roof – state of the art meeting facilities, restaurants, bars, sauna, pool, gym and pampering beds.

Kuopio is a very safe middle sized city. You can go anywhere at any time. During the meeting, the sun will set at 9 pm, but it will not get dark before 11 pm. For those who want to jog in the morning, the sun will rise at 5:30 am. Average August temperatures in Kuopio are approximately 15°C. If we are lucky, the days are sunny, the daytime temperature will rise above 20°C, the evenings are mild and the evening temperature will not drop below 15°C. However, the reality may hit hard, so take something warm with you (a sweater or a light coat), as well as your water proof jacket or an umbrella.

Finland belongs to the EU and the Euro-zone. We pay with cards, not with cash. All major credit cards are accepted everywhere, except by the old lady at the market place selling cloudberries.

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The congress venue Scandic Hotel Kuopio is located at the Kallavesi lake in the city center. It is perfectly suitable for NSDS. Just choose the registration with accommodation and your stay with us could not be any easier!

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The NSDS feeling sprouts of many small things, one being the traditional boat trip (social program outside the scientific program, bookable at own expense). In Kuopio, you will experience the natural beauty of Kallavesi lake. The boat will bring us to a waterfront restaurant, where we will enjoy a delicious dinner while admiring the sunset over the lake. Later, the boat will take us back to the hotel.

Kallavesi boat
Kallavesi harbor
Responsible organizer of NSDS2022 Kuopio:
Suomen selkäkirurgiyhdistys ry