Winter Cycling Congress

The Winter Cycling Congress is an annual gathering of experts and promoters of year-round biking in cold climate cities. The main theme of the Congress is to develop winter cycling conditions, reinforce the role of winter cycling as an everyday form of physical activity and to share the best practices around the world. The programme has often comprised lectures, workshops and cycling trips around the city, among other things. The event is organised by the international Winter Cycling Federation. Winter Cycling Congress was held the first time 2013 in Oulu, Finland. 2019 the host city was Calgary in Canada and 2020 Joensuu in Finland.





Joensuu is a city of 75 500 inhabitants in the province of the Eastern Finland. Joensuu is nationally famous for its year-round cycling culture. Eastern Finland is located in the continental climate zone. Finland’s coldest winter temperatures are usually measured in Lapland and in Eastern Finland. Geographically the city of Joensuu extends close to the Russian border, about 70 km from the Joensuu city center. The distance between Joensuu and Finland’s capital city of Helsinki is about 450 km (4,5 hours by train, 1 hour by plane), and the distance from Joensuu to St. Petersburg, home to 5 million people, is under 400 km.

Useful links:
Google Maps: Joensuu
Facts for visitors: VisitKarelia
General information about Finland: VisitFinland
Visa: Finland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Important locations: Google Maps



By train: VR
By bus: Matkahuolto, Onnibus
By air: Finnair (Helsinki – Joensuu – Helsinki)



Joensuu Areena

Mehtimäenaukio 2
80100 Joensuu

Main program will be held at the Joensuu Areena. Joensuu Areena is the biggest wooden building in Finland and it provides magnificent setting for a wide range of events as well as for various sports. The distance between the Joensuu city center and the Areena is about one kilometer. Areena has free wifi connection.


1st floor
Main stage, Voitto, exhibition area and cafe/dining area

2nd floor




There are several hotels in Joensuu city center. Some of the hotels have special prices for congress guests. The distance between hotels and congress center Joensuu Areena is about 1 kilometer.


Hotel Aada

Kauppakatu 23
80100 Joensuu

All rooms are equipped with en suite bathrooms and single beds. A full buffet breakfast is included in the room price.

single room, 88 eur/night

bookings via phone or email:
phone +358 13 256 2200
email info@hotelaada.fi or myynti@hotelaada.fi
reservation code WCC

deadline for bookings 4.1.2020


Greenstar Hotel

Torikatu 16
80100 Joensuu

Hotel GreenStar® is a popular hotel concept that’s both affordable and environmentally friendly. The savings in energy consumption save your money too!

GreenStar’s basic product is a 2+1 person hotel room. Room price is the same regardless of how many guests stay in the room. Breakfast and parking can be bought separately. The outcome: lower price without compromising living comfort.

room for 1-3 persons 92 eur/night
breakfast + 9 eur/person
parking + 8 eur/night

online bookings
phone +358010 423 9390
email joensuu@greenstar.fi


Lietsu Boutique Aparthotel

Rantakatu 26
80100 Joensuu

Lietsu Hotel – Full of Karelian charm

Boutique Aparthotel Lietsu boasts friendly service and comfortable accommodation. Our excellent location in the centre of Joensuu, rooms decorated in traditional Karelian spirit with a modern twist and our delicious breakfast served in the cosy breakfast lounge guarantee that your stay will be a memorable experience. All the rates include Karelian breakfast.

single room, 119 eur/night
double room, 139 eur/night

reservations via email: info@lietsuhotel.fi
phone +35844 7520 500

reservation code WINTER20

reservations made with the WINTER20 code have no cancellation right


Scandic Joensuu

Kirkkokatu 20
80100 Joensuu

It’s easy to feel comfortable in our hotel, located in the best spot in the centre of Joensuu. All of the city’s services are nearby and the peaceful rooms ensure a good night’s sleep. All rates include a buffet breakfast with organic products. All areas of our hotel have free WiFi.

standard single room, 120 eur/night
standard double room, 140 eur/night

superior single room, 150 eur/night
superior double room, 170 eur/night

online bookings

deadline for bookings 21.1.2020


Sokos Hotel Kimmel

Itäranta 1
80100, Joensuu

Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel – for any oc­ca­sion

Our hotel is located in the beautiful Sirkkala park by the River Pielisjoki. Original Sokos Hotel Kimmel is named after the fast-flowing River Pielisjoki and its glimmering foam.  Our hotel is a full-service provider: food, drink, good night’s sleep, relaxation and evening fun.

standard, single room 124 eur/night (includes breakfast)
standard, double room 144 eur/night (includes breakfast)

economy, single room, 114 eur/night (includes breakfast)
economy, double room 134 eur/night (includes breakfast)

online bookings
reservation code BWINTERCYCLING20

phone +35820 1234 660
email kimmel.joensuu@sokoshotels.fi

deadline for bookings 19.1.2020


Sokos Hotel Vaakuna

Torikatu 20
80100 Joensuu

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna – in the heart of the city

Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna is located in the centre of Joensuu and beats with the pulse of the city. When you want a full-service hotel close to everything, Vaakuna is the perfect choice for you.  If you enjoy shopping, various shops are available in our hotel or in the shopping centre directly across the street.

We serve you with the warmth and hospitality that is characteristic of northern Karelia. Our staff is also happy to give you more information about events and sights in the city. Welcome to Vaakuna in the heart of Joensuu!

standard, single room 126 eur/night (includes breakfast)
standard, double room 146 eur/night (includes breakfast)
superior +30 eur

online bookings
reservation code BWINTERCYCLING20

phone +35820 1234 660
email vaakuna.joensuu@sokoshotels.fi

deadline for bookings 19.1.2020



Official program includes bikes.


Mobile app

From the app you can check latest updates, program, speaker info, maps and all the important info about the event! Joensuu Areena has free Wifi so using the app is easy during the congress.

Instructions downloading the app: Go to App store or Play Store and download app called Eventos Mobile. After downloading, open the Eventos Mobile app, use code 6129 and congress page opens up.



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