Schedule

Monday 3.2.
Tuesday 4.2.
Wednesday 5.2.
Thursday 6.2.
Friday 7.2.
Saturday 8.2.

Mobile tours

Monday 3.2.

Pretour in Stockholm
organised by Swedish Cycling Cities

Location TBA, start and end in a central part of Stockholm
Registration deadline 20.1.2020
Price: 75 € VAT included (including the seminar, coffee, lunch, guidance and bicycle for the tour)

Program

TimeProgram
10.00Seminar with presentations on cycling in Sweden
12.00Lunch
13.30Guided bicycle tour in Stockholm
15.00End of the tour
All times are Swedish times (CET)

Tuesday 4.2.

Helsinki Bicycle Traffic in Winter – pretour and seminar

hosted by Helsinki Cycling Office and Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities

Seminar takes place at the Helsinki Central Library Oodi
Registration deadline 16.1.2020
Price: 75 € (including the seminar, coffee, lunch, guidance and bicycle for the tour)
Price: 110 € (including the seminar, coffee, lunch, guidance, bicycle for the tour and train ticket Helsinki-Joensuu)

Program

TimeProgram
10.00Welcome Coffee (Helsinki Central Library Oodi)
10.30Helsinki best practices of cycling traffic in winter

• Functioning cycling route network through the year
• Methods and prioritizing
• Routes of strengthened winter treatment
• Data and its use – Predict, monitor and show the changes
• Marketing and communication
• From Strategy to Action
• Resources – Staff and Budget

Speakers:
Reetta Keisanen, Cycling Coordinator, City of Helsinki
Antti Takkunen, Cycling Coordinator (maintenance), City of Helsinki
Ilari Heiska, Cycling Traffic Planner, City of Helsinki
Oskari Kaupinmäki, Project Manager/Civitas Handshake, City of Helsinki
12.00Lunch
13.30Cycling tour and best cases in action
15.30End of the tour
16.19Train leaves from Helsinki to Joensuu

Getting together, digesting everything we learned today, having dinner and fun!
Train trip is hosted by staff of the Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities
20.56Arrival in Joensuu

Wednesday 5.2.

Locations: 

  • Joensuu Areena, Mehtimäenaukio 2
  • Normaalikoulu school, Tulliportinkatu 1
  • Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15
  • Joensuu Art Museum Onni, Kirkkokatu 23
TimeAreena Main stageUpstairsVoittoOther
9.009–9.30
Opening session, Normaalikoulu school yard, Tulliportinkatu 1
9.309.30–11.45
Snow-How In Schools: Creative Ways To Use Bike During Schooldays
Miikka Mäkelä, Freelancer / Wuhuu!
Normaalikoulu school yard, Tulliportinkatu 1

During the workshops there is a possibility to take part in a non-stop Slow Bike Race: One bike, 20 meters, slowest biker wins!
12.00–13.00Lunch
12.00–16.30Exhibition open at Joensuu Areena
12.00–18.00Sauna at Science Park free of charge, don't forget your swimsuit!
Zeus Sauna
building 3B, 5th floor, Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15
13.0013.00–14.00
Road Code for Better Infrastructure
Matti Koistinen, Finnish Cyclists Federation
13.00–14.00
Using Social Media in Campaigning for Year-Round Cycling
Martti Tulenheimo, Finnish Cyclists' Federation
13.00–14.30
Workshop: Developing winter cycling modules for primary school children
Angela van der Kloof, Mobycon
14.0014.00–15.00
4 Seasons of Cycling − Cycling Year - Getting rid of the idea of "cycling season"
Matti Hirvonen, Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities
14.00–14.30
All Year Round Bikeshare Programme at Workplaces Nudges Employees Toward Winter Cycling
Sally Londesborough, Valpastin LTD
14.3014.30–15.00
Promotion of Safe Cycling Year-round with a Digital Learning Environment
Eeva-Liisa Markkanen, Finnish Road Safety Council
14.30–15.00
Winter Cycling to school in Finland through students’ eyes
Joonas Niemi, Finnish Schools on the Move
15.00–15.30Coffee break
15.0015.00
Fat bike safari and dinner by the fire
Read more
15.3015.30–16.30
Why Bicycle theft declines in wintertime in Utrecht
Herbert Tiemens, City of Utrecht
15.30–16.00
How can people cycle every season?
International best practices for winter cycling in cities
Angela Francke, Technische Universität Dresden
15.30–16.00
Measure, Improve, Encourage: Boosting winter cycling to schools in Lappeenranta
Matti Pesu, Lappeenrannan Pyöräilijät ry
16.0016.00–16.30
Why would I cycle? I have a moped!
Reasons for cycling or not cycling among upper secondary students
Sanna Ojajärvi, Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities
19.0019–21.00
City Reception
Joensuu Art Museum Onni
Kirkkokatu 23
Register

Thursday 6.2.

Locations: 

  • Joensuu Areena, Mehtimäenaukio 2
  • Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15
  • Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Riverside, Itäranta 1
TimeAreena Main stageUpstairsVoittoOther
8.00–15.30Exhibition open at Joensuu Areena
8.30Mobile tour:

8.30–12.00
Biking with students at Kontiopolut
Read more
9.009.00–10.00
Winter maintenance best practices
Timo Perälä, Winter Cycling Federation
10.00–10.30Coffee break
10.3010.30–11.30
Managing winter conditions to make all year cycling possible
Mark Wagenbuur, BicycleDutch
10.30–11.00
Gender Equity as Joy Equity: The Plain Bicycle Project and Speeding up Modal Shift in Canada
Jenny Sawatzky and Leigh Anne Parry, Plain Bicycle Project
10.30–12.00
Workshop: How to build Cities for the joy of winter?
Matti Koistinen, Finnish Cyclists' Federation
11.0011.00–11.30
Living Document: Crafting a Global Design, Maintenance and Culture Shift Guide for Winter Cycling
Anders Swanson, Winter Cycling Federation
11.3011.30–12.30
Wise mobility in Joensuu
Juha-Pekka Vartiainen, City of Joensuu
11.30–12.00
Cycling Without Age in the Winter
Anthony Desnick, Cycling without Age
12.0012.00–12.30
New contract to main bicycle lanes 2020–2024 in Oulu region
Jarkko Pirinen, Ramboll Oy and Kai Mäenpää, City of Oulu
12.30–13.30Lunch
12.00–18.00Sauna at Science Park free of charge, don't forget your swimsuit!
Zeus Sauna
building 3B, 5th floor, Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15
13.3013.30–14.30
Promoting cycling and walking along state owned roads in Finland
Maija Rekola, Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

13.30–14.00
Matching the needs for cycling infrastructure and winter maintenance
Oskari Kaupinmäki and Antti Takkunen, City of Helsinki
13.30–15.30
Workshop + Mobile tour: Crowdsourced Arrogance-of-Space Survey and Multi-Modal Count
Torrin Swanson, CounterPoint – Where Everyone Counts
14.0014.00–14.30
Cycling conditions - improvement through co-operation and piloting
Stella Aaltonen, City of Turku
14.3014.30–15.30
Canadian Winter Cycling: Social Constructs for Well-being and Environmental Sustainability
Sheryl Savard, Edmonton Trail Alliance
14.30–15.00
Design considerations for winter-ready cycling facilities
Komorowski Bartek, City of Montreal
15.30–16.00Coffee break
16.00Mobile tours:

16.00–17.30
Arts & Architecture in Joensuu
Read more

16.00–17.30
Visit to the Finnish Winter Swimming Championships
Read more

16.00–17.30
Joensuu Cycling Street hosted by Ramboll Oy
Read more

16.00–17.30
Affordable bikes for students and tourists? Mobile Tour to visit Kansalaistalo (local community center for NGOs)
Read more
18.00Mobile tour:

start at 18.00 (duration 1–2 hours)
Bike Tour to Siilainen-Marjala area
Read more
19.00–21.00Pecha Kucha Evening
hosted by Sokos Hotels Koli and Bomba

Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Riverside
Itäranta 1

Winter Bike Week: Leveraging Media and Existing Events for More Winter Biking
Shawna Mullen, Zeitgeist

The Potentials and Bottlenecks of Bicycle Commuting in Joensuu
Juhana Venäläinen, Joensuun polkijat ry

The meanings of winter cycling are constructed in social interaction
Virpi Ansio, Traficom

The youth as an example in developing polite and safety cycling etiquette in Joensuu
Milla Talja, Sitowise and Mari Voutilainen, Chairman of Joensuu Traffic Safety Group

(Cycling) routes to school
Prof. dr. Davy Janssens, Hasselt University

Active school routes for all? Rethinking the hierarchies of traffic around schools
Sanna Ojajärvi, Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities

Measuring the public health impact of cycling in the Stockholm Region using WHOs HEAT-tool
Emilia Stenberg, Cykelfrämjandet

Register

Friday 7.2.

Locations: 

  • Joensuu Areena, Mehtimäenaukio 2
  • Joensuu Science Park, Länsikatu 15
  • Joensuu Polar Bears’ Swimming Center, Mäntyniementie 1
TimeAreena Main stageUpstairsOther
8.00–16.00Exhibition open at Joensuu Areena
9.009.00–10.00
Can Cycling Save us from the Climate Change?
A panel discussion by Finnish Cycling Embassy

According to some researches, cycling plays quite a small role in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. For example in Finland it is estimated that out of the 12 MtCO2 emissions caused by traffic, only 0,4 MtCO2 can be reduced by increasing cycling and walking.

Why it is so and could cycling play a bigger role in reducing CO2 emissions? Would cycling increase use of public transit or change our cities to more sustainable in bigger perspective?

Stella Aaltonen, City of Turku
Virpi Ansio, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency
Bartek Komorowski, City of Montreal
Herbert Tiemens, City of Utrecht

Discussion is hosted by Matti Hirvonen, Network of Finnish Cycling Municipalities
10.00–10.30Coffee break
10.3010.30–11.30
Nordic Biocity Joensuu: Aim to be carbon neutral by 2025
Sami Ruotsalainen, City of Joensuu
10.30–11.00
Immigrants on bike – Teaching biking to foreigners and cheering them towards a new life skill
Fabrizio Turci, Finnish Cyclists' Federation
11.0011.00–11.30
A North American Indigenous Perspective on Inclusive, Long Range Transport Planning
Henry Janell and Alphonso Adrian, Winnipeg Trail Association
11.00–13.00
Cycle safely on a tour hosted by the Finnish Road Safety Council

This workshop is for students! Congress participants are welcome to follow the workshop.

Read more
11.3011.30–12.30
An overview of tools for carbon neutral transport of goods in Bratislava
Dan Kollár, Cyklokoalícia
11.30–12.00
Iron Curtain Trail
Michael Cramer, MEP
12.0012.00–14.00
Winter Swimming at the Joensuu Polar Bears’ Winter Swimming Center

Read more
12.00–18.00Sauna at Science Park free for use, remember your swimsuit!
Zeus Sauna
building 3B, 5th floor
12.30–13.30Lunch
13.3013.30–14.30
Cold, congestion and contamination
Thomas Lais, Destination Based Exercise
perjantai 7.2. klo 13.30-14.00 Upstairs
Showers and storage facilities for cyclists at workplaces – brand new design guidelines excel
Ville Voltti, Mobinet Ltd
Mobile tours:

13.30–15.30
Visit to Science Park
Read more

16.00–17.30
Visit a Climate Block hosted by Climate Joensuu
Read more

16.00–17.30
Joensuu Cycling Street hosted by Ramboll Oy
Read more

16.00–17.30
Do you want to visit the Tropics in Joensuu?
Read more
14.3014.30–15.30
Save Pond Hockey: How can we save our winters?
Ville Sinisalo
15.3015.30–16.00
Closing session

 

Saturday  8.2.

Trip to national park Koli  (not included in conference tickets)

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Finnish Winter Swimming Championships (free of charge)

Ilosaari, Siltakatu 1

  • Friday 7.2.2020 start at 17.30 breaststroke 50 meters
    Saturday 8.2.2020 start at 10.00 breaststroke 25 meters
    Sunday 9.2.2020 start at 10.00 freestyle 25 meters and relay

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Save Pond Hockey Tournament (free of charge)

Louhelankenttä, Länsikatu 17

If winters disappear, hockey will disappear. That is why Save Pond Hockey unites and mobilizes the global hockey community against the climate crisis.

WCC2020 has its own team in this great hockey tournament and congress guests are welcome to join the team! If you are with us still on Saturday 8th Feb and want to play some hockey, let Teemu know via e-mail: teemu.laasonen@joensuu.fi. Skates, sticks and helmets are provided.

  • Saturday 8.2.2020 start at 10.00

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Mobile tours

 

Fatbike safari and dinner by the fire

  • Date and time:  Wednesday 5th of February at 15.00
  • Meeting point: Joensuu City Hall (Rantakatu 20)
  • Mobile tour location: Kalmon Katiska, Kukkosensaari 5b, Joensuu
  • Price: 190€/person
  • Price includes: 2,5 h tour, fatbike and helmet rental, guides for tour and open fire cooking, supplies for open fire cooking
  • Group size: max 9 persons

Registration and payment methods: Catch your saddle at the latest 4.2.2020. Tour needs to be paid while booking. Payment methods: Online bank transfer (Finnish banks) and Online credit card payment (Visa, Visa Electron, Mastercard)

Hop on a fatbike and start a guided tour to atmospheric hut for a open fire dinner. Tour starts from next to a beautiful City Hall (Rantakatu 20). Guide leads the group to hut 3 km away. Tour stops at hut Kalmonkatiska. Journey back to city centre is via another route.

At Kalmonkatiska you will learn different ways of cooking food over an open fire from the very beginning. Cooking starts from making a fire till eating a dessert. Menu: Open fire bread, creamy mushroom soup, coffee/tea and dessert. Group takes part in cooking.

Tour offers you unique experience on fatbike in North Karelian nature, possibility to learn more bushcraft skills but also a moment for a relax after a intensive seminar day. Tour is hosted by local professionals from Wake4Break and Karu Survival.

Register here: https://gest.fi/customers/gbechf/2495?lang=en

 


 

Biking with students at Kontiopolut

  • Date and time:  Thursday 6th of February 8.30–12.00
  • Meeting point: Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Itäranta 1, 80100 Joensuu
  • Mobile tour location: Biathlon Stadium Kontiolahti, Napakympintie 24, 81101 Kontiolahti, Finland
  • Group size: max 10 persons

Do you want to explore the Kontiopolut cycling route and how winter sports can be part of school education? 10 conference guests will have a unique opportunity to explore Kontiopolut route by biking  along with students and their teacher from the Kontiolahti School. Developers from the municipality of Kontiolahti and the former garrison area of ​​Kontioranta will also take part to the tour. A bus takes participants to the Kontiolahti Biathlon Stadium and back to the congress venue. The winter biking route on the Kontiopolut is easy and participants of the excursion have free use of fat bikes. All you need is suitable outdoor equipment.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 


 

Arts & Architecture in Joensuu

  • Date and time:  Thursday 6th of February, 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Joensuu city center
  • Group size: max 15 persons

During the Arts and Architecture in Joensuu tour participants will hear stories about the birth of the city of Joensuu and people who influenced the development of the 19th century. Participants will get to know art around the city and see Joensuu’s architectural attractions like Joensuu Lighthouse in Penttilä. Guided tour contains facts and stories about Joensuu’s past, present and future.

Tour is hosted by Joensuu Guides.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 


 

Visit to the Finnish Winter Swimming Championships

  • Date and time:  Thursday 6th of February 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Ilosaari, Siltakatu 1, 80100 Joensuu
  • Group size: max 15 persons

Are you interested in hearing about why Finns are crazy about winter swimming? Or what kind of effort it takes to produce an event for thousands of winter swimmers? Come and join to hear more about the national Winter Swimming Championships. This is truly a behind the scenes possibility. On Saturday 8th of February about 10.000 people are expected to visit this icy event and cheer the brave swimmers on.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 


 

Joensuu Cycling Street hosted by Ramboll Oy

  • Date and time:  Thursday 6th of February 16.00–17.30 and Friday 7th of February 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location:
  • Group size: max 15 persons/tour

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

Finland’s first Cycling Street

The first section of the bicycle Street, Kauppakatu between Rauhankatu and Yläsatamakatu, was completed in autumn 2017 and is approximately 425 meters long. Second section, Kauppakatu between Yläsatamakatu – Niskakatu, was completed in the fall of 2018, approximately 170 meters long. The Cycling Street joins Kauppakatu pedestrian street at Niskakatu. Between Niskakatu and Suvantokatu Kauppakatu is a pedestrian street, completed almost 20 years ago, approximately 460 meters long. The third section of the Cycling Street, Kauppakatu between Suvantokatu and Malmikatu, was completed mainly in 2019 and is approximately 170 meters long. The Cycling Street on Kauppakatu will be completed 2020-2021, when Malmikatu and Papinkatu will be completed, approximately 300 meters.

Joensuu Cycling Street is covered with red asphalt and has sidewalks for pedestrians. In addition, there is parking slots (including two charging stations for electric cars).

Cyclists:
Cyclist, this is how you drive down the bike lane:
Bike in the middle of your lane
Keep enough space in the parked cars.
Do not cycle on the sidewalk. *)
*) Children under the age of 12 are allowed by law to cycle along the sidewalk, but it is safe to cycle along the street.

Cars and other motorized vehicles:
Car drivers, this is how you drive down the bike lane
Adapt your pace to the cyclist’s pace.
Maintain enough distance for the cyclist front of you.
Take the bicycle traffic from both directions into consideration when parking and exiting the parking area.

 


 

Affordable bikes for students and tourists? Mobile Tour to visit Kansalaistalo (local community center for NGOs)

  • Date and time: Thursday 6th of February 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Torikatu 30, 80100 Joensuu
  • Group size: max 15 persons

Local non-profit organization Soroppi ry organizes affordable bike rental for students and tourists in Joensuu. Every year they try to find and repair 120 bikes for people to use. Soroppi ry also runs a community center for citizens and local NGO´s. WCC attendees have an opportunity to visit this down-to-earth bike rental which truly is a great help of for local students. At the same time you have an opportunity explore their community and voluntary work. The key values are Social Equality, inclusivity and volunteer work.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 

 


 

Visit a Climate Block hosted by Climate Joensuu

  • Date and time:  Friday 6th of February 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Vanamokatu 27, 80100 Joensuu
  • Group size: max 15 persons

Part of the city’s Climate Blocks project, these Norwegian-style Selvaag houses have stood in the Kanervala district since the 1950s. The Selvaag houses are a well-preserved, regionally important landmark that have preserved their original style down to the last detail. They have developed a unique, child-friendly atmosphere and their values lean green: all waste is recycled and the houses enjoy carbon-neutral district heating. The block is situated on the far edge of the city centre, less than two kilometres from both the big market and the central marketplace. One of the everyday experiments Climate Blocks has been testing with the residents is a communally used cargo bike.

The chair of the housing cooperative will briefly introduce the history of the block and talk of modern everyday life in these protected houses. Residents will share their experiences about using the communal cargo bike and the Climate Blocks project will present some of the experiments carried out together with this particular climate block so far.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 


 

Do you want to visit the Tropics in Joensuu?

  • Date and time: Friday 7th of February, 16.00–17.30
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Heinäpuronkatu 70, 80110 Joensuu
  • Group size: max 15 persons 

Botania is a former botanical garden, nowadays it is an event garden. Premises consist of over 1000 m2 inner garden with over 700 unique plants, outer garden of 8.15 acres with over 800 unique plants. A local visual artist Kari Kola who has strong visions in building a unique center of visual arts and events fuels Botania. WCC attendees have a unique opportunity to visit Botania and hear the history of Botania and their future plans.

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 


 

Bike Tour to Siilainen-Marjala area

  • Date and time:  Thursday 6th of February start at 18.00 (duration 1–2 hours)
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Siilainen-Marjala area
  • Group size: No limit

Equipment: a fat bike, a helmet, lights for the bike and suitable outdoor clothing. Lasse Turunen, Joensuun Pyöräilijät ry, hosts the trip.

No registration

Please notice that this tour isn’t part of the official program! You need your own bike to participate.

 


 

Winter Swimming at the Joensuu Polar Bears’ Winter Swimming Center

  • Date and time:  Friday 7th of February 12.00–14.00
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena
  • Mobile tour location: Mäntyniementie 1, 80220 Joensuu
  • Group size: max 15 persons

Have you ever tried swimming in ice cold water in a lake? WCC attendees have an opportunity to visit the local winter swimming center, enjoy the heat of local sauna, and dip into the icy lake. For this excursion, you do not have to be a winter swimming professional. Just come along and let the local host from Joensuu Polar Bears association guide you through the process. If swimming in the lake is too demanding, you can come along anyway and maybe a nice relaxing sauna. Bring your swimming suite, towel, slippers and your personal bathing necessities and just join the fun!

Sauna:
https://finland.fi/life-society/bare-facts-of-the-sauna/

Winter Swimming
https://www.gofinland.fi/blog/winter-swimming-finland/

Joensuu Polar Bears’ website:
https://www.joensuunjaakarhut.fi/

 

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7

 

 


 

Cycle safely in a tour hosted by the Finnish Road Safety Council

This workshop is for students! Congress participants are welcome to follow the workshop.

  • Date and time:  Friday 7th of February 11.00–13.00
  • Meeting point: Joensuu Areena, Voitto cabinet
  • Group size: max 10 persons

Winter cycling is fun and it can also be done safely. Do you know where is the place for cyclists on a lane?  How to make a correct turn by bike in the middle of traffic? What traffic signs indicate the lane for pedestrians and cyclists? Learn the right of way rules on a cycling tour. We will cycle together a short tour. At the same time you´ll get to know the city of Joensuu by bike.

Cycling instructor Mr. Jukka Vainikainen, Finnish Traffic Safety Council.

 


 

Visit to Science Park

  • Date and time: Friday 7th of February, 13.30–15.30
  • Meeting point: Temple of Challenge, Science Park
  • Mobile tour location: Länsikatu 15, building 3A, 4th floor
  • Group size: No limit

The community of over 120 companies in Länsikatu is a real cornucopia of everyday work, interesting people, competence, products and services regardless of business size, sector or age.

Program

13.30–
Serendipity Cafe (Building 3A, 4th floor)
Joensuu Green Science Park  (non-stop presentations)

14.00
Temple of Challenge (Building 3A, 4th floor)
Photons for combatting climate change, Jouko Korppi-Tommola, professor (em.), University of Jyväskylä

It is amazing that single photons with zero mass and energy range from 2 to 5*10-19 J provide us the means to combat climate change. Energy flow of photons from Sun to Earth exceeds our energy demand by factor of some 15 000. So far we have settled to use fossil fuels that have accumulated on Earth crust via photon driven photosynthesis over hundreds of millions of years. It has been so easy to put a hole in the crust and take out natural gas, oil and coal, comprising still about 80% of our primary energy use. And we have created a problem, a big problem. Can we revert the way things are and make use of photons, not only solar photons, and photon induced phenomena to cut down emissions that heat up our atmosphere. I will discuss a few options we have.

14.45
VR-Lab (Building 1, 3rd floor)
VR-demos, Veikko Miettinen, Development Manager, Games, VR and AR

No registration

 


 

Visit to National Park Koli

  • Date and time:  Saturday 8th of February, 8.00–14.30
  • Meeting point: Sokos Hotel Kimmel, Itäranta 1, 80100 Joensuu
  • Mobile tour location: Ylä-kolintie 39, 83960 Koli
  • Price: 68€/person.
  • Price includes: Use of snowshoes, guiding, Coffee/tea+pasty. Transfer Joensuu-Koli-Joensuu
  • Group size: min 15 persons

Registration and payment methods: by 3.2.2020. Tour will be invoiced by the trip organiser Äksyt Ämmät, Winter Cycling Congress conveys participants billing information to Äksyt ämmät.

Guided snowshoe tour to the wintry forest with snow-covered trees and to the highest scenic viewpoints in Koli National Park. The tour starts with a short introduction to snowshoeing technique – no previous experience is needed! On the tour your guide tells you about Koli, its history and culture and nature. You also have time to enjoy the nature, take photos and have fun with your snowshoes. On the tour you experience the magical winter forest, peaceful nature and fresh, pure air. During the tour we will enjoy hot juice from Kupilka cups. Welcome to discover Koli National Park on snowshoes!

Difficulty:  Suitable for people with normal health, no previous snowshoeing experience is needed. The trail has some up- and downhills, but the pace is relaxed.

Equipment: Participants should have suitable outdoor clothing, warm and comfortable, preferably warm shoes with high ankles.

Program

  • 8.00 Starting Point Hotel Kimmel
  • 9.00–11.30 Guided snowshoe tour + open fire coffee/tea
  • 11.30– Time to do shopping and visit the Nature Centre Ukko
  • 13.30  Trip back to Joensuu starts
  • 14.30  Back in Joensuu

Additional information: Feel Koli Nature tours are organised by Ilovoltti Oy (Ilovoltti Ltd.) The company also runs Koli Shop Retkitupa, located in the Koli Nature Centre Ukko. Koli Shop Retkitupa is a small souvenir and outdoor equipment shop with a wide range of Finnish products. We have for example Koli T-shirts, local canned fish, beanies, traditional wooden kuksa cups, modern natural composite Kupilka outdoor dishes, knives, dried berries and postcards. You can do your shopping at Koli Shop Retkitupa either before or after the tour. There is also a wide range of rental gear available, for example snowshoes, snow spikes, backpacks, a child carrier etc. In the Nature Centre Ukko, there are restrooms and lockers.

More information about National Park Koli: https://www.nationalparks.fi/kolinaturecentre

Register here: https://link.webropolsurveys.com/S/8349A8B6F85EBCA7 

 

 


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