PRACTICAL INFORMATION

Here is a map of the Levi Centre which you may want to print in advance.

1. When you arrive at Levi...

From the Kittilä airport and the Kolari railway station, there are buses for Levi, leaving in front of the buildings. Look for the sign LEVI on the bus windshield. You pay to the driver. Arriving at Levi village, both the airport bus and the railway bus stop at Hotel Levitunturi, number 9 on the map. From there, you have a 200 meter walk to the Sokos Hotel Levi (number 34), the Snow-White apartments (number 36), or Kausikämpät (number 12).

On Sunday afternoon, August 29, the MLSP registration desk will be open from 5 PM to 7 PM at the Polar Meetings office (number 36). The buses to the Get-together party at the Lappish reindeer farm (Levin Lapinkylä) leave in front of the Polar Meetings office at 7 PM and 7:30 PM. The latter one is especially for those participants who arrive late at Levi. Please reserve some warm clothing, depending on the weather. It is partly an outdoor event. The buses start back at 9 PM.

2. The sessions start ...

on Monday at 8:50 in the main auditorium of the Levi Summit conference centre (number 53). You can take the Express gondola (E on the map) that is open between 8 AM and 7 PM or, if you feel like you need some morning exercise, you can walk up the fairly steep hill. It is less than a kilometer from the hotels to the Levi Summit. It is possible to register at the workshop site on Monday morning before the opening session starts. Note that it takes some time to get up there from the Levi village.

Coffee breaks will be in the lobby just outside the auditorium. Lunch will be served in the adjoining Hotel Levi Panorama.

For your workshop presentation, it is preferred that you bring your talk (pdf or ppt) on a memory stick and install it on the presentation laptop well before your session starts. The session chair and the computer technician will be there to help. It is also possible to use your own laptop but then you should test it beforehand, and remember that the time to switch laptops will be out of your own presentation time. Further information for the presenters is given on the Presentation Guidelines page.

3. If you want to take part in the excursion ...

on Monday after lunch around 1 PM we start from the main lobby of Hotel Levi Panorama and hike up to the summit of the Levi fell, one-way distance about 2.5 kilometers. The path is uneven and may be muddy and slippery, so take good walking shoes and suitable clothing. In good weather, the hike is quite easy and there is no danger. If the weather is really bad (fog, heavy rain, or snow) then the excursion will be cancelled and replaced by other program. The excursion is strictly on everyone's own risk; MLSP will have no responsibility on possible injuries etc. They should be covered by your own travel insurance.

4. The poster sessions ...

on Monday evening will take place down in the village in the "Kelo" meeting room of the Sokos Hotel Levi. There will be signs in the lobby of the hotel to show you the way. So, you do not need to carry your posters with you all day, but you can leave them in your hotel room and then put them up for the poster session. The posters in each session are numbered from 1 to 21 (see the workshop programme) and the poster stands likewise. Thumb-tacks, tape etc. will be available in the poster room. The buffet dinner between the two poster sessions is served in the Sokos Hotel Levi restaurant. During the latter poster session, coffee and drinks will be served, so don't forget to participate in that session, too.

5. The banquet dinner ...

on Tuesday night will be served in the "Tuikku" restaurant on the Levi fell. Buses will leave in front of the Polar Meetings office in the Levi village at 6:45 PM to take you there. It is also possible to walk there directly from the Levi Summit conference centre. Buses start back at 9 PM and 10 PM. The bar will be open until midnight at least.

6. Weather, dressing, and other local information ...

The weather in the Arctic is rather unpredictable (see forecasts for Kittilä). Usually at the end of August the day temperature is around 15 degrees and at night may even drop to zero, but you never know. The summer is definitely over and the autumn season with its bright colors is about to start. The dress code throughout the workshop, including the banquet, is strictly casual.

Time zone of Finland is GMT +3 (Eastern European Summer Time).

Currency of Finland is Euro.

Electricity in Finland is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. The plugs are of Type C (Europlug, ungrounded) and Type F (grounded).

Wireless Internet connection is available at the conference centre, and also a wired connection at the auditorium.

7. For emergencies ...

The Emergency Number is 112, that can be used if ambulance, police, or fire brigade need to be called out. In emergency situations related to the workshop, call Tapani Raiko, the MLSP Local Arrangements Chair, tel. +358 50 522 5750.