Venue & how to get there
Savonlinna is located 280 Km away from Helsinki and 230 Km away from St Petersburg. The main attraction of Savonlinna, the oldest town in Eastern Finland, is the Olavinlinna Castle, one of the biggest medieval fortresses in Europe. Since 1912 the castle hosts famous Savonlinna Opera Festival that takes place annually in July-August. The festival program will be available at http://www.oopperajuhlat.fi/en by October 2017. Please note that tickets should be reserved well in advance.
Best Western Spa hotel Casino http://www.spahotelcasino.fi/en/ is situated on the island in the center of Savonlinna in close vicinity of the castle and city center. The hotel offers all the comforts for a scientific meeting combined with an opportunity to enjoying the wonderful and unique landscape of South Karelia.
You may consider also combining your participation in NPO2018 with visiting St. Petersburg, which is 230 km away. You can visit St. Petersburg by Allegro high-speed train (see St.Petersburg by train), taxi or express bus providing you have Russian visa. Visa-free travel to St. Petersburg is possible if you enter St. Petersburg by ferry from Helsinki. Please check details at Ferry to St.Petersburg.