The 20th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research

Social programme

The 20th Nordic Symposium in Tourism and Hospitality Research



Visit to Arktikum and Pilke Exhibitions

Wednesday 21 September at 14:00-18:00

The Symposium participants are welcome to visit the Arktikum and Pilke exhibitions free of charge on Wednesday 21 September at 14-18. Arktikum and Pilke are located right next to each other ca. 10 minutes walk from the city centre. No bus transfer will be provided.

The Symposium registration and information desk will be open at the same time in the Arktikum entrance hall. You should first register for the symposium and get your materials. Please show you name badge at the ticket office of both houses to enter the exhibitions. 

Arktikum (Pohjoisranta 4) provides a unique insight into the way of life, culture and history of the North. It is a museum, science centre, conference house as well as an architectural sight in its own right.

In the Provincial Museum’s permanent exhibition THE NORTHERN WAYS you will find out about the life of e.g. the moose and bear and you will also hear the sounds of the Lappish animals. The exhibition presents Sámi culture, with its costumes and languages, and small-scale models of Rovaniemi from 1939 and 1944 with the stories behind the buildings. In terms of time, the exhibition traverses from prehistory to the present day.

THE ARCTIC IN CHANGE exhibition by the Arctic Centre offers the visitors a journey through the Arctic world today. The exhibition promotes the natural beauty and the cultural richness of the Arctic, while it informs the visitors about the ongoing rapid social and environmental changes occurring in the fragile Arctic. In the exhibition, the visitors can also experience the coldness in a stylish cold room and lay down in the northern lights theatre. 

Pilke (Ounasjoentie 6) is Metsähallitus’s new activity centre which was completed in autumn 2010. Pilke is Finnish for both “chopped firewood” and “twinkle”. The Pilke exhibition, opening in spring 2011, concerns the sustainable use of northern forests. The science centre-type exhibition diversifies and adds to the variety of exhibitions on northern nature by providing information on the forestry sector, as well as sustainable production, products and goods. The exhibition will provide rich, multisensory and interactive experiences for visitors. The aim is for the visitor to get to grips with the topic through his or her own participation and investigation. The exhibition will be thought-provoking, empowering and will provide a positive view of the diverse utilisation of the northern forests in the future.

Price: Included in the registration fee for all symposium participants. Advance registration is required.

Nordic Symposium 2011 Opening and Get-together Party

Wednesday 21 September, Pilke
- 18.00 – 18:30 Symposium opening
- 18:30 – 20:30 Get-together Party

The Nordic Symposium 2011 official opening will be arranged in the exhibition area of the Pilke House on Wednesday at 18:00-18:30. The opening will be followed by a Get-together Party hosted by Metsähallitus at the same place.

Price: Included in the registration fee for all symposium participants. Advance registration is required.

Outdoor Activities at Ounasvaara and Evening at Ounasvaaran Maja

Thursday 22 September

The programme will start with a bus transfer from the symposium hotels to Ounasvaara at 17:00 – meet your guide in the hotel lobby. Be on time! Bus transfer back to hotels will be provided after the evening programme.

Outdoor activities will be organized before the evening at Ounasvaaran Maja Cabin. Activities may include sports like Nordic walking, Frisbee golf or traditional Finnish Mölkky. Light refreshments will also be provided after a short hike to a lean-to by the Rovaniemi Belvedere. There will also be an indoor option in case of bad weather or special request. Be prepared with appropriate sportswear!

The evening will be spent at Ounasvaaran Maja which is a cosy log cabin on the top of Ounasvaara, a fell right next to Rovaniemi City Centre. The evening will entail a non-formal three-course supper accompanied with live music. Other entertainment arranged by the organizers.

Price: Included in the registration fee for all symposium participants. Advance registration is required.

Symposium Dinner

Friday 23 September at 19:30 – 23:00

The Symposium Dinner will be arranged at Santamus located at the Arctic Circle. The unique atmosphere of Santamus will offer you an unforgettable experience. The purl of a brook, the pond and its trout and the glow of burning firewood in the dark create such an ambience that the guests can hardly believe it true. The spirit of Santamus combines the peace of the wilderness, playfulness and the joy of giving. Bus transfer will be provided from symposium hotels to dinner venue and back after dinner.

Price: 70 €/person including a served dinner with drinks. Advance registration required.

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