Preparing IceBreaking party

SCIA 2005 HighLights

IceBreaking party

Conference Banquet in
Valamo Monastery

Post-conference tour to St.Petersburg


The registration for the post-conference tour is closed

Workshop and post-conference tour to Saint-Petersburg


Cultural exhibition to magnificent Saint-Petersburg. The trip to the Northern capital of Russia goes along Ladoga lake and includes visit to Valaam island. This Island is famous for the old orthodox monastery with rich history, Karelian nature and mysterious Ladoga around. The first night will be on a board the ship, which takes the group from the island to Saint-Petersburg (approximately 8 hours from Valaam). On boat workshop: "Multimedia representation and compression".

The next day will be dedicated to Saint-Petersburg (guided city tour) and its suburb, Peterhof, famous for its fountains, parks and palaces. The State Hermitage Museum will be discovered on Saturday: the guided excursion to the main museum of Saint-Petersburg will take place in the first half of the day before leaving Russia.


Jun.23, Thursday Departure from Joensuu, arriving to Sortavala, trip to Valaam. In the evening departure from Valaam to Saint-Petersburg by ship.
Jun.24, Friday Arriving to Saint-Petersburg. City tour and trip to Peterhof.
Jun.25, Saturday Guided excursion to the State Hermitage Museum. Departure from Saint-Petersburg to Joensuu (or Helsinki) by train (see also Travel information).

Note: the travelling plan can be reconsidered due to possible changes in Ladoga navigation timetable.


The Valaam monastery
The State Hermitage


Trip (the way back is not included):
Trip Joensuu-Sortavala-Valaam-St.Petersburg, guided excursions in Saint-Petersburg and Valaam, accomodation in the hotel (***) in St.Petersburg

Return options:
Train St.Petersburg-Joensuu (by default) about 60e
Train St.Petersburg-Helsinki about 50e

Visa to Russia: you should order a visa in the Russian embassy in your home country. You will need an invitation to get a permission to visit Russia. After you register for the trip we will contact you to get necessary information and provide you with invitation.

Travel information:

Daily train Saint-Petersburg - Helsinki (local time):
St.Petersburg Helsinki Train info
05.44 11.18 no.32, “Tolstoy”
(transit from Moscow)
07.32 12:18 no.34, “Repin”
16.32 21.18 no.36, “Sibelius”
Approximate price: 50e


Pasi Fränti
Xiaolin Wu

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