Mikkeli is a lively town with most beautiful lake scenery, combination of interesting history and traditions, active business, high education and research, culture, nature and internationality. Mikkeli has approximately 50 000 inhabitants and there are over 6000 students studying in the city.
Mikkeli is located in Eastern Finland in an area with many lakes and forests. The town is located not so far away from the metropolitan area, so one can easily get there by bus or train. Mikkeli has an interesting history since the town served as the headquarters of the Finnish army during three wars. That is why you can see ‘Headquarters’ mentioned in many places.
Mikkeli is a lively town not only in summer but also in winter. During the last winters we have enjoyed beautiful ice sculptures as part of international ice festival arranged in the centre of town.
In addition to different festivals, you can enjoy various happenings throughout the year.
The convention will be taking place at South-Eastern Finland University of Applied Sciences (Xamk). Mikkeli Campus is located at a former military base with beautiful buildings and surroundings. It has a truly international atmosphere as there are over 300 foreign students from many different countries on campus every year. There are 3500 students and 300 staff members at the campus all together.
You can find information about the Mikkeli Campus and the available services here: https://www.xamk.fi/en/xamk2/mikkeli-campus/
ACCOMMODATION IN MIKKELI
Our recommendation for accommodation during your stay in Mikkeli is Campus Sokos Hotel Vaakuna Campus Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, in the centre of the city.
For other available accommodation options, please check here: https://www.visitmikkeli.fi/hotels
Travelling to Mikkeli
Mikkeli is situated app. 260 km from Helsinki. Depending on where you are coming from, there are different means of transport you might find convenient:
If you prefer to use a bus connection, please, check Matkahuolto Travel Services or Onnibus bus company web-pages for the options.
If you prefer to use a train connection, please check the website of the Finnish railways for timetables and fares.
Climate / weather
The weather in March in Finland may vary from -15°C to +10°C. It can be freezing, windy, snowy, icy and very slippery or then it can be beautiful, sunny temperatures with a nice spring breeze.
Therefore we would kindly recommend you to check the weather forecast approx. one week before arrival to Finland. On the website of Finnish Meteorological Institute you can find information about the Finnish climate and check the current forecasts.
Dr. Susan Eriksson
Mr. Antti Rantaniva