Here’s our guide for planning your trip to Helsinki:
Forum Venue – the Forum will be held at Wanha Satama, a renovated trading warehouse
13th Annual Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony – the Dinner will be held at Restaurant Saaristo, on Klippan Island (max 250 seats available)
Hotel Accommodations – guidance on our special rate hotel and other well-located options
How to Get to the Venue – some tips for transportation upon your arrival into Helsinki
Cleantech Forum Europe 2017 will be located at the Wanha Satama Event & Conference Venue.
Over 100 years ago, the buildings of Wanha Satama operated as bonded warehouses of large trading companies, and were filled with coffee and spices, among other things. The first warrant warehouse was built in 1896.
Helsinki Fair Ltd moved into the atmospheric Wanha Satama in 1989 when the old premises were renovated to host events. Finland’s leading fair and exhibition organizer, The Finnish Fair Corporation, then bought the Wanha Satama property and Helsinki Fair’s business operations at the end of 2004. The building is protected by the National Board of Antiquities.
13th Annual Cleantech Forum Europe Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony
The 13th annual Cleantech Forum Europe Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony will take place at Restaurant Saaristo on Klippan Island. Saaristo’s white Art Nouveau style villa, built in 1898, is one of Helsinki’s most imposing and traditional restaurants. Helsinki’s “balcony to the sea,” Saaristo offers the best views of Helsinki. You can admire the Empire Helsinki skyline in the north, the ingenious walls and bastions of the Suomenlinna fortress in the south and the crafty and romantic Art Nouveau style wood cuts in the historical dining room.
Please note: The restaurant is only accessible by boat. We will be chartering guests to the restaurant during a scheduled time (TBD).
We have prepared the following guidance on hotels that are within the general range to the main venue, for easy walking to and from the Forum (or a quick taxi), and also providing for a range of tastes and budgets. The price guidance below is for single occupancy – they are accurate at the time of posting (late-March):
- Around €100:
- In the €150-200 range:
- Hotel Scandic Grand Marina – while our preferred rate has ended, this hotel is very conveniently located 3 minutes walking distance from the venue
- Hotel Katajanokka – also conveniently located across the street from the main venue
- Hotel F6 (starting at €175) – about an 18-minute walk to the main venue
- Hotel Clarion – not within walking distance – about a 15-minute taxi to the main venue
- €200+ – if you are looking for something memorable, we suggest:
How to Get to Venue
By Rail (Local Transportation):
The main venue is located across the street from the Vyökatu tram stop (on the Tram 4 line), which is about a 15-20 minute tram ride from the main Central Railway station.
Arriving by air will put you about 30-40 minutes outside of the city center. There are two trains that will take you to the Central Railway station (the I train and the P train), and from there you have the option of taking the city trams or pick up a taxi to your hotel. The main venue is located across the street from the Vyökatu tram stop (on the Tram 4 line), which is about a 15-20 minute tram ride from the main train City Centre train station.
You can buy your train tickets in the Helsinki airport or in advance. See here for more details on how you can purchase tickets.
Taxis to the city centre are about €45 to €50, but there are sometimes designated ride-share taxis available from the airport offering rides to your city centre destination for around €20. More information on the fixed-fare share taxis can be found here. Another option is the bus line 615 and the Finnair City Bus that operate between Helsinki Railway Station and the airport.