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PRACTICAL INFORMATION


Time: In Finland the standard time zone is UTC/GMT +2 hours.

Weather:                                                                                                                                                                                          Weather forecast - Oulu, Finland http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/oulu
Weather forecast - Oulanka, Finland http://en.ilmatieteenlaitos.fi/weather/salla/oulanka

Summer nights are bright, but weather can vary. We recommend checking weather reports while packing your suitcases.

Course venues: The course venues Oulu Teacher Training School and the University of Oulu are located in Linnanmaa about 15 minutes from the Oulu City Centre and the hotels. Transportation between hotels and course venue will also be provided. Map of Oulu https://kartta.ouka.fi/IMS/en/Map

WiFi: Free WiFi is available at the venue in Linnanmaa as well as in Oulu City Centre.

Smoking policy: Smoking is not allowed anywhere indoors.

ACCOMMODATION


For the convenience of the Midnight Sun Summer School participants the organizers have selected three hotels located in the city centre in order to give the participants the possibility to book hotel rooms at a special rate. Participants book and pay for their own accommodations in the City of Oulu. See our contract hotels below.

Please note that there is only a limited number of hotel rooms available and bookings should be made by the certain date according to the hotel. The room prices are only valid during our course in June 2018.

Please see the contact information and booking codes of each hotel below. In case of late arrival (after 6 p.m.) please notify the hotel when booking.

Please, notice accommodation from Wednesday to Thursday is included in course price (no additional fee) and will be arranged in Oulanka National Park. 

If desired, the customer can leave their luggage in the room and pay the full price. The customer can also log out on Wednesday morning and log in again on Thursday evening. Your luggage can be left in the luggage storage.

Scandic Hotel Oulu


Address: Saaristonkatu 4
Distance to the course venue in Linnanmaa: 6 km
Distance to the city centre: 0 km

Hotel web page
It is easy to feel comfortable in this central hotel decorated in Scandinavian style. The shopping streets are close by. Scandic Oulu is situated in a brilliant location in the centre of Oulu.

All rooms have two single beds + extra bed, so there can be 1-3 overnight guests per room.
Days June 3 - 8, 2018
Room type: Standard
Number of rooms: 10 rooms

Price per night
Single room 119 €
Twin / double room 129 €
Twin room with extra bed 139 €

Organic buffet breakfast, evening sauna, the use of gym and free WiFi is included in the room price.

Booking terms
All guests reserve their rooms themselves by contacting the hotel directly via telephone +358 8 5431 000 or email oulu@scandichotels.com. All reservations should be made using the reservation code OUL030618 before May 20, 2018.

Method of payment
The guests settle their room bills at the hotel.

General terms & conditions

The hotel allots a certain number of rooms at the price offered, which then are free for booking, subject to availability. The hotel has the right to withdraw the allotment unilaterally. An individual room booked from the allotment can be cancelled without extra cost until 6 pm on the date of arrival (unless otherwise agreed).

Original Sokos Hotel Arina


Address: Pakkahuoneenkatu 16
Distance to the course venue in Linnanmaa: 6 km
Distance to the city centre: 0 km

Link to the Original Sokos Hotel Arina webpages
https://www.sokoshotels.fi/en/oulu/sokos-hotel-arina

Original Sokos Hotel Arina is filled with the genuine atmosphere of Oulu. Throughout its history, it has made people enjoy their stay in the city. Located on Pakkahuoneenkatu in the city centre and next to the new magnificent shopping centre Valkea, the hotel offers you a cosy atmosphere, just like at home.

Days June 3 - 8, 2018
Room type: Standard
Number of rooms: 20 rooms

Days June 8-9, 2018
Room type: Standard
Number of rooms: 10 rooms

Original Sokos Hotel Arina is filled with the genuine atmosphere of Oulu. Throughout its history, it has made people enjoy their stay in the city. Located on Pakkahuoneenkatu in the city centre and next to the new magnificent shopping centre Valkea, the hotel offers you a cosy atmosphere, just like at home.
Price per night:
Standard Single Room: 100 EUR (incl. VAT)
Standard Double Room: 115 EUR (incl. VAT)

Room price is per night. Breakfast, evening sauna and the use of gym are included in the room price.

Booking terms
All guests reserve their rooms themselves by contacting directly the hotel via email sales.oulu@sokoshotels.fi by using our reservation code Midnightsun2108 or via our website www.sokoshotels by using reservation code Midnight. All reservations should be made before May 15, 2018.

 

Forenom Oulu


Address: Uusikatu 26
Distance to the course venue in Linnanmaa: 6 km
Distance to the city centre: 0 km

Link to the Aparthotel Forenom web pages
https://www.forenom.com/aparthotels/oulu/forenom-aparthotel-oulu-uusikatu/3452/?checkin=2017-12-18&checkout=2017-12-19&occupants=2

Forenom Aparthotel is for the budget-traveler and it is located right in the city center, at the corner of Uusikatu and Pakkahuoneenkatu, next to Otto Karhi Park. All the services you will need, such as stores, cafés, restaurants and bars are just a short walk away.

Price per night:
Standard Single Room: 48,47 EUR (incl. VAT)
Standard Double Room: 53,97 EUR (incl. VAT)

The room price does not include breakfast. Linen, towels, free WiFi and final cleaning are included in the room price.

The H2O-café on the ground floor serves breakfast every day for 8,50€ / person. The breakfast is served Mon-Fri 6.30-10.00 and Sat-Sun 8.00-10.30.

Booking terms

All guests reserve their rooms themselves by contacting directly the hotel via email to mariia.klemashova@forenom.fi. When booking the room, mention the name Arja Aula-Matila, and they know know what group you belong to.

COURSE VENUE


The course venue is located in Linnanmaa about 15 minutes from the Oulu City Centre and the hotels. Bus transportation between hotels and course venue will also be provided.

Linnanmaa Campus map http://www.oulu.fi/university/node/41098

On Monday and on Friday our course venue is at at the auditorium L2 at the University of Oulu. Our registration desk is next to the auditorium.

From Tuesday to Wednesday our venue is at Oulu University Teacher Training School Kaitoväylä 7 (secondary school) and Yliopistokatu 48 (primary school) about 650 m from the University of Oulu main building.

On Wednesday evening we will arrive at Oulanka National Park about 3,5 h drive from Oulu. In Oulanka we will visit the Oulu University Oulanka research center and its fascinating nature.

http://www.oulu.fi/oulankaresearchstation/  

OULANKA NATIONAL PARK 


In the afternoon of 6th June 2018 the Summer School will travel to one of the most spectacular National Parks in Europe. The location close to the Russian border in the eastern Finland, an ecosystem with rare species and the astonishing landscape will give you everlasting memories to share with your friends and family.

The comfortable drive to the location with local Nevakivi Ltd Coach Company and coffee breaks makes the travel easy. Accomodation in Oulanka will be at the Biological Research Center/Wilderness Hotel with basic level four-person rooms and, if needed, also in Log Cottages nearby. There is also a possibility to experience Finnish Sauna in the research center with the possibility to swim in the River Oulanka. During the stay you can also sit in a Goahti, a traditional Sami dwelling, and, maybe, cook some blazed salmon inside. The distance to the border zone is approx. ten kilometres from the station.

Oulanka National Park 
"Oulanka National Park is part of the Europe's wild network of Pan Parks, an organization dedicated to the preservation of Europe's natural habitats and fragile ecosystems. To be certified for this conservation organisation, a park has to have at least 100 sqkm of untouched nature at its core, where flora and fauna still thrive without man’s interference. The wilderness areas also have to be managed in a sustainable manner when it comes to conservation, tourism and human developments." BBC: http://www.bbc.com/travel/

"In the rugged landscape of the Karhunkierros Trail, you will observe the power of water. The many trail options and hanging bridges of the Oulanka National Park will take you to the most impressive waterfalls in Finland. The jumps of wild brown trout, the dives of European dippers, the unlimited beauty of the aapa mires and the lovely calypso will challenge even the experienced nature photographer.

Nature doesn't recognise any state boundaries: the vast wilderness of the Paanajärvi National Park is to be found on the Russian side of the border". http://www.nationalparks.fi/oulankanp

Pudasjärvi Log Campus
"In 2012, Pudasjärvi, a town surrounded by string fens and wilderness, decided to bring its schools and community college to one location and have a new log-structured campus built to house them. One aim in the use of timber was to prevent moisture and indoor air quality problems similar to those that the school buildings had experienced before. It was also an eco-friendly choice and provided work for a local log supplier." http://www.woodarchitecture.fi/projects/pudasjarvi-log-campus

Services in Oulanka National Park
Following enterprises and other organisations offer services in the national park. They have a cooperation agreement with Metsähallitus and they follow the principles of sustainable nature tourism (www.metsa.fi) when operating in the national park. http://www.nationalparks.fi/oulankanp/services/partners

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