Sigir 2002


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Last updated 27 June, 2002


Finnish Arts and Design (Saturday 10 August)
Lunch Cruise on Lake Pyhäjärvi (Saturday 10 August)
Post-Conference tour to St. Petersburg (Thursday-Monday 15-19 August)

Finnish Arts and Design
Saturday 10 August at 9.00-16.30

Price: EUR 75

This coach tour takes you to the beautiful surroundings of Tampere. We will introduce to you some of the best known artists and designers in Finland. You will visit Visavuori, the 19th century home and studio of the well known Finnish sculptor Emil Wikström and meet a gobelin and stained glass artist in her private studio. You'll become familiar with the fascinating history of glass in the museum and see glass blowing in the Iittala factory, and the little shops with their chocolate, honey and textile goods are also worth visiting. A delicious home cooked lunch will be served on a farm restaurant. Have a walk in the farm yard and take a deep breath of fresh air. Just relax and indulge yourself! Departure from Tampere Hall.

A Lunch Cruise on Lake Pyhäjärvi
Saturday 10 August at 13.30-16.30

Price: EUR 45

A relaxing cruise on Lake Pyhäjärvi - see the beautiful scenery and surroundings of Tampere. Delicious home-made lunch will be served on board. Departure and arrival at Laukontori Quay in the city centre.

Post-conference tour:
St. Petersburg - One of the World's Truly Pearls
15-19 August (Thursday-Monday)

St. Petersburg has been rightly called one of the most beautiful cities in the world - a unique mix of European and Russian elements, of culture, of luxury and poverty. This old capital of the Russian empire is an unusually attractive pearl for all art lovers, ballet, music and theatre enthusiasts as well as admirers of historic sights. It is a great opportunity to visit the city just before the tourist flow to the 300th Anniversary in 2003.

During our stay in St. Petersburg we will make a guided city sightseeing tour, visit St. Isaac's Cathedral and the Hermitage, possibility to see a ballet or Folklore Show. On the way back we will stop for lunch at the Carelian town of Vyborg on the Gulf of Finland, arriving in Helsinki for one night, before flying back home. The price includes coach travel Tampere - St. Petersburg - Helsinki on a Finnish bus, half board, three nights in St. Petersburg, one night in Helsinki, sightseeing tour and visits to the museums mentioned, services of a Finnish tour guide and English speaking local guide in St. Petersburg. The tour starts in the afternoon of 15 August from Tampere and ends in Helsinki on the morning of 19 August. Good web sites: and
Price: EUR 640 per person in a double room
EUR 825 per person in a single room
Tickets for Ballet EUR 75 and Folklore Show EUR 70

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Pre-conference tour:
Lapland - Magic of Sami Culture and Fresh Nature
7-11 August (Wednesday-Sunday)

The tour to Lapland has unfortunately been cancelled because of a too small number of participants.

There are still places for the post congress tour to St. Petersburg, which for sure will take place. Please, register as soon as possible if you are interested.