will be hosted by Teollisuuden Voima Oy at the Olkiluoto Visitor
Centre on the west coast of Finland. The Visitor Centre is
a major attraction in the region and has received 12,000 visitors
in 2004. The current, brand new Visitor Centre has opened
its doors on 1 February 2006 and includes a scientific exhibition,
a cafeteria, and the conference facilities that TopSeal will
use. It is beautifully located on the shores of the Fluta
Sea, next to the Olkiluoto power plant.
Olkiluoto, is of the utmost importance
for nuclear industry. Indeed at Olkiluoto construction work
has not only started on Olkiluoto 3, Finland’s fifth
reactor and the first nuclear reactor in Western Europe in
more than a decade, but also on an underground rock characterization
facility, ONKALO, designed to conduct studies for the long-term
storage of spent fuel.
The delegates will lodge in nearby
Rauma, located on the coast at 25 km from Olkiluoto. Rauma
is a bustling regional centre with a maritime history dating
back to 1442. Its major tourist attraction consists of 600
wooden houses in the historic town centre. Old Rauma is one
of the largest and most beautiful examples of Nordic wooden
architecture of an urban settlement in Scandinavia. It offers
picturesque sights, cobbled streets, countless little shops,
and a lively market place. Old Rauma is one of the four UNESCO
World Heritage sites in Finland.
The scenery outside
Rauma is equally lovely. On the seaside, the nearby Turku
archipelago with its thousands of islands and islets is one
of the most beautiful in Scandinavia. Inland, the forest is
everywhere. Finland is Europe’s most forested country.
Two-thirds of the country is covered with trees - green gold,
which account for 30% of Finnish exports. No wonder that nature
and peace of mind are an important part of the Finnish way
For more information on Rauma,
please consult www.visitrauma.fi
Both Olkiluoto and Rauma are only accessible
by road. During the conference, a return bus transfer between
Olkiluoto and Rauma will be provided for the TopSeal delegates.
Since the hotels are located in Rauma, the delegates must
first travel to Rauma.
The most convenient way to reach Rauma is to
fly directly to one of the two closest international airports
in Pori (north, 50 km) or Turku (south, 90 km), and continue
the journey by road. If no direct flights are available
or suitable, it is recommended to fly to Helsinki or Stockholm
and take connecting flights to Pori or Turku. Helsinki is
about 250 km to the east.
At Pori or Turku airport, it is possible to take a taxi
to Rauma or else to rent a car. Alternatively, there are
good intercity bus connections (www.expressbus.com)
with buses going every 1-3 hours except during the night
or train connections (www.vr.fi).
Map courtesy TVO
At Pori or Turku airport, it is possible to take
a taxi to Rauma or else to rent a car. Alternatively, there
are good intercity bus connections with buses going every
1-3 hours except during the night.
It is also possible to rent a car in Helsinki
and drive to Rauma (240 km). For detailed driving instructions,
please see www.tvo.fi/476.htm.
It is possible to reserve a taxi
in advance with the taxi company Raumair, tel. +358 2 822
5544 and fax +358 2 822 5544. The price of a one-way trip
is 103 Euro (unless the taxi is being shared with others).