This year we have a castle.*
It has a tower and everything.


This year’s Frozen Rails will take place at Paasitorni (Finnish for "Boulder Tower"). Built in the first decades of the twentieth century, Helsinki Congress Paasitorni is a unique conference centre right in the heart of Helsinki.

Paasivuorenkatu 5 A, Helsinki

Tickets include full access to the entire conference, as well as free breakfast, lunch, and delicious snacks on both days.

If you're arriving by car, see Paasitorni's parking information for nearby parking spaces.

All the areas of the venue that will be in our use should be fully accessible to disabled visitors. For details, see Paasitorni's accessibility information.

* Paasitorni is not actually a castle.


Helsinki is the capital and the largest city of Finland and in 2012 it is the design capital of the world.

Getting here

Getting to Helsinki is easy. Finnair and several other airlines fly straight to Helsinki from numerous cities in North America, Asia, and Europe. Alternatively you can take a train from Moscow or Saint Petersburg, or take a ferry from Tallinn or Stockholm.

Getting around

Getting around and about in Helsinki is best done via public transportation. See the HSL site to find more information about public transportation in Helsinki (1–7 day tickets recommended).

Taxis are expensive here, but on the positive side the cars are new and clean and service is generally very reliable and safe. Taxis in Helsinki can be identified by the yellow sign on the car roof (it should be lit when the taxi is available). Most major credit and debit cards are accepted in taxis, although it would be good to mention while ordering that you wish to pay with Visa Electron. For more information, see

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Scandic Paasi

Will be open during the summer, so you'll have an excellent place to stay right next to the venue. If you book online between between May 1st and September 7th and use our booking code BKIS200912, the special prices listed below apply. (If you have any problems booking online, please email Scandic Hotels or call them: +358 10 808 002.)

Cumulus Hakaniemi

Another nearby choice. If you book by email and mention Frozen Rails, these special prices apply: