The Lahti region forms part of the Helsinki Metropolitan area. Lahti occupies an ideal logistic location in the centre of Southern Finland, with good traffic connections to other parts of Finland. Lahti is only an hour's drive away from the greater Helsinki region and Helsinki-Vantaa international airport. The new Helsinki-Lahti railway has shortened the travelling time from Helsinki to Lahti.The Lahti region is Finland's fifth largest urban region. With its versatile range of services the City of Lahti forms the centre of an economic region with 200,000 inhabitants. The surrounding ridge and lake landscapes provide a natural living environment. Lahti is also the gateway to the Finnish Lake District.The city of Lahti, with population of 100 000, is the seventh largest in Finland. Thanks to excellent connections this city, in the centre of Southern Finland, is easy to reach. Helsinki-Vantaa International Airport is within one hour's drive.Lahti is an internationally known winter sports city.
Lahti Sports Centre is one of world's best winter sports venues, and has already played host to the ski world championships six times. The annual World Cup event, known as the Lahti Ski Games, has been organised in the city since 1923. The Lahti Ski Games remain one of the winter's biggest public festivals, attracting tens of thousands of spectators from near and far.Over the past two decades the Lahti Symphony Orchestra - under the direction of its chief conductor Osmo Vänskä (1988-2008) - has emerged as one of the most highly regarded orchestras in the world. From the autumn of 2008 the orchestra's artistic advisor - and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival - is Jukka Pekka Saraste. Okko Kamu will begin as the orchestra's chief conductor and - and artistic director of the Sibelius Festival - in the autumn of 2011.
Versatile venue offers all year around activity. Football club FC Lahti plays their home games at the ski stadium. Ski stadium was also the main venue for World Masters Athletics with 5000 athletes and one location for womens European Football Championships at 2009. During the summer, the bottom of HS 130 jumping hill is transformed into a public swimming pool.Other annual winter sport events in Lahti: Lahti Ski Games, Childrens Winter Olympics, Mini Lahti Ski Games, national championships in ski jumping and nordic combined.In 2010 ice-hockey club Pelicans will play their first outdoor league match at the bottom of ski jumping stadium! 30.000 spectators are expected to participate.
For accommodation, Lahti Region has plenty of alternatives to offer. Downtown hotels within walking distance from the Ski Stadium, Manor Hotels, Lake Shore Hotels and Sports Resorts are all available with reasonable prices for ski friends. To all hotels, there are excellent bus connections from downtown Lahti with max 30 minutes journey time. Restaurant facilities, sauna and pool departments and outdoor and indoor sports services available in most of the hotels.In the Lahti Region you can also choose to overnight in a wooden log cabin situatedby the frozen lake and next to the snowy forest. Log Cabins are full-equipped with sauna and offer a comfortable alternative for families and small goups up to 8 persons.Further Information about the accommodation alternatives in the Lahti Region can be found at www.lahtitravel.fi. Bookings should be made well in advance!
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HOW TO GET TO LAHTI
Lahti is situated only 100 km North from Helsinki. Lahti is part of the Finnish metropolitan area.The main scene of the Lahti Ski Games, Lahti Sports Centre, is in only a few minutes' walking distance from the main bus station, railway station and hotels!
The main airport of Finland, Helsinki-Vantaa, is located less than 100 km from Lahti. The easiest way from the airport to Lahti is a bus, which take you straight to the city centre of Lahti.
By motorway (from Helsinki) in less than an hour and by train from Helsinki in 48 minutes.
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