Finncon is the largest science fiction convention in Finland, and it takes place almost every year. The first one was in 1986. The event is free for all.
Finncon 2022 takes place in Espoo at Aalto University from Friday, July 8th to Sunday, July 10th.
Espoo is the second largest city in Finland. It is the western neighbour of the capital city of Helsinki, and is easily accessible via public transport.
The opening hours for the convention during the weekend are as follows.
- Friday from 16:00 to 20:00
- Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00
- Sunday from 10:00 to 15:30
The theme this year is Hope and Resilience.
The event will have the familiar mix of program items: panel discussions, lectures, presentations, art, theatre, and cinema. There is an academic track.
A part of the programme is in English. Also, the vast majority of Finncon participants are fluent in English.
There are also dealers’ tables that offer books, art, and other speculative fiction paraphernalia for sale.
Helsinki is reachable by air, sea, and land. Within Helsinki, Espoo, and the surrounding area, it’s easiest to use the excellent public transport system, run by HSL. For buying tickets and for route planning, you can install the HSL app on your phone, available at Google Play and the Apple App Store. The HSL route planner is also available on the web (enter Otakaari 1, Espoo, as the destination).
The venue is very close to the Aalto University metro station, and to the Aalto University (M) bus stop, served by bus routes 52, 111, 510, 550, and 555.
The convention has no deals with any hotels, so each participant has to arrange their own accommodation. There are many hotels in Espoo and in Helsinki. The ones closest to the convention site, each about a 10-minute walk off, are:
- Aalto Inn, Otaranta 4, Espoo
- Forenom Hostel, Kivimiehentie 2, Espoo
- Heymo 1, Miestentie 5, Espoo
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Otaranta 2, Espoo
- Address of the venue: Kandidaattikeskus, Otakaari 1, 02150 Espoo, Finland
- Venue web pages: https://www.aalto.fi/en/locations/undergraduate-centre
- Event web pages: https://2022.finncon.org
- General enquiries: email@example.com
- Info phone (in use 27 June to 17 July): +358 44 946 2860
- Media enquiries and requests for interviews: firstname.lastname@example.org