Social Program

20th Anniversary Concert Finnish Glaucoma Society

Date: Tuesday June 27, 2017 | Time: 5.30 pm – 7.15 pm

Price: € 15 (limited tickets – registrations will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis)

Transport: n/a

Venue: Temppeliaukio Church “the Rock Church”. Quarried out of the natural bedrock, Temppeliaukio Church is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions. The interior walls are created naturally by the rock. The church was opened in 1969. Due to its excellent acoustics the church is a popular venue for concerts.

Temppeliaukio Church
Inside Temppeliaukio Church


Concert program: The first half of the concert includes classical Finnish chamber music (Sibelius, Merikanto, Kuula, Melartin, Rautio) for piano trio. The second half features a selection of songs in various styles and moods by a vocal ensemble whose performances have gained them fans worldwide.


Trio Roozeman, the young Finnish-Dutch family trio formed by Jan-Paul (22, piano), Jonathan (19, cello) and Rebecca (15, violin), is one of the most trending young ensembles in Finland at the moment. Read more about Jonathan Roozeman

Photo: Trio Roozeman: Jonathan Roozeman (cello), Rebecca Roozeman (violin) and Jan-Paul Roozeman (piano)

Trio Roozeman


Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton performs a selection of songs in various styles and moods. Rajaton has successfully bridged the gap between classical and mainstream popular music. Their program includes both original songs and original arrangements of well-known songs, all a cappella and with a Rajaton twist. Read more about Rajaton.

Photo: Vocal ensemble Rajaton celebrates its 20th anniversary this year


WGC-2017 Welcome Reception

Date: Wednesday June 28, 2017 | Time: 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm (including drinks and canapés)

Price: Fully Booked!
Venue: Helsinki City Hall
Transport: Buses will depart at 5.45 pm from Messukeskus Convention Center to the City Hall (no transport back).
Program: All delegates are welcome to join the WGC-2017 welcome reception hosted by the City of Helsinki.
Dress code: Smart casual

Helsinki City Hall

Midsummer Night Nordic Walk

Date: Wednesday June 28, 2017 | Time: 10.00 pm – 11.00 pm

Price: € 25
Venue: Around Helsinki’s Töölönlahti bay area
Transport: n/a
Program: Join us for a Midsummer Night Nordic Walk. In the heart of Helsinki, follow our 3.7km route around the popular Töölönlahti Bay walking path. An instructor will explain how to use the famous Nordic walking poles. You will be able to enjoy the long, light, Finnish summer evening whilst passing some of Helsinki’s cultural highlights.

Töölönlahti Bay
Nordic Walking

WGC-2017 Congress Party

Date: Friday June 30, 2017 | Time: 7.30 pm – 11.00 pm

Price: € 70
Transport: From 7.00 pm busses will depart from Messukeskus Convention Center. From 10.00 pm shuttle buses run from venue to Helsinki Central Station.
Venue: Kulosaaren Casino is a beautiful venue at the Helsinki’s seaside. The restaurant was built on a private island in 1915. Despite of its name the restaurant has never served as a casino – the casino name was fashionable in the restaurant names in the early 20th century. The spacious dining rooms and outdoor garden offers a splendid view on the Gulf of Finland.
Program: The congress party includes seasonal Finnish cuisine, drinks and an evening full of music and entertainment.
Dress code: Smart casual

Kulosaaren Casino
Kulosaaren Casino


This year one tour is included in the congress program for delegates and accompanying persons. This tour will be conducted in English. Pre-booked tickets will be included in the registration package of registered participant’s.

Additional tickets may be purchased subject to availability on-site at the registration desk in the registration area. The meeting point for all tours will be announced on the tickets.

You can book the tour below via the registration process. For further information please contact MCI Amsterdam via email or via phone at +31 20 679 3411.

Helsinki Highlights Tour by Bus & Foot

Date: Thursday June 29, 2017
Time: 9.00 am – 1.00 pm
Price: € 60 (included in the accompanying persons fee)
Transport: Pick-up and return by bus from/to Messukeskus Convention Center
Program: Buses will depart from the congress venue Messukeskus Convention Center for a private guided tour to see the highlights of Helsinki. First we will visit the Senate Square where we can see Helsinki University and the green-domed Lutheran Cathedral, the symbol of the city. From here we walk to the Market Square. At this open air market you may even buy a reindeer skin. You will see the new Allas Pool by market square as well as the Uspenski Cathedral at the background. We continue on foot through the Esplanade park situated in the heart of Helsinki. From here buses will drive via Kaivopuisto park where you can see new public sauna “Löyly” by the sea and the beautiful Helsinki shoreline. From here journey continues to the Art Terrace Café which is situated in the Blue Villa. Here you will enjoy a cup of coffee with a sweet bun with a magnificent view overlooking the Töölönlahti bay. After this break we will continue to Sibelius Park where we will stop to visit the Sibelius Monument before moving on to the Olympic Stadium, built for the 1952 Olympic Games. During the bus tour you will also see the Opera House, the Alvar Aalto designed Finlandia Hall, the National Museum and the Kiasma Modern Art Museum. At the end of the tour, buses will return to the congress venue Messukeskus Convention Center.

Lutheran Cathedral
red brick Uspenski Russian Orthodox cathedral

Information on Other Tours/Excursions

On-site WGC-2017, during registration hours, hostesses at the City Information Desk (located in the registration area) will be happy to help you with information about Helsinki city, excursion information, restaurant bookings and public transport information.

The following tours and excursions are available for on-line booking.

Here follows a short summary of each tour/excursion. Further details can be found here.

Midnight Sun Tour of Lapland – 25-27 June 2 nights

The tour begins in Rovaniemi, located directly on the Arctic Circle. Celebrating Midsummer – Juhannus in Finnish – is a major tradition in Finland. Travel by river boat to experience an island midsummer party including food, drinks, and bonfire. Other highlights include Santa Claus Village, meeting the local reindeers, and a visit to the acclaimed Lappish museum Arktikum.

Finnish Culture Tour – 27 June, 5 hour excursion

2017 is Finland’s 100th anniversary as an independent nation. During the tour you will see not only the sights, but also learn about how Finnish society works and how its culture gave the Finns strength on the road to independence. Highlights include the famous Rock Church in Helsinki, and a trip to the country to visit the home of Sibelius and enjoy refreshments whilst listening to classical music in a historic villa.

St Petersburg VISA-Free Cruise – 1-3 July 2 nights

An amazing opportunity to visit the stunning city of St Petersburg, Russia, without need for any visa. Departing Helsinki by overnight ship, there will be a full day ashore which includes a panoramic city tour and a visit to the world-famous Hermitage Art Museum. The ship returns again overnight to Helsinki. A-class cabins with window, and daily buffet breakfast and dinners are included.

Day Execursion to Tallinn Old Town – 2 July, full day

Experience the lovely Old Town of Tallinn, Estonia on a day cruise trip from Helsinki. This full day tour includes ferry crossings (2 hours one way), guided tour, tour manager and lunch in a medieval restaurant. Tallinn is a an old hanseatic town with atmospheric cobblestone streets and old stone walls circling the town. After the guided tour and lunch you will have some free time to visit the shops and little cafes in the old town.

Pre & Post Tour Programs

Excursions and tours for WGC-2017 will be handled by award-winning local Helsinki tour operator, The Travel Experience, who are part of Quality 1000, the national quality development programme for the Finnish Travel Industry.

Book now

If you would like to have more information about tours/excursions in- and outside Finland, please contact our local office at the address below:
WGC-2017 tours/excursions office:
The Travel Experience
Merja Hart, Director
Tel: +358 405070354