Meetings & Congresses
Lahti – a perfect combination of urban atmosphere and Lakeland Finland only one hour from airport and capital Helsinki.
Lahti is a perfect choice for sustainable meetings. The city is easily accessible by public transport from Helsinki airport. And as you arrive in Lahti, basically everything you need is in a walking distance. Our main venues Sibelius Hall and Lahti Sports and Fair Centre are located within a 15 minutes walk from the city centre hotels.
Perfect Selection of Venues in a Walking Distance
The impressive wooden concert and congress centre in Lahti Harbour, on the Vesijärvi waterfront.
Sibelius Hall combines industrial history with modern, wooden architecture. Its beautiful Main Hall is known internationally for its excellent acoustics. In addition to being
an oval-shaped concert hall, the Main Hall serves as a meeting and conference facility, providing an atmospheric setting.
Capacity: up to 1,100 persons
Forest Hall is the heart of Sibelius Hall, combining its various sections. The view over Lake Vesijärvi makes Forest Hall a unique exhibition and trade fair facility throughout
Capacity: up to 1,500 persons
The Congress Wing has five versatile meeting facilities for 20–140 people, all with beautiful views over the lake, into the setting sun.
Carpenter’s Hall and Carpenter’s Workshop, as well as the sauna section, provide additional capacity for events and meetings. Carpenter’s Hall serves as a banquet or
concert venue as well.
Lahti Fair Centre
The Lahti Sports and Fair Centre consists of four halls with a total area of 20,000 square metres. The Fair Centre is located in the Lahti Sports Centre, in a walking distance from the city centre. The halls are suitable for trade fairs, exhibitions, concerts, conferences, meetings and corporate and customer events, as well as television productions. The facilities are suitable for events for up to 10,000 people.
In addition to providing a setting for a broad range of trade fairs, the Lahti Fair Centre has served as the media centre for an EU summit and a venue for major corporate events. During the 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the Fair Centre will serve as the media facilities and the Festival Arena for VIP guests.
Yearly Lahti Fair Centre serves as a venue for popular trade fairs, such as Caravan Finland, the largest fair in its field in the country, as well as the Classic Motor Show and
Nordic Fitness Expo.
Lahti Concert Hall
Lahti Concert Hall is one of the most significant landmarks in Lahti city centre. Completed in 1954 and renovated and expanded in 2014–2016, the Lahti Concert Hall has received a new stylish look after the renovation – respecting its origin from 1950s.
The magnificent and bright Felix Krohn Hall can accommodate 580 people. There are also two smaller meeting rooms for 40 and 80 persons.
The foyer, which cherishes the spirit of the 1950s, is an excellent space not only for temporary catering but also for various cocktails and private events. There is also a separate Restaurant Hulda available.
Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone
A high-class conference hotel located by the main street ín the city centre of Lahti.
Seurahuone offers meeting rooms of different sizes and for different occasions, from small spaces for a few people to spaces for up to 200 people. Seurahuone is located in the same building with Finnkino Kuvapalatsi movie centre which has six halls for 90-350 persons.
Seurahuone offers high-quality accommodation for 455 persons. The new rooms in Seurahuone Loft House offer a variety of unique rooms – some of the rooms are two-storey loft style rooms, some have a terrace opening to an indoor garden.
Isku Center is an up-to-date Business Center in Lahti, just 10 minutes from the city centre. Its functional business premises have been modernized from the old furniture factory premises of Isku. Nowadays it is a multipurpose space for exbibitions, meetings and congresses, as well as a campus for 5,000 students of LAB University of Applied Sciences.Read more
Olympic Training Centres Vierumäki and Pajulahti
There are two official Olympic Training Centres in the Lahti Region. In addition to professional sports facilities and beautiful surrounding natural environment, they offer versatile and high-quality venues and accommodation for meetings and congresses.
Special Venues with WOW Effect
NEW! Lahti Museum of Visual Arts Malva
Malva was opened in April 2022 in Malski, in an old brewery building from 1912 in Lahti city centre. Malva’s exhibitions, Malski’s restaurant world, conference center and colorful museum shop form an entity which is unique in the whole Finland.
In addition to its visual arts exhibitions, Malva and Malski are also suitable for many occasions. In Malski conference centre there are seven meeting rooms of various sizes and a 400-square-meter meeting, banquet or concert room Sammiosali. In Malva there are also multi-purpose rooms, for example an art workshop and a Light Gallery which is ideal for dinners of 100 persons.
Lehmonkärki Resort offers a high-quality selection of banquet and meeting facilities, as well as saunas, restaurants and additional services. by Lake Päijänne, 40 minutes from Lahti city centre. One of the most special banquet halls is Villa Vellamo, suitable for events for 150–200 guests. Its interior was designed by dSign Vertti Kivi & Co., an internationally acclaimed agency.
Lehmonkärki offers accommodation facilities for 130 people, with a view over the lake.
Piano Pavilion is located in Lahti Harbour right next to Sibelius Hall. The Pavilion was designed by architecture Renzo Piano and is part of the Lahti Wood Architecture Park.
The interior of the pavilion can accommodate max. 50 guests according to the type of furniture. On a 200-square-meter terrace, there are room for fifty people to admire the magnificent sun on the lake during the summer.
The Motorcycle Museum is located in Niemi Harbour, just 5 minutes from Lahti city centre. The museum collections include a wide range from beautifully restored world rarities to Finnish racing and hobby bikes. The museum opened a new 1930´s style Art Deco showroom in 2021.
The museum houses also the only Ace Cafe restaurant in the Nordic countries. There are 140 seats in the resraurant.
Restaurant Voitto is a unique space located in Lahti Sports Centre. From its window walls open a one-of-a-kind view to the famous three ski jumps and the stadium area. Voitto has restaurnat seats for 120 persons and an auditorium for 80 persons.
Voitto is located in the Ski Museum building and therefore, it is a great idea to combine a dinner to a museum visit and a playful challenge in the ski jump simulator of the museum.
Ski Jump Tower
This is a Lahti Classic! The covered observation deck of the highest ski jump tower Suurmäki is perfect for cocktail parties and dinners. The deck can comfortably accommodate 20 persons for a dinner and 30 persons for cocktails.
Kalliokammi in Vierumäki
Combine Finnish smoke sauna experience to a candlelight dinner in an atmospheric northern style log cabin Kalliokammi. Kalliokammi is located in Vierumäki and is suitable for dinners of 20 persons. Kalliokammi’s specialty is a front-cooked dinner.
Mukkula Manor House
Mukkula Manor is a unique boutique hotel with a sophisticated design by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi, 10 minutes from Lahti city centre. It offers 17 hotel rooms, 3 meeting facilities, a high-quality restaurant and a lakeside sauna – the perfect setting for meetings, events, dinner parties.
The diverse accommodation capacity in the Lahti region ranges from an elegant city center hotel to atmospheric manor accommodation. The Lahti region also has two official Olympic Training Centers offering accommodation capacity also for bigger congresses.
There are almost 1,400 beds in hotel-level accommodation in Lahti and 4,000 beds within a 20-60 minute drive from Lahti city centre.Accommodation capacities
Hotels in Lahti city centre
There are altogether six hotels and 1400 beds in Lahti city centre, in a walking distance from the main venues of Lahti.
For example Solo Sokos Hotel Lahden Seurahuone is a a high-class conference hotel located by the main street ín the city centre of Lahti. It has 455 beds and meeting rooms for up to 200 persons.
Scandic Lahti City has 302 beds and Green Star Hotel 250.
Mukkula Manor House
Mukkula Manor is a unique boutique hotel with a sophisticated design by the beautiful Lake Vesijärvi, 10 minutes from Lahti city centre. It offers 17 hotel rooms, 3 meeting
Olympic Training Centre Vierumäki
In Vierumäki Resort area there are 1430 beds. For hotel accommodation you can choose for example new Hotel Fennada, Country Club or Holiday Club Vierumäki. There is also hostel class accommodation, golf resort villas, cabins and chalets available.
Congresses held in Lahti region
|16-18 Aug||Women in Motorsport Congress||100|
|20-27 Sep||World Esperanto Congress||900|
|18-19 Oct||National Enterpreuners Day||1500|
|18 Jan||Sustainable Destination Congress||250 (hybrid)|
|3-5 Jun||Aesthetics in the Age of Environmental Crises||130 (virtual)|
|14-15 Sep||Green Growth Forum||300 (hybrid)|
|7-8 Oct||Environmental Crime Seminar||120 (hybrid)|
|2 Nov||Ecocity Forum Lahti 2021||120 (hybrid)|
|8-10 Nov||People and Planet – From Theory to Solutions||145 (hybrid)|
|24-25 Mar||Implementation of Proactive Health and Welfare Technology||60 (hybrid)|
|3-4 Apr||Lahti Adaptation Finance Ministerial||60|
|10-11 May||WALCC 2022||75|
|5-8 Jun||NBC 2022||120|
|15-16 Jun||Proactive Health and Welfare Technology Use for an Increasingly Resilient and Sustainable Society||48|
|2-6 Aug||European Adventist Youth Congress||2500|
|17-21 Aug||Ladies Circle International AGM||449|
|25-28 Aug||32nd FIEPS World Congress & 15th FIEPS European Congress
|12 Oct||Construction Goes Circular||166|
|23 Mar||Sustainable Future of Winter Sports Conference
|29 May – 2 Jun||The 11th International Conference on Communities and Technologies
|12-14 Jun||KSEI 2023
|14-16 Jun||2023 EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
|11-12 Oct||Finnish Sales Research Conference
|19-20 Nov||NEMO European Museum Conference
|27-29 Nov||14th International Conference on Software Business ICSOB 2023
|11-15 Dec||The Inverse Days 2023
Lahti – a hundred years of hosting sporting events
For more than a hundred years, international sporting events have been organised in the Lahti region. Lahti has for example hosted the FIS Ski World Championships already seven times. In 2023 we had the honour to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. In addition to the annual Lahti Ski Games world cup event, Finlandia Ski Marathon, staples include Ironman 70.3 Finland, Redbull 400 and, recent additions that make use of the UNESCO Salpausselkä Geopark’s natural venue, Nordic Gravel Series and FNLD GRVL cycling events.
88% would recommend organizing a congress in Finland
Source: Finland Convention Bureau survey released in 2021, asking the congress organizers about their experiences on organizing a scientific event in Finland in 2019-2020. The Net Promoter Score was 88. 12% were neutral, none negative. Get inspired by the free feedback given by the organizers!
Very good process that teached me a lot as a professional, and actually helped me to get a new job.
92 % of the congress organizers said that arranging the congress was either quite or very useful on a professional level. 69% said that it was very useful and 31% quite useful either to the science or to the reputation of Finland.
It was very beneficial since we managed to broaden our collaboration networks and make new contacts, which would not have taken place without the conference.
46% of the congress organizers had utilized the services of a local Convention Bureau.
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The local Convention Bureau was fantastic! Even though we organized the event online we were able to give online materials on the organizing city. In addition, if the event would have been held live, we had planned the event together with the convention bureau experts. Wonderful!
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